Most new features are on the Pixel 2 and later
The new phone will cost $400 and come in three color options
Google’s second Pixel Feature Drop, rolling out to various Pixel phones as early as today, brings about a number of new features and functions. Not to be confused with the monthly patch and security update, this is a quarterly push that adds interesting ways of interacting and using Pixel phones.Not all models will see the same features as it largely depends on the hardware and components. Nevertheless, here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect to see come to Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and Pixel 4 series of phones.Pause and resume music using a tap gestureLive Caption for older modelsLong-press the lock/power button to surface Google Pay credit and debit cards, boarding passes, event tickets, etc.New AR effects for Duo video calls on Pixel 4Portrait Blur, color pop, 3D photos for front-facing cameraMore customizable emojiSchedule system-wide dark theme for sunset to sunriseEnable automatic rules (turn on Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb, etc.) based on locationVisit Google’s blog to learn more about the latest Pixel Feature Drop.
Google has never had a problem making premium phones. Since the release of the Nexus lineup, we’ve seen the company partner with handset makers to deliver high-quality phones and tablets, some of which were hundreds of dollars less than the competition.These options were all the more enticing since they came with pure Android, fast updates, and years of support from both Google and a community of developers through custom ROMs and tweaks.The search giant decided to take a new route a few years ago, killing off the Nexus lineup in favor of Pixel devices. Gone were the days of cheaper devices as we were introduced to Google’s vision of a flagship. Consumers used to cheap annual hardware updates had to look in another direction.But, Google is changing course again. The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are a return to affordable hardware with a clean build of Android. If that wasn’t attractive enough, the same lauded camera from last year’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL are on board. A truly compelling package, and all for under $500.We’ve spent the last few months living with the Pixel 3a XL and this is what we found.Hardware and designIf you’ve never held a Pixel device in your hand, you might not know how dominating it can be. These are not the pencil-thin devices where bezels go to die or incredibly tall screen aspect ratios. They’re big, wide, and the screen seems to stretch for miles. That’s no different with the Pixel 3a XL.The difference this year is that the device is made out of plastic instead of glass– but that’s not a bad thing. We’ve long since abandoned plastic devices and (myself included) have assumed that glass backs were as good as you could get. They feel great and look fantastic, but come with the downside of scratches and cracks.With the Pixel 3a XL, I’ve changed how I use my phone. I’ve never been overly careful with my devices in the past anyway, but now I don’t worry about my phone breaking at all.Sure, I do try to protect the screen but I feel a lot better about tossing this into my bag than I would with another, far more breakable device. It’s freeing in a way that I had forgotten about.And to be honest, this all still feels pretty nice. This isn’t the gross plastic covering of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it’s hard and feels great in the hand, like a high-quality product that you’d have no problem paying the money for.Thanks to the plastic back, fingerprints are no longer a problem and the potentially deep scratches of the Pixel 3 are gone, too. Google really killed it here.The biggest problem most people will have with the Pixel 3a XL comes on the front of the device. In a world of waterdrop notches and pop-up cameras, the Pixel 3a XL goes in another direction.Huge bezels adorn both the top and bottom of the device. This wasn’t so much a problem with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL because there were front-firing speakers in that space, but that’s not the case here. The 3a XL does have great stereo speakers, but they’re not front-firing; rather opting for an earpiece and downward firing speaker grill like we see in most phones with stereo speakers.If bezels are an issue for you, this is not the phone for you. But during my time with the Pixel 3a XL, I never had an issue. These past few months, I never noticed the “gigantic” notch and I don’t notice the huge bezels here either. I only see the (relatively nice) display and hear the fantastic audio coming out of the speakers. It’s not going to be for everyone, but if you don’t care about screen-to-body ratios, this is a good fit.Hiding between those two bezels is a really nice OLED display. Price would indicate that we’d see an LCD here as with similarly priced phones like the ASUS ZenFone 6, but Google was able to stick with OELD and it pushes the experience from nice to great. The colors pop, blacks are wonderfully deep and the always-on-display remains a trusted way to glance at your notifications and move on. I don’t think I’d be so high on this device if the OLED panel wasn’t here.Sneaking around the sides of the device, we