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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.