The best part of owning a Pixel phone is that it gets new features with every update. Most of the times the new features are Pixel exclusive and are not available on other Android phones. Last time around, Google offered a couple of new features like a filter for robocalls. Now the second update ushers in features like new music control, photo and video features, new emoji, and emergency help feature.
As with every year, Google will pull the wraps from its Pixel series later this year. The company is expected to launch Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. Thanks to rumor mills we know a fair share about Pixel 4a, however, nothing leaked about Pixel 5. Now a reference to Pixel 5 has been unearthed on AOSP code.
Google Pixel is known for timely updates and unique features. This time around Google has announced a bunch of new features that will soon be available on Pixel devices. The company calls it “Feature Drop” and the list includes, automatic Call Screen, Portrait Blur, improvised memory management, more.
As speculated earlier, Google has released Android 10 for all Pixel devices. The release date was leaked by Canadian mobile carriers and it has indeed come true. This is the first time Google ditched dessert naming convention for its mobile operating system.
Thanks to the U.S China Trade war and the rising cost of labor in China, Google is moving production of Pixel smartphones to Vietnam. A report from Nikkei claims that Google has already begun working on converting an old Nokia factory to start producing Pixel smartphones in Vietnam. One of the sources said, “this is the same province where Samsung developed its smartphone supply chain a decade ago.”
Night Sight is one of the many features that Google announced earlier this year that garnered plenty of attention, and now it is finally rolling out to handsets in the wild.
The Android 9.0 Pie has broken the fast charging functionality on the original Pixel XL. There are numerous reports from original Pixel XL owners on various online forums about fast charging being broken on their device.
Owners of the Original Google Pixel Filing a Class Action Lawsuit Against Google over Microphone Issues
The Google Pixel was launched as a replacement to the Nexus lineup of smartphones. The company promised a high-end vanilla Android smartphone combined with a premium price tag. The lineup, however, has been plagued with a few issues since the first model arrived. A few customers of the first generation Pixel are now filing a class action lawsuit against Google for shipping units of the handset despite allegedly having knowledge of the faulty microphone on board the device.
With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google surprised everyone last year by managing to introduce Portrait mode on the handsets despite their single lens setup at the rear. Even more impressive was the fact that Google managed to bring Portrait mode for the front camera purely using its machine learning prowess.
During the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL official unveiling, Google highlighted AR stickers for the camera app of the handset. Now, post the release of Android 8.1, Google has also made the AR Stickers app available for its Pixel devices.