find SIM card tray on near the top of the left side with all of the buttons on the right side. A volume rocker sits under the power button with nothing else to report besides the Active Edge feature that allows you to open Google Assistant by squeezing your phone. This is a familiar feature that has been around for years now and one that I enjoy.I do find myself triggering Assistant by accident from time to time, but Google allows you to retrain the sensitivity in software to suit your needs.There are other devices that cost less and feature “more premium” materials. There are devices that are more durable. But, there are few that I think will continue to look as good years down the road. Google struck a really nice balance here and while it’s not going to blow away enthusiasts, it’s going to be great for most people. That’s exactly what Google was going for.And it has a headphone jack. What more could you ask for?SoftwareThe Pixel 3a XL came out of the box running stock Android 9.0 Pie with Google’s Pixel Experience enhancements on top and has since been upgraded to Android 10. Updates come faster than any other Android OEM not named Essential, but do lag just a little bit behind the more expensive Pixel 3/XL and 4/XL. These delays are counted in days or weeks, not months.If you enjoy the software experience on any other Pixel, you’ll find no real differences here. It’s fast, fluid, and lacks the bulky features that other OEMs cram into their devices. As an aside, it’s okay to like those features. We get so caught up in “pure” Android that we sometimes gloss over the fact that other phones ship with software features the Pixels don’t have.Anyway, back on topic. In my time using the OnePlus 7 Pro as my daily driver, I forgot about some of the useful features that I really enjoyed on the Pixel 3/XL and 4/XL. One of the most prominent is call screening. I have T-Mobile so spam calls are unrelenting. While Big Magenta has done a good job cutting down on them in recent months, they’re still here and call screening is a wonder.Call screening works with just a press of a button. Instead of just your normal answer and decline buttons, you also get the option to screen the call.A recording will come up stating that you’re using an answering service and will receive a transcript of the call. It then asks the caller to identify who they are and why they’re calling, displaying those answers for you. You are given multiple quick reply buttons at the bottom to ask more questions or end the call. It’s a fantastic feature and one I’ve used over and over again.I’ve heard people call the Pixel line the “Google iPhone” before and that’s fine. I guess we can just say that the flagships here are iPhone-like and move on but the one problem I have with this analogy is that Apple forces you into its software vision whereas Google presents its to you.It’s light, it’s bright, and it does the things you need without you thinking. But if you don’t want any of that, you can change it. Do you want to install a thousand apps that all work together and share files and data between them? Go for it. Dark mode is in almost every Google app now and came system-wide with the Android 10 update.Google has a vision for Android, that much is obvious. But that doesn’t have to be your vision for you to love this phone. You do have to love iOS to love Apple’s phones, too, and that’s a big area where Google will score points with consumers. It’s an area where it should be educating consumers and if it does, I think it crushes Apple’s most popular phone, the iPhone XR.CameraCamera is core to the experience of a Pixel phone. If you want simply the best camera out there, you pick up a Pixel. That much has been known for years. But we’ve never dealt with a “budget Pixel” before. Most budget phones cut corners to save money and one of the easiest ways to cut costs is opting for a serviceable, but not good, camera.Google went another route, relying on its camera to sell units because it knows photography and full well how to get everything possible out of that sensor. The search giant is a master of computational photography and it shows with the Pixel 3a XL.The camera setup is mostly the same as the more-expensive Pixel 3 XL. We have a single rear 12.2 MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture at 28mm, optical and electronic image stabilization, dual pixel PDAF, and a dual-LED flash.Where things start to differ is around front. Instead of a dual-lens setup, there’s a single 8 MP f/2.0 lens at 24mm that supports HDR shooting. Gone is the wide-angle lens that allowed for group-shot selfies. We’re also missing the Pixel Visual Core, a dedicated chip inside the device that allowed for quicker picture processing.Despite those missing features, the experience here is still great. Pictures look fantastic and full of life. The portrait mode delivers great bokeh and Nightsight still blows me away with how much light it can pull out of a scene.The biggest change from the Pixel 3 XL to the 3a XL is just how fast those pictures get processed. Sometimes I do find myself waiting around a little bit for the slower Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor to finish working on my pictures, but I honestly don’t really care.Battery and PerformanceI wish I could tell you that this sub-$500 phone punched above its weight and