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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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Pixel 2 Kinda Blue now on Google Store, Project Fi

Pixel 2 Kinda Blue now on Google Store, Project Fi

CES week might not always be the best time to announce new smartphones which could quickly be swept away in the flood of other electronics. It is, on the other hand, the perfect time to do things that would be OK, maybe even preferable, to go under the radar. That might be the case with the Pixel 2 this week. No, there isn’t a new bug or problem to add to the still long list. It’s all good this time, now that the Kinda Blue Pixel 2 is available for all to buy.

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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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iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

The latest version of the Google camera app remixed for non-Pixel smartphones includes the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode. This mode taps into the smarts of your phone's processor and your phone's image processing unit to capture the subject matter and blur all else. This portrait mode works very similar to the newest version of the iOS portrait mode for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

The Google Pixel 2, and the OG Pixel before it, has been hailed as having one of if not the best smartphone cameras in the market. But its real accomplishment is not exactly in the camera hardware but in the software Google has developed to actually make up for the lack in hardware. But because it's mostly software-based, it's also a bit easier to extract that magic and make it available for other compatible smartphones. And thus, Google Camera mod Camera NX was born, which now includes the much sought-after bokeh effect to older Google phones.

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Google nabs Apple engineer to help with its own chip development

Google nabs Apple engineer to help with its own chip development

As Google continues its recent work towards developing its own custom chips for use in the Pixel line of phones and other devices, the company has now managed to lure some top talent from one of its biggest rivals, namely Apple. It appears that well-regarded Apple chip designer John Bruno has left his position at Cupertino to join Google for an unspecified role.

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Pixel 2 XL speaker distortion is model’s latest problem

Pixel 2 XL speaker distortion is model’s latest problem

An increasing number of Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting speaker distortion issues with the phone's bottom speaker, and in some cases also the earpiece speaker. This distortion, which some describe as a slight vibration or an annoying rattling sound, is most common at higher volumes, according to users. Reports span back months on Google's Product Forums, though many complaints can be found elsewhere online.

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Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

This Android Security team developer Gian G Spicuzza spoke about what's new in Android Oreo for security. This next generation smartphone OS is made to be secure for the most personal device in the life of a person with both hardware security support, platform hardening, and process isolation. Device identifier changes join new layers of app security with Android Oreo as well.

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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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