GOOGLE PIXEL XL Posts on XDA

PSA: Google Assistant says it’s “Offline” when you’re on a VPN, but everything still works

Google Assistant is one of the most advertised features for the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, although there are ways to enable it on non-Pixel Nougat devices as well as on non-Nougat devices. Although Google has currently restricted official compatibility to a very small subset of Android devices, you can still get full use...

Google Pixel XL Performance Stress Tests, Throttling and Thermals Analysis — A Remarkable, Consistent Performer

Google’s new Pixel phones assume the mantle of yesteryear’s Nexus devices, which were consistently some of the fastest phones around. But while the user experience rarely suffered on a Nexus, there were some issues near the end of the line’s life. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X both packed a particularly flawed set of processors - the infamous...

Root is now available for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL: Here’s what Changed and what Works

As promised, systemless root for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is now available. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire was working on root for the Google Pixel phone running Android 7.1 Nougat these past few days, and he has reached a stage in his development where he is now comfortable enough sharing his work with the community. Root access for the...

Verizon Pixel/Pixel XL Bootloader Unlock has been Released

When Google revealed they had struck a carrier exclusivity deal with Verizon for sales of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL within the United States, many of us feared the worst. Given Verizon's history of preventing bootloader unlocking, enthusiasts feared that even the standard bearer for Android, Google's first truly in-house flagship smartphone, would be subject to...

Chainfire’s Systemless Root for Pixel Phones is Coming

We all knew it was coming. It's basically tradition that within days of Google releasing a new device, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire finds a working root method. In keeping with that tradition, earlier today Chainfire demonstrated he had achieved root access on his Pixel phone with a picture of ADB shell requesting superuser access. The news...

Google Pixel XL costs $285.75 to Manufacture – in line with Rival Smartphones

When Google finally unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th, many people were put off by the price tag of the two phones. While Google is no stranger to sticking a premium price tag on their products, many users hoped that the two Pixel phones would continue bucking the trend of expensive off-contract...

Google: A Fix for the Pixel & Pixel XL Camera Flare is Coming

At the launch event for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google advertised that its camera would be the best camera currently available on any smartphone. They backed up their claim by citing a stellar early review score from DxOMark, but some people were still skeptical. As early hands-on reviews started going live from various Android and...

Google Silently Removed Mentions of an “HTC Cerberus” from Pixel XL Source Code [Update: More Evidence]

Update 5:00PM CST: It has been brought to our attention that there is more evidence regarding HTC's involvement in the software development of the Pixel devices, see the addendum at the end of the article. The "Made by Google" motto represents a dramatic shift in Google's attitude towards Android. Rather than cycle through its various OEM...

Google Camera v4.2 from the Pixel System Dump is now Available for Nexus (7.0+) devices

(06:15PM CST) Update: We've learned that this port only works on ARM64 devices. Sorry Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 owners! With the Pixel phones soon to be shipped out to users with pre-orders (or if you're with Telstra, you might have already gotten the device), we won't have to wait very long for developers to port...

Google Pixel Pre-Orders in USA to Receive Daydream View VR Headset

The Google Pixel duo were amongst one of the most awaited phones of the year. Despite the overall feeling of disappointment after their launch -- mainly on the issue of pricing, the devices do have their share of fans who would be eager to pick up the device to see what Google has brought to...

Meet the New Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL

After months and weeks of leaking little by little, the newest phones from Google have arrived. This time, there is a special emphasis on the "Made by Google" part, much more than what we have been used to with the Nexus lineup. The Pixel lineup is Google taking the reins back in its own hands, as...

JCase: “Verizon Pixel Phone May Not Be Bootloader Unlockable”

We are just mere moments away from the launch of the Google Pixel phones, hoping for Google to settle whatever is left of the mystery once and for all. We do know that the devices will be coming to Verizon, but the extent of Verizon influence has remained unknown other than suggestions of it being SIM-locked. XDA...