went toe-to-toe with phones that dwarf its price tag. Unfortunately, I can’t.What I can say, though, is that the Pixel 3a XL is fine. It completes tasks in a timely fashion and I’ve yet to see instances of dropped frames or hard stuttering.It does take longer to complete tasks than phones with flagship-level processors, but that’s to be expected. This doesn’t have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 like the Samsung Galaxy S10, LG G8, or OnePlus 7 Pro, but it also doesn’t have that kind of price tag either.The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Those are roughly what we’d expect to see at this price in 2019 and are just a step below the big boys who routinely pack in 6GB+ of RAM and 128GB of storage.We did see issues with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL’s “only” 4 GB of RAM when the devices first came out, but Google seems to have figured those out. No longer do music streaming apps die in the background once they’re closed, and that’s a relief. But, I did notice that it couldn’t hold too many apps in memory, which lead to longer loading times down the road.Battery life, on the other hand, is a huge win. It’s hard not to compare this device to the Pixel 3 XL released late last year in this respect because I was pretty disappointed that phone’s battery life.While I did usually get through the day, it was just barely. Power users always had issues doing so. Luckily there was fast charging and wireless charging on board to keep users juiced up during the day.While fast charging does return for the 3a XL, wireless charging does not — and that’s a bummer. It’s one of my favorite features on phones today.I don’t ever do scientific testing on battery life because this is an area that varies widely from person to person. I don’t think numbers really tell the story. So, let me tell you a little bit about how I use my phone and the results I get.First off, what I don’t do. I don’t play a ton of games and usually only do so to test out phone performance here and there. I don’t snap a ton of pictures or record 4K video unless I’m doing so for a review. I also don’t do extremely long video streaming sessions because I have a TV for that.My daily usage consists of several hours of music streaming in the background, at least two hours on Reddit killing time and reading articles, five to ten phone calls that last anywhere from a minute to a half an hour, and syncing 10+ email accounts. I usually kill phones by the end of the day with somewhere around 5 hours of Screen on Time at the most.During my review period I never once had an issue with the Pixel 3a XL dying, or even coming remotely close. In fact, I went past six hours of screen on time several times with 20-30% of my battery left at the end of the day.I’ve held up the OnePlus 6T as my battery champ in the last year and that long battery life is one of the reasons that I’ve used it as my daily driver for so long. The Pixel 3a XL is right there with it and I’d have no problem taking it with me when I know I’m going to use it heavily for an entire day.ConclusionBudget phones have long made sense for most people. If you can pick up 90% of the phone for 50% of the price, that’s a good compromise, right? It seems that while the logic is there, consumers disagreed. Flagships are still the most exciting thing in Android with most headlines dedicated to new chapters from Samsung, LG, and OnePlus.Despite that, Google has taken a page from Motorola’s book and released a truly compelling mid-range device that delivers in nearly ever aspect. Sure, we’re missing features like an IP rating, wireless charging, and oodles of RAM, but we have everything we need and a camera that’s almost unmatched.There’s a been a trend of crowning the Pixel 3a and 3a XL as the king of budget phones, and while I think that’s taking it a bit too far, there is a ton to love here.For your money you get a processor that gets the job done, enough RAM to keep going all day long, battery life that can push into the two-day category for light users, and one of the best cameras on the market. All in all, a very compelling experience at just $399 for the Pixel 3a and $479 for the 3a XL.But, this is not the phone for you if you want to hold onto a device for many years into the future. While companies like Samsung and OnePlus are sticking a ridiculous 12GB of RAM into devices, Google stuck with 4GB.It wouldn’t have made sense for the company to release a budget phone with more RAM than its flagship, but that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about how the phone will hold up for the next few years. We’re getting larger apps and hungrier system processes with each passing day and the Pixel 3a XL could soon be in a tight spot.If you do want a cheaper phone for right now, one that will get software updates well into the future and a camera that’s capable of more than just social media pictures, then this where you want to start your search.At $400, this is one of the best values on the market right now and in the US, it’s the only readily available option which delivers these specs at this price.We fully recommend the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, though if you’re outside of the US, you do have more options. Do your research, but start here.Buy the Pixel 3a XL from Amazon, Best Buy, or Google.
