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Google Readies Custom Chip for Pixel Phones and Chromebooks

Tuesday April 14, 2020 5:18 am PDT by
Google has made significant progress toward developing its own custom-made main processor in recent weeks, reports Axios. According to the report, Google's Pixel phones could be powered by the processors as soon as next year – a potential blow to Qualcomm, which currently supplies Google with the main processor in its flagship phones. The chip, code-named Whitechapel, was designed in...

Google Testing New Double-Tap Gesture on Back of Pixel Phones for Launching Camera, Assistant, and More

Friday February 21, 2020 4:38 am PST by
Google is reportedly testing an interesting new gesture for its Pixel smartphones that lets users double-tap the back of the handset to control various functions. XDA-Developers discovered the new gesture system, codenamed "Columbus," in the Android 11 developer preview for Pixel phones. According to the site, the double-tap gesture can be used to perform the following actions: Dismiss...

Camera Comparison: Google Pixel 4XL vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:34 pm PDT by
Google last week announced its newest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL, both of which are meant to compete with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple's newest devices launched in September. In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with a Pixel 4XL and an iPhone 11 Pro Max to compare the cameras in the two devices to see how they measure up against one another. Subscr ...

Google Working on Software Update to Bring Eye Detection to Pixel 4's Face Unlock

Monday October 21, 2019 3:00 am PDT by
Google has said it will release a software update "in the coming months" that will let Pixel 4 owners require their eyes to be open for the phone's Face Unlock security feature to work. Image via NextRift The acknowledgement follows last week's discovery that the Pixel 4's facial authentication system isn't currently capable of distinguishing a face with eyes open versus eyes closed. The...

Google Pixel 4's Face Unlock Feature Works With Eyes Closed, Sparking Security Concerns

Friday October 18, 2019 3:52 am PDT by
Google has ignited security concerns over the facial authentication system in its new Pixel 4 smartphone by admitting that it will unlock the device even when the user's eyes are shut. Google unveiled the Pixel 4 this week to mostly positive reviews, many of which praised the phone for its super-fast new face unlock system, which replaces the fingerprint sensor and works much the same as...

Google Event Highlights: Pixel 4, Pixel Buds 2, Pixelbook Go, and More

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:08 am PDT by
Google today unveiled several new products at its Made by Google event in New York, including the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, Pixel Buds 2 wireless earphones, Pixelbook Go notebook, and new Nest devices. Pixel 4 The new Pixel 4 and 4 XL were widely rumored ahead of their release, to the point that Google even shared teaser photos of its own, and now the devices are official. Key...

Google's Upcoming Pixel 4 Smartphone Features Face Unlock and Gesture Recognition

Monday July 29, 2019 9:46 am PDT by
Ahead of the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, Google has been sharing details on the device to get ahead of leaks. The design of the Pixel 4 was unveiled in June, and today, Google offered up a look at some of the features that will be included in the new smartphone, including Face Unlock and Motion Sense. Face Unlock is designed to unlock the Pixel 4 much like Face ID...

Google Confirms Pixel 4 Will Feature Square-Shaped Camera Bump

Wednesday June 12, 2019 11:54 am PDT by
Google today confirmed that its upcoming Pixel 4 devices will feature a square-shaped rear camera bump, a feature also rumored to be coming to the 2019 iPhones. A case maker's mockup for the Pixel 4 smartphones leaked earlier this week, and today, Google confirmed the news itself in a tweeted image showing off the new design. Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait 'ti ...

Google Pixel 4 Leaks Suggest Punch-Hole Selfie Camera and Total Lack of Physical Buttons

Friday May 17, 2019 7:05 am PDT by
Google may have only just announced its Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones, but rumors about this year's forthcoming Pixel 4 are already appearing, and the latest alleged leak suggests the search giant's redesigned handset will lack physical buttons. MacRumors render of Pixel 4 based on leaks This information has been shared by Jon Prosser's Front Page Tech YouTube channel, which last year was...

Google Pixel 3 'Lite' Shows Up in Video Leak

Thursday January 17, 2019 4:40 am PST by
Google's answer to the iPhone XR appears to be close to launch in the form of a more affordable version of its flagship Pixel 3 smartphone, if a new video leak is accurate. Andro News apparently got hold of a pre-production unit of the upcoming mid-range phone, which is dubbed Pixel 3 "Lite". The device closely resembles Google's high-end Android phone from the front, but the big difference...

