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Google Pixel 3 details leak: Let’s begin with expectations

Google Pixel 3 details leak: Let’s begin with expectations

This morning the first signs of life in the world of Pixel 3 appeared in Google-made code. Not one whole heck of a lot of concrete info is out just yet, but this can serve as a starting point for preparing for the next big release from Google. We begin with a bit of the ol' AOSP code commit perusal.

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Pixel 2, 2 XL Preferred Care gets 6 month coverage extension

Pixel 2, 2 XL Preferred Care gets 6 month coverage extension

For customers who aren't satisfied with the manufacturer's warranty, Google offers an extended warranty called Preferred Care for its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook customers. The service costs $129 USD and gives device owners extended warranty coverage that lasts beyond the manufacturer's warranty, as well as priority service, accidental damage coverage, and a few other things.

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Pixel 2 XL on Google Store gets credit promo, free 18W charger

Pixel 2 XL on Google Store gets credit promo, free 18W charger

DxOMark may have crowned the Galaxy S9+ as the top smartphone camera of the year so far, but some still swear by the Google Pixel phones. If you still have your heart set on a Pixel 2, or a Pixel 2 XL specifically, but have balked at the $850 price tag, then Google Financing now has a limited time offer for you. Spread your payment over 24 months and Google will give you $200 back. It’ll even throw in a free 18 W USB-C adapter to sweeten the pot.

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Google Pixel 2 Motion Photos magic revealed

Google Pixel 2 Motion Photos magic revealed

The Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, especially the Pixel 2 XL, have been faulted for many things. But most owners are willing to forgive Google its lapses because of one thing: the phones’ unbelievably good camera performance. One of the tricks that Google has to spice up the Pixel 2’s camera is Motion Photos and now the company is sharing some of the secrets behind it. Unsurprisingly, it has a good amount of machine learning and sophisticated algorithms involved.

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Pixel 2 and 2 XL battery drain issue investigation underway at Google

Pixel 2 and 2 XL battery drain issue investigation underway at Google

In recent days, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners started complaining about an issue with the phone's battery life, namely that it had decreased substantially following the models' February update. According to impacted users, the phones also experience warmer temperatures, a pair of problems that are frustrating users. Now Google has confirmed that it is investigating the issue.

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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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Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Though the Pixel and the Pixel 2 are pretty solid devices in their own right, they replaced a line of much-loved devices from Google and its manufacturing partners. Back before Google decided to get into the hardware game, it relied on those partners to make devices for the Nexus line. That line had quite a few great phones, but unfortunately, it's gone the way of the Dodo as Google tries to grow the Pixel brand.

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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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Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

There’s no doubt about it, Google’s camera software on its Pixel smartphones, specifically the Pixel 2 is topnotch. It is a huge part of the reason, with hardware only secondary, why the Pixel 2 is at the top of DxOMark’s list. Unfortunately, Google isn’t exactly sharing its Camera app with others, even its own Nexus phones, even if some phones are capable of supporting those features. Fortunately, Android has a very passionate community of developers and modders who have picked the app apart and put it back together to bring the Google Camera mod to more smartphones.

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