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Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google has always boasted about its abilities to churn numbers and data into something meaningful, from the earliest days of personalized search results to the variety of applications of Google Assistant today. It has also been working hard on the field of computer vision, as seen in its impressive Pixel cameras and Google Lens. Now it is bringing those two together, not in a single app, but in a combination that harnesses the power of Google Assistant, seen through the eyes of Google Lens.

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Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Pixel 2 owners can now get help troubleshooting their smartphone using Google's own personal assistant app, at least unofficially. The feature appears to work for both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones, but not for other handsets with the app. The person who spotted the ability is located in the US and running a developers preview of Android Oreo 8.1.

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Always On Display on Nexus 6P, Pixel with no root: here’s how

Always On Display on Nexus 6P, Pixel with no root: here’s how

With the proliferation of OLED displays on smartphones, features like Always On Display (AOD) will start to become more common. Sadly, not all smartphones might be able to join the party, even older models that do have the hardware for it. Even sadder is that such is true even for Google's own first gen Pixel phone and Nexus 6P, despite being totally capable of handling the load. The good news is that AOD is also partly a software implementation that can be enabled on such devices, provided you're running Android 8.1.

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Pixel 2 XL oleophobic display coating may be causing some issues

Pixel 2 XL oleophobic display coating may be causing some issues

Oleophobic coatings on phone displays, as with glasses lenses, make life easier by resisting the skin oil that would otherwise quickly leave prints all over the device. The Pixel 2 XL's display has an oleophobic coating to help reduce fingerprint smudges, but some users say it may be making things worse: some users say their display is scratching very easily, and one person has reported a strange smudging problem.

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Pixel 2 camera app hack released with Google Lens

Pixel 2 camera app hack released with Google Lens

This week the Pixel 2 camera app was released as its own, separate APK download for all devices that can kick it. This means that those devices that run Oreo - some of them, anyway. For the most part this means a limit to Google's devices - Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, and the Pixel 2 devices - though you should already have the app in that case.

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Pixel 2 XL phones shipping to some buyers without an OS

Pixel 2 XL phones shipping to some buyers without an OS

Google's Pixel 2 XL problems keep rolling in, this time in the form of multiple user reports from buyers who say they received a phone without an operating system. The affected buyers have been popping up online, particularly on Reddit, where several people state that their Pixel 2 XL unit provides nothing but an error when turned on.

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Third model Pixel 2 appears amid XL LG display troubles

Third model Pixel 2 appears amid XL LG display troubles

It would seem fitting that this week another HTC-made Pixel 2 XL device would be found. This, a week in which the LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL (already out in the wild - see link below) is the subject of display-based controversy. This, a week in which the HTC-made Pixel 2 has had few to no negative reports - just the opposite - the smaller device has everything the larger one does, with a smaller display whose colors and viewing angles are all on-point.

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Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Today we're going to take a look at what it means to buy a smartphone with a camera "that just takes good pictures." You know, the sort of phone that just lets you snap a picture and it won't be blurry. I'm here to tell you that this phone does exist, but that actually snapping a reasonably sharp photo is not quite as simple as just pointing and shooting.

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Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

If you're in the market for an Android smartphone the new Google Pixel 2 should be on your shortlist, but there's something you should know first. Google has two versions of the Pixel 2, the regular 5-inch model and a Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch display. While they share the same name, and the same design language, in some key ways they're very different phones.

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Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

If there's a rockstar of the Android world in 2017, it's the new Pixel 2. Google's own smartphones may not sell in as great a number as, say, Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy, but they're arguably no less important in their own way. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL embody Google's vision of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence, all working collaboratively.

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Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Today the Pixel 2 launcher (the newest Pixel launcher) was released through 3rd-parties for older devices. Google has not yet released this version of the launcher for any devices outside the Pixel 2 family at this time. As such, I recommend you take all caution when deciding whether or not this piece of software is meant for your device - or if you're going to risk it all to run with the newest in new.

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Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 was roasted for its Bixby button, so too must we address the squeeze feature on Google's Pixel 2. The hardware comes from the HTC U11, the first place where HTC implemented "Edge Sense" with open-ended functionality. While the edge squeeze feature on the Pixel 2 remains a shortcut, it's currently restricted to Google Assistant - and no other connections are enabled.

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