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This particular wallpaper can potentially soft-brick your Android smartphone. (Image Source: Ice Universe on Twitter)

PSA | Cursed wallpaper soft-bricks several Android phones: Details and possible workarounds

It has been found that a certain wallpaper can soft-brick several Android phones particularly newer Samsung phones and Google Pixels. Apparently, this is due to Android's SystemUI not being able to handle the higher Google Skia co...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:46:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4 phones were released in October. (Source: CNET)

Rumor | Google Pixel 5 launch may be delayed

Google's Pixel flagships usually debut in October, but there's a chance the Pixel 5 could be different, as word on the grapevine claims the phone may be delayed. The Pixel 5 is expected to eschew the Snapdragon 865 in favor of a c...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 21 May 2020 22:05:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 5 could have a US$699 price tag. (Image Source: Jon Prosser, Front Page Tech)

"Premium" Google Pixel 5 powered by Snapdragon 765G could be priced at US$699: Is Google shooting itself in the foot or is the pricing just about right?

The upcoming Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 could be priced at US$349 and US$699, respectively as indicated by a recent Google Opinion Rewards survey. While the Pixel 4a pricing makes it a good alternative to the iPhone SE 2020, it r...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 20 May 2020 02:33:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 has sold poorly. (Source: CNN)

The Google Pixel 5 could be a more affordable phone for the masses

The Google Pixel 4 had a number of significant flaws but the most fatal of all was pricing, as the phones didn't offer value analogous to their launch prices. Things could change with the Pixel 5, however, as a new report claims G...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 17 May 2020 11:27:00 +0200
Early renders of the Google Pixel 4a. (Source: OnLeaks)

Google Pixel 4a billed to be cheaper than the iPhone SE

The Google Pixel 4a was initially expected to start at US$399, but a new leak claims the phone could be US$50 cheaper. This would make it cheaper than the iPhone SE, the biggest challenger to the Pixel 4a in the mid-range segment.
Ricci Rox, Fri, 15 May 2020 09:56:00 +0200
The Pixel 3a's successor may not launch in May 2020 after all. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 4a's launch may be even later in 2020 than previously thought

An earlier leak asserted that Google had chosen May 22, 2020 as the launch date for its new mid-ranger, the Pixel 4a. However, an update from the same source now purports to push this event further back into June. It may or may no...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 May 2020 19:39:00 +0200
Really Gray: The Google Pixel 4 XL has never been seen like this. (Image source: Taobao)

Really Gray: The Google Pixel 4 XL has never been seen like this

Google has released three colour variants of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL so far, but a fourth has appeared on a Chinese auction site. Adorned in a matte grey finish, the device can be had for CNY 2,699, equivalent to around US$380.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 07 May 2020 23:01:00 +0200
The Sony Xperia 10 II. (Source: Sony)

Xperia 10 II pricing officially revealed as camera samples surface; an iPhone SE alternative for Android lovers?

The Xperia 10 II is now available for pre-order in Europe, and Sony has also confirmed its pricing in the UK. Camera samples from the phone have also surfaced, showing off the capabilities of the phone's versatile triple camera se...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 05 May 2020 23:56:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 4a shows up on Geekbench. (Image Source: OnLeaks)

Google Pixel 4a with Snapdragon 730 surfaces on Geekbench, slightly trails behind the Xiaomi Mi 9T

The upcoming Google Pixel 4a has surfaced on Geekbench confirming some of its specs such as the Snapdragon 730 and 6 GB RAM. While the Pixel 4a stands to offer an excellent camera and stock Android 10 experience, it has to compete...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 05 May 2020 08:14:00 +0200
This photo was allegedly taken with the 4a's selfie camera. (Source: TecnoLike Plus)

The Pixel 4a's full camera specs are allegedly detailed in a new leak

The Cuban vlogger TecnoLike Plus has already purported to have reviewed the Google Pixel 4a's cameras well ahead of its launch. Now, the same source has leaked this phone's relevant specs in more detail. It seems the phone has the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 03 May 2020 22:51:00 +0200
Early renders of the Google Pixel 4a. (Source: OnLeaks)

Google Pixel 4a: Camera samples from Google's imminent mid-range champ offer mixed results in Redmi Note 7 comparison

The Google Pixel 4a is billed to launch later this month. The phone is expected to edge the competition with its camera performance, and one would envisage it to show an overwhelming dominance if pitted against a Redmi Note 7. Rea...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 01 May 2020 10:50:00 +0200
Pixel 4a will hit the shelves on May 22nd

