Google Pixel trumps Apple iPhone in Black Friday popularity

Google’s new Pixel smartphones proved popular than Apple’s iPhone during the busy holiday shopping season between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even the Samsung Galaxy S7 sold better than iPhone 7/Plus according to the data presented by Localytics.

Google Pixel device activations were up 112% compared to the smartphone’s average number of activations in four preceding weekends. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 saw activations grow by 36% while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 2 increased by 24 percent and 19 percent, respectively. At the bottom of the list is the iPhone 7, which saw a 13 percent bump in sales over Black Friday weekend, according to the research firm. Continue reading “Google Pixel trumps Apple iPhone in Black Friday popularity”

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Google Pixel could generate over $5.8 billion in revenues for Google

Morgan Stanley, a financial firm, published a new report estimating that Google’s new premium smartphone, the Pixel (and Pixel XL), will sell 3 million units in the final three months of 2016, generating an estimated $2 billion in revenue for the company. The firm also forecast that the Pixel will sell between 5 million and 6 million units in 2017, generating an additional $3.8 billion in revenue for Google. The estimate is based on the expectation that Google Pixel will retail between $649 and $869 next year.  Continue reading “Google Pixel could generate over $5.8 billion in revenues for Google”

Google Pixel has a weird image bug related to screenshots sent from iPhones

When you take a screenshot, on any device, it is essentially an image and as such, can be viewed on any other device without any problems, unless the format is proprietary and requires special software for access. But screenshots are mostly JPEGs so there shouldn’t be a problem viewing them on any computer or phone.

But according to some Pixel owners who are sent screenshots from an iPhone are receiving a wonky version of the image instead. The market is mature enough today that there aren’t many issues when it comes to cross-device compatibility but apparently, the flagships from Google and Apple don’t really like each other much. Continue reading “Google Pixel has a weird image bug related to screenshots sent from iPhones”

“Nokia Pixel” and a couple other lower end Nokia devices leak on Geekbench

Nokia’s return to the smartphone industry is expected to kick off in late February with an announcement at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. Some specs for Nokia’s new Android flagship leaked yesterday and now a certain Nokia Pixel has surfaced on Geekbench. The Nokia Pixel was apparently benchmarked earlier this month.

That said, I’m pretty sure that will not be the official name of the device when it does come out. This Nokia Pixel looks to be a lower end device though as its specsheet suggests. Continue reading ““Nokia Pixel” and a couple other lower end Nokia devices leak on Geekbench”

Verizon has a killer Black Friday deal : Google Pixel or Pixel XL for just $240

If you haven’t ordered the Google Pixel or Pixel XL yet, and wish to, or you’re just looking for the best Android experience this holiday season, there cannot be a better time than now, at least this year. Verizon has an amazing deal available for a new Google Pixel or Pixel XL which deals with the only negative aspect people are acknowledging about the Pixels, the price.

The sale will drop the Pixel or Pixel XL to just $240 on Thursday and Friday only. Just like other major retailers, Verizon is also offering Google Home for just $99, or $30 off. Continue reading “Verizon has a killer Black Friday deal : Google Pixel or Pixel XL for just $240”

Google explains the thought process behind the Pixel’s ‘confidently minimal’ experience

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have opened to rave reviews and more sales than Google was expecting. While it’s nowhere near an iPhone or Galaxy, Google might still be happy since they were expecting much less. These are the first two smartphones exclusively branded by Google and advertised as being “made by Google.” As such, the Google Pixel phones aren’t direct successors to the Nexus lineup, but that isn’t to say they don’t boast the main selling point of Nexus devices – a pure, minimal Android experience.

Today, Google has published an article on its Google Design blog explaining how the team used the seeming minor details such as wallpapers and sounds to create an experience with the Pixel that’s “confidently minimal” and stays true to Google’s design principles of “simplicity, intelligence, customization, and trustworthiness.”
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Google bans hundreds of Pixel owners taking advantage of a tax loop hole

If you were thinking of buying a Google Pixel or Pixel XL simply for reselling it for a profit, you need to think again. Google has taken severe measures against Pixel buyers who violated its terms of service. Around 200 people (in USA) purchased the phones via Project Fi and shipped them directly to a reseller in sales tax-free state New Hampshire, according to bargain-hunting site Dan’s Deals.

The phones were then resold to others, and the small profit split with the buyers. However, Google’s terms dictate that buyers may not “commercially resell” any device and it locked their accounts, denying access to photos, emails and other personal data. Continue reading “Google bans hundreds of Pixel owners taking advantage of a tax loop hole”

Having camera autofocus issues on your brand new Google Pixel? It could be your case

If you just got that brand new “Phone by Google” and slipped it in a case, and found out later that the camera had a problem focusing, it’d be quite usual to assume you got a defective unit. But as it turns out, if that’s you, try removing that case you slapped onto the back first. Some Reddit users trying to track down autofocus problems have found that some cases may be screwing with the camera’s ability to focus accurately.

As you can see in the video below posted by redditor HeshoMike, the camera refuses to settle in on an object and constantly tries to refocus. You’d have to be a pretty quick hand gymnast to capture a clear shot.
Continue reading “Having camera autofocus issues on your brand new Google Pixel? It could be your case”

[Update : SuperSU now works] TWRP now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL

Ethan Yonker (Dees Troy), the lead developer of TWRP recovery yesterday posted on his Google+ account that the recovery shouldn’t take much time now to arrive for Pixel and Pixel XL as decrypt was finally working on his test builds. We have since seen root access arrive for the Pixel siblings but due to the complexity of the new File Based Encryption the Pixels use the development of the recovery has been very difficult.

And come today, TWRP recovery for Pixel and Pixel XL have already made it to the official repository at TeamWin’s website but it can only be described as a very alpha build of TWRP. Continue reading “[Update : SuperSU now works] TWRP now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL”

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