One of the best reasons to own a Google-branded phone is that it’s quick to receive timely software updates. That was the case with the Nexus line and it’s the same with the Pixel line.Whereas major Android OS updates were critical in the first few generations of phones, the focus has shifted more to focus on security patches and bug fixes. Starting today, Google is introducing a new monthly “Feature Drop’ for its Pixel phones.In a post on its official blog, The Keyword, Google describes the new features that are being issued to Pixel devices “on a regular basis”. The first so-called Feature drop includes automatic call screening, a new photo editing tool, improved Google Duo video calls, and more.Automatic call screeningThanks to an update to its Call Screen feature, Google Assistant can now automatically screen unknown callers and filter out known robocalls. Indeed, it will do the heavy lifting in the background and only notify users when it’s an actual call.Should your call be legitimate, you’ll get a notification with contextual information about the caller and why they’re trying to reach you.Google Duo ‘Auto-framing’Making video calls gets more seamless and intuitive with the new update as Google Duo can now automatically re-frame the camera. If you’re moving around, or if someone else walks into the room, Google Duo can adjust the focus using the wide-angle front-facing lens.Google Photos ‘Portrait Blur’Taking photos with portrait mode is a sure-fire way to make your subject stand out from the background. Not only does it really help people look great, with blurred backgrounds, but it works on inanimate objects, too.As part of the new Feature drop, Pixel users can now blur the background of an image even when the portrait mode was not used. What’s more, it even works for photos taken years ago.Improved efficiencyGoogle is pretty tight-lipped on the details here, but does say all Pixel devices will also receive an update how it manages memory. Once in place, phones will proactively compresses cached applications so users can run multiple apps at the same time.Other FeaturesThere are plenty of other features being rolled out to various Pixel phones as part of the new Feature drop. Here’s a look at what to expect, even for older generations.Google Duo machine learning to predict sounds and improve conversation on poor connectionsCallers on Duo video calls for the Pixel 2, 3 and 4 can now apply a portrait filterFaster accuracy in Google Maps with improved on-device computing for much better location qualityNew apps and features for Pixel 2, 3, and 3aThe Recorder app is now available on older generations of Pixel.Pixel 3 and 3a users will get Live Caption.Digital Wellbeing is getting updates too. Focus mode is rolling out to help you stay productive and minimize distractions by pausing apps you’ve selected in a single tap. You can now set an automatic schedule, take a short break or end Focus mode early without disrupting your schedule.Flip to Shhh will also join the Digital Wellbeing features on Pixel 2 and 2XL.If you use a Pixel 4 in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Australia, you’ll soon get the new Google Assistant (English only), which is even faster and more helpful.
