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Here’s Everything That April 2018 Security Patch Fixes on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Here’s Everything That April 2018 Security Patch Fixes on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google has released the April security patch for its compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. Apart from fixing some critical vulnerabilities, the April security patch fixes plenty of bugs and issues found in the Pixel 2 and its XL brother.

PSA: The ‘Check for Update’ Button Is Working Again on Nexus and Pixel Devices

PSA: The ‘Check for Update’ Button Is Working Again on Nexus and Pixel Devices

Pixel and Nexus owners have long complained about the ‘Check for Update’ button on their phone not doing anything. Repeatedly mashing the button whenever Google has rolled out a new software update for its Nexus or Pixel devices has done little except to further frustrate advanced users who are eager to get the update on their device as soon as possible. 

Google Offering 20 Percent Discount on Pixel 2 To Loyal Nexus Customers

Google Offering 20 Percent Discount on Pixel 2 To Loyal Nexus Customers

Google is sending out emails to some ‘loyal’ Nexus customers offering them a 20 percent discount towards the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The discount is valid until February 28, though Google is sending out emails to potential customers living in the United States.

PSA: Use Snapchat 10.25.0.0 or Higher On Your Pixel 2 For Improved Image Quality

PSA: Use Snapchat 10.25.0.0 or Higher On Your Pixel 2 For Improved Image Quality

If you use Snapchat on an Android device, you’d know that the pictures captured through the app are of very poor quality. Snapchat has done little over the years to fix this despite the app getting a huge redesign. Thankfully, if you are a Pixel 2 owner, you can now enjoy improved image quality on Snapchat. 

Google Camera App on Pixel 2 Does Not Use Pixel Visual Core

Google Camera App on Pixel 2 Does Not Use Pixel Visual Core

When Google had first revealed that the Pixel 2 shipped with its custom-designed Pixel Visual Core, it was believed by many that the Google Camera app would take advantage of it once the core was activated through a future software update.

Google Enables Pixel Visual Core on Pixel 2 for All Apps Through February Update

Google Enables Pixel Visual Core on Pixel 2 for All Apps Through February Update

A month after Google first unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it revealed that the handsets shipped with the Pixel Visual Core — a custom chip developed entirely by Google and Intel that could be used by third-party camera apps for HDR+ processing. Google activated the core with the Android 8.1 Oreo update for third-party developers, and now with the February update, it is enabling the chip for all third-party Android apps.

Google Activates Pixel Visual Core Support for Third-Party Apps

Google Activates Pixel Visual Core Support for Third-Party Apps

Google unveiled the Pixel Visual Core co-processor in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones last October, which uses an HDR+ algorithm and machine learning to try and boost image quality.

The Best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Tips and Tricks

The Best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Tips and Tricks

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might not look like outstanding handsets on paper but once you start using either of them, you will realize what a workhorse they are. Right from their camera to their battery life their daily performance, its really hard to find faults in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Research Finds Verizon Pixel 2 Sales Slightly Improved Towards the End of 2017

Research Finds Verizon Pixel 2 Sales Slightly Improved Towards the End of 2017

The Google Pixel 2 is an exclusive via Verizon (among major carriers) in the U.S. A new report by BayStreet Research finds that the sales of the smartphone improved somewhat towards the end of 2017. However, the report noted that the numbers weren’t close to what was seen with the predecessor during the same period in 2016.

Some Pixel 2 XL Displays Do Not Suffer from Blue Shift

Some Pixel 2 XL Displays Do Not Suffer from Blue Shift

When the Pixel 2 XL was first launched, it was heavily criticised for its sub-par OLED display which suffered from a significant blue shift when viewed at less than perfect angle. There were other issues with the display as well like image retention but it was the blue shift that bothered users the most as Google managed to solve most of the issues to a certain extent with software updates.