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Pixel 2 details leaked with APK teardown

Pixel 2 details confirmed with APK teardown
Google is widely expected to unveil the much-anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 on October 4th during an event. The Pixel 2(s) specs and design is no longer a mystery, as the device have been already leaked multiple times.

Just like the HTC U11 Edge Sense (Squeeze), the Pixel 2 will be having an Active Edge which will likely make use of the squeezable sides. According to a teardown of the Google app 7.12 APK by 9To5Google, Pixel 2 users will be able to access Google app as well as activate Google Assistant using Active Edge.


I addition to the Active Edge, Google plans to update the Google Assistant with Routines that will enable multi-action initiation, but without having to actually issue a command for each action. This feature also allows various smart products around the home to interact using Google Assistant.

Lastly, You'll be able to change the voice for Google Assistant. Currently Google Assistant is only usable with one voice and can’t be altered but that seems to be changing in the near future. Thoughts?


Pixel XL 2 from Google Passes FCC Certification, Reveals Additional Details

Pixel XL 2 from Google Passes FCC Certification, Reveals Additional Details
The entire world is looking for next Google flagship smartphones the Next-Gen Pixel and Pixel XL to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until this October to get hands on it. And leaks about the phone are keeping you at bay, especially about the design and features.

We have already seen our first potential look at what to expect from the Pixel XL 2. Now the device just got certified through the FCC, revealing additional details.


The Pixel XL 2 will feature model no. G011C. The listing also confirms that LG is indeed making it. Apart from the model number and manufacturer confirmation, there's nothing much else.

The Pixel 2 will look a lot different from the Pixel XL 2 in terms of front design. The Pixel XL 2 will be having a 2:1 Full vision display while the Standard Pixel 2 will feature huge chin to the top and the bottom, just like the 2016 Pixel phones.

That said, Google plans to launch the duo-Pixel(s) on October 4th during an event. We’ll let you know if we find anything else before the launch.

Source: Fcc | Via: Droid-Life

September Security OTA update hits Pixel and Nexus Devices

September Security OTA update hits Pixel and Nexus Devices
Every month, Google releases a new security update for the Nexus and Pixel line of devices. The Android security update for September 2017 is now live for a number of devices.

Pixel and Pixel XL users on Verizon are reportedly receiving a new update with build OPR3.170623.007 with 2017-09-01 Security Patch. Non-Verizon users are also getting the latest Security update, so that means it's clearly a wider rollout going on.


Few users are getting "Android 7.1.2" titled update, which is actually is Android 8.0 Oreo with the September security patches.

Along with the Duo Pixels, Nexuses are also getting the September security patch. We've seen the update coming to the Nexus 6P.

Google hasn't updated its Developer site with OTA and Firmware Images. We'll let you know once the Firmware files are out.

This Pixel 2 concept is the phone we want Google to build

In 2016 we saw some incredible decisions taken by some of the reputed companies over the globe. One such decision that stands out from every other is that Google releasing their own smartphones. The Google Pixel phones were the search giant's first attempt to take on the Apple iPhone.

And, they succeeded in doing that. The Pixel XL is widely regarded as the best smartphone of 2016 and best camera smartphone of all time. However, as the same case with every other smartphone, the both the Pixels were criticized for their poor design language and lack of waterproofing.

Now, Designer R.Batinic has come up with an exciting new concept of Google's next flagship.The phone’s fingerprint scanner is placed on the back, just like current Google Pixel. It has a dual camera setup at the rear. If you take a closer look at the phone’s front, you’ll also notice that it has tiny top and chin bezel, which makes device beautiful.

Well, before we actually dive into it, you should know that there is a 0% chance this is what Google's Pixel will look like in 2017. Maybe less than 0%. That said, it’s still fun to imagine what it would be like to use an Google Pixel like this, and the possibilities are endless.

Credits: R.Batinic

Android 8.0 Oreo Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices

Android 8.0 Oreo Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Pixel/ Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Pixel C.

With every new Android OS release, Google posts factory Images and OTA files for the Nexus and Pixel line of devices. The Android Oreo update with security patch of August 2017 are now live for a number of devices.

Google has posted both the OTA’s and the factory images for the selected Nexus or Pixel devices. The supported devices includes Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL




For now, we have Firmware and OTA files based on Android 8.0 Oreo for the following
  • Pixel – OPR6.170623.011 (Bell, Telus, Telstra, TMO, Sprint, USCC, Rogers/Fido), OPR6.170623.012 (other carriers) 
  • Pixel XL – OPR6.170623.011 (Bell, Telus, Telstra, TMO, Sprint, USCC, Rogers/Fido), OPR6.170623.012 (other carriers) 
  • Pixel C – OPR6.170623.010 
  • Nexus 6P – OPR6.170623.013 (NOT for TMO/USCC/Fi) 
  • Nexus 5X – OPR6.170623.013

Note that Google has already started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo Update through OTA for Verizon and AT&T Pixel and Pixel XL phones.

