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Pixel 2 XL rapid charging slows down under low temperature

Pixel 2 XL rapid charging slows down under low temperature

It’s already 2018 and if you thought that the Pixel 2’s and Pixel 2 XL’s odyssey in the land of bugs is over, better think again. Just a few days ago, owners of Google’s embattled 2017 smartphones reported severe performance problems after installing the latest Android update. Now some Pixel 2 XL owners are claiming that their phones aren’t charging quickly despite displaying that it’s “Charging rapidly”. Apparently, those charging speeds depend on the battery’s temperature and the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t even give you a hint.

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Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after update

Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after update

Following a recent software update, some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting issues with warm phones and decreased battery life. Reports are appearing at various online destinations, including Google's own Pixel forums, Twitter, and Reddit. For most users, a higher temperature appears to be the primary complaint.

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Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

The Android versus iOS war may often be phrased in terms of Pixel vs iPhone, but new sales stats for Google's Pixel suggest there's a long way to go before Apple needs to be worried. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched last year to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users.

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The Pixel 2’s custom image chip is going live for all apps

The Pixel 2’s custom image chip is going live for all apps

Google has fired up the Pixel Visual Core, activating the custom imaging chip that was the surprise hidden in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. News of the company's very first homegrown picture-processing silicon broke a month after the smartphones themselves hit shelves, a secret addition to the Android handsets' logic boards. However, at first they weren't actually available to use.

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Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

This week the folks behind CarbonROM revealed they'd ported Pixel 2's best feature to other devices. This is a big deal for those that desperately wanted the Pixel 2, but haven't yet made the jump from their slightly older smartphone. Why move when you can get the features for free?

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Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

In the mobile world, one of the few things that's absolutely not tolerated by users is advertisements and pop-ups appearing on their phones. Ads within free apps, sure, but pop-ups on the phone's UI or within menus is just begging for a disaster. This was seen last summer when OnePlus began spamming existing users with ads for its newest model. Now it appears Google might be trying something similar with the new Pixel 2, albeit in the form of a survey.

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Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

The year is almost over and both Google and Pixel phone owners probably want to quickly leave the year and turn over a new page. Sadly, it seems that the Pixel 2 XL’s streak is far from over just yet. While most of the earlier complaints and issues with the larger Google smartphone have mostly been ironed out by software updates, at least one more has come up thanks to those same updates, like this slow down of the Pixel 2 XL screen wake up time for those on Android 8.1.

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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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