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Android Q Beta: What’s new for the Google Pixel smartphones

Another year, another new Android release. The smartphone industry is constantly evolving, and this year in particular is gearing up to be one of the most exciting for enthusiasts. Android, being a core element of this ever-changing industry, also must adapt to new trends. This couldn't be truer for Android Q, the newest version of...

Android Q beta for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 can now be rooted

Before the release of the first Android Q beta, XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu announced that he had rooted Android Q. He accomplished this feat thanks to a leaked build of Android Q that we also obtained. When the official beta dropped for all three Google Pixel smartphone lines, topjohnwu once again dived in to see...

Android Q is here for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL

The wait is finally over—OTA files and factory images are going live for the first public Android Q beta. If you're the lucky owner of a Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, or Google Pixel 3 XL (yes - all three Pixel generations are being supported),...

Gboard is getting faster, on-device voice dictation support on Pixel phones

Gboard is the first-party keyboard solution to many Android devices. A lot of the features rely on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks. One such feature is voice dictation a.k.a speech-to-text. While you are speaking to your device, it securely sends your voice to the cloud where it's processed, transformed into text, and then...

Google Pixel and Pixel XL get official LineageOS 16 nightlies

LineageOS is the biggest and the most popular custom ROM to have graced the Android development community. The ROM builds up on the Cyanogenmod legacy and boasts of about 1.8 Million active installs as of 2018. The latest big update to LineageOS came in the form of LineageOS 16, which was a code rebase to...

March 2019 security patches released for Google Pixel devices and Essential Phone

Like clockwork, Google has kicked off the new month with a fresh Android security update. Every month, we get a new Android security bulletin for Google Pixel devices and Android as a whole. Whether your device gets the latest patch is up to the OEM, but that's a different topic. Essential is one OEM that...

Settings Slices are showing up for some Google Pixel users running Android Pie

One of the features that Google introduced with the announcement of Android Pie was something they were calling "Slices." The idea is to offer an API for developers that would let them surface content from within their app to the user when using the Google app. For example, if you have a hotel application installed...

Google’s Pixel Line Sells Clever Features to Normal Users

Few phones are as polarizing or well covered as Google’s Pixel line. The latest Pixel undoubtedly won’t sell anywhere near latest Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, yet still manages to occupy the smartphone world's airwaves. Coverage of every little Pixel feature and (countless) leaks bring in significant eyeballs and the comments sections are filled with...

February 2019 security patches are out for the Google Pixel and Essential Phone

A fresh new month means it's time for a fresh Android security update. Every month, Google releases security bulletins for Pixel devices and the Android ecosystem as a whole. Sadly, many Android devices do not receive monthly security updates. Google's own Pixel devices, of course, receive the updates promptly, but the Essential Phone is also...

Google Pixel’s Call Screen feature is testing a button to let you hear the speaker during calls

A little-known feature in the Google Pixel's Call Screen is that you have the ability to listen in on any ongoing phone calls by pressing the volume keys. Few people knew about this feature until Reddit user eurostylin discovered it was possible and shared his findings with the community. After a bit of tinkering, it seems that Google will...

Pressing a volume button lets you hear the other party in Google Pixel’s Call Screen

One of the features that got a lot of attention with the launch of the Pixel 3 was Call Screen. This crazy feature allows you to make Google Assistant take calls for you. All you have to do is sit back and choose questions for Assistant to ask. The feature has now rolled out to...

January 2019 security update is out for all Google Pixel devices

New year, new updates. Google just released the first security update of 2019. As always, it fixes a bunch of vulnerabilities on the kernel and system level. Unfortunately, the January security update hasn't been released for any of the Nexus devices. We will keep an eye out for those devices. Along with the Pixel 3, Pixel...