Tag Archive: Pixel

Skip the line for the latest Android security patch on your Pixel

Now that we’re well into the cycle of regular Android 9 Pie updates, Pixel owners are clamoring to get the latest updates to Android 9 as soon as possible. But Google doesn’t always push these over-the-air updates as soon as people would like, which is where this guide comes in. Using the tips below, you can sideload factory images or OTA updates to your Pixel device as soon as they are available.

Products used in this guide Best  [Read More…]

How to update the software on your Google Pixel

One of the best parts of owning a Google Pixel is its regular software updates. Google releases an update every month for its Pixel phones, and supports them for at least two years with full platform updates as well. The updates don’t happen completely automatically, though — you still need to be involved to accept the update. Or, if you’re really excited, you can install the updates manually on your own schedule. In either case, we have all  [Read More…]

A power bank for your Google Pixel Slate needs USB PD — and these have it

The Google Pixel Slate’s battery can run up to 12 hours, but some days, that just won’t be enough. Any power bank worth buying for the Pixel Slate needs USB Power Delivery in order to charge it at a reasonable speed. The maximum USB-PD charging speed supported by the Pixel is 45W, and if you’re looking to travel with this battery pack — really, why else would you have one — 100Wh is the largest capacity you can legally bring  [Read More…]

I’m ditching a large Galaxy for a single Pixel, and I’ll never look back

As Android Q talk begins, I’m still waiting for a slice of Pie.

I’ve used Samsung smartphones for a vast majority of my career. Many might accuse me of bias in that regard, but I swear that’s the furthest thing from the truth. It just so happens that Samsung has consistently provided everything I need and want in smartphones over the years.

The reason I even started on that path was due to the early growing pains  [Read More…]

I’m fed up with the Google Pixel 3’s horrendously slow camera

A great camera loses a lot of its value when it’s so slow you can’t rely on it.

The Pixel 3’s camera is amazing. Even before Night Sight swept us off our feet with its incredible low-light capabilities, everyone was smitten with the photography performance of this phone. It’s one of the biggest reasons why I continue to use a Pixel 3 XL — I know that I have the best tool for the job when it  [Read More…]

A fix is coming to make the Pixel Slate less laggy

A fix has been in the works since November.

While the Pixel Slate is a welcome addition to Google’s hardware lineup, there’s one issue that holds it back from being as enjoyable to use as it should be — laggy performance when using it in tablet mode. Whether you’re going through the multitasking menu or dragging two apps to be used side-by-side, these actions are met with an absurd amount of jank and laggy animations.

Thankfully, a  [Read More…]

How to set up your new Pixel phone

So, you just got a new Pixel phone. Awesome! Google’s Pixel devices are among the best money can buy, and now that you own one, you’re probably eager to get it set up so you can start using it. Here’s a step-by-step guide of what to expect during that initial set up process.

Products used in this guide Google Store: Google Pixel 3 ($ 799) How to set up your new Pixel phone Tap the blue Start button  [Read More…]

How does the Pixel 2 camera stack up to the Pixel 3?

The Pixel 2’s still going strong all this time later.

If you want a smartphone with the best camera possible, you really can’t do any better than the Google Pixel 3. It’s kind of mind-blowing just how much magic Google’s able to work with a single rear camera and its usual software tricks, and just like last year, the end result is photos that look better than anything else out there.

However, if last year’s Pixel 2  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 3 vs. Google Pixel 3 XL: Which should you buy?

Most phones come in just one size … but Google gives us two options with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. We’ve used both to find the high and low points to help you decide which size is right for you.

Google Pixel 3

Compact yet powerful

$ 799 at Google Store

Pros Easily usable in one hand Stereo speakers Wireless charging Cons Weak battery life No headphone jack

It’s a relatively small phone,  [Read More…]

Win a Pixel 3 or 3 XL, and 2 Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protectors

Hey Google: How can I win a new Pixel 3 or a Pixel 3 XL?

“Ok Google: Tell me about the Pixel 3 XL.”

‘Featuring a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Pixel 3 XL delivers silky smooth performance in everyday use and specific tasks…’

We have a chance for you to win a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL for yourself! Whether you are a fan of the smaller “no notch” 3 or you  [Read More…]