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Google Pixel Uses the Hardware Crypto Engine of the Snapdragon 821

Encryption on our smartphones is more important today than it ever has been. With more government bodies trying to hack into people's personal computers, having the data that is being stored on our devices encrypted can give us the peace of mind that we deserve -- at least some extra, anyway. Google has taken this...

A Look at What Has Changed from the Snapdragon 820 to the Snapdragon 821 in the Google Pixel Phones

We reached out to Qualcomm to get a better look at the Snapdragon 821 processor that is making an appearance in the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the Xiaomi Mi 5s, and the LeEco Le Pro 3. With the Snapdragon 821 in the Pixel phones running at the same clock speed as the regular...

Google Store Pixel Phones Can be Rooted and Come With an Unlockable Bootloader

There's been a lot of mystery surrounding Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Granted, we did have a ton of leaks leading up to the October 4th launch event, but there were still a number of things that simply were not talked about then. It wasn't until after the launch event that we learned...

Sony IMX378: Comprehensive Breakdown of the Google Pixel’s Sensor and its Features

IMX378 Overview We reached out to Sony to try to learn a bit more about the IMX378 sensor that is used by the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, as well as by the Xiaomi Mi 5S. Unfortunately, Sony was not able to distribute the datasheet for the Exmor RS IMX378 sensor just yet, but they were extremely...

Google’s Pixel Exclusitivity Shows Why Carrier Exclusives Suck for Consumers

Writer's Note- Yes, the Pixel is available through the Google Store unlocked. However, this article is primarily targeted for those who already utilize their carrier for the Note7 and plan replace it through the carrier either through a payment plan, lease, or otherwise. In an ideal world everyone would purchase unlocked phones; however, we don't live in...

LlabTooFeR Leaks System Images for Pixel and Pixel XL

With the retail release of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL fast approaching, it was only a matter of time before the system images started popping up. Earlier today, well known HTC leaker LlabTooFeR posted the system images for the Pixel and Pixel XL, both of which are manufactured by HTC. While it is not possible...

How Much Do You Think the New Pixel and Pixel XL are Worth?

With the Pixel and Pixel XL launch done and dusted, the biggest complaint so far with the devices is not that they are not solid flagships -- but they are priced beyond what one traditionally expected for the combination of hardware and software the phone is offering. After abandoning a legacy of value originating from devices like...

Google Hires New Talent to Run its New Pixel Phone Division

David Foster has worked at a number of big companies over the last few decades. The man was a staff manager at IBM Research back in the late 80s and early 90s, he was a senior director at Apple in the late 90s and early 2000s, and also worked as a general manager at Microsoft...

Google Reportedly Wants OEMs to Integrate Google Home in Products

October 4th is going to be a big day for the Mountain View internet giant. It's all but confirmed to be the day Google officially announces the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. We've seen mock-ups created, the the front display assembly leaked, photos showing the front and back of the devices, and software details about how...

Google Publishes Teaser for October 4th Event; Meanwhile Pixel Pricing and Pics Continue to Leak

The Pixel and the Pixel XL have been rumored for launch on the 4th of October, and now, Google has confirmed a phone-centric event for the same date. The minimalistic teaser starts off with a search bar and slowly transforms into the silhouette of the phone. The short url mentioned in the video description gets redirected to madeby.google.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNnCtmyujLA It doesn't...

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Display Assembly Leaks Show a Balanced Front Design

As we inch closer to the launch day of the Pixel duo, new leaks are flowing in giving us a better picture of what to expect. The Android community expected a set of Nexus devices this year, but in line with Google's renewed focus on hardware, what we are getting instead are the Google Pixel...

The Note 7 Recall & iPhone Missteps Give Fertile Ground to Pixel Phones, Android OEMs

The last week has not been easy on Apple and Samsung: the two largest smartphone companies have been under fire from their respective camps, with Samsung in particular currently facing a recall of unprecedented magnitude. The iPhone 7 is actually a solid-looking phone with hardware advancements that should put competitors on edge, but the internet hasn’t...