There’s no better time of year to pick up a new smartphone, especially one like the brand new Google Pixel 4. With Cyber Monday in full swing you’ll find that there are a number of retailers and carriers offering steep discounts.Here, we’ve collected a number of places where you can pick up a Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL with a discount. Note that not all colors and configurations may be available and that stock may be limited this time of year.Google (Unlocked)Google Pixel 4 (64GB) – $599 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $799 ($200 OFF)Amazon (Unlocked)Google Pixel 4 (64GB) – $599 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $799 ($200 OFF)Best BuyUnlocked – $250 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $550Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $650Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $650Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $750Verizon – $400 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $16.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $20.83/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $20.83/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $24.99/mo.AT&T – $400 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $14.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $18.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $18.66/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $22.66/mo.Sprint – $400 OFFGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $16.62/mo.Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $20.79/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $20.79/mo.Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $26.20/mo.CarriersVERIZON: Save up to $550 with a select trade-in when you switch with Unlimited or save up to $200 with a select trade-in for upgradesAT&T: Get a Google Pixel 4 64GB for freeT-MOBILE: Get up to $300 back on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL with qualified trade-inSPRINT: Lease one Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, get one free
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With Black Friday just a few days away, retailers and carriers have started to roll out the red carpet for prospective buyers. There’s no better time of year to pick up a new smartphone, especially one like the brand new Pixel 4.Here, we’ve collected a number of places where you can pick up a Google Pixel phone with a discount. You’ll find wireless providers and retailers alike, so have a look around.Note that not all colors and configurations may be available and that stock may be limited this time of year.Google (Unlocked)Google Pixel 4 (64GB) – $599 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $799 ($200 OFF)Amazon (Unlocked)Pixel 4Google Pixel 4 (64GB) – $599 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $699 ($200 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $799 ($200 OFF)Pixel 3Google Pixel 3 (64GB) – $444.99 ($354 OFF)Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB) – $535 ($364 OFF)Pixel 3aGoogle Pixel 3a (64GB) – $374.63Google Pixel 3a XL (64GB) – $456.54Best BuyUnlockedGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $550 ($250 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $650 ($250 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $650 ($250 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $750 ($250 OFF)VerizonGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $20.83/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $25.00/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $25.00/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $29.17/mo. ($300 OFF)AT&TGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $17.99/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $21.99/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $21.99/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $25.99/mo. ($300 OFF)SprintGoogle Pixel 4 (64GB) – $20.79/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 (128GB) – $26.20/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $26.20/mo. ($300 OFF)Google Pixel 4 XL (128GB) – $30.37/mo. ($200 OFF)Pixel 3a (Unlocked)Google Pixel 3a (64GB) – $350Google Pixel 3a XL (64GB) – $430CarriersVERIZON: Buy one Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, and get Pixel 4 64GB for free (or $800 off any other Pixel 4)VERIZON: Get $200 off the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XLAT&T: Get a Google Pixel 4 64GB for freeT-MOBILE: Get up to $300 back on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL with qualified trade-inT-MOBILE: Pixel 3a for $250 ($150 OFF), Pixel 3a XL for $330 ($150 OFF)SPRINT: Lease one Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, get one free
Google has announced a potential top payment of $1 million as part of its Android bug bounty program. Bug hunters will have to locate a particular kind of exploit to land the payout.
A new bug has been discovered in Android that allowed hackers to gain access to the phone's camera in the background — even when the phone's lock screen was locked.
Google announced the end-of-software updates for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. According to the company, the phones will get one final update in December.
Last year's Pixelbook was beautiful, but too expensive. The new Pixelbook Go takes a different approach.
