With every major Android release, Google revamps its Pixel launcher to accommodate the device and the new design language better. With Android P right around the corner, we now are seeing a slightly revamped Pixel launcher that will ship with the Google Pixel 3. The new revamped launcher is found by modifying the existing Pixel Launcher APK from the Google Pixel 2 to enable some hidden, in-development features of the launcher. The Pixel launcher’s search bar is now split into two; one for search and one with Google mic icon. We’re not sure what the purpose of this change or it is part of the rumored Material Design 2 set to be unveiled during Google I/O 2018. A similar thing happened during the Pixel 2, and the modded APK with bottom search bar was out before its release thanks to many APK modders. XDA the sole power behind the new finding has mentioned that it will soon publish an update to the modded app with these new changes available as a toggle. The in-development parameters of the latest official APK are a giveaway to prove that this revamped launcher is indeed for the Google Pixel 3. Source Fone Arena
According to a statement made by a Google employee on the Pixel product forums, a somewhat widespread problem with receiving MMS messages on the Pixel 2 XL has been resolved. But if you ask the people that claimed to be affected, you’ll get a very different answer.
Google has never been one to shy away from shipping hidden, in-development code inside production software. It’s one of those little things about the web titan than can put a smile on any enthusiastic developer or modder’s face and is typically how we get early clues about upcoming features and design changes. Old Pixel Launcher home New Pixel Launcher home This time around, one of the guys over at XDA managed to unearth some UI tweaks in the latest official Pixel Launcher APK. These are subtle, but still quite noticeable and, for now, affect the Google search bar. The…
Back in October last year, in the wake of multiple Pixel 2/2 XL issues, Google extended the manufacturer warranty for both flagships from one to two years. But the length of the Preferred Care program remained unchanged (one year), effectively making the extended coverage useless. That’s, however, changing now. The Preferred Care coverage for both Pixel 2 and 2XL has been extended by 6 months. This means now users have a total of 30 months of accidental damage coverage, effective when the device is purchased. Those already using the Pixel 2 series have started receiving…
After much anticipation, LineageOS 15.1 (based on Android 8.1) was announced last month. Only a handful of devices had official 15.1 builds at the start, but over time, more have been moved up to Oreo. The Nexus Player, OnePlus One, and Oppo Find 7 were recently added to the roster – and now three more devices are coming.
According to recent commits to the build server, three more devices have been updated to LineageOS 15.1.
The cameras on smartphones are getting ridiculously good — good to the point that most households don’t even own standalone cameras anymore. But given the dimensions that phone cameras are restricted to, they’re not as flexible as something like a mirrorless or DSLR with interchangeable lenses. That’s where Moment comes in. The company offers a small collection of lenses that can be individually purchased and attached to its Photo Cases, which are available for a variety of phones.
I have been a big fan of developer Ogre Pixel for a number of years now, with such great mobile game releases as Warcher Defenders [Free] and Swipe Casters [Free]. So I was pretty excited to finally meet face to face at GDC 2018 and check out two of Ogre Pixel’s upcoming games. First up is a game I feel has enormous promise as it’s a concept I haven’t seen done anywhere before. The game is called Jumper Jon and it’s a Metroidvania style platforming adventure, but with one huge twist: You play the game in 30-second chunks. Each time you start a game you’re given 30 seconds to explore and collect whatever you can, and when that time runs out you’re dead. Luckily you’ll get to keep whatever items you obtained, so for the next 30 second chunk you’ll be able to get just a little bit further than before. I’m probably doing a bad job of describing it but when you see it in action in the following video you can see just how novel an idea it is. Ogre Pixel is hoping to launch Jumper Jon sometime this year.
Following that, Ogre Pixel was showing a game that’s a little further along in development. It’s called Pixel Stars and it’s an extremely simplified runner with an extensive character collection mechanic based around famous personalities from the world of video games and movies. It’s all done in a parody fashion so don’t expect to see the REAL stars these character are based on, but it’s certainly not hard to figure out who is who. With Ogre Pixel’s proficiency in pixel art, it makes unlocking and playing with all these different characters a ton of fun as they absolutely capture the essence of each one. See Pixel Stars in action in the video below and look for it to launch in a month or two.
Generally speaking, updates remove bugs, but in the case of Google’s 2016 Pixel XL, a new problem was introduced with the Android 8.1 update this January. When charging in certain circumstances, the OG Pixel XL will (dangerously) attempt to pull up to 40% more current than it has negotiated from the charger, repeatedly entering and leaving a charging state as the charger shuts off due to overcurrent protection.