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Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

The next big Google phone, likely called Google Pixel XL 2, seems to be getting as big as the company's original huge phone: the Nexus 6P. This week speculation came of the cancellation of the mid-sized Pixel 2 thanks to a series of insider tips (linked below). Because Google's been working on three new devices for the next wave, instead of two, the cutting out of the mid-sized device won't have that giant an effect on the everyday average consumer. We'll weep for the lack of a 5.5-inch display, but the device we'll get will probably be better off for it.

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Google Pixel Launcher passes 1M downloads, here’s how to get it

Google Pixel Launcher passes 1M downloads, here’s how to get it

The Google Pixel Launcher, the default launcher that is exclusive, at least officially, to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL has just passed its 1 million downloads milestone. While that in itself is already commendable, the number also gives us a rough idea of how many Pixel phones there are out there. This sudden interest in what was formerly the "Google Nexus Launcher", previously the "Google Now Launcher", could make some curious as to what the fuss is all about. And thanks to the hard work of Amir Zaidi, with some hints from other app developers, you can now try it on your own Android phone. And you don't even need to root it.

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Pokemon GO event tricks [fire and ice UPDATE]

Pokemon GO event tricks [fire and ice UPDATE]

This afternoon the Pokemon GO Solstice Event - AKA Fire and Ice event - launched with a set of secrets. While Niantic did suggest certain XP bonuses would be appearing during this event, they did not get super specific. Now that the event has been going for a short bit, we've got the full details. This is how trainers will want to make the most of their week-long event top to bottom.

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Google Pixel 2 takes on iPhone with Apple’s own chip designer

Google Pixel 2 takes on iPhone with Apple’s own chip designer

Google just hired Apple's processor designer for mobile products, and they've put him in charge of making their own Pixel SOC. Manu Gulati worked with companies like AMD and Broadcom before moving to Apple in 2009, leading as inventor on a number of key processor-related patents. This may mean that Google will follow in Apple's footsteps for the Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 (probably 3, at this point) - which could mean the axe for Qualcomm from Pixel devices.

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Pokemon GO FEST event has Niantic’s biggest update ever

Pokemon GO FEST event has Niantic’s biggest update ever

Today Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Fest, a Pokemon GO event made to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the game. This game has grown immensely since the first day it was out, and Niantic's making a monstrous set of events to let their fans know that they mean business. This Pokemon GO FEST will contain more than one event over the next few weeks, starting with the Ice and Fire event we reported on earlier this week. A few changes have been made to the proceedings, too!

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Android O Preview update 3 downloads released

Android O Preview update 3 downloads released

This afternoon the third preview version of Android O was released to the public. Users of all sorts can take part in the release of this newest version of Android - regardless of the name "Developer Preview" - since it's relatively stable as such. Regardless - take caution: this version was released by Google, and is part of the public Beta program, but any software that's released before it's public release finalized might have some bugs in it.

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Google Pixel 2 and the detail war with iPhone 8

Google Pixel 2 and the detail war with iPhone 8

This morning we're having a look at what Google's Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2, and Pixel XXL 2 will be. The names for these next devices are not set - not publicly anyway. Final details for the next set of Google Pixel phones, be they a set of 2 or a set of 3, likely hinges partially on Apple's plans for their 2017 set of iPhone devices.

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iOS 11 features Apple didn’t talk about at WWDC 2017

iOS 11 features Apple didn’t talk about at WWDC 2017

One can only fit so many new features in a single keynote, especially one as big as the iOS 11 update. Naturally, Apple had to prioritize what it wanted the public to know, leaving the fine print for others to find out on their own. And perhaps it doubly intended to leave out some of the nitty gritty, in case they don’t turn out to be quite popular. Here are just some of those details that Apple conveniently, or inconveniently, left out, and why some of them might be worth keeping an eye on.

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A giant new first for iPhone 8

A giant new first for iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 is coming with a couple other Apple smartphones this year, and they're all tipped coming at the same time. Release dates for two of the devices wont be all that different from previous years of iPhone drops - they'll be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus most likely. The third will be what's commonly referred to in the press today as the "iPhone 8", and it'll most likely come at the same time as the first two or not too long afterward.

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iOS 11 quietly and surprisingly adds support for FLAC format

iOS 11 quietly and surprisingly adds support for FLAC format

Apple is not one known for playing ball with others if it can get away with it. This is true for its proprietary connections prior to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, but is still and especially true for its media formats. So when you hear Apple suddenly supporting the competing, not to mention open, FLAC lossless audio format in iOS 11, you’d be forgiven for raising an eyebrow and wondering if something is amiss.

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Lineage OS update: SafetyNet stance on Android downloads

Lineage OS update: SafetyNet stance on Android downloads

The folks formerly designing and releasing CyanogenMod now working on Lineage OS have revealed their stance on SafetyNet. This is an Android safety precaution made by Google to stop users working with rooted and/or bootloader unlocked devices from accessing certain apps. It's a safety precaution made by Google - one that Google takes extremely seriously. As such, the team developing Lineage is going to take SafetyNet serious as well.

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A Pokemon GO Fire and Ice event update: What To Catch

A Pokemon GO Fire and Ice event update: What To Catch

News of an Ice and Fire event in Pokemon GO has the forums and Reddit stoked - now it's time to get busy with the details. What we're working with today is the assumption that the several-times-proven sources that brought us pre-official confirmation (see link below) of the next Pokemon GO event will be right again. If they are right again, the next Pokemon GO event will be coming with Pokemon from the two polar opposite types: Ice Type Pokemon and Fire Type Pokemon.

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