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Google's next smartphone may be the Pixel 5a, pictured. (Image source: OnLeaks)

Google tipped to release two new Pixel devices in Q2 2021; new Pixel smartphone coming in mid-June

Google is expected to release two new Pixel devices in Q2 2021, and one in as soon as mid-April. According to a new report, a third-generation Pixel Buds will arrive first and will be followed by a new Pixel smartphone in June. In...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:14:00 +0100
Google's latest feature drop introduces several refinements to its Pixel smartphones. (Image source: Google)

Google adds new features to the Pixel 3, Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 series with its March 2021 update

We are only two days into March, but Google has already started distributed new features to its Pixel smartphones. This month, the company has added the option of measuring heart rates using a camera and has improved sleep mode, a...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:55:00 +0100
Recent Google Pixel smartphones offer emergency features that could save lives in some instances. (Image source: Luca - Unsplash)

Google's Pixel car crash detection comes to the rescue by potentially saving a man's life

An often forgotten about feature of Google Pixel smartphones has potentially saved someone's life. Unfortunately, car crash detection remains a Pixel-exclusive and is only available in three Anglophonic countries.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 20:59:00 +0100
A foldable Pixel concept design. (Image: Macrumors)

Prosser: Google Pixel "Fold" is real and in development

Google is working on a foldable Pixel according to tipster Jon Prosser. Prosser’s remarks align with rumors of a foldable Pixel which surfaced in the middle of last year. While exciting news, it does raise questions about Google’s...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:08:00 +0100
Here's what the Google Pixel 5a could look like (image via @OnLeaks)

Leaked Google Pixel 5a renders shed light on some of its design aspects, screen size, and more

Veteran leaker OnLeaks has obtained some Google Pixel 5a renders. It looks nearly identical to its predecessor, complete with the same screen size, selfie camera placement, camera layout and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner locati...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 10:20:00 +0100
The Pixel 6 could bring a two-pronged approach to biometric authentication. (Image: Google)

Google Pixel 6 could bring back face unlock, intro under-display fingerprint sensor

Google could be set to bring back a facial recognition system for the Pixel 6 after dumping it for the Pixel 5. The Pixel 6 could also introduce an under-display fingerprint sensor in Pixel for the first time with a biometric auth...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 07:02:00 +0100
Welcome to the new look and feel of Android 12. (Image: XDA Developers)

Android 12 makes its first unofficial appearance

An early build of Google’s next iteration of Android appears to have leaked from documentation targeted at developers. The screenshots show a considerably overhauled UI along with the introduction of what could be a new approach t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:28:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 (Pro model pictured) have sold in their millions in the US market. (Image source: Apple/Counterpoint - edited)

Gargantuan iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 sales help Apple almost erase Motorola and Alcatel from the US market as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 just keep Google alive

A Counterpoint report has stated that Apple managed to sell over 9.5 million iPhones in the US market alone in December 2020. This gave the iPhone 12 maker a huge 64% of the market share, leaving Samsung in second on 20%. Google m...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 07 Feb 2021 10:51:00 +0100
An upcoming Google Fit update will utilise cameras to measure heart rates and breathing. (Image source: Daniel Romero)

Google Pixel smartphones will soon be able to measure heart rates and breathing via cameras

Google is bringing some clever features to its current crop of Pixel smartphones. According to a blog post, its smartphones will soon be capable of measuring heart rates and breathing without needing a smartwatch. The features sho...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 14:12:00 +0100
The HTC-made Pixel 2 XL has some thick bezels. (Image source: Calyx Hikari)

Pixel 2 XL prototype unit appears online, offering an insight into why Google chose LG over HTC for its flagship smartphone of 2017

Someone has got their hands on the Pixel 2 XL 'muskie', the cancelled version of Google's flagship smartphone of 2017. Produced by HTC, the muskie went big on bezels, so it is no wonder that Google eventually went with LG for the ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 19:33:00 +0100
Samsung will be hoping S21 series sales do better than the S20's. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's trade-in program for the Galaxy S21 series is pretty darn good

After launching the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra today, Samsung has also opened its trade-in program for the series. It's pretty good, actually, with Galaxy S10 series owners being able to trade in their phones for a massiv...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 18:16:00 +0100
The green-accented unlocked 4a (5G) is on the way. (Source: Google)

Google's Clearly White color option is coming to the non-Verizon Pixel 4a 5G

The 5G version of the Pixel 4a launched in just one color: black. Unless, of course, you went with the Verizon-exclusive white option instead. However, Google has now announced it is releasing unlocked SKUs of device in both color...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:07:00 +0100
Likely fake Pixel 5a live images show 6 GB + 128 GB configuration. (Image source: SlashLeaks)