Google Pixel 4a slated for a late May release, according to leaked documents

With Google I/O 2020 canceled entirely, there was some uncertainty around the Google Pixel 4a series' release date. Internal documents sourced from Vodafone Germany indicate that Google's upcoming Pixel 4a will hit the shelves on ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 15:27:00 +0200
The Pixel Buds 2 are now out there. (Source: Google)

Update | Wild Pixel Buds 2 appear on Google's US Store

Today, (April 27, 2020) a new app for Google's Pixel Buds 2 went live on the Play Store. It was even more unexpectedly followed by the TWS earphones themselves on the Mountain View giant's store. They support OEM-specific features...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:29:00 +0200
Ensured software updates for a long time: Google Pixel 4 XL

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Google keeps its smartphones interesting

With its regular software updates, Google not only brings the Android security patches to its smartphones, but their functionality is also expanded. This keeps ...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 6.3" | 193 g
Mike Wobker, Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:30:00 +0200
Google Pixel 4 XL

86% Google Pixel 4 XL Smartphone Review: Longer battery life thanks to a larger battery

The larger Pixel smartphone. Google offers the Pixel 4 also in an XL version, whose size allows for a more powerful battery. Not only is the battery capacity sufficient to run the larger display, but it also improves on the overall endurance of the smartphone.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 6.3" | 193 g
Mike Wobker, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:23:00 +0200
Whitechapel may extend beyond Pixel smartphones. (Image source: Axios)

Whitechapel: Google's custom 5 nm Exynos SoC may be coming to Pixels and Chromebooks, but not the Pixel 5

Rumour has it that Google has already received working versions of its custom Exynos SoC, developed in partnership with Samsung. Codenamed Whitechapel, the 8-core ARM chip is said to be based on a 5 nm process. While there has bee...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 11:05:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 is US$350 off at Best Buy for 24-hours. (Source: Google)

Pick up a Pixel 4 at Best Buy for just $449, a $350 saving

US customers can save a whopping $350 on a Pixel 4 during Best Buy’s current 24-hour sale. The price is valid with a same day activation making it great value for a flagship handset.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 13 Apr 2020 06:21:00 +0200
The Sony Xperia 10 II. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia 10 II billed to launch for US$400 - An iPhone SE 2 and Pixel 4a competitor?

The Sony Xperia 10 II was unveiled back in February but is unlikely to hit store shelves until June at the earliest. When it does, it's expected to carry a price tag in the region of US$400, which places it in competition with the...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 11 Apr 2020 08:33:00 +0200
The camera design of the Pixel 4a XL looks surprisingly like that of the Pixel 4 series, pictured. (Image source: Google)

Is the Google Pixel 4a XL on its way after all?

A listing imaginatively titled "Google Pixel 4a XL Replacement New Battery Back Cover Door" has appeared on eBay France, sparking rumours about Google releasing a second mid-range Pixel this year. While Google has apparently cance...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:43:00 +0200
Duplex is now available in Australia, Canada and the UK. (Source: Google)

Google Duplex reaches Canada, UK and Australia

Google has continued its progressive global rollout of Duplex, its AI-powered automated phone booking service for Android smartphones. The latest countries to receive the functionality include Canada, the United Kingdom and Austra...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:11:00 +0200
This SoC is unlikely to be an Exynos the sort of which the world has become used to. (Source: The Verge)

The Google Pixel 5 could sport a custom-built 5nm Exynos SoC featuring Cortex-A78 cores

Reports a few weeks ago touted Google to eschew the Snapdragon 865 in its Pixel 5 plans. A new report has now surfaced, claiming that Samsung is working on a customized SoC for Google, built on a next-gen 5nm manufacturing node an...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 23:34:00 +0200
Google announced the Pixel Buds 2 last year. (Source: Google)

Potential Pixel Buds 2 dark clouds appear as pre-orders are canceled

Google's upcoming Pixel Buds 2 are billed for a spring release. The true wireless earbuds were put on pre-order at a third-party retail store a while ago, but it would appear that all orders have now been canceled, the implication...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 23:32:00 +0200
Will the Pixel 4a be a lukewarm upgrade over its under-specced predecessor? (Image source: Dave Lee)

Opinion | Will the Pixel 4a be a lukewarm upgrade over its under-specced predecessor?

With leaked retail boxes and final hardware specifications appearing online almost simultaneously, it is easy to get swept up in news about the Pixel 4a. Is it just a modest upgrade from the Pixel 3a, though? Current information w...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:58:00 +0200
Is Google developing a new 2-in-1 Pixelbook? (Image source: Google)

More evidence that Google is developing a new AMD-powered 2-in-1 Pixelbook hits Geekbench

Google threw a curveball with the Pixelbook Go last year, eschewing the 2-in-1 design of the Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate. However, new evidence suggests that it will return to a 2-in-1 design and that it has already put the devi...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:07:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 XL, the most-convenient flagship smartphone that you probably overlooked. (Image source: Forbes)

Weekend Discussion | Is the Pixel 4 XL an unfairly overlooked flagship?