In case you haven't received the update and want to manually Install the Firmware or OTA. You can grab Factory Image or OTA file at the links below. 

Links: Factory Image | OTA File

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will debut on October 5th with Snapdragon 836

The entire world is looking for next Google flagship smartphones the Next-Gen Pixel and Pixel XL to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until this October to get hands on it. And leaks about the phone are keeping you at bay, especially about the design and features.

We have already seen our first potential look at what to expect from the Pixel XL 2. Now, According to the latest report from Evan Blass, we now have the exact launch date of the Pixel 2.



The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will debut on October 5th with Snapdragon 836 SoC. Snapdragon 836 is going to be relatively similar to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of hardware but will feature higher peak GPU and CPU clock speeds. Both the 2017 Pixel phones will be having a better camera, and that's something really interesting.

The Pixel 2 will look a lot different from the Pixel XL 2 in terms of front design. The Pixel XL 2 will be having a 2:1 Full vision display while the Standard Pixel 2 will feature huge chin to the top and the bottom, just like the 2016 Pixel phones.

And Yes, Google is ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack! Thoughts?

Download Android 8.0 Oreo for Pixel and Nexus Devices

Download Android 8.0 Oreo for Pixel and Nexus Devices
Android 8.0 Oreo is now Available for Pixel/ Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Pixel C | Download the Factory Images right here!

With every new Android OS release, Google posts factory Images for the Nexus and Pixel line of devices. The Android Oreo update with security patch of August 2017 are already live for a number of devices.


Google has posted the factory images for the selected Nexus or Pixel devices with build "OPR6.170623.013". The supported devices includes Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google has also started rolling out the update through OTA in phases to your Pixel and Nexus phones. In case you haven't received the update, you can download and flash the factory images.

Download: Android Oreo Factory Images



Google Store discounts cases for Pixel and Pixel XL by 50%

Google Store discounts cases for Pixel and Pixel XL by 50%
You can grab the Official Google Pixel and Pixel XL Cases from Google Store at 50% off while supplies last. Currently there are Four types of cases for both the Pixel and Pixel XL available with discount.


At $17.50, you get the three layer case with silicone exterior, polycarbonate core, and microfiber interior. You get Clear Pixel Case at $15, Google Earth Live Case and Google Trends Live Case for $25.

Google Store



August's Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices

August's Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices
Every month, Google posts a new security update for the Nexus and Pixel line of devices. The Android security update for August 2017 are already live for a number of devices.

Google has posted both the OTA’s and the factory images for the selected Nexus or Pixel devices. The supported devices includes Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL




For now, we have August Security Firmware files based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat for the Pixel and Pixel XL (NHG47Q, NJH47F, NKG47S, NZH54D), Pixel C (N2G48C), Nexus 6P (N2G48C), Nexus 5X (N2G48C), and Nexus Player (N2G48C).

Nexus 6 (N6F27I, N8I11B) and Nexus 9 (N4F27K, N9F27H) gets August security patch based on Android 7.1.1.

Note that for the Google Pixel, NHG47Q is for Verizon models, NZH54D is for Deutsche Telekom, NKG47S is for T-Mobile, Fi users, and Rogers, while NJH47F is for everyone else.

You can grab Factory Image or OTA file at the links below. 

Links: Factory Image | OTA File

Pixel 2 live images leak for the first time

Pixel 2 live images leak for the first time
It's raining Google Pixel 2 leaks nowadays. Just a few days ago, we saw a render image allegedly confirming the design of the phone and now, GSMArena has posted the first live Images of the Smartphone.

As you can see in the below Image, the Pixel 2 is having two-tone glass and metal finish, though the glass window is located near the top and no longer encloses the fingerprint scanner.
Pixel 2 live images leak for the first time
The device looks fine from back, but the front (image below) is really disappointing. Don't know why only Samsung and LG, so far, seems to have gone all in on killing off bezels. With these huge bezels, we don't think that the Pixel 2 will be able to even touch the standards of Galaxy S8, LG G6, and the upcoming Smartphones.
Pixel 2 live images leak for the first time
Earlier rumors says that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will feature Snapdragon 836 SoC. Additionally, Snapdragon 836 is going to be relatively similar to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of hardware but will feature higher peak GPU and CPU clock speeds. Both the 2017 Pixel phones will be having a better camera, and that's something really interesting. We have seen Google doing wonders with the 2016 Pixel cameras and it seems that Google will be breaking the walls again to create new Imaging Standards with the Pixel 2. 

And Yes, Google is ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack! Thoughts?

