Tag Archive: Google


Google Pixel 3s bought from Best Buy are apparently SIM locked to Verizon

This is not a great sign.

Verizon being the “exclusive” carrier for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is a bit of an annoyance because it reduces the options for getting the phones in a store and with incentives from other carriers. But now it looks like that exclusivity is more restrictive than in the past — Pixel 3s sold by Best Buy are seemingly SIM locked to Verizon. Early units being sold today (the first  [Read More…]

Google ‘app bundles’ help blur the lines between installed and instant apps

Soon it won’t be at all apparent whether an app is truly ‘installed’ or not.

Google’s developer-focused “Playtime” event series kicked off today, and with it comes a whole bunch of changes for developers publishing apps in the Play Store. The biggest push Google’s focusing on is changing the years-old paradigm of installing big (and increasingly so) apps on your phone in a one-size-fits-all manner.

The changes emanate from a new publishing format called an “Android App  [Read More…]

Should you buy a Google Pixel Stand?

Best answer: The Pixel Stand is a great wireless charging stand that works great with your new Pixel 3, but it’s expensive. Unless you need the Ambient Mode and Google Assistant features, you may be better off buying a reliable fast wireless charger from Samsung or a similar brand.

Google: Google Pixel Stand ($ 79) Amazon: Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand 2018 ($ 42) Why the Pixel Stand is better than a typical Qi charger

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How easy is it to set up LIFX with Google Home?

LIFX has a great app for controlling its smart bulbs, but turning on the lights and changing their colors is even easier with Google Assistant. Once connected, you’ll be able to use your voice to control your LIFX lights from your phone or Google Home — and don’t worry, setup is quick and easy.

Our top picks The best bulb: LIFX A19 ($ 60) The cheapest assistant: Google Home Mini ($ 49) The Guide First, connect your lights  [Read More…]

How to stream audio to multiple rooms through Google Home

Do you own at least two Google Home devices? Any combination of Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, or Home Hub will suffice. Two of one, one each, whatever.

Did you know that you can create a multi-room playback experience where you can play music and other audio across the whole house?   [Read More…]

Best Leather Cases for the Google Pixel 3 XL

Even if you’ve made piece with the notch, adding another dash of sophistication and elegance to your Google Pixel 3 XL may make you forget about it altogether. Plus, the added protection a leather case means your phone may last until Google decides to release a notchless XL model again. These are the best leather cases (so far) for the Pixel 3 XL.

Slim wallet Bellroy Leather Phone Wallet

Purveyor of fine leather goods, Bellroy’s leather Pixel 3  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 3 vs. Google Pixel: Should you upgrade?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. With years of experience testing hundreds of Android phones, we’re here to help you make an informed decision when considering an upgrade.

Google Pixel 3

The perfect upgrade

$ 799 at Google Store

Pros Compact form factor Fantastic cameras Excellent OLED display Stereo speakers Wireless charging Cons No headphone jack

If you’re still using the first-gen Pixel, the Pixel 3 is the  [Read More…]

Best alternative USB-C headphones for Google Pixel 3

Google bundles a pair of USB-C earbuds in the box with every Pixel 3 and 3 XL purchase, and the sound quality on offer is pretty decent, all things considered. However, if you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph, there are a few options around.

Perfect for Pixels Libratone Q Adapt

Libratone’s Q Adapt are the best option right now if you’re looking for USB-C earbuds. The earbuds are designed for the Pixel, they’re rated IPX4  [Read More…]

Activate the Google Pixel 3 at Target to score a bonus $150 gift card

Heads up! This offer is set to last two days only.

Looking to get your hands on Google’s latest Pixel 3 device? Through October 20, Target is offering customers who activate a new Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL device in-store a bonus $ 150 Target gift card when you reserve the device online. While the device is not available for pre-order on Target’s website right now, you’ll be able to reserve your device there beginning October  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 3 XL vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Which should you buy?

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Pure Google

$ 899 at Best Buy

Pros Large, high-quality screen Great camera Dual selfie cameras Wireless charging Guaranteed software updates Cons No headphone jack Display notch

Google refreshed its hardware and jumped to a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 display. It’s not  [Read More…]