With Google offering sizable cashback on the Pixel 4 series right now, we thought we would give the Pixel 4 XL a try. After a few weeks of use and ahead of our full review, the Pixel 4 XL is the most-convenient flagship smartphone...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 13:20:00 +0200
This is the second sighting of new Pixel Buds listings this week. (Image source: Google)

Second-generation TWS Google Pixel Buds hit FCC ahead of anticipated Q2 2020 release

Following the Taiwanese regulator NCC certifying a new set of Google TWS earbuds, they have now been cleared by the FCC. The second-generation Google Pixel Buds will feature 12 mm dynamic drivers, USB C charging and up to 24 hours...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:06:00 +0100
(Image Source: Jon Prosser, Front Page Tech)

No more flagship Pixels: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 765G 5G

The upcoming Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL may not be flagship phones, if a recent teardown of a pre-release version of the Google Camera app for the Pixel 4a is any indication. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL are likely to be powered ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 15 Mar 2020 10:07:00 +0100
Renders of the Pixel 4a. (Source: OnLeaks)

Google Pixel 4a touted to offer much better performance than the Pixel 3a

Google is set to release the Pixel 4a soon. The phone is billed to offer much-improved performance over its predeccessor, the Pixel 3a, with a new leak touting faster storage, more RAM, and a more powerful SoC.
Ricci Rox, Sat, 14 Mar 2020 08:56:00 +0100
Is this the Google Pixel 4a? (Source: YouTube)

The Pixel 4a will have a 60Hz refresh rate, according to its new near-full specs leak

A Spanish-language vlogger claims to have access to video showing a working unit of the upcoming Pixel 4a. This leak alleges that the phone has a 5.81-inch FHD+ display with a distinctly standard refresh rate. Its SoC, internal me...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Mar 2020 22:27:00 +0100
Early renders of the Pixel 4a. (Source: OnLeaks x 91Mobiles)

These may be the first live images of the Google Pixel 4a

We're not that far away from the release of the Google Pixel 4a phones, and a new leak has now given us a look at what are said to be live images of the phone. Notable takeaways include a hole punch, and the absence of any seconda...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 08 Mar 2020 11:53:00 +0100
Google I/O 2020 has been officially cancelled. (Source: Google)

Google cancels I/0 2020 over coronavirus

Google has officially canceled Google I/O 2020 due to coronavirus concerns. As with cancellations of other events, it is a significant blow as it is the annual software showcase for the company that also usually features some hard...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 04 Mar 2020 10:51:00 +0100
Supposed Pixel 5 renders. (Source: Jon Prosser, Front Page Tech)

Purported Google Pixel 5 renders may leave Pixel fans bewildered

A new leak has revealed what is supposed to be early renders of Google's next flagship phone, the Pixel 5. An extra lens looks to be added and the Soli Radar system could make a re-appearance. The real bone of contention, however,...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:58:00 +0100
Verizon says it will keep selling the Pixels of the future. (Source: Amazon)

Verizon refutes a report that it will not sell the Pixel 5

Verizon has provided Google's own-brand phones through its stores since their first generation. However, the latest leak on this subject alleged that the carrier would not continue on with the Pixel 5. The company has refuted thes...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:58:00 +0100
No, Android 11 DP1 isn't here yet. (Source: GSMArena)

Google builds hype for the Android 11 Developer Preview by mistake

Earlier (on February 13, 2020), Android Police spotted a page for a new Android Developer Preview on this OEM's website. However, its download links never went live. Now, this page is back to its old Android 10 self, suggesting th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 21:00:00 +0100
Yeah, we doubt that this is the Pixel 5. (Image source: Front Page Tech)

Rumour | This is what the Google Pixel 5 XL apparently looks like

Fancy a look at the Pixel 5 XL nine months before Google releases it? Well, that is what Jon Prosser and Front Page Tech claim to be offering, at least. Unconvinced? Yeah, so are we.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:35:00 +0100
The Galaxy S20 series.

Galaxy S10e owners get shafted in the Galaxy S20 trade-in program

Samsung has opened up its Galaxy S20 series trade-in program for reservers and there looks to be a few issues with it. For one, owners of the Galaxy S10e get the short end of the stick.
Ricci Rox, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:43:00 +0100
The Google Pixel 2 XL received a very good score of 88% in our review.

