TechDroider: Pixel-2

The Google Pixel 2 has a new tiny power menu

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with a lot of Pixel Exclusive stuff including the new Launcher, Live Wallpaper, an updated Google Assistant, and a brand new power menu.

Yes, Google just added a new look to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's power menu. This is shown off in a new video surfaced online today. As seen in the video, the new Pixel 2 tiny power menu appears on the top left side making it easy to access.


There's no information if this new "Easy to Access" Power menu is coming to other devices or not. But Google Pixel and Pixel XL (2016) will surely get this feature. Also Read: The Google Pixel 2 has a hidden LED.

Until then enjoy the Pixel 2 Launcher which comes with Bottom Search bar, Google Pixel 2 Motion Camera Application, Pixel 2 Live Wallpapers, and other Pixel 2 goodies.

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Download Pixel 2 Camera App with Motion Photo for Google Pixel and Pixel XL

There's no denying that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with one of the best Smartphone Camera Sensor. But what makes the Pixel 2 Camera excel at taking photos is the Google Camera Application.

The latest Pixel 2 Camera app features Motion Photo, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode and other cool stuffs. The Good News is that you can now install the Pixel 2 Camera app and use most its feature on your 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL.


The Motion Photos are very short video clip. Pixel 2 Camera app comes with three settings, "Motion off," "Motion auto," and "Motion on," which control when Motion Photos are captured.

Also Read: Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download

The APK weighs in at around 64.3MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that you won't get all the Pixel 2 Camera features, but Motion Photo, Face Retouching and the exposure lock works perfectly.

Download: Pixel 2 Camera App | XDA

Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download

Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL default launcher which comes with bottom search bar is now available to Download. You'll be able to Install it on any Android Smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above.

The Pixel 2 launcher comes with new features including the bottom Google Search bar, a Glance widget, and minor animation changes. Rest is same as the previous Google Pixel launcher.


The APK weighs in at around 2.52 MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that to access the Google Feed which is available on leftmost screen you'll need to Install the below APK file as the system application.

Recently Google updated its Wallpaper Application with Pixel 2 wallpaper and other interesting categories. Google Wallpaper will be the best complement for Pixel 2 launcher.

Download: Pixel 2 Launcher

Yes, the Google Pixel 2 has a notification light

Yes, the Google Pixel 2 has a notification light
Recently announced Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with an always-on display which can be enabled via Settings. But, Did you know that the Pixel 2 (duo) has a notification light? It does. We don't think it's on by default, but it's a nice addition to the phone's always-on display.

Twitter user Darren Gloster uploaded an image confirming the feature (notification LED) for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. As you can see in the above image, there's a greenish-blue color LED.


Just like the 2016 Google Pixel(s), you can enable the notification LED by following the below steps:
  • Go to your phone's Settings. 
  • Tap on Notifications. 
  • Tap on the Gear icon in the top-right corner. 
  • Tap on the toggle next to "Pulse notification light".
It could be a multi-color LED, so if you want to test it, you can install Light Flow from Play Store.


Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Specs: With the regular Pixel 2, you get a 5.0-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, 12.2MP 1.4 micropixels at f1.8 (OIS/EIS) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 8MP front camera, 2700mAh battery, fast wired and wireless charging, IP67 water and dust resistance, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

The Pixel 2 XL isn’t much different, but it does have the bigger and almost bezel-less 6-inch pOLED Quad HD+ display and a bigger 3520mAh battery. The rest is the same.


These Photos were shot with the Google Pixel 2

These Photos were shot with the Google Pixel 2
Google announced its new Pixel 2 smartphones this month, boasting that it has “the best smartphone camera ever.” DxOMark agreed, giving the phone’s camera a record-breaking score of 98.

Googler Isaac Reynolds has published "Unedited" sample photos and videos showing how the Google Pixel 2 performs in the real world.

"We showed a few photos taken on Pixel 2 during the keynote, and we know some our our most enthusiastic fans will want to see them up close for themselves. Go ahead — take a look at some of our favorite unedited Pixel 2 photos and videos. There are also two videos edited to show side-by-side comparisons of video stabilization."

Here’s a selection of sample photos shot in a number of environments and lighting situations with various camera settings.
Google Pixel 2 Camera and Video samples
Google Pixel 2 Camera and Video samples
Google Pixel 2 Camera and Video samples
Google Pixel 2 Camera and Video samples
Google Pixel 2 Camera and Video samples

You can find larger sets of higher-res Pixel sample photos and videos in Reynolds’ album

Google: The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack, but...

Google: The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack, but...
Just a little few days back, Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both of the devices have unique design, best-in-class camera, and top-notch specs. They also don’t have headphone jacks.


In the Google support forum, Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock explained that "The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today. Moving to the USB-C audio port with Pixel 2 allows us to provide a better audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future."

Hancock’s also listed the Made For Google headphones that have been verified to be compatible with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Hancock also confirmed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come with an adapter in the box which can be used with existing 3.5mm headphones.

At last he says that Other USB-C to 3.5mm adapters/splitters or USB-C headphones should work, but please be sure they are compatible with digital audio and support the proper audio standards. Thoughts?

