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The Google Pixel 4 XL offers ridiculous performance. (Source: CNN)

The Google Pixel 4 XL is a performance beast but it runs super hot

A few weeks ago, in spite of its SoC disadvantage, the Google Pixel 4 XL destroyed the OnePlus 7T in a resource-intensive transcoding test designed to reflect real-world performance. In a longer, more brutal test, the Pixel 4 XL i...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:44:00 +0100
Lift to Talk is one of many upcoming "smart" features for the Google Assistant. (Source: XDA)

Google's Assistant may soon add the 'Lift to Talk' feature

XDA contributors have found that Google has included code that supports its long-touted "Lift to Talk" setting for Assistant in its app. This feature allows the voice-activated AI in question to be prepared to answer queries whene...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:07:00 +0100
Oops, there goes the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: JerryRigEverything)

The Google Pixel 4 XL goes through JerryRigEverything's stress test and fails woefully

Google's new Pixel 4 phones have been faced with numerous challenges since they were launched a few weeks ago. Further compounding issues, the larger Pixel 4 XL just made its way to popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, wher...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 21:00:00 +0100
November 2019 Android security update now available for Pixel phones, but not the original Pixel

November 2019 Android security update now available for Pixel phones, but not the original Pixel

The November 2019 security updates for Android are now available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the Essential Phone. Noticeably absent from this list are the origi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 04 Nov 2019 22:32:00 +0100
Google's Recorder is smarter than the average dictation app. (Source: Google)

Google's advanced Recorder facility is coming to older Pixel devices

Google introduced a new kind of Recorder app with the Pixel 4 series. It is not merely capable of capturing audio, but of transcribing it in real time and making the resulting text searchable with the help of AI. A Mountain View r...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:34:00 +0100
Fitbit could be set to join the Alphabet stable of brands. (Source: Fitbit)

Rumor: Alphabet in talks to acquire Fitbit

Google’s parent company Alphabet is said to be deep in negotiations to buy fitness wearables company Fitbit. Fitbit had indicated late last month that it was interested in a sale of the company and it looks like it might likely en...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:26:00 +0100
The Pixel 4 XL. (Source: BGR)

Oh So Slow: Google Pixel 4 XL shown to be a laggy mess

Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has posted a video showing his Pixel 4 XL taking ages to open the Settings and Spotify apps. Video recording on the phones also appears to be less than stellar, with obvious stutters at the sta...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 21:13:00 +0100
Phones with a headphone jack are a dying breed. (Source: Lifewire)

Best smartphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack you can buy in 2019

Phones with a headphone jack are becoming unicorns, especially in the premium segment of the market. After the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 duo, lovers of the 3.5mm jack now have their work cut out for them in the search for impre...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 23:50:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4 is currently limited to 4K30 fps video recording. (Source: Google)

New evidence points towards the Pixel 4 phones originally having 4K60 video recording

The Pixel 4 phones have caught a lot of flak for being unable to record 4K video at 60 fps. According to a discovery, however, it would seem that the devices were originally able to do that but the feature ended up not making it t...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 18:49:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4 has a few not-so-pleasant surprises in store. (Source: Google)

Update | Cheeky Google: The Pixel 4 throttles the display refresh rate based on brightness setting, and you wouldn't even know it

The Google Pixel 4's 90 Hz Smooth Display feature seems to be dependent on the display brightness setting and not on the 'content' as was originally claimed by Google. This was first discovered by a Redditor and subsequently confi...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 08:12:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 XL's display has now been confirmed to be supplied by Samsung Display. (Source: iFixit)

iFixit's Pixel 4 XL review shows the flagship's poor repairability, reveals important hardware details

iFixit has now published its Pixel 4 XL teardown, with the new Google phone earning a 4/10 repairability score. The report also reveals some previously unknown details of the phone's hardware, most notable being that of the 90 Hz ...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:12:00 +0200
Google to bring at least five Pixel 4 to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series. (Image source: Google)

Google to bring at least five Pixel 4 features to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series

Night Sight 2.0 with a new astrophotography mode, Live Caption and offline Google Assistant are just three examples of features debuting on the Pixel 4 series. However, these will not remain Pixel 4 exclusives, with Google plannin...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 13:33:00 +0200
The Pixel 4. (Source: CNET)