Via: GSMArena

Pixel 2 Renders Based on Recent Leaks

Check out these new High Quality Google Pixel 2 renders created by ApSciLeonard (Reddit user) based on recent leaks.
Pixel 2 Renders Based on Recent Leaks
Pixel 2 Renders Based on Recent Leaks
As you have already seen in the above image, the designer has also designed the renders based on rumored colors Google might launch. So, which color would you choose?

r/Android

This is the 2017 Google Pixel with large bezels

The entire world is looking for next Google flagship smartphones the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until this October to get hands on it. And leaks about the phones are keeping you at bay, especially about the design and specifications.

We have already seen our first potential look and CAD Renders of both the Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2. Now, Thanks to Evan Blass from VentureBeat, we now have another Image and a little more details about the Smaller Pixel 2 (Pixel 2017.)
If you ask me, the device looks fine from back, but the front is really disappointing. Don't know why only Samsung and LG, so far, seems to have gone all in on killing off bezels. With these huge bezels, we don't think that the Pixel 2 will be able to even touch the standards of Galaxy S8, LG G6, and the upcoming Smartphones.


Earlier rumors says that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will feature Snapdragon 836 SoC. Additionally, Snapdragon 836 is going to be relatively similar to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of hardware but will feature higher peak GPU and CPU clock speeds. Both the 2017 Pixel phones will be having a better camera, and that's something really interesting. We have seen Google doing wonders with the 2016 Pixel cameras and it seems that Google will be breaking the walls again to create new Imaging Standards with the Pixel 2. 

And Yes, Google is ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack! Thoughts?

Pixel XL 2 Case Compared to Pixel and Galaxy S8, Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference

We all know that Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2 are going to be next Google Smartphones to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until this October to get hands on it. 

However, Case makers have already started developing cases for the Next Google Smartphones. A reddit user "eqbirvin" bought one for Pixel XL 2, in order to compare the size with 2016 Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.
Pixel XL 2 Case Compared to Pixel and Galaxy S8, Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference
Pixel XL 2 Case Compared to Pixel and Galaxy S8, Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference
According to earlier leaks, the Pixel XL 2 will sport 7.9 mm thickness (8.6 with camera bump). Google for some unknown reasons has removed the 3.5mm jack port on both the Pixel 2(s).

The below Image shows Pixel XL 2 Size comparison with Samsung Galaxy S8.
Pixel XL 2 Case Compared to Pixel and Galaxy S8, Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference
Pixel XL 2 Case Compared to Pixel and Galaxy S8, Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference
Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be having similar rear design with a two-tone glass and metal finish, though the glass window is located near the top and no longer encloses the fingerprint scanner. On the bottom, a Google “G” is present.


Additionally, the Google Pixel XL 2017 might feature a squeezy side, just like we have seen on the HTC U11, which will allow you to interact with the phone, primarily when using Google Assistant.

Latest rumors says both the Pixel 2 Phones will feature Snapdragon 836 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

More Images: Pixel XL 2 Case Comparison with Galaxy S8 and Pixel.

2017 Pixel Smartphones could feature Snapdragon 836 SoC

The entire world is looking for next Google flagship smartphones the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until this October to get hands on it. And leaks about the phones are keeping you at bay, especially about the design and specifications.

We have already seen our first potential look at what to expect from the Pixel XL 2. Now, According to the latest reports, we now have a little more details about the Specifications of both the upcoming Pixel devices.


In the latest report, provided by Fudzilla and its unnamed source, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will feature Snapdragon 836 SoC. Additionally, Snapdragon 836 is going to be relatively similar to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of hardware but will feature higher peak GPU and CPU clock speeds.

The report also says that the 2017 Pixel phones will be having a better camera, and that's something really interesting. We have seen Google doing wonders with the 2016 Pixel cameras and it seems that Google will be breaking the walls again to create new Imaging Standards with the Pixel 2. 

Few Pixel XL users are getting Android 8.0.0 with August Security Patch

It seems that Google just dropped an unexpected OTA for a few Pixel XL users. It is probably rolling out in phases because only a few users have reported getting the latest update. If it is the Developer preview 4, the full system images, OTAs will be live soon.

The latest update comes with August 5, 2017 Security patch and Android version 8.0.0. One of the user who got the update claimed that he bought the device directly with Android O Pre-Installed. We're still not sure, if this is the Dev Preview 4 or Google accidentally updated a few devices.


If it's really Dev Preview 4, you will be getting the update soon on selected Android Smartphones including Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL.

We'll update this Article, once we get more information on this. The below are the screenshots of Android 8.0.0 with August 5, 2017 Security patch. Got the update? Let us know in the below comment section. 
Thanks Mardo Cordero

Pixel XL 2 could Feature Always-On OLED Display and Squeezable frame

Pixel XL 2 could Feature Always-On OLED Display and Squeezable frame
The entire world is looking for next Google flagship smartphones the Next-Gen Pixel and Pixel XL to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until this October to get hands on it. And leaks about the phone are keeping you at bay, especially about the design and features.