Pixel 2 vs. Pixel 2 XL: 3 key differences

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now official with Best rated Smartphone camera, enhanced features such as an Active Edge, and front facing stereo speakers. The Pixel 2 XL is exactly a carbon copy of the Pixel 2 with few upgrades. In this article we will talk about Key differences that you will find in Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Display: The Google Pixel 2 comes with 5.0" FHD AMOLED Display with 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass 5 Protection. However, the Pixel 2 XL features a FullScreen 6.0" QHD+ pOLED with 3D Curved Gorilla Glass 5 Protection


Color: The Google Pixel 2 is available in three rich color variants including Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand is only available in Just Black, and Black-White color options.

Battery: You get 2700 mAh battery with the Pixel 2 and 3520 mAh battery with the Pixel 2 XL. Both of the Smartphones provides 7 hours of go with 15 minutes of charge.

That said, these are few of the key changes you'll find between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the below Comment section.

Pixel 2 vs OnePlus 5: Specs Comparison

Pixel 2 vs OnePlus 5
OS And Hardware
OSAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Processor2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz, 64Bit Octa-Core2.45 GHz Octa-Core CPU
ChipsetSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835
GPUAdreno 540Adreno 540
Display
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
TypeAMOLEDOptic AMOLED
Screen Size5.0 inches FHD5.5 inches FHD
Memory
Internal64/128 GB64/128 GB
RAM4 GB6/8 GB
Camera
Primary12.2MP, f/1.8, OIS, EISDual 16MP, ƒ/1.7, DCAF
Secondary8 MP16 MP
Battery and Power
Type2700 mAh | Quick Charging3300 mAh | Dash Charging
Other
3.5mm JackNoYes
IP67YesNo
Stereo SpeakersYesNo
Price
USD$649$479

Which one would you choose?

Google Announces Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google Announces Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
You are probably watching along to the Google live stream, but the Pixel 2 phones are now official with enhanced features such as a Active Edge, Colorful Power button, and front facing stereo speakers that offer a new level of functionality and convenience.

As for the rest of the story that has been leaked in various forms over the past weeks, this is what we are looking at. So, we have a "new era of Android Smartphones, opening up new ways to experience the world".

With the regular Pixel 2, you get a 5.0-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, 12.2MP 1.4 micropixels at f1.8 (OIS/EIS) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 8MP front camera, 2700mAh battery, fast wired and wireless charging, IP67 water and dust resistance, and Android 8.0 Oreo.


The Pixel 2 XL isn’t much different, but it does have the bigger and almost bezel-less 6-inch pOLED Quad HD+ display and a bigger 3520mAh battery. The rest is the same.

The Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL will be available starting on October 19th and November 15th. The Pixel 2 be offered in a rich color palette including Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White, the Pixel 2 XL will be available in Just Black and Black & White (Panda).

What else new, though? Well, Google also announced the Home Mini (Your Mini Assistant) with new features and look, the Google Max which comes with huge woofers at $399, Rotatable Pixelbook with 12.3" Display with Pixelbook pen, Soft-touch keys, i5 and i7 processor paired with 16GB RAM.

The Pixel 2 starts at $649 (64GB) and ships on October 17. According to the Google Store, the Pixel 2 XL will begin shipping in 5-6 weeks, starting at $849. Pre-orders are up today.
Full Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Specs

Google Pixel 2 leaks at last minute before event

Google Pixel 2 leaks at last minute before event
Today is the day in which Google reveals the Pixel 2 Smartphones and ahead of the launch, we’ve seen a ton of big leaks. Now according to latest leaks from Roland Quandt, we've the fresh look at Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL front.

The below render shows us the "Kinda Blue" variant of the Pixel 2 with the color peeking around the border of the phone from a front view.” Roland also states that there's not going to be a "Kinda Blue" variant of the Pixel 2 XL, which is quite disappointing. 

The HTC-made Pixel 2 with old 16:9 aspect ratio will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. It will be available starting $649 for 64GB of storage while the 128GB variant would cost $749.
Google Pixel 2 leaks at last minute before event
Here's another render revealing the Black Pixel 2 XL with 18:9 FullVision Display. The LG-made Pixel 2 XL will feature a 5.99-inch display (18:9) with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. It will be available with 64GB or 128GB storage. The 64GB model will cost $849, while the 128GB model will jump to $949.
Google Pixel 2 leaks at last minute before event
According to previous reports the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will sport different launch dates, with the Pixel 2 being available on October 19th, and the Pixel 2 XL coming on November 15th.

Here's another look at Google Pixel 2 XL and Google Home Mini

Google is hosting an event on October 4 at 9 a.m. Pacific to show off its new hardware to take us through 2017. We are expecting Google's 2017 flagship phones called Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini and Daydream.


Following a series of leaks that we shared with you earlier, here's another image of the $50 Google Home Mini Assistant along with the Pixel 2 XL (Via Walmart listing).

The listing also reveals the codename of Google Home Mini “joplin". There's still a lot that we don't know about Home Mini. However, it do tell us the size which is 4.53 x 4.53 x 4.72 inches. Surprisingly, Walmart’s listing also gives us another look at the Pixel 2 XL, this time with the screen on and the Google Home app open.