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are finally official. No longer rumors and speculation, the two handsets are now up for sale.You won’t have to look hard to find the Pixel 4 phones as they’ll be offered through numerous wireless carriers. And then there’s always the unlocked model you can get directly from Google and others.Here, we help spell out what you can look forward to when it comes to when and where to buy the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.If you’re looking for special savings and promotions on the two new phones, we’ve got your back. Here’s how to potentially score a free Pixel 4.CarriersWhen it comes to color choices, each of the wireless service providers listed here essentially have the same options: Black, White, and Orange.VerizonPixel 4 (64GB) – $33.33 for 24 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – $37.49 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $37.49 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – $41.66 for 24 monthsAT&TPixel 4 (64GB) – $28 for 30 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – $32 for 30 monthsPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $32 for 30 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – $36 for 30 monthsT-MobilePixel 4 (64GB) – $33.34 for 24 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – NAPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $37.49 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – NASprintPixel 4 (64GB) – $33.30 for 18 months (lease)Pixel 4 (128GB) –Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $38.81 for 18 months (lease)Pixel 4 XL (128GB) –US CellularPixel 4 (64GB) – $26.63 for 24 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – $29.96 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $29.96 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – $33.30 for 24 monthsC SpirePixel 4 (64GB) – $33.29 for 24 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – $37.45 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $37.45 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – $41.62 for 24 monthsCellcomPixel 4 (64GB) – $26.64 for 30 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – $29.97 for 30 monthsPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $29.97 for 30 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – $33.30 for 30 monthsSpectrum MobilePixel 4 (64GB) – $33.34 for 24 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) –Pixel 4 XL (64GB) – $37.50 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) –VisiblePixel 4 (64GB) –Pixel 4 (128GB) –Pixel 4 XL (64GB) –Pixel 4 XL (128GB) –Xfinity MobilePixel 4 (64GB) – $33.29 for 24 monthsPixel 4 (128GB) – $37.45 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (64GB) – $37.45 for 24 monthsPixel 4 XL (128GB) – $41.62 for 24 monthsRetailersGoogleIt only makes sense that Google would offer its own device through the Google Store. There are three options to choose from for each model: unlocked, unlocked w/ Google Fi, and Verizon. Qualified customers may be able to spread payments out without paying interest.Best BuyThe big box retailer offers the phones in unlocked manner as well as through Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Qualified buyers can split up payments over two years with slightly different rates for each carrier.B&H Photo VideoCustomers can purchase both phones unlocked with different colors and capacities. At last check there were a few configurations that weren’t available.
Thought all the surprises had been spoiled for Google's upcoming Pixel 4 launch event? Maybe so, but there's still a chance Google has a 5G surprise up its sleeve.
Google now requires manufacturers using its Google Media Services to also include support for USB-C PD fast charging and the Digital Wellbeing software.
After spending the last several months in various beta releases, Google has released the final version of Android 10 to its Pixel users. The latest release of Android is available beginning today, September 3, and looks to be coming to other devices in 2019.Key features in the Android 10 build include Focus Mode, Live Caption, and Project Mainline. It’s worth pointing out that Focus Mode is only offered as a beta at this time and that Live Caption will launch later this year and should be a Pixel-only feature for a limited time.Focus Mode helps users unplug for studying, down time, family time, or whenever they’d like to be free from common phone distractions. It eliminates notifications from apps and games for determined times, giving users time to focus on whatever it is that’s important.Android Q to officially be known as Android 10If you’d like to learn more about Focus Mode, or install it on your Android phone, we’ve got a primer with instructions.Live Caption is a way to have your phone display real-time captions for any audio or video presented on your handset. As cool as it sounds, and looks, we won’t see it until later this year where, presumably with the launch of the Pixel 4.Project Mainline, for its part, helps Google address critical security issues by directly patching through the Play Store, is perhaps the most important. With that said, it won’t be offered to devices which update from Android 9 Pie to Android 10; only those models which launch with Android 10 will include the service.How to get Focus Mode on your Android phone nowOther notable details in Android 10 include simpler notification and security controls, better management for families, and a Dark Theme.Android users may have recently noticed that select Google titles have been given options for dark colors. According to Google, all of its first-party apps will support the Dark Theme but not all of them are available as of today.One of the most obvious changes to Android comes in the gesture navigation. With Android 10, users can swipe to go backwards, pull up the home screen, and move between tasks.To learn more about what’s new and interesting in Android 10, head to the official Google blog.
