PIXEL Posts on XDA

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...

PSA: Latest OxygenOS OTA Brings Improved EIS 2.0 to OnePlus 3 & 3T [COMPARISON WITH PIXEL, LG G6]

With the launch of the OnePlus 3T, we saw the revision receive no additions to the rear camera, besides an improvement to video recording in the form of EIS 2.0 which OnePlus said would later arrive to the OnePlus 3 as well. While the feature was one of the talking points that the company used to advertise the OnePlus 3T...

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...

[Update] Chromebooks are Not Dead, But Google has No Plans to Share Right Now

Original Title: Google is Not Working on Another Pixel Laptop Google's Pixel lineup originally began with the company's chromebook ambitions -- the original Pixels were high-end, well-specced and premium laptops that managed to showcase Chrome OS' true potential. It wasn't long before Google decided to use the Pixel branding for other endeavors, including the Pixel C (which could...

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...

Google Announces Android Nougat 7.1.2, Public Beta Starts Rolling Out For Pixel and Nexus Devices

In an official blog post earlier, Google has announced the beta version of the upcoming Android Maintenance Release: Android Nougat 7.1.2. The public beta update will start rolling out starting today for supported devices. As always, the update will only be rolled out to devices which are enrolled in Android Beta Program. The supported devices include...

Only a Few Rough Edges Hinder the Pixel from Luring the Apple Mainstream

I have owned a number of iPhones including the 5S, 6S, 7, 7+ and the SE. I also currently have a Google Pixel and have had every major flagship from HTC, LG, and Samsung over the course of the last year as well as the always excellent OnePlus 3. I like this market, I like where is...

Android Security Update for January 2017 Released for Supported Devices

Another month, another Android Security Update. Google has actively been taking steps to find and disclose security issues during their monthly Android Security Bulletins. The current situation in the world of Android security, at least from Google's end, is a lot better than before such bulletins were released. Right on time, the security patch for January 2017...

iFixit Ranks 2016’s Smartphones in Order of Repairability

Just like we enjoy having full control of the software in our smartphones, some of us at XDA also prefer to do our own device repairs as well. When a new smartphone or tablet gets torn down by iFixit, you typically see us writing about it. Not only is it interesting to us, but we...

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 Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Involved in a Pixel Resale Scheme

This week, hundreds of people found out their account was suspended for violating Google's terms of service agreement. It wasn't clear exactly what these people did at the time, but this was revealed as more comments came in through various forums on the internet. It turns out they were involved in a reseller scheme that took...

Huawei Executive Confirms Lack of Branding as Reason for Declining Pixel Production

The HTC-made Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are fiercely marketed under the "Phone By Google" campaign. Since Google did exert a heavy influence on the design and continues to put forth large budgets on marketing and advertising the Pixels, mores so than it did for any Nexus so far, we would not blame the...