Alleged Google Pixel 5a live images leaked but there is something distinctly fishy about them

Supposed Google Pixel 5a live images have been leaked online. Four photos of the smartphone reveal a few interesting tidbits about the rumored device; however, there is something fishy about the real-life pictures. It has been sug...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:09:00 +0100
The Galaxy S20 Ultra was the first disappointing phone in a year that too many of those. (Source: NextPit)

Looking back, 2020 was a pretty bad year for smartphone enthusiasts

2020 will go down as one of the worst years in history and that's a sentiment that should also be echoed by keen lovers of the smartphone world. Starting with the underwhelming Galaxy S20 Ultra, to the Galaxy Note 20 with its plas...
Column by Ricci Rox, Fri, 01 Jan 2021 09:26:00 +0100
The Pixel 5 Pro is supposedly real and in development. (Image source: Google)

The Google Pixel 5 Pro is purported to be in development

The Google Pixel 5 Pro is a real device, according to a new report. While probably not the device that someone claimed to have photos of last week, suppliers are reputedly already developing panels for something called a Pixel 5 P...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 16 Dec 2020 01:07:00 +0100
Could the Z Flip get a Lite variant in 2021? (Source: Samsung)

OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Google are now touted to join Samsung in 2021's foldable arena

Several prominent mobile device OEMs have been rumored to enter the foldables market fairly soon. Now, a new tip from a display-focused leaker indicates that pretty much all of them will do so by the second half of 2021 (2H2021). ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:21:00 +0100
The Google Pixel 5 Pro, apparently. (Image source: /LEAKS)

Leaked pictures of the Google Pixel 5 Pro appear online

Pictures of an apparent Pixel 5 Pro have appeared on /LEAKS. Apparently, the Pixel 5 Pro has no visible front-facing camera, which has lead to speculation that it has an under-screen one. Not all seems right with the leak, though.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 09 Dec 2020 14:19:00 +0100
The Pixel 2 is out of official support. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 2 series' latest software update is its last

Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL had been included in the Android 11 beta program, and has also been cut in to the latest security patch issued directly from its Mountain View-based OEM. However, after 3 years of being on the market, thi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Dec 2020 23:26:00 +0100
The Pixel 5 may have a hole for wireless charging, but it is still more structurally stable than its predecessor. (Image source: JerryRigEverything)

The Google Pixel 5 has a hole for wireless charging, but bio-resin saves the day

The Pixel 5 has a sizeable hole in its back panel, but JerryRigEverything has demonstrated that it is nothing to worry about. Instead, it turns out that the Pixel 5 is more resistant to being twisted and abused, despite its cut ou...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 03 Dec 2020 20:31:00 +0100
The Barely Blue edition of the Pixel 4a will only be available in the US and Japan. (Image source: Google)

Google announces a Barely Blue limited edition version of the Pixel 4a

Google has unveiled a new colour option for the Pixel 4a. Called Barely Blue, the colour will be a limited edition variant only available in the US and Japan.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 23:52:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a 5G is released to more markets. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 4a (5G) is now available to pre-order in some European countries

Today, (November 5, 2020) Google has released the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a for pre-orders in Germany, France, the UK and Ireland. As with its flagship sibling, the 5, they come with an offer of free Bose wireless headphones with...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:39:00 +0100
Apparently, gaps between the display and chassis of the Pixel 5 are a 'normal part' of the smartphone's design. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Google dismisses concerns about Pixel 5 display and chassis gaps as 'a normal part of the design' of the smartphone

It is normal for your Pixel 5 to have noticeable gaps between its display and chassis, according to Google. Apparently, any gaps should not affect dust and water resistance or the functionality of handsets, but people remain uncon...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 04 Nov 2020 15:32:00 +0100
Google is no longer good enough to earn a spot in DxOMark's top 10 smartphone leaderboard. (Image source: DxOMark)

The Google Pixel 5 fails to impress in camera tests

The limits of Google's strategy of pairing old camera hardware with excellent software have been shown in a series of camera tests published by DxOMark. There may well be some flaws in DxOMark's methodology, but it seems that Goog...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:52:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may be joined early next year by a flagship Pixel smartphone. (Image source: Google)

Google CEO promises exciting hardware for 2021 as Q1 2021 flagship Pixel rumours emerge

