PIXEL XL Posts on XDA

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...

Android O Preview Adds Lockscreen Shortcut Customization

Lockscreen shortcuts can be pretty useful -- some OEMs allow you to customize the standard two shortcuts in the bottom corners of the lockscreen, while others allow you to set a dock of apps at across the bottom for app launching. On Android O, Google draws inspiration from the former for its own implementation. Under the...

Could Google’s Interests as an OEM Spell Trouble for Android?

Android is something special to me: My original Droid was one of the very first big new purchases I had ever made. It was the first time I signed onto a mobile carrier contract leaving the prepaid system and moved on from running Windows Mobile devices that got me visiting XDA almost 9 years ago. Even...

Resurrection Remix on the Pixel XL

Recently, the Resurrection Remix ROM has been made available to owners of the Pixel XL. In this video review, Miles will go over all of the cool features and customizations that you'll find in this ROM. This ROM is based on Android 7.1.1.

Google Acknowledges a Bug That Prevents a Trusted Voice from Unlocking the Phone

Someone in the Pixel User Community of the Google Product Forums has discovered a bug that is happening with both the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This feature can be found in the Google application settings and it enables you to unlock your phone by saying the words "OK, Google." The feature is supposed to be...

Turn Your OnePlus 3T into a Pixel XL

If you have a OnePlus 3T but love the software of the Plixel XL, this tutorial will show you how to get the look and feel of a Pixel on your OnePlus 3T. For this tutorial, you will need your OnePlus 3T to be rooted with TWRP installed. Here are the download links for the files mentioned...

Hexa ROM on the Pixel XL

In this video, Miles walks us through the Hexa ROM for the Pixel XL. This is one of the first LineageOS-based ROMs for the Pixel XL. This ROM has many of the same customizations as the Pure Nexus ROM that was reviewed a while back. You will find the LineageOS installer as will as a preloaded Cyanogenmod...

Pure Nexus ROM on the Pixel XL

In this video, Miles shows us one of the most customizable ROMs available for the Pixel XL. Pure Nexus is one of the hottest ROMs for Pixel XL right now and it's definitely ready to be your next daily driver. One of the highlights of this ROM is the Substratum integration. This theme engine is a...

The Inherent Problems in Speed Test Videos and Their Validity as Performance Benchmarks

Clarkson, Hammond, and Mays line up, each of them driving one of the world's fastest “Hypercars." Millions of in dollars metal, aluminum and carbon fiber waiting to barrel down the track, each wanting to take the throne as the fastest of the litter. If you aren’t familiar with the description above, this scene took place in...

Pixel XL Audio Mod Turns Ear Piece into Speaker

A lot of people were disappointed with the lack of front facing speakers on the Pixel XL. In this video, Miles shows us how this simple mod can turn your ear piece into a front facing speaker, on your rooted Pixel XL. Check out this mod from the XDA forums here.

Google Pixel XL XDA Review: A Foundational Release for Google & Post-Nexus Android

Google's newest incursion into the smartphone market is upon us, and the Pixel and Pixel XL aim to offer top-notch hardware and the perfect realization of Google's new vision for Android. Most importantly, perhaps, it is key part of a bigger push for a redefined Google ecosystem. With so many great Android phones around, how clearly can...

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...