XDA-Developers is a large community of developers, many of which enjoy Android development and a hobby and contribute their projects with the public. Since the Google Pixel Launcher isn’t available on the app store, both the Pixel and Pixel 2’s Launchers were repacked into APKs that can be installed on any Android device and would work without the need to root, appropriately named “Rootless Pixel Launcher” by AmirZ, and “Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher” by paphonb, both members of XDA. The Rootless Pixel Launcher is also optimized for tablets like the Google Pixel C and comes with various…
We understand that it’s still quite early to even be talking about rumors and leaks surrounding a Google smartphone that won’t be announced for another six months. However, this is the first official mention of a Google Pixel successor, though probably by accident. XDA-Developers reports of a new AOSP commit (a modular piece of code dedicated for a particular function of the Android OS) called “Cherrypick . decide which Auto Selection Network UI to use.” has a description that mentions the Google Pixel 3. This change added the config because the HAL V_1_2 only supports Pixel 3, and…
The Google Pixel 3 is expected to launch later this year, but we’re getting our first mention of the device today.
The Pixel 3 has appeared in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). There aren’t any images or specs or anything like that, but there is a mention of the device that appears to be the first reference to the Pixel 3.
In a commit spotted by XDA Developers that’s titled “Cherrypick ‘Add device config to decide which Auto Selection Network UI to use’,” the upcoming Pixel 3 is called out by name. Here’s the paragraph of text included in the commit:
While it’s not much, it is exciting to see Google mention the Pixel 3 by name. There aren’t many details on the device available right now, but Google has announced the previous two generations of Pixel phones in early October, so we may see the Pixel 3 make its debut in October of this year.
What do you want to see from a Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL?
Google’s Pixel phones have all been high-end models, but the company may soon switch things up with a mid-range model.
Google plans to roll out its products in India, and that may include a new mid-range Pixel smartphone. That’s according to four sources speaking to the Economic Times, who add that this mid-range device would be made especially for price-sensitive markets like India.
Google is reportedly aiming to launch devices like the Google Home and Google Home Mini at the end of April with prices of Rs 9,999 and Rs 4,999, respectively. The mid-range Pixel device is expected to arrive sometime around July or August.
Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are great smartphones, but because they’re premium models with high-end specs, they’re rather pricey. A mid-range Pixel could help get Google’s smartphones into the hands on consumers that can’t want to or don’t want to spend the money for a flagship-tier model and get them into the Google ecosystem.
Would you be interested a more affordable, mid-range Google Pixel smartphone?
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.
[Update: Now available] LineageOS 15.1 Oreo arrives on the OnePlus 2, Pixel C, and Nexus 6; two more devices get 14.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you’re a Verizon customer or you’re interested in becoming one, you may want to check out a couple of Verizon promos that are going live later this week.
Starting April 5, customers can trade in an eligible phone and get up to 50 percent off a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL as well as 2 free months of YouTube TV, a Google Chromecast, and Google Home Mini. Customers who don’t have a phone to trade in can buy a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL at full price and still get the bundle of Google goodies.
Additionally, customers can get up to 50 percent off a flagship smartphone when they trade in an eligible smartphone. The devices that are available for a 50 percent discount include the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Moto Z2 Force, and LG V30.
This deal is available to new and existing customers, and your trade-in crecits will be spread out over 24 months.
Here are the devices that are eligible for trade-in along with their values:
50 percent off iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, or Moto Z2 Force
- iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, GS8, GS8+, Note 8, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, LG G6, LG V30, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z Force
35 percent off
- Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, Samsung GS7, Note 5, GS6, GS6 Edge, Gs6 Edge+, LG G5, LG V20, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z2 Play, HTC 10
25 percent off
- Apple iPhone SE, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, GS5, Note Edge, LG G4, LG V10, Moto Z Play, Moto Turbo 2, HTC M9, M9+
50 percent off iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9+, Google Pixel 2 XL, or LG V30
- Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, Samsung GS8, GS8+ Note 8, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, Moto Z2 Force
35 percent off
- iPhone 6S, 6S+, Samsung GS7/Edge, Note 5, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G6, LG V20, Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z Force, HTC 10
25 percent off
- Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, SE, Samsung GS6/Edge/Edge+, Note 4, LG G5, LG V10, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Play, Turbo 2, HTC M9, M9+
50 percent off iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- iPhone X, 8 Plus, GS8+, Note 8
35 percent off
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8, Samsung GS8, Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, LG V30
25 percent off
- iPhone 6/6 Plus, 6S/6S Plus, Samsung GS7/Edge, Note 5, Google Pixel/XL, LG G6, LG V20, Moto Z2 Force, Z2 Play, Z Force
Google has started rolling out new over-the-air (OTA) update for Pixel and Nexus devices and also posted factory images as part of monthly Android Security release. The update for this month also includes a lot of functional improvements for these eligible Pixel and Nexus smartphones. Functional improvements for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in April 2018 security update References Category Improvements Devices A-35963245 Performance Enable Assisted Dialing support Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-37681923 A-68215016 Logging Improve anomaly detection metrics All A-63908720 Logging Improve diskstats logging All A-64101451 Performance Improve handover from VoLTE to VoWi-Fi during Emergency calls on certain carriers Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-64586126 Camera Improve microvideo performance in Google Camera Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-64610438 Performance Reduce delays upon opening specific apps Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-65175134 Video Improve decoding of certain video streams Pixel, Pixel XL A-65347520 Performance Improve fingerprint and keyboard latency in certain situations Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-65490850 UI Adjust notifications when entering or exiting Wi-Fi coverage during a video call Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-65509134 Connectivity Enable IMS911 on certain networks Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL A-66951771 Logging Detect Wi-Fi Passport statistics for developers All A-66957450 Performance Improve lock screen performance All A-67094673 Logging Improve start time logging All A-67589241 Performance Improve magnetic sensor performance on Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-67593274 Battery Reduce battery drain after modem issues Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL A-67634615 Stability Improve modem stability on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones Pixel, Pixel …
Whether you’re selling phones or powering the platforms behind them, there’s little that’s more exciting for a company seeking out growth opportunities than a rapidly expanding market. As other markets around the globe see slumping projections or sales threatening to plateau, India’s doing gangbusters, and last year sales of smartphones were up 14 percent. This growth hasn’t gone unnoticed, and today we’re checking out some signs of Google’s increasing interest in India, including rumors of a possible new Pixel phone targeting India and other “price-sensitive” markets.
Google releases a monthly security bulletin that contain its newest security updates and sometimes functional updates. Today, Google has released the full list of fixes and changes that will come with the April OTA update. Some of these fixes and updates apply to only Pixel 2(XL) devices while others apply to the HTC-made first-generation Pixel (XL) phones. Here are few updates mentioned in the update. Assisted dialing support for Pixel 2 Improve VoLTE – VoWi-Fi handover during emergency calls for all Pixels Reduce delays upon opening certain apps for Pixel 2 Enable IMS911…
The Indian smartphone market keeps growing and evolving with every new day and Google has taken notice. According to at least four senior industry executives, the Alphabet company is planning to make an aggressive move in India that will include a new mid-range smartphone, a new Pixel phone by Diwali and the launch of Pixelbook soon. Google is also expected to spend a lot on marketing for its consumer products, with plans to take on rivals as Apple, Samsung and Amazon. Trade meets took place in Malaysia, the US and the UK, where even some Indian retailers took part. According to one…