Tag Archive: Pixel


Latest Google Pixel 4a leak hints at wireless charging support

The Pixel 4a could be Google’s first affordable phone to offer wireless charging.

What you need to know Pixel 4a renders published by case maker ESR suggest the phone will arrive with wireless charging support. The renders also reveal a square camera module and a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 4a on July 13.

Google’s upcoming Pixel 4a is expected to be the first major rival to  [Read More…]

Latest Pixel update brings two great features, and a vague battery promise

These are solid additions we can all appreciate — but don’t go far from a charger.

Google’s latest quarterly “Feature Drop” for its Pixel phones has arrived, and unlike most updates it actually hit my Pixel 4 XL right away. Now that I’ve had a little time to take in the changes, here’s what I’m seeing and appreciating in the latest update.

Every Pixel user should get familiar with the Personal Safety app.

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June 2020 security patch rolling out to Pixel phones

The update is rolling out in stages starting today.

What you need to know The June 2020 patch also has an accompanying Pixel Feature Drop. High-priority and moderate-priority bugs in the Android framework and system have been addressed. The update is rolling out now for supported phones.

The beginning of the month means Google’s Pixel phones will be seeing a new update, and June is no exception. Starting today, Google began rolling out the latest security patch  [Read More…]

Google accidentally leaked the Android 11 beta to some Pixel owners

Well, that’s not good.

What you need to know On June 1, Google began rolling out the latest monthly security patch for Pixel devices. Instead of a boring patch, some users were given the Android 11 beta ahead of schedule. The build number for the OTA beta update is RPB1.200504.018.

A new month is a signal for a new monthly security patch for Pixel devices, and the latest June update has proven to be more exciting than  [Read More…]

Does ANC justify the WF-SP800N’s price tag over the Pixel Buds?

Great package Sony WF-SP800N

$ 200 at Best Buy

Pros Long battery life Bass heavy, customizable sound Excellent comfort USB-C for charging Great ANC performance Cons Lacks wireless charging case Case is a bit large

The WF-SP800N feature ANC, customizable sound, hands-free Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and longer buds battery life. However, their charging case is much larger than the Pixel Buds’ case.

Compact in every way Google Pixel Buds (2020)

$ 180 at  [Read More…]

Here’s what the canceled Google Pixel 4a XL would have looked like

Unlike the Pixel 4a, the canceled 4a XL would have featured two rear cameras.

What you need to know New renders showing what the Google Pixel 4a XL would have looked like have surfaced. The renders reveal a hole-punch display and a dual-camera setup on the back. Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 4a on July 13.

Unlike the Pixel 3a series, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4a series is expected to be available in just a single  [Read More…]

Meet ARM’s Cortex-X, the design that could create custom Pixel chips

Custom chips are about to mean so much more.

ARM announced new CPU designs for 2020 and one of them is something nobody saw coming — a program that would help companies that make processors build specially customized chips targeting specific user-facing improvements.

You might have read about how the new Cortex-X1 CPU will be 22% faster than the new Cortex A78 design, but that doesn’t do the new Cortex-X program justice. The exciting part of it  [Read More…]

AC Podcast 475: Pixel 4a delayed; Rise of Chromebooks; Huawei in trouble

Ara Wagoner swings by to talk with Daniel and Jerry about the rise of Chromebooks as they become increasingly popular in this era of learning and working from home. The team have a spirited discussion about what’s great and what can be improved. Plus, they offer tips on what to look for in terms of specs if you want to buy one.

Pixel 4a isn’t due until July (or maybe even later). Does that affect the relevance of  [Read More…]

Pixel 4a leak suggests July 13 launch, Just Black and Barely Blue colors

The Pixel 4a’s launch has been pushed back to July 13.

What you need to know The Pixel 4a will be unveiled on July 13, according to a new leak by Jon Prosser. The phone will be available in Just Black and Barely Blue color options. As has been detailed several times, there will just be a regular Pixel 4a this year and no XL version. There’s no 5G variant of the phone.

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Going ‘mid-range’ with the Pixel 5 may be Google’s best idea yet

Pixels have never been about chasing specs — but Google may actually be able to compete on price now.

It’s no secret among tech followers that Google’s Pixel line doesn’t sell anywhere near the numbers that the big-name competition does. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are the only exception, and even still, the “high” sales are only relative to their underperforming siblings. As a constant observer of phones in the wild, when I see a Pixel  [Read More…]