Tag Archive: Pixel


Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. Google Pixel 2 XL: Which should you buy?

Samsung and Google’s true flagships go head to head.

We’ve already put the smaller versions of these phones, the Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2, head to head — but now, we look at the big ones. In many ways, comparing the Galaxy S9+ to the Google Pixel 2 XL is far more interesting, as they match more closely regarding size, specs, capabilities, and price. Being more expensive and bigger, people have much higher expectations that these are the  [Read More…]

Here’s what goes on behind the scenes with Motion Photos on the Pixel 2

More than meets the eye.

The Pixel 2‘s camera continues to be in a league of its own, and not a day goes by where it fails to impress me. I still haven’t messed around too much with its Motion Photos feature, but after reading through Google’s behind-the-scenes look at the technology used to pull it off, that may begin to change.

When Motion Photos was announced, I personally just saw it as a way of Google  [Read More…]

Google Camera’s Portrait Mode technology from the Pixel 2 goes open source

The Pixel 2 is arguably the best camera experience on Android with Google achieving with software what others require hardware to do. One of these features is the Pixel 2‘s Portrait Mode which identifies a subject and then blurs the surrounding background to provide focus on that subject. Google is using semantic image segmentation to […]

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Google made the Pixel 2’s portrait mode tech open source

In other words, developers can now harness the Pixel 2’s portrait prowess.

The Pixel 2‘s camera package is excellent for a lot of different reasons, and one of my favorite features is easily its portrait mode. The Pixel 2 continues to create the best-looking portrait-style shots even with phones like the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X out in the wild, and now Google’s doing the unexpected by making it open source.

Portrait mode on the Pixel 2  [Read More…]

Video: Android P impressions, and what it means for the Pixel 3

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The next version of Android brings new features and design changes both subtle and controversial — while also giving us a hint of what’s coming in the next generation of Pixel phones.

This is Android P — the next major release that’ll eventually turn into pumpkin pie or popsicle or pancake or… whatever.

It’s available as a Developer Preview now, and the finished version of Android 9.0 should land sometime in August if Google’s timeline plays out. As  [Read More…]

What are you hoping to see in the Google Pixel 3?

Google’s next big thing.

Google mostly knocked it out of the park with its Pixel 2 series, but large bezels on the small Pixel 2 and a lackluster screen on the Pixel 2 XL kept them back from true greatness for some buyers.

We’re anticipating Google to unveil its Pixel 3 lineup later this fall, and while the rumor mill is still fairly quiet regarding the phone, that hasn’t stopped some of our forum users from talking  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Google Pixel 2: Which should you buy?

Samsung’s market leader versus Google’s idealistic view of a smartphone.

Samsung’s flagships may outsell Google’s in massive numbers, but that definitely doesn’t stop many of us from thinking that the Pixel phones are the absolute best expression of Android on a smartphone. The Google Pixel 2 launched into a world where the Galaxy S8 was already over six months old, and now the roles are reversed: we have the brand-new Galaxy S9 to compare to.

The Galaxy  [Read More…]

Google announces Android P Developer Preview, full images available for Pixel phones now

You can’t stop progress.

A day after Google had plenty of fun with National Oreo Day, it’s releasing the first Developer Preview of the next software version: Android P. Now we don’t know what the official name for Android P will be yet, but that hasn’t ever stopped Google from letting developers get their hands on early builds of the new software.

As was the case with both Nougat and Oreo, Android P is looking to be  [Read More…]

Here’s how to download the Android P Pixel Launcher

Android P’s first developer preview is here, and while there’s a lot that remains unknown, it’s still exciting times in the world of Android. The overall look of Android P seems to be mostly the same compared to Oreo, but one area that has seen a visual update is the Pixel Launcher.

In Android P, the Pixel Launcher now has an outline around the Google search bar and your dock that moves up as you swipe open your  [Read More…]

How To: Install Android P Developer Preview on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones

Google has released the first Android P Developer Preview. Although it’s aimed at app developers, you can manually flash it on your Pixel and Pixel 2 devices. Here’s how to go about it.

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