And so to this year’s Google Pixels, now with ‘2’ in the name, still with the two sizes (regular and XL), with pumped up internals and stereo speakers but sadly missing a standard headphone jack. Google has put all its expertise in machine learning and image processing into these phones, making them a fascinating choice for the best in phone imaging, but arguably unremarkable otherwise.
Google today unveiled ‘Pay with Google’ to make the overall checkout process a faster experience on Android devices and Chrome. Pay with Google makes use of the Google Payment API which was first rolled out by the company to developers at Google I/O in May.
At this point, its no secret that the LG-supplied POLED display used on the Pixel 2 XL is not worthy of being used on a flagship phone launched in 2017. As if the various issues like poor viewing angles and overall poor image quality were not already enough, it has been discovered that the Pixel 2 XL’s display suffers from another more serious issue: burn-in.
The Mi A1 might be advertised as an Android One handset but deep down, it is still a Xiaomi handset. After all the device is essentially a rebranded version of the Mi 5X running a stock build of Android Nougat. This means that just like every other Xiaomi device, the Mi A1 also comes with a useful IR blaster.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is more of a Google phone than a Xiaomi device due to its Android One handset which means it runs on a near-stock build of Android Nougat. This means that all the extra features that one is generally accustomed to in a Xiaomi device are missing from the Mi A1. This includes the ability to lock apps using the fingerprint scanner.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with a squeezable frame similar to HTC U11 dubbed ActiveEdge. While HTC allows one to customise the squeeze actions, Google has limited the feature to certain actions which include opening Google Assistant and silencing incoming calls.
The Pixel 2 XL has a large display, one that uses an OLED display manufactured by LG. And reviews for the handset have revealed some issues.
If you’re a fan of HTC and were hoping the company would have one more phone to announce this year, it looks like you may have something to look forward to.
After initially being unveiled earlier this month, the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Google Home mini are now on sale in the United States and Canada.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 earlier this year, it also announced Dex Station. The accessory essentially turned the Galaxy S8 into a mini computer. Simply plug the handset into the dock, connect a mouse and keyboard and a display, and you would then get a desktop-like experience with the ability to multitasking with multiple apps and run them in full-screen mode.