Google's Upcoming 'Night Sight' Mode for Pixel Phones Captures Remarkable Low-Light Photos

Friday October 26, 2018 7:32 am PDT by
At a media event in New York City earlier this month, Google previewed a new low-light camera feature called "Night Sight" that uses machine learning to choose the right colors based on the content of the image. The result is much brighter photos in low-light conditions, without having to use flash. Google showed a side-by-side comparison of two unedited photos shot in low light with an iPhone ...

Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max: Which Camera Reigns Supreme?

Monday October 15, 2018 1:31 pm PDT by
Google's newest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are officially launching later this week. With their high-quality cameras, fast processors, and other improvements, the new devices are direct competitors to Apple's newly released iPhone XS models. We were able to get our hands on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL ahead of their debut, and in our latest YouTube video, we compared...

Google Announces Pixel 3 Smartphone, 'Home Hub' Smart Speaker, and Pixel Slate Tablet

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:36 am PDT by
Google today held its annual "Made by Google" fall event, unveiling a new line of products that included the all-new Google Pixel 3 smartphone, a screen-based smart speaker, and a new tablet. Notably, Google pointed out at the beginning of its presentation that 2018 marks the 20 year anniversary of the search giant. The central announcement at the event was the 5.5-inch Google Pixel 3 and...

Google's New Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Smartphones Likely to Debut at Upcoming October 9 Event

Thursday September 6, 2018 3:00 pm PDT by
Google today sent out invitations to members of the media for a "Made by Google" event that's set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 9. At the event, Google is likely to unveil its Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, which will be competing with the trio of new iPhones that Apple is set to unveil next week. It's official, Google sends out invites for its annual event http ...

Google Pixel 3 XL Production Unit Leak Reveals Taller iPhone X-Like Notch

Wednesday August 8, 2018 8:03 am PDT by
Although Google's major fall event is still about two months away, typically occurring in October and ushering in a new generation of Pixel smartphones and other products, today leaked pictures have been shared online highlighting the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL. Images from Telegram user @LuchkovCh via Android Police The images depict an alleged "pre-release" final production unit of the...

Google Investigating Reports of Screen Burn-In on Pixel 2 XL But iPhone X Unlikely Affected

Monday October 23, 2017 9:51 am PDT by
Multiple reports have surfaced over the past few days about potential screen burn-in or image retention issues with Google's new Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Pixel 2 XL with apparent screen burn-in via Michael Kukielka‏ Android Central's Alex Dobie‏ shared a photo on Twitter on early Sunday that shows faint outlines of Android's navigation buttons at the bottom of the display. 9to5Google, The Verge,...

Pixel 2 Reviews: Iterative Update Lacks 'Wow Factor' But Still 'Best Android Phone You Can Buy'

Tuesday October 17, 2017 7:47 am PDT by
Two weeks after first unveiling the Pixel 2 at an event in San Francisco, reviews of Google's latest smartphone have now been published online. Many of the reviews written on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are positive, with multiple articles referring to the smartphones as the best Android devices on the market, as well as legitimate competitors to Apple's iPhone series. The only slight...

Single-Lens Google Pixel 2 Camera Takes Top Spot From iPhone 8 Plus in DxO Labs Tests

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:46 am PDT by
The new Google Pixel 2 has bumped the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 off the number one spot to become the top-performing smartphone camera in DxO Labs' mobile photography tests. Just a day after Samsung's latest device matched Apple's largest iPhone 8 handset with an overall DxOMark score of 94, Google's newly launched Pixel 2 has now beaten both dual-lens devices with a score of 98, despite ...

Leaked Images Show Google Pixel 2 XL Smartphone With Minimal Bezels

Tuesday October 3, 2017 3:21 am PDT by
A day ahead of Google's October hardware event, serial mobile leaker Evan Blass has shared images of the company's new 6-inch Pixel 2 XL smartphone, revealing a display with thin bezels and rounded corners reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Rumors suggest the Pixel 2 XL will feature a QHD+ display with an 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and front-facing...

Google Teases Upcoming Pixel 2 Event, Aimed at Those Who Are 'Thinking About Changing Phones'

Thursday September 14, 2017 6:20 am PDT by
Google has launched a new advertising campaign and teaser website for its upcoming "Pixel 2" smartphone. The site teases visitors with an October 4 event date, aimed at anyone who might be "thinking about changing phones" (via TechCrunch). The page presents no other information, and asks for the user's email address to stay up-to-date with alerts regarding breaking news ahead of the October 4...