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Pixel, Pixel 2 get Playground AR Stickers in time for the holidays

Pixel, Pixel 2 get Playground AR Stickers in time for the holidays

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet and AR stickers are still AR stickers even if you call them Playground. Last October, Google relaunched its already limited AR Stickers as Playground and made them even more exclusive to the Pixel 3. Of course, Google promised it would eventually be exclusive to its older phones as well. In the spirit of the season of giving, Google has finally started rolling Playground out to the OG Pixel and the Pixel 2, in time to spruce up your e-postcards and selfies.

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get Google Assistant’s call screening feature

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get Google Assistant’s call screening feature

Google has shown that with each generation of its own Pixel line of smartphones, it's willing to bring a handful of new improvements to previous models. Examples include some of the software-powered camera features from this year's Pixel 3 making their way to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Another neat feature is making the list this week: Google's new Call Screen feature, which debuted at the launch of the Pixel 3 line, is coming to the Pixel 2 with the latest Google Phone update.

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How does Google Night Sight work?

How does Google Night Sight work?

Today we're taking a peek with Google at their Night Sight feature for the Google Camera app on Pixel phones. The basic concept begins with keeping the Pixel's camera's shutter open longer than normal - allowing more light in on the camera's image sensor. With more light comes more information with which the camera can create a less dark image. That's where Google started - they then brought in the Machine Learning to do some magic.

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Google Night Sight just released for Android (for some)

Google Night Sight just released for Android (for some)

The time for Night Sight for Google Pixel devices is here, and the release time is imminent. Google revealed this morning that they were prepared to release this next-gen camera feature for their Pixel 3 family of devices in the coming days, but before then - features. Google shared a bunch of new information on the Night Sight feature and on how to make the most of it as it's released to the public.

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Pixel 3 Top Shot feature easily available on Pixel 2

Pixel 3 Top Shot feature easily available on Pixel 2

Unlike with the previous Nexus generation, Google’s Pixel phones have features you won’t find in other phones, sometimes including its own older Pixel models. Some of those features do require specific and newer hardware, which is understandable. Some, however, don’t and their exclusivity feels more like a marketing strategy than a technical consideration. One such exclusive Pixel 3 feature is Top Shot and, surprisingly enough, it’s actually dead simple to make it available on last year’s Pixel 2.

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Pixel 3 freebie disclaimers: The fine print

Pixel 3 freebie disclaimers: The fine print

Today Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with a couple of pretty enticing freebies onboard. One was a half-year of YouTube Music Premium for free, the other was unlimited photo storage with Google Photos (including original size photos and video, etc). Let's talk about the limits to these enticing bits before you jump in headfirst!

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Google Pixel headphone dongle is faster, less of battery hog

Google Pixel headphone dongle is faster, less of battery hog

It's not that the original Pixel headphone dongle was a massive battery hog, but the second edition is better. When you've got a device with which you're wanting to play audio, and you're not a fan of Bluetooth audio, you need a way to connect with hardware. If you've got a Google Pixel 2, that means you need a USB-C-cord-toting speaker system or headphones, OR that you've got the correct dongle. Not every USB-C to headphone jack dongle works with every phone - and Google's Pixel is notoriously finicky.

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Google Project Fi phones, Fall 2018: Ranked for you

Google Project Fi phones, Fall 2018: Ranked for you

Today we're running down the five distinct phone models available with Google Project Fi. To begin, we'll talk about how each phone performs regardless of cost. Then we'll list the cost. Then we'll decide which phone is best for you, the end user. This is a current exploration slash guide for the prospective Project Fi user.

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Top premium Android smartphones of 2018: the story so far

Top premium Android smartphones of 2018: the story so far

IFA 2018 has all but wrapped up and disappointing as it may be for some, it’s not exactly unexpected that there weren’t that many shiny new smartphones announced during the week. Especially premium smartphones. Of course, we’ve had some of those land before IFA. While waiting for three and a half more such Android phones to come in the next month or so, we take a breather and try to check which smartphones deserve your hard-earned cash. Here are seven, in no particular order.

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The last phone spec that matters, in a phone you might not expect

The last phone spec that matters, in a phone you might not expect

The smartphone market around the world diversified to such a point this year that only one spec need matter to you. For me, that spec is the smartphone camera. I need that piece of this puzzle to snap as-perfect and as-finalized as possible photos as possible the first time I hit the shutter button. For others, the most important spec might be the display, or the speakers. But take heed: They're all out there, and they don't cost $1000 apiece. What spec matters most to you?

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If this is Pixel 3, Google should reboot

If this is Pixel 3, Google should reboot

Google Pixel 3 should be the last new phone from the company for the next few years. I'm suggesting this not as a consumer, but as a student of history. Google doesn't make a massive amount of money from the Pixel, and can afford to cut back on new hardware investments right this minute. Since we're at a place in the history of smartphones where there's not a lot of major change going on, it'd be smart of Google to keep its head low.

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Dear anyone: Please destroy Google’s Pixel 3 camera

Dear anyone: Please destroy Google’s Pixel 3 camera

It's become painfully clear that Google's most majorly seemingly unbeatable smartphone feature on the Pixel is its camera. Several of the most major names in Android smartphone reviews and publications continue to use their Pixel device well beyond multiple opportunities to use more expensive and more extravagant phones. It's the camera that it would SEEM that nobody else can beat. It may be my imagination, but I feel like this one win is holding Google back.

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