Google today started rolling out the November security patch for its Nexus and Pixel devices. To go along with it, the company has also posted the detailed November security bulletin and uploaded the factory and OTA images for all the devices on its website.
Google Rolls out November Security Update for Pixel and Nexus Devices; Uploads Factory and OTA Images as Well
Disappointed that you were unable to order the limited edition Really Blue Google Pixel or Pixel XL through the Google Store in October before they sold out? Well, the good news is that Google has confirmed to Android Police that it will be restocking the Really Blue Pixels once again in the Google Store.
The only interesting aspect of the design of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the glass visor at the rear. While the Nexus 6P also had a similar glass visor at its rear, the one on the Pixel and Pixel XL cover almost half the rear of the handsets. The rear glass and the unibody aluminum design almost make it a necessity to use a case with the handsets to prevent them from scuffs and scratches.
Google introduced a very simple but handy fingerprint scanner gesture on the Pixel and Pixel XL that allows one to quickly bring up the notification bar by swiping down on the sensor. When the Pixel and Pixel XL were torn down by iFixit, it was revealed that the handsets share the same fingerprint sensor as the ones found on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Besides the difference in their screen size, battery capacity, and dimensions, the Pixel and Pixel XL are exactly the same specs. Both phones feature a USB Type-C port with fast charging support. To take advantage of the fast charging feature, Google has included an 18W charger with both handsets.
Just a week after Google released the Pixel and Pixel XL, the handsets have been rooted by Chainfire. Thanks to the new security measures and changes in system partitions introduced by Google on the Pixels, gaining root access on them turned out to be slightly complicated.
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL sure are pricey, but they are also among the best Android smartphones available in the market right now. Running Android 7.1 Nougat, the handsets pack in plenty of new features that one can play around with.
Despite its Google branding, the Pixel and Pixel XL units sold through certain carriers in the world come with a locked down bootloader. This includes carrier models sold by the likes of Verizon in the United States and EE in the United Kingdom.
T-Mobile, the Un-carrier, today announced a promotional scheme for Google Pixel owners. Under the scheme, the Un-carrier will give you 50 percent back off ($325) on the retail price of the handset provided you sign up for T-Mobile ONE.
The 12MP rear shooter on the Pixel might not seem impressive on paper, but it has received rave reviews, with the camera easily challenging the likes of Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. The camera is not without its issues though, with many customers and reviewers noting a “halo effect” in photos taken under certain lighting conditions.