After months in beta, Android Q has officially become Android 10. What’s next for the platform? Why, that would be having the software find its way to devices.Although the Pixel 4 (and Pixel 4XL) is set to be the first new device to launch with Android 10, the mobile software will make its way to other phones first. At least that’s what we’re led to believe.READ: Google confirms Pixel 4 months ahead of expected debutAccording to a PhoneArena report, Android 10 will hit the Pixel 3a starting from September 3, 2019. It’s assumed that the other Pixel models will also get their taste of the newest build from Google. Reportedly, the site’s source was able to confirm the date through another conversation.One would logically expect that Google offers an update to Android 10 for the previous generation of Pixel phones. This would be eight devices if Google goes all the way back to the original Pixel (2016).Pixel, Pixel XLPixel 2, Pixel 2 XLPixel 3, Pixel 3 XLPixel 3a, Pixel 3a XLPulling the focus back a bit, there are a number of other phone makers will devices official enrolled in the beta program. It’s almost certain that these, too, will get Android 10 in short order.Google has done an increasingly better job of providing an early look at its operating system. Thanks to Project Treble, this year saw the following phones getting near real-time tastes of Android Q beta updates it became available.ASUS ZenFone 5ZEssential Phone PH-1Huawei Mate 20 ProLG G8 ThinQNokia 8.1OnePlus 7 ProOnePlus 7OnePlus 6TOnePlus 6OPPO RenoRealme 3 ProSony XPERIA XZ3Techno Spark 3 ProVivo X27Vivo Nex SVivo Nex AXiaomi Mi 9Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Google is launching a new feature that lets emergency callers communicate with a 911 operator without uttering a word. It means those unable to speak during a call can communicate a message in a few quick taps on their handset.
Something occurred to me this week that I simply didn’t realize. Most corporate IT departments are down to only offering phones from two companies: Apple and Samsung. With the demise of the Droid line at Verizon, Android phones simply aren’t available in the eyes of security teams outside of Samsung. That’s a problem for Google, but one that the new Pixel 3a might solve.Google needs a device that can be ordered by the hundreds and deployed to employees across Fortune 500 companies. It’s how BlackBerry made a killing in the first smartphone boom and how Apple continues to provide consistent revenue as well when other ventures falter. Google doesn’t currently have that device and should consider the Pixel 3a.The sub-$500 price tag should make it appealing to corporate partners as well. Many times the phone is almost an add-on to other infrastructure costs by a company like AT&T and Verizon. Adding a smartphone to a plan may only cost said company $1 per unit and then a monthly plan. With that, it doesn’t make sense that Google pony up the top-of-the-line Pixel, but the 3a is much easier to justify at a low entry cost.I know Verizon at least offers Pixels as a business device, but most corporate cycles are either two years old or budgets options. The Pixel 3a could hit that sweet spot of fresh hardware in order to make it on certain corporate device portals.There’s also the added benefits of security, both software and hardware. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL have guaranteed monthly security and OS updates for three years. That’s a pretty solid agreement for any IT department when recommending a device for its workforce. For three years those devices will be covered by the latest fixes against software bugs that might render the phone vulnerable to issues.On the inside, Google has implemented the Titan M chip for additional security measures. Using inspiration from the Titan chips they already use on the company’s servers, Google has installed the Titan M chip to ward away certain back doors found when an attacker happens to get physical access to the device.The Titan M adds additional hardware signatures that verify the boot process. This makes it harder for an attack to be able to access adb or recovery to downgrade the OS to less secure Android version. In doing so it prevents the opportunity of installing malicious software unknown to the user. Arguably, the Pixel line is one of the most secure Android devices you’ll find.Is the Google Pixel 3a the perfect device? Hell no. Do I think it fills a void in the enterprise that Google desperately needs to fill? Yes. The corporate issued phone is a huge market that Mt. View seems to be either ignoring or failing to excel at. Either way, the Pixel 3a may offer a solution.
Owners of Google’s original Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones could receive a payout of up to $500 after the company agreed to settle a class action lawsuit linked to a fault with the handsets.The post Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners may receive up to $500 over faulty phones appeared first on Digital Trends.