DxOMark Pixel 4 Camera Review: Great but not the best

DxOMark has now published its Google Pixel 4 camera review. Going by the website's test criteria, the Pixel 4 is overall a worse camera phone than the OnePlus 7 Pro and Honor 20 Pro. On the flip side, it's somehow the the joint be...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:17:00 +0200
Destroyed. (Source: SomeGadgetGuy)

Super optimized! Series of performance tests touts the Google Pixel 4 as the fastest Android phone in the world

A series of tests have shown the Google Pixel 4 XL hilariously outpacing the OnePlus 7T in real-world, resource-intensive processing tasks. The fact that the Pixel 4 XL has less RAM and a weaker SoC than the 7T makes it all the mo...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:52:00 +0200
Best at still photography, lacking at video. (Source: The Verge)

Google explains the rationale behind the Pixel 4's lack of 4K60fps video recording

The Google Pixel 4 phones don't have support for shooting 4K60fps videos even though Android phones have been able to do that for well over a year. Google has now explained the rationale behind the decision but it's woefully uncon...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:45:00 +0200
Digital Wellbeing is now available on Chrome 77. (Source: Google)

Digital Wellbeing is now a feature of Chrome on Android 10

Google introduced Digital Wellbeing in order to allow users to track and manage their phone use, which extends to a per-app basis. This feature is now integrated into a new Chrome browser update. It can be used to display screen t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:23:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4 phones just don't offer enough value. (Source: Google)

Opinion | The Google Pixel 4 still feels like an overly elaborate joke

It's been almost a week since Google unveiled the Pixel 4 phones in New York but it's still baffling just how poor the phones are—the smaller Pixel 4, in particular. In fact, some choices by the company were so off the mark that o...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:29:00 +0200
Renders of the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: BGR)

Who made the display on the Google Pixel 4 XL - Samsung or LG?

The Pixel 4 XL's 90 Hz QHD+ AMOLED display has been hailed for its impressive quality, even winning DisplayMate's "Best Smartphone Display" award. That raises a few questions, of course, the most important being: who exactly made ...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:48:00 +0200
US$295 for the 128 GB Pixel 3 XL. (Source: Google)

Opinion | Google's Pixel 4 trade-in program is laughable

If you own a Pixel 3 and were about to use the Pixel 4's trade-in program to get Google's latest device for significantly cheaper, think twice. You see, Google seems to be of the opinion that the 128 GB Pixel 3 XL is worth a measl...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:51:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 can be unlocked even with your eyes closed. (Image source: @thisisFoxx)

Google warns that the Pixel 4 can be unlocked with your eyes closed; perhaps even by someone who just looks like you too

The Pixel 4 series only uses face unlock for biometric authentication; it is that secure. Or is it? Well, a video of one device unlocking to closed eyes suggests otherwise, as does the possibility of someone who merely looks "a lo...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:37:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 XL has the most color accurate display in the world. (Source: Google)

The Google Pixel 4 XL's AMOLED display sets new records in DisplayMate's test

The new Google Pixel 4 phones may have their issues but the quality of their displays isn't to be questioned—that of the bigger Pixel 4 XL, at least—if DisplayMate's latest review is anything to go by. The new flagship has won the...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:49:00 +0200
The Google Nest Wi-Fi. (Source: Google)

Nest Wi-Fi is Google's new mesh solution

Google also announced its new Nest Wi-Fi home product at the 2019 Pixel launch event. It consists of scalable router and point units in various muted colors. A single 802.11s router covers up to 2200 square feet of space each, whe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:49:00 +0200
Meet the new Google Pixel 4. (Source: Google)

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now official with 90 Hz OLED screens, dual-cameras, built-in Soli radar, and enhanced on-device AI capabilities

At its Made by Google 2019 event, Google finally took wraps off the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. The new Pixel 4 series comes with features such as a Soli radar chip for advanced hands-free gestures, on-device AI and voice ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:48:00 +0200
The new Pixel Buds. (Source: Google)

Google launches its first pair of true wireless earbuds

Google unveiled its second-generation Pixel Buds at its 2019 'Made By' event. They are truly wireless products that, as the OEM claims, have been designed to be as compact and streamlined as possible. Nevertheless, they are rated...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:21:00 +0200
The Pixel 4, now without headphones or a headphone jack adapter. (Image source: u/mseven97)