The LG-made Pixel 2 XL will feature a 5.99-inch display (18:9) with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. It will be available with 64GB or 128GB storage.

Via 9to5Google

Google Pixel 2 Leak Reveals Almost Everything

Google Pixel 2 Leak Reveals Almost Everything
2017 gave us few popular and innovative devices like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, iPhone X, OnePlus 5, and the Nokia 8. From big screens to great performance, each phone has a lot to offer. Well, they aren't your only option, We've the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL coming tomorrow (October 4).

Google is hosting an event on October 4 at 9 a.m. Pacific to show off its new hardware to take us through 2017. We are expecting Google's 2017 flagship phones called Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Home and Daydream.


Following a series of leaks that we shared with you earlier, Thanks to Evan Blass of VentureBeat, we now have the final high-quality photos and information of Google's stunning new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The LG-made Pixel 2 XL will feature a 5.99-inch display (18:9) with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. It will be available with 64GB or 128GB storage. The 64GB model will cost $849, while the 128GB model will jump to $949. You'll also get financing option. The 64GB Pixel 2 XL will cost $35.38/mo over 24 months and the 128GB version will jump to $39.54/mo.
Google Pixel 2 Leak Reveals Almost Everything
The HTC-made Pixel 2 with old 16:9 aspect ratio will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. It will be available starting $649 for 64GB of storage while the 128GB variant would cost $749.

VentureBeat also reports that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will sport different launch dates, with the Pixel 2 being available on October 19th, and the Pixel 2 XL coming on November 15th.

Source: VentureBeat

[Update: Fake] Google Ultra Pixel Could Be The Real Deal

[Update: This is just a concept video]

The entire world is looking for next Google flagship smartphones the 2017 Pixel(s) to release at the earliest, but one has to wait until October 4 to get hands on it. And leaks about the phone are keeping you at bay.

Just a little few days ago YouTube Channel "MrWhoseTheBoss" leaked a device named "Ultra Pixel" claiming that it could be Google's upcoming Smartphone with 18:9 Display, Gesture Navigation, and an Integrated Fingerprint Sensor.

Supporting the previous leak, MrWhoseTheBoss on his twitter handle just uploaded a video showing off the Google Ultra Pixel's Gesture Navigation Controls.New Footage of the alleged Google Ultra Pixel Smartphone!

Having said that, Google might actually reveal the Ultra Pixel along with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL would feature Snapdragon 835 SoC. The HTC-made Pixel 2 will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. It will be available starting $649 for 64GB of storage while the 128GB variant would cost $749 while the LG-made Pixel 2 XL will come in a Black White and Just Black color options. It will be available with 64GB or 128GB storage. The 64GB model will cost $849, while the 128GB model will jump to $949.

Full Specs: Pixel 2 | Pixel 2 XL

Massive leak reveals key Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL secrets ahead of launch

It's raining Pixel 2 leaks nowadays. Yesterday, we saw references of Pixel 2 features in Google app APK file and now we have massive leak revealing Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL secrets.

Pixel 2

The HTC-made Pixel 2 will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. It will be available starting $649 for 64GB of storage while the 128GB variant would cost $749.

You'll also get financing option. The 64GB Pixel 2 will cost $27.04/mo over 24 months and the 128GB model will cost $31/21/mo.

Massive leak reveals key Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL secrets ahead of launch
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.
Here's another Image (Real Life) confirming that the Pixel 2 won't feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Massive leak reveals key Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL secrets ahead of launch
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.

Pixel 2 XL


First of all, the 2017 Pixel XL will be named as Pixel 2 XL. Seems somewhat unusual, right? But, Droid-Life is pretty sure that Google will name is as Pixel 2 XL.

The LG-made Pixel 2 XL will come in a Black & White and Just Black color options. It will be available with 64GB or 128GB storage. The 64GB model will cost $849, while the 128GB model will jump to $949. You'll also get financing option. The 64GB Pixel 2 XL will cost $35.38/mo over 24 months and the 128GB version will jump to $39.54/mo.

Pixel XL will feature a 5.99-inch display (18:9) with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM.
Massive leak reveals key Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL secrets ahead of launch


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

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

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?

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 and Pixel XL 2 CAD Renders Arrive to Show Off the Flagship’s Design

Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 CAD Renders Arrive to Show Off the Flagship’s Design
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.


A few weeks back, Potential Render of the Pixel XL 2 had surfaced online, and now, a 360-degree rendered video of both the phones has leaked by Mysmartprice and Onleaks.

As you can see in the images/video, the Pixel 2 looks a lot different from the Pixel XL 2 in terms of front design. The Pixel XL 2 is having a 2:1 Full vision display while the Standard Pixel 2 is having huge chin to the top and the bottom, just like the 2016 Pixel phones.
The leak further says that the Pixel 2 will be a little bit thinner than the Pixel XL 2 at 7.8 mm (8.2 with camera bump), while 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).



Both the devices 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. Do share your initial thoughts on the design below.



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