Google has exciting hardware in the works for 2021, according to company representatives. One of these devices could be a flagship Pixel smartphone, which will reputedly launch as early as March 2021.
Alex Alderson, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 20:59:00 +0100
Future Pixel smartphones will be receiving a sustainability upgrade. (Image source: Daniel Romero)

Google commits itself to new environmental goals, including plastic-free packaging, by 2025

Google has announced several new initiatives to improve the environmental friendliness of its Pixel smartphones. From 2025, the packaging of Google's smartphones will be plastic-free, while at least 50% recycled or renewable plast...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:43:00 +0100
The Mophie Juice Pack Connect works with any Qi-enabled smartphone. (Image: Zagg)

Mophie Juice Pack Connect is a mobile MagSafe alternative for any phone

Mophie has released its latest Qi-enabled wireless battery charger, but this one has a twist. The new Mophie Juice Pack Connect has a modular design that clips on the back of any Qi-enabled smartphone to give it a wireless battery...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:10:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a can be had for a steal on a new Google Fi subscription. (Image: Google)

Get a Pixel 4a on Google Fi sub for just US$15 a month with latest offer

If you’re in the US and are keen to pick up a great deal, Google Fi has a new offer on the Pixel 4a. Depending on which plan you sign up to, you can get the Pixel 4a for just US$216.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:13:00 +0200
An example of the issue affecting some Pixel 5 handsets. (Image source: Dominik Wehner)

Google Pixel 5 screen gap issue is under investigation by company officials

The Pixel 5 screen gap issue, where some displays have separated from the phone body, is being investigated by Google. The investigation may take a few days, according to Forbes.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:40:00 +0200
Does your Pixel 5 have a similar issue to the one shown here? (Image source: Android Police)

Some early Google Pixel 5 units are exhibiting quality control issues

Have you noticed a small gap between the display and the body of your Google Pixel 5? Well, some early units are suffering from such an issue, and it is affected both the Sorta Sage and Just Black versions.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:40:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a may run faster on Android 10 than Android 11. (Image source: Google)

Android 11 may be slowing down some smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL

Android 11 may be slowing down smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL, HotHardware has discovered. The two Google smartphones perform demonstrably worse in benchmarks running Android 11 than they do on Android 10; the websit...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 18:48:00 +0200
Is the Pixel 5 a smash hit already? (Source: Google)

Google runs out of Pixel 5 units to pre-order in several European countries

Google's latest Pixel-series flagship had been released for pre-orders in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK until October 15, 2020. However, this option is now no longer actionable in either of these countries. Similarly, if you...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 10 Oct 2020 20:16:00 +0200
The first claimed Pixel 5 unboxing. (Source: YouTube)

The first Pixel 5 'hands-on' video may reveal some performance, UX and camera details early

Google launched its latest flagship, the Pixel 5, at the end of September 2020. However, unboxings, first impressions or reviews of this new phone are yet to emerge on YouTube. Then again, one UK-based vlogger claims to have the d...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 18:17:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 delivers stereo sound through a bottom firing speaker as well as a new under-display top speaker. (Image: Google)

The Pixel 5 helps keep its top bezel slim with an under-display speaker

Google’s Pixel 5 differs from the Pixel 4 series in a number of ways, one of which is that it is missing the large top bezel of its predecessor. The new top bezel is much thinner, but this is not just because the Soli radar chip a...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:32:00 +0200
Google is giving away £259.95 headphones with Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders. (Image source: EE)

Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders boosted with free Bose QC35 II headphones following the collapse of its smartphone business

The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) are here, and Google is offering a pair of Bose QC35 II headphones with pre-orders in multiple countries. The reason for bundling such expensive headphones with pre-orders may owe to the state of Goog...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:29:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 finally launches. (Source: Google)

Google launches the Pixel 5 and 4a (5G) along with new connected-home products

Today (September 30, 2020), Google has finally made the 5G Pixels official. They are the flagship 5 and the new version of the 4a, which of course come with Android 11 out of the box. These phones have been joined by the Chromecas...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 30 Sep 2020 21:57:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) is expected to have a polycarbonate back. (Image source: John Lewis)

Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) prototype shows how glass or aluminium models could have looked

A leaked Pixel 4a (5G) prototype has shown that Google may have been experimenting with glass and aluminium versions of the device. As it stands, Google is expected to release the Pixel 4a (5G) with a plastic back, as it has with ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:58:00 +0200
The Galaxy S20 FE. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE US$599 price tag puts pressure on the OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was released earlier in the week and is already listed for pre-order on stores like Amazon and B&H with a US$599 price tag. Comparatively, the OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5 have been touted to be prices higher t...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:15:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 blends the design of the Pixel 4 with the Pixel 4a. (Image source: Evan Blass)