Pixel 4 retail box reveals some surprises ahead of tomorrow's launch

The Google Pixel 4 series launch is almost upon us, with the company expected to announce at least a Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. While the two devices will feature more cameras than their predecessors, a new leak highlights some absen...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:57:00 +0200
New Pixel 4 marketing material leaks out ahead of launch. (Source: @evleaks)

Evan Blass leaks official Pixel 4 renders and marketing shots

It might be hard to believe, but the Pixel 4 leaks keep coming. This time serial leaker Evan Blass has leaked official Pixel 4 renders and marketing shots ahead of its official launch next week.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 01:32:00 +0200
Android teases a dark theme for Google Maps. (Source: Instagram)

A dark theme for Google Maps is finally on the way

The Android Instagram page has recently posted a short video that hints at a dark theme for Google Maps in the near future. It appears to cause every aspect of the app, including the map-markings themselves, to conform to a color ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:21:00 +0200
The Pixelbook Go features a more rounded design than the current Pixelbook. (Source: 9to5Google)

Pixelbook Go caught in live photos ahead of launch

Google’s forthcoming Pixelbook Go has been leaked in full ahead of its launch. The device takes on a more rounded design language than previous Pixelbooks but remains very much focused on portability.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:00:00 +0200
Image via Evan Blass

Google may be working on a Pixel 4 with 5G

According to sources cited by the Nikkei Asian Review, Google may be working on a 5G-capable Pixel 4. The handset may be announced at Google's Pixel event on October 15th but likely wouldn't be available for months. However, consi...
Sam Medley, Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:11:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4 XL. (Source: The Verge)

New leak details the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL but there's a slight issue

The Google Pixel 4 phones are just about a week away from their official launch event. A new leak has revealed some previously unknown details about the phones and a particular specification of the smaller Pixel 4 may just leave f...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 14:02:00 +0200
Still not cheap: The upcoming Google Pixel 4. (Image source: Android Headlines)

Leaked Canadian pricing for the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL should leave fans breathing a little easier

Some launch prices for the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL flagship smartphones have been posted on Twitter by well-known tech insider Evan Blass. The prices are for the Canadian market, which show that the entry-level Google Pixel 4 with ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 05 Oct 2019 20:25:00 +0200
The first official render of the Pixel 4 has surfaced. (Source: @evleaks)

Google Pixel 4 revealed in full as official render leaks out

The Pixel 4 has already been quite heavily leaked ahead of its launch, including by Google itself. However, the first official render that clearly shows the entirety of the front and rear of the device has now surfaced as well.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 06:19:00 +0200
Motion Sense depends on at least 1 of these sensors. (Source: YouTube)

The Pixel 4 series' Project Soli music controls may have been leaked in more detail

Google has already conceded that numerous leaks concerning Motion Sense, a new ability in the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphones by which they can respond to various hand gestures, are valid. Now, a new report claims to list all the reg...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 19:38:00 +0200
The next Google Chromebook may be called the Pixelbook Go. (Source: The Inquirer)

Google's "Atlas" may be named the Pixelbook Go at its launch

Atlas is a code-name that has popped up in a few Chromebook-related leaks over the past few months. It is linked to development by Google and has been thrown around as a Pixelbook successor. Now, 9to5Google's sources claim that it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 19:19:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 family will be launched on October 15. (Image source: Daily Express)

Oh So Expensive: Google Pixel 4 color names leaked and retailer listings reveal premium prices

A couple of more Google Pixel 4-related leaks have surfaced, one concerning the apparently official names for the colors the smartphones will come in and another about the not inconsiderable price tags. According to one specific r...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:44:00 +0200
The Fossil Collider DIANA. (Source: Fossil)

Fossil's secret smartwatch sauce may mean no Pixel Watch this year

Business Insider has published a new report that claims to offer an insight into the development of Google-brand smartwatches. It also outlines the nature of the "secret" technology purchased by this company from Fossil, which all...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:42:00 +0200
Renders of the Google Pixel 4. (Source: Google)

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL confirmed for October 15 launch

Just like recent leaks claimed, the Google Pixel 4 phones will be launched at an event in New York on October 15. There's not much we don't know about the phones' hardware at this point, so we're a lot more interested in the softw...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:55:00 +0200
More users may be able to apply this theme soon. (Source: Android Police)

The Google Assistant and App is seeing a roll-out of dark theme again

Google Assistant had been reported to gain a dark theme at the start of 2019. However, this update did not get to all users at once. Now, it appears that the Mountain View giant is pushing this change again. This new roll-out, whi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 XL. (Source: The Verge)

