Google Pixel XL’s direct successor canceled, replaced with bigger device

A couple of months ago we heard that Google was working on not two, but three new Pixel-branded smartphones for 2017. Two of those were said to be direct successors for the Pixel and Pixel XL launched last year, with the third model being bigger than either of them. They were codenamed Walleye, Muskie, and Taimen, respectively. Today a new rumor claims there will only be two Pixels coming out this fall after all. However, which of the three aforementioned devices was canceled may surprise you. Apparently the Pixel XL’s direct successor was canned, the Muskie that is, leaving the smaller…

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Google reveals when it’ll stop supporting Pixel and Nexus phones

Wondering when you should upgrade your Nexus or Pixel? Google has updated its support page to reflect when it will no longer offer telephone and online support for the devices, and you can use that info to make a decision. In the past, the big G prom…
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Google Pixel XL 2 gets caught in benchmark with bigger screen, Snapdragon 835

The latest prototype smartphone to be put through the paces of GFXBench is Google’s upcoming Pixel XL 2, the successor for the original Pixel XL from 2016. This device should launch alongside the Pixel 2 at some point this fall, perhaps with a third model joining them. They’ve all been rumored to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, and the aforementioned benchmark run confirms that. GFXBench’s info listing also tells us that the next Pixel XL will feature a slightly bigger screen than its predecessor. For some reason, the benchmark’s only taken into account the size and…

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Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher gets a new teardrop icon shape

Among a few of the other changes that appeared in yesterday’s third Android O Developer Preview, a new icon shape has appeared. Joining its squircle, rounded square, square, and circular brethren, Pixel Launcher users have the option to make their icons teardrop-shaped.

 

I think that the teardrop looks more like a chat bubble, like the Allo icon. Regardless of my feelings on the matter, this new option seems to be working with most devices on DP3 and the Pixel Launcher (Nexus 6P included).

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Google fixes random Pixel freezing with latest update

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones debuted to strong reviews, but not all has been perfect since — supply has been a problem, as has quality control. Case in point — some smartphones have been freezing at random times, requiring a complete reboot t…
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