Tag Archive: Pixel


The Pixel Visual Core, explained

The Pixel Visual Core is a special piece of silicon that’s unique to Google’s Pixel 2 phones. In short, it’s a custom chip designed to help with the Pixel’s HDR+ image processing — that’s the computational secret sauce that makes the Pixel 2 camera so great.

But it’s also a little misunderstood — the visual core isn’t necessarily used in every photo your Pixel takes, even since Google enabled it by default in the February update for  [Read More…]

These are the first things to do with your new Pixel 2

Make your setup process count.

It’s no secret that a lot of us here at Android Central are fans of the Pixel 2, and while Google may not be selling as many phones compared to the likes of Samsung or Apple, the most recent earnings report show that a lot of people are still buying Google’s second real attempt at making its own smartphone.

Setting up a new Android phone can sometimes be a tedious process, and  [Read More…]

Google hit with lawsuit over defective microphones on 2016 Pixel

Brought to you by the lawyers behind the Pixel 2 XL display lawsuit.

Lawsuits aren’t uncommon occurrences in the technology industry. Someone spends money on a phone, something goes wrong, and they hit up their lawyers to issue a class-action suit against the company rather than contacting customer support. In the latest entry of this series, Google is being sued over microphone defects for the original Pixel and Pixel XL.

Shortly after the Pixel’s launch in 2016,  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 2 vs. Moto X4: Which should you buy?

Whether or not you’re on Project Fi, the Pixel 2 and Moto X4 are two excellent phones that are very deserving of your dollars.

Phones like the Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL are great choices for folks that love big phones, but if you’re like me, you’re okay with sacrificing some screen real estate if it means you can easily use your device with one hand. In 2017, two of the better small phones to  [Read More…]

Peel for the Pixel 2 is a case for people who hate cases

If you’re looking for a simple case that truly doesn’t take away from the phone’s design, this is it.

Admission: I’m not a case guy. That partially comes with having used too many phones over the years. But it also has to do with the fact that phones are so damn big these days, and most cases just make them bigger.

Most cases. That’s not Peel, though.

No. This is the sort of case you put on  [Read More…]

Top 5 reasons why Rootless Pixel Launcher is better than Nova and Action Launcher

Rootless Pixel Launcher is the best option available for turning your phone into a Pixel 2.

In the Android launcher space, Nova and Action Launcher reign supreme as two of the best options available. This is a point that I have no problem agreeing with, but even so, it’s important to admit when a formidable (and potentially better) alternative comes around.

There are a few different launchers that try to mimic the look and feel of the  [Read More…]

The Galaxy S9 will be great, but I’m waiting for Google’s Pixel 3

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is shaping up to be one heck of a phone, but Google’s dedication to the Pixel line has me convinced the Pixel 3 will be even better.

We’re less than a month away from Mobile World Congress, and while the annual tech show in Barcelona is always home to a lot of different announcements, this year’s highlight will be the Samsung Galaxy S9. Months of leaks and rumors have given us a good idea  [Read More…]

Pixel 2 XL vs. OnePlus 5T — Which is the better buy?

The $ 350 difference.

If you’re shopping around for a large Android smartphone right now, two devices that deserve to be on your shortlist are the Google Pixel 2 XL and OnePlus 5T. Google’s latest entry into the Pixel series is one of the most impressive phones available, but the 5T offers a tremendous amount of features and tech for $ 350 less.

Google Pixel 2 XL (left) and OnePlus 5T (right).

One of our  [Read More…]

Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 is basically the Pixel 2 launcher on steroids

On top of the Pixel interface, there’s icon pack support, a notification drawer shortcut, and a lot more.

Ask any Pixel owner why they like their phone so much, and chances are the first thing they’ll talk about is the software experience. The Pixel Launcher is one of my favorite software additions on the Pixel 2, and while there’s already a way to download that to a non-Pixel phone, developer Amir Zaidi might have something even better with their  [Read More…]

Best Google Pixel 2 XL Cases

What are the best cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL?

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a beautifully designed phone — especially if you snagged the panda/Stormtrooper Black and White edition. But as much as you’ll want to show it off, you’re also going to want to protect a phone that cost you close to $ 1000.

We’ve rounded up the best case options specifically for the Pixel 2 XL.

Google Live Cases Google Fabric Cases  [Read More…]