Leaked Google Pixel 5 marketing renders confirm green colour option

Leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that Google has a green edition in the works. The muted colour scheme wraps around the back and frame of the device, unlike the Pixel 4 series. The device will be available with a Snapdr...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:56:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) as shown by John Lewis. (Image source: John Lewis)

Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) marketing renders confirm relatively large chin and dual cameras for US$499 smartphone

John Lewis has, perhaps mistakenly, revealed the design of the Pixel 4a (5G) before its release next week. Google's mid-tier smartphone for this year will share many of its components with the Pixel 5, except for its rather larger...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:52:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will apparently have a plastic back, despite its launch price of €629. (Image source: Dave Lee)

Updated | New Google Pixel 5 leak points to a plastic back as a headphone jack is confirmed for the Pixel 4a (5G)

The Google Pixel 5 will have a plastic back, according to YouTuber Dave Lee. The Pixel 4a (5G) will be the larger of the two models and will be the only one to feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Google will announce both the Pixel 5...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 23 Sep 2020 23:01:00 +0200
It seems that the Pixel 4a (5G) is the larger of the two devices here. (Image source: Google)

Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) details confirm that it will have a larger screen, less RAM and a smaller battery than the Pixel 5

Details about the Google Pixel 4a (5G) have leaked, confirming almost every aspect about the upcoming mid-range smartphone. A 6.2-inch and 60 Hz OLED screen is headed to the Pixel 4a (5G), as is 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:32:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will be more compact than the Pixel 4 series. (Image source: Roland Quandt & WinFuture)

Leaked Google Pixel 5 details confirm Snapdragon 765G, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and the design of upcoming €629 smartphone

New leaks have confirmed nearly every aspect of the Google Pixel 5, which is due to arrive on September 30. The €629 device will feature a 6.0-inch display, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Additionall...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:13:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may not be released until October 15. (Image source: Google)

Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) release date of October 15 offered by UK retailer

Google's next smartphones will not be released until October 15 according to a UK retailer listing, despite their announcement on September 30. Google has stated the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) the two devices will be available to p...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:45:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi 8 will have to cloak itself as a Google Pixel 4a for this custom ROM. (Image source: Xiaomi/Google - edited)

Xiaomi Mi 8 gets a Google Pixel 3 Android 11 port and the Mi 9T (Redmi K20) is stable thanks to the AOSP 11.0 custom ROM

Both the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 9T (also known as the Redmi K20) have received new custom ROM support that gives owners the chance to try out the Android 11 experience. The Mi 8 might have to camouflage itself as a Google Pixel 4a for...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:46:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in two colours. (Image source: Google)

Early Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) retailer listings confirm two colours and sole 128 GB storage option

The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only come with 128 GB of storage, according to several early retailer listings. Google will unveil the devices in two colours on September 30 too, giving fans more choice than it does with the Pi...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:25:00 +0200
It is unclear why Google cancelled this 'Blue' Pixel 4a. (Image source: 9to5Google)

Kinda Blue: The Google Pixel 4a has never been seen like this

A second colour of the Google Pixel 4a has been uncovered. The location of the finding confirms that Google was close to releasing the Pixel 4a in two colours rather than Just Black, as is currently the case.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:51:00 +0200
The Pixel 5, according to a new leak. (Source: Twitter)

Google sets a date for the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G launch

The Pixel 5 - not to mention the 5G variant of the 4a - have been anticipated for quite some time. Now, Google has finally confirmed a date for the launch of these new smartphones. This event will also see the debut of the latest ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:09:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will come with at least 128 GB of storage. (Image source: XDA Developers)

New leaked Google Pixel 5 images confirm 128 GB storage option and symmetrical bezel

New leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that at least 128 GB of storage is headed the way of Google's next flagship smartphone. The photos have highlighted the device's symmetrical bezels too, which will make a pleasant ch...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Sep 2020 18:05:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a is now orderable in eight more countries. (Image source: Google)

The Google Pixel 4a is now orderable in eight more countries with 3 months of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium included

The first new Pixel smartphone of 2020 is now available to pre-order in 8 more countries. Google has bundled the Pixel 4a with 3-month trials of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium to sweeten the deal.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 17:04:00 +0200
The FCC has certified six new Google smartphones. (Image source: XDA Developers)

FCC certifies new Google smartphones as Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 details offered

The FCC has certified several new Google smartphones ahead of the release of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5. A new leak has detailed the prices and colours of both devices in Europe too.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:07:00 +0200

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