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All posts tagged "Google Pixel 2"

  • This is when your smartphone will get Android Pie [Updating…]

    It's that time of the year when users frantically mash their update buttons hoping for Google's latest iteration of Android. Android Pie is now officially in the wild and stable, but lacks a slew of features shown off at I/O 2018. While the OS is now available for some devices from today, when can you expect to see a Pie update his your smartphone? We break down expectations brand-by-brand in alphabetical order below. Note: Those manufacturers who took part in the beta programme, may push updates to their devices sooner than others. "Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as...

  • Android gets better Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp images, but…

    If there's one problem we have with Android versions of popular apps, it has to be the photos produced by them. Case in point: Snapchat and its awful Android quality for the longest time. Now, Google has announced that it's bringing improved quality to these apps -- but only for the Pixel 2 smartphones. You see, the Mountain View company has finally turned on the phone's Pixel Visual Core, a co-processor that enables HDR+ photography in third-party apps. "This means it'll be easier to shoot and share amazing photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • Pixel 2 XL vs Lumia 950 XL cameras: surprising results in tow

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cameras build on the excellent results by the original Pixel, making them among the top smartphone cameras of 2017. But how does the Pixel 2 XL compare to the two-year-old Lumia 950 XL? All About Windows Phone took a few comparison shots, showing an older phone that still delivers quality photos. Of course, with a name like All About Windows Phone, you'd expect the Microsoft device to emerge victorious, but the website was pretty detailed in its rundown. The publication took macro shots, daytime snaps, low-light pictures and more. When it came to daytime shots, like...

  • Google Pixel 2 XL drama: Google announces two year warranty

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL haven't enjoyed the smoothest smartphone launches ever, owing to several reported issues. It's clear that the Pixel 2 XL has more negative press though, after numerous tech websites reported that their review units were suffering from screen burn-in. The burn-in was even more glaring as it occurred after less than two weeks with the review units. Now, Google has announced some findings. And you might be surprised with the results... "Regarding differential aging , we put all of our products through extensive quality assurance before launch and in the manufacturing of every...

  • Explained: How Google delivered portrait mode on single camera Pixel 2

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don't have dual-camera setups, but they still ship with an Apple-inspired Portrait Mode for depth-of-field effects. Effects like this traditionally require a dual-camera system for depth calculations and the like. But Google opted for a software and machine learning approach, detailing the techniques and advantages/disadvantages in a new blog post. Google engineers Marc Levoy and Yael Pritch explain that if they could figure out the distance between the smartphone camera and various points in the scene, they could create depth-of-field and bokeh effects. How the effect is traditionally achieved A shot...

  • Pixel 2: Google explains decision to ditch 3.5mm audio jack

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are just the latest smartphones to ditch headphone jacks, making for a rather odd turn of events compared to the original Pixel. Back at the original Pixel launch, Google mocked Apple for ditching the audio jack. But now, it's Google that's defending itself over the decision. Google community manager Orrin Hancock has used the forum to explain the decision to drop the jack, saying it "provides a better audio and digital experience". "The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #20: The good, bad and overpriced of Google’s launch

    Welcome to the (sometimes) fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee and Andy sit down to discuss Google's underwhelming launch that gave us all slight déjà vu to a launch of Apple past. From the overpriced Google Pixel 2 to the funky Google Clips and the questionable Pixelbook, Google has presented products that we aren't quite sure we buy into. We discuss why in the podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share your valued opinion with us, catch us on Twitter @gearburn. Feel free...

  • Google Pixel 2: here’s what you should know

    The dust has finally settled following last night's Google event, which saw the company reveal a host of hardware, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But what is there to know about the company's two new smartphones? We've gathered some of the more important details... No headphone jack True to the rumours, Google's smartphones omit the headphone jack in favour of Bluetooth or USB Type-C audio. It's extremely cheeky, given the fact that it mocked Apple for doing the same at the original Pixel launch. Want to use your legacy 3.5mm accessories? There is an adapter in the box, but otherwise,...

  • Google Pixel 2 renders leak: your choice of large or thin bezels

    Google is gearing up for its Pixel 2 event tomorrow (4 October), where it's expected to reveal two smartphones in the well-received range. We've already reported on some of the apparent specs, such as a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and full HD or 1440p displays (full HD for the Pixel 2 and QHD for the Pixel 2 XL). Now, Venturebeat's Evan Blass has published renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, showing two phones with differing approaches to bezels/borders. The Pixel 2 XL (seen in the featured image) takes a more Galaxy S8-style route, delivering trimmed borders with...