We have already seen our first potential look at what to expect from the Pixel XL 2. Now, According to the latest reports, we now have more details about the Pixel XL 2.


In the latest report, provided by XDA and its unnamed source, the Pixel XL 2 will feature an OLED display, with the panel measuring in at 5.99″. Additionally, it will be coming with an Always-On feature, which allows you take a sneak-peek to the notifications and other information without unlocking the device.

The new report also confirms that the Pixel XL 2 will sport squeezy sides, just like on the HTC U11. The device will also feature display profiles including sRGB, Vivid, etc. 

XDA

2017 Pixel XL Render Offers Direct Size Comparisons With Pixel and Pixel XL

Google is planning to announce new Pixel devices for 2017 later this year, and we have already seen our first Potential Look at what the 2017 Pixel XL will look like.

Summing up the leaks, the Pixel XL 2 will be having a 6-inch near bezel-less AMOLED display with 18:9 ratio. Additionally, the Google Pixel XL 2017 might feature a squeezy side, just like we have seen on the HTC U11, which will allow you to interact with the phone, primarily when using Google Assistant.


Many of the leaks we've been tracking in the last few days in particular offer only few design details beyond what we've already heard about Google's upcoming Pixel XL, but thanks to Benjamin Geskin's render, we now have a clearer idea of how the new handset might look alongside current Pixel smartphones.
2017 Pixel XL Renders Offer Direct Size Comparisons With Pixel and Pixel XL
The 6-inch Pixel XL 2 with 18:9 ratio do looks beautiful as compared to the duo-Pixel devices. The huge-chin is now gone and we now have the 3D glass instead of the flat display. So, will you be upgrading your current Pixel/Pixel XL to Next-Gen Pixel(s)? 

This is what Google's 2017 Pixel XL will look like in Very Silver

This is what Google's 2017 Pixel XL will probably look like in Very Silver
Earlier today, we saw our first potential look of what the 2017 Google Pixel XL will look like. Now Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) has created another concept render of this device in Very Silver color.

The render do looks stunning and is on par with previous leaked renders. As you can see in the below render the device is having similar rear design as the current Pixel phones with a two-tone glass and metal finish, though the glass window is located near the top and no longer encloses the fingerprint scanner. On the bottom, a Google “G” is present, but it is unknown if that will remain on the final design.


According to the leaked information, the device will feature a 6-inch LG-made AMOLED display with a 2:1 ratio. Additionally, the Google Pixel XL 2017 might feature a squeezy side, just like we have seen on the HTC U11, which will allow you to interact with the phone, primarily when using Google Assistant.

Earlier rumors says that the Pixel XL device "taimen" will feature a 5.99-inch display (tiny bezels) with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Do share your initial thoughts on the design below.
This is what Google's 2017 Pixel XL will probably look like in Very Silver

Benjamin Geskin


Google is working on Always On Display for Pixel phones

Google is working on Always On Display for Pixel phones
In 2016 we saw some incredible decisions taken by some of the reputed companies over the globe. One such decision that stands out from every other is that Google releasing their own smartphones. The Google Pixel phones were the search giant's first attempt to take on the Apple iPhone. 


And, they succeeded in doing that. The Pixel and Pixel XL is widely regarded as the best smartphone of 2016 and best camera smartphone of all time. With well optimized Pure Android UI, Google Pixel is one of the most fluid Smartphone

Now to enhance the Software experience, Google is reportedly working on Always On Display mode or an always on Ambient Display mode for the Pixel Smartphones. 

Inside the latest Android O Developer Preview 3, the folks over at XDA Developers found a SystemUIGoogle.apk file that contains source code of “doze_always_on,” which suggests Always On Display could be on its way to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. That means, Pixel users might get AOD with Android O Final Update.

July's Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices

July's Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices
Every month, Google posts a new security update for the Nexus and Pixel line of devices. The Android security update for July 2017 are already live for a number of devices.

Google has posted both the OTA’s and the factory images for the selected Nexus or Pixel devices. The supported devices includes Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL




For now, we have July Security Firmware files based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat for the Pixel and Pixel XL (NHG47O, NJH47D, NKG47M, NZH54B), Pixel C (N2G48B), Nexus 6P (N2G48B), Nexus 5X (N2G47Z), and Nexus Player (N2G48B).

Nexus 6 (N6F27H) and Nexus 9 (N4F27I, N9F27F) gets July security patch based on Android 7.1.1.

Note that for the Google Pixel, NHG47O is for Verizon models, NZH54B is for Deutsche Telekom, NKG47M is for T-Mobile, Fi users, and Rogers, while NJH47D is for everyone else.

You can grab Factory Image or OTA file at the links below. 

Links: Factory Image | OTA File

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