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Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Today we're having a peek at a Toast wooden smartphone cover for the Google Pixel 2 XL. This is the second time I've used a smartphone with Toast wood on its exterior. Both times I've been above and beyond the average amount of impressed. The custom cuts, the feel, and the unique nature of the fit - for all of these reasons, I cannot recommend Toast any higher. These products do their job well, and they look good doing so.

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Verizon Pixel 2 deal cuts $300 from Android flagship

Verizon Pixel 2 deal cuts $300 from Android flagship

Want a Google Pixel 2 but couldn't quite stomach the new Android flagship's price tag? Happily, Verizon might have the deal you've been waiting for - particularly if you don't have a device you want to trade-in first. Still, you'll need to act fast.

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Pixel 2 Visual Core Activated: Camera update magic

Pixel 2 Visual Core Activated: Camera update magic

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a special processor inside developed by Google for their visual brains specifically. These devices hadn't had this processor activated before this week - now it's ready to roll. What follows is our analyzation of what's been improved. Spoiler alert: photos look a whole lot more awesome.

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Pixel 2, 2 XL random reboots could be related to LTE

Pixel 2, 2 XL random reboots could be related to LTE

Just when you thought the string of complaints against the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were over, here comes yet another one. Actually, it’s an old one that may have just received an important clue towards its solution. Second gen Pixel owners have been reporting random reboots of their phones and, given their randomness, no answer was yet given, even by Google. Naturally, some users did their own sleuthing and at least one may have finally stumbled upon a clue: the Pixel 2’s LTE functionality.

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Android 8.1 released to the select, elite few

Android 8.1 released to the select, elite few

Today the final preview version of Android 8.1 Oreo was released to those users that've opted in to the program. This version of Android brings features to Android Go, Neural Networks API features for a number of devices, and enhancements based on user feedback. This version of Android brings power to Google Pixel and Google Nexus devices right off the bat.

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Pixel 2 XL doesn’t crack when bent, fingerprint scanner survives scratches

Pixel 2 XL doesn’t crack when bent, fingerprint scanner survives scratches

In most cases, when a larger, or smaller, variant of a smartphone comes out, it is usually made by the same manufacturer. Google, however, is not your usual manufacturer. Just as with the Nexus, it had “outsourced” it to other companies. In the case of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, to HTC and LG, respectively. That, in theory, means that the two could behave differently from each other, even in things like JerryRigEverything’s durability tests. And, in the case of the Pixel 2 XL, that might be a good thing.

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Pixel Launcher update brings new features to old phones

Pixel Launcher update brings new features to old phones

This week the standard Pixel Launcher for Android devices was released with a whole bunch of new features. These features were previously only available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two devices released by Google late this year. Most of the feature updates come in the redesign of the home screen, and go first to the Pixel and Pixel XL from 2016.

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One of Pixel 2’s most annoying problems is getting fixed

One of Pixel 2’s most annoying problems is getting fixed

Ever since the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched, there have been numerous reports of problems plaguing the handsets. Some of these issues are more severe than others, but one problem was particularly annoying. Shortly after launch, Pixel 2 users reported hearing a high-pitched sound or clicking noise when they placed the phone to their ear and the display was on.

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Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Another day, another user report tipping an unwanted effect from some part of the Pixel 2 phone. This time around, the issue is an unusual banding effect that presents on some handsets when the phone's camera is in LED light. On video, this banding effect looks almost like a strobe, and is apparent when the camera is pointed at an LED light source, such as an LED light bulb or LED display.

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Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

The Pixel 2 XL is already known to have several issues with its display, including muted colors and burn-in, but now users are discovering yet another problem with Google's larger smartphone. Members of the Pixel User Community website are reporting that the screen has little or no responsiveness at its edges, resulting in certain taps or gestures going unrecognized.

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Pixel 2 fused video stabilization tech detailed: how it combines EIS and OIS

Pixel 2 fused video stabilization tech detailed: how it combines EIS and OIS

Smartphone cameras may be improving rapidly, but the resulting videos are only as good as the stabilization tech accompanying them. While many companies are introducing optical image stabilization on their smartphones, Google took things a step further with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, offering something it calls Fused Video Stabilization. Fused stabilization aims to make up for the deficits of both electronic stabilization (EIS) and optical stabilization (OIS) by combining the best both have to offer.

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Pixel 2 problems surface again, this time with Google Assistant

Pixel 2 problems surface again, this time with Google Assistant

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had something of a troubled launch thus far. Problems have been cropping up here and there ever since the phones were released, and today we're learning of a new one that involves Google Assistant. As it turns out, the Pixel 2 and its big brother both struggle when asked to route Google Assistant through a Bluetooth headset.

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