Leaks point out a few expected deficiencies with the Pixel 4's cameras and all-round performance

The Google Pixel 4 phones are set for launch next month and a set of leaks have revealed even more about the upcoming flagships, with a focus on some of the deficiencies the devices may come saddled with, as is customary with Goog...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:31:00 +0200
These cameras may be divisive, but they may also be powerful. (Source: BGR)

The Pixel 4 series may rival the Galaxy Note 10s for camera features

The Google Camera app v7 has leaked out and has been torn down. This has resulted in references to a slew of new abilities that may debut in the Pixel 4 and 4XL. They include the Mountain View's versions of Samsung's Motion Blur a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:10:00 +0200
A wall outlet for the future. (Source: Leviton)

A new power socket with USB type C Power Delivery ports has modern devices in mind

Leviton's new duplex wall socket also has in-built USB outputs. These welcome and increasingly welcome upgrades to electrical fittings are type-C ports with the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard. This means they are rated to charge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:44:00 +0200
The soon to be retired Pixel 3. (Image source: Google)

Deal | The Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL are on sale again with US$300 off all models

There is nothing like a sale to get rid of old stock ahead of a new product release. While all the talk has recently been about the huge volume of Pixel 4 and 4 XL leaks, Google is running a sale on all Pixel 3 and 3 XL models. Yo...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:06:00 +0200
Google Pixel 4 XL prototype (Source: via Android Community)

Pixel 4 XL prototype shows up in Vietnam, 90 Hz display and round main camera module in tow

The soon-to-be-released Google Pixel 4 XL is back in a new unofficial video that does not leave much to be discovered at launch. The video shows the upcoming flagship device with a round camera module on the back that makes it sim...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:36:00 +0200
Google Assistant may gain the ability to tell when a call comes off hold. (Source: Google)

Pixel users may soon be able to get the Google Assistant to go on hold for them

9to5Google claims to have learned that Google has a new Call Screen-like function for the Assistant in the works. It may become known as "Hold my Phone", and will enable a device's AI to handle a phonecall that has gone on hold by...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:25:00 +0200
Black, white, orange, green or blue? (Image source: @Queliansanz26)

Black, white, orange, green or blue? Leaked Pixel 4 promotional video points to more than three colours for Google's next flagship

Apple is hosting its "Special Event" tomorrow, but the internet is talking about the Pixel 4. Why? Well, an apparent Pixel 4 promotional video has leaked online, the timing of which is suspect, to say the least. Google may have a ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 09 Sep 2019 22:13:00 +0200
Does the increase in Pixel 4 leaks concide with Apple's launch event next week? (Image source: Google)

What is with all the Google Pixel 4 leaks this week?

If the recent volume of leaks is anything to go by, then the Pixel 4 series is edging ever nearer to being unveiled. While the bezels and square rear-facing camera housing may put off many people, Google may have a few technologic...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:15:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4 has been accused of being an iPhone 11 clone. (Image source: Twitter/Ben Geskin)

An Apple Special Event is coming, so time for a coincidental Google Pixel 4 leak: Handsets in black, white, and orange

An image showing three Google Pixel 4 smartphones in different colors has seemingly leaked on Weibo. Unsurprisingly, both a black and white SKU are visible, but the choice for the third color has caused some eyebrows to be raised....
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 07 Sep 2019 19:35:00 +0200
The Pixel 3's replacement may have finally appeared on Geekbench. (Source: Digital Trends)

Update | The latest Pixel 4 Geekbench leak is the most confusing yet

The anticipated successor to the Pixel 3 has appeared on Geekbench. It shows that the device has 4GB of RAM, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and runs Android 10. Therefore, it stands a decent chance of actually being a Google...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Sep 2019 18:32:00 +0200
Image via Google

Android 10 released for Pixel handsets, some Essential Phones

The latest version of Android, Android 10, is now rolling out to all Pixel handsets and non-Sprint Essential Phones. The update brings some dramatic changes to the look and feel of Android; navigation is shifting to a fully gestur...
Sam Medley, Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:48:00 +0200
Anyone for big bezels? (Image source: Google)

Still interested in the Google Pixel 4?

Are you looking forward to the Pixel 4? Well, a new leak allegedly showing the Pixel 4 in the flesh will give you a better idea of what Google's next flagship will look like. Jump in to see what else the leaked pictures reveal.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:51:00 +0200

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