A keylogger Android application is basically any software or program that allows you to monitor or watch the keystrokes of someone else by recording these keystrokes while they use their Android smartphones. The application then allows you access to the recorded information. Since the whole point of a keylogger Android app is to be able to monitor someone without their knowledge, keylogger applications have enhanced features that ensure that the monitoring process is carried out in a stealthy manner. We shall go into full details of the features and particularly those of the Hoverwatch keylogger for Android later on in the article.When it comes to the legality of using hacking software programs such as the keylogger Android application, such programs are for one legal to own or possess. However, when a keylogger App is used for criminal purposes such as identity theft or stealing then the use of such application is illegal and thus punishable under federal law as well as state laws. It is an offense to secretly install a keylogger on another person’s phone.Using information that has been illicitly obtained from a keylogger application is also an offense on its own. It is however important to take note that in some states the surreptitious use of keylogger apps is legal and especially so in an employer-employee relationship.About the Hoverwatch keylogger Android applicationKeylogger programs can sound so intimidating particularly because a lot of computer lingua is associated with programs of this kind. It would not therefore come as a shock to wonder whether the use of a keylogger Android application and in this case Hoverwatch, requires any special knowledge whatsoever in the installation and use of such apps.If you have a similar question or doubts as to the same then the answer is simply that no special know how or skills is required for one to install and use Hoverwatch. Hoverwatch is a completely user-friendly application and just about anyone from a guru down to a lay man can make their way through the Hoverwatch app.Navigation through the Hoverwatch application is also particularly made easier with the step by step guide on the process of installation as well as use that is available in Hoverwatch.com website.There is so much ease with how you can get data from any Android phone with Hoverwatch keylogger for Android. All you have to do after installing Hoverwatch in any phone you would like to monitor is to log in to your Hoverwatch online account.This could be from any device and the result is that you will get access to all the information that has been recorded from the phone you are monitoring. And just like that you will have all the data without breaking a sweat. Isn’t that very easy?Now that some basic information about Hoverwatch has been established it is time to get into the details of some of the features that have been integrated into the Hoverwatch keylogger application for Android . These features include:The invisibility featureThis is the most essential feature of Hoverwatch keylogger Android App. This particular feature ensures that the Hoverwatch app stays hidden so that your monitoring activities stay hidden from those being monitored. This in turn means that accurate information is obtained and especially for parental control purposes.Tracking of text messages and callsWith this feature you can track all the outgoing as well as incoming calls and text messages. It also allows you to view any images sent via MMS from your personal Hoverwatch account.Geolocation featureThe specialty of this feature is in physical tracking; that is, you can get the geographical location of the monitored Android device just from your account.SIM card replacementThe SIM replacement feature proves helpful by allowing you to still be able to monitor an Android device even after a SIM card is replaced or even removed by the user of the monitored device.Whatsapp, Facebook and viber trackingConversations held through these mobile applications including all the images, videos and audios shared are recorded and made accessible to your online account thanks to this feature.Tracking of up to five devicesAn installation of the Hoverwatch parental control gives you the opportunity to monitor a maximum of five devices.Other features of the Hoverwatch keylogger app include;Front camera photoSnapchat spyContacts trackingAndroid screenshotsTodo list trackingPhone internet history trackingSupport and pricing policy of the Hoverwatch keylogger Android applicationThe Hoverwatch support application provided for in the Hoverwatch website goes a long way in promoting the user friendliness of both the website and the app. Here is where the step by step guide on the installation process for the Hoverwatch keylogger Android app is contained.It is also at this section that any inquiries from the users can be made. Removal instructions are also contained in this section in the event someone would like to uninstall the Hoverwatch application.The pricing policy of the Hoverwatch keylogger Android application is categorized into three plans that is; the personal, business as well as professional plans. Each of these plans then has subcategories of a one month plan, three months plan and lastly a twelve months plan. It is absolutely up to each individual user to evaluate and choose a plan that best suits them.In conclusion, knowing the activities and whereabouts of our loved ones is very vital if at all we are to ensure that they are safe and protected at all times. One way of doing this is through keylogger Android applications such as Hoverwatch.Great care should however be exercised by users in terms of understanding the scope of the privacy laws in one’s state. Use of the Hoverwatch app for ulterior motives should be refrained and if not the liability of such use falls entirely on the user. If you are searching for a keylogger app for Android then you should definitely give the Hoverwatch keylogger Android application a try.
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