Android 10 update headaches skipped by Google Pixel 2 XL enjoying Android R

There have been plenty of headlines written in regard to smartphone owners waiting to receive an update to Android 10. However, smartphones are definitely not created equally, as an image of a Google Pixel 2 XL running on an alleg...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 10:45:00 +0100
A forthcoming update to Google Translate will bring the sci-fi world of Star Trek one step closer to reality. (Source: Google)

Star Trek's universal translator comes one step closer to reality with Google Translate update

Google has been working hard to bring all sorts of AI-powered smarts to Android smartphones for some time. The latest application of this technology will bring Android closer to realizing the Star Trek vision of universal translat...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:49:00 +0100
The Nexus 6P case claimants should receive their payments soon. (Source: Amazon)

The Nexus 6P settlement is on the brink of paying out

Recently, the Google/Huawei Nexus 6P was the subject of a class action lawsuit in which the claimants experienced a disproportional amount of battery drain, bootloops or both. This case was settled, and the beneficiaries have now ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:56:00 +0100
The Google Camera app may have been upgraded to support 24fps recording. (Source: Google)

The latest Google Camera app update allegedly hints at new 24fps feature

Google Camera has just been updated to version 7.3.017 on the Play Store. A new report allegedly based on a teardown of its APK specifies the ability to record at 24 frames per second (fps). This option may pertain to upcoming pho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:10:00 +0100
Biometrics were more of a thing back in the Exynos 8895's day. (Source: Samsung)

A hugely dubious leak alleges the Pixel 4a will rock an old Exynos SoC

A new leak posted to the Geekbench 5 database purports to spill some of the upcoming Google Pixel 4a's specs. However, this "leak" is particularly unreliable, not the least as it makes the bold claim that the OEM will switch from ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100
A Pixel 4 was caught running Android 11. (Source: CNN)

Google Pixel 4 caught running Android 11 ahead of Developer Preview 1 release

The first developer preview for Android 10 went live in March last year. We expect the same release timeframe for Android 11 this year, and the fact that a Pixel 4 has been found running Android 11 on a benchmark supports that not...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:31:00 +0100
Our best look at a Google Pixel 4a so far. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @91Mobiles)

Do not discount the Pixel 4a XL yet: Probable new Pixel codenames appear in AOSP repository

A Pixel 4a XL may still be in the works, according to XDA Developers. The website claims to have spotted three new codenames in an AOSP repository, which may point to two new devices and potentially a development board.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:19:00 +0100
Alphabet joins Apple, Amazon and Microsoft with a US$1 trillion market cap. (Source: Alphabet)

Alphabet crests US$1 trillion market cap thanks to Google

Alphabet has become the US fourth company to crest the US$1 trillion market cap. This puts it up there with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft which are the only other companies to achieve the milestone.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:34:00 +0100
Google Stadia will get over 120 games in 2020

Google Stadia to get over 120 new games in 2020, 10 of which will be exclusives

A Google Stadia spokesperson stated that the platform will be getting over 120 games in 2020, of which 10 will be exclusives. The company also promised some QoL upgrades such as 4K gaming on the web, better Google Assistant functi...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:16:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a will keep the headphone jack. (Source: 91Mobiles x OnLeaks)

First images of the Google Pixel 4a throw up a few surprises

The Pixel 3a was one of the best smartphone releases of the year, in stark contrast to the Pixel 4 phones. Google will be hoping to build on that success with the Pixel 4a, and a new report has now revealed more than ever before o...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 09:08:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 Pro lost to the OnePlus 7T Pro in the very first round after messing up the white balance in its shot. (Source: Gadgets Now)

MKBHD's 2019 blind smartphone camera test throws up a few surprises

Last year, popular YouTube tech channel Marques Brownlee hosted a blind smartphone camera test that had some shocking results—with the US$300 Pocophone F1 finishing in second place. This year's version is just as interesting, as i...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:05:00 +0100
The Pixel 3a XL. (Source: T3)

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are currently at their cheapest ever - US$120 off!

The Pixel 3a phones are widely regarded as being some of the most recommendable devices in the market right now, especially in the US. The 3a and 3a XL have MSRPs of US$399 and US$479 respectively, but can now be had with a massiv...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:03:00 +0100
eSIMs may have a bright future. (Source: Medium)

The eSIM market is now thought to be worth US$700 million by the end of 2019

The eSIM market is thought to be capable of growing rapidly in terms of shipment volumes until 2025. New research on the same subject now shows that its value will exceed US$700 million by the end of the year. This may be driven b...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:37:00 +0100
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down their respective roles as CEO and President of Alphabet. (Source: Getty)

Larry Page, Sergey Brin step down from Alphabet, Sundar Pichai takes over the reins

In a bombshell announcement, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping aside from their roles as Alphabet CEO and Chairman, respectively. In their place, long-trusted lieutenant Sundar Picha...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 02:24:00 +0100


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