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Pixel and Pixel XL to Receive Guaranteed Software Updates From Google Until October 2018

One of the key reasons to buy a Google-branded device is the expectation of frequent software updates for your device. Google is rather transparent about how long they will support their devices, and has a support page that lists the end of life period for each of its devices so users aren't blind-sided when an...

AOSP Code Commit Suggests Muskie, Walleye and Taimen will Sport the Snapdragon 835

Earlier this year, a rumor started circulating that allegedly revealed what is said to be the codenames for the three upcoming smartphones that Google is currently working on. Muskie and Walleye have been reported to be the successors to the Pixel phones, which will presumably be called the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. This...

How to Add Media Playback Controls to the Nav Bar when Playing Music

Ever since Google first introduced the concept of software navigation keys to Android, users have been asking for a way to customize what keys are available to users. Although custom ROMs have offered this level of customization for years, it's only in the first Android O Developer Preview do we find an official method from...

Nav Bar Customization was Hidden in Stock Nougat All Along…and it never needed Root

Show of hands here: how many of you are actually running the first Android O Developer Preview? Not only is the Developer Preview only available to a handful of Google devices, but it's really not suitable as a daily driver. Of course, it was never intended to be used by the average user, but rather as...

Nexus and Pixel Devices Migrate to SDCardFS in Android O

With every new release of Android comes many exciting features. Android O will bring notification channels, Autofill Framework for password managers, Picture-in-Picture mode for phones, adaptive icons, and more. The features that I've listed are only a few of the changes introduced in Android O, but there are many features that Google chooses not to publicize,...

How to Automatically Disable Do Not Disturb Mode during Phone Calls

For an Android enthusiast like the users on our forums, receiving a major software update can be an exciting event due to the enhanced performance and new features that they often bring. While some brave users are running the first Android O Developer Preview as their daily driver, most owners of the Nexus 5X, Nexus...

Google Is Reportedly Considering New Hardware Partners For 2018’s Pixel

While Google has yet to release second-generation Pixel device for this year, a new report coming in hints that Google might be looking for a new hardware partner to manufacture its 2018 smartphone lineup. HTC has already secured a 2-year manufacturing deal for the Pixel devices this year, which will likely be launched later this fall,...

Meet Gcam, The Software Secret to the Pixel’s Camera Performance

The Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL are best known as Google's flagship for the year 2016. With these devices, Google exerted greater control over the hardware and created an experience that found wide acceptance among critics and users alike. Our review of the Google Pixel XL also praised Google's efforts and recognized the camera...

Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta 2 Rolling out with Fingerprint Gesture on Nexus 6P; New Multitasking UI and Launcher for Pixel C

Google has announced that the second beta update for Android Nougat MR2 (7.1.2) is now rolling out to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player. The build is labeled NPG47I and is only a minor update for most of the supported devices, though there are some noteworthy changes that users...

[Update: 3rd ‘taimen’ Model] Google’s next Pixel Phones Possibly Code Named ‘muskie’ and ‘walleye’

Google has a history of code naming its hardware in a thalassic manner. The current generation Google Pixel is code named 'Sailfish' and before that Google named the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X Shamu, Angler, and Bullhead respectively. In continuing that trend, Google appears to be code naming the next two Google Pixel...

Google Pixel with CopperheadOS is Available for Purchase in the U.S. and Canada

For those of you who are unaware, CopperheadOS is an open source derivative of AOSP that is focused on hardening security. The OS is available to download and install for free on many Nexus devices, though they directly sell devices with their software pre-installed on them. And now fans of the Google Pixel within the United States...

Rick Osterloh: “Pixel 2” Coming in 2017; Successor to Remain Premium

The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have been widely regarded as some of the best Android devices that one could purchase in 2016. These devices are considered Google's answer to the Apple iPhone, showcasing the fruits of a thoughtful culmination of hardware and software. If you enjoyed the Pixel and the Pixel XL and were looking forward to...