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Lilbits: ARM computers, Linux phones, and the Pixel 2 rides off into the sunset

After rocking a Google Pixel 2 as my primary smartphone for the past three years, I took advantage of a Google Fi Black Friday promotion and traded in my phone for a brand new Pixel 4a 5G for $298 after trade-in. There were two reasons I decided the time was right to upgrade. First, my […]

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Lilbits: DSL conundrum, Pixel 2 EOL, and a $6K Android camera

My first broadband internet connection was DSL. After years of dialup, the ability to surf the web with speeds measured in MB rather than KB per second felt like living in the future. But these days DSL is aging technology that’s been largely left behind by the proliferation of cable, fiber, and cellular technologies that […]

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Google Pixel 2 can toggle Do Not Disturb when you’re driving, new API will let third-party apps detect activity transitions

I tend to use my Android phone as a GPS device whenever I’m on long road trips… and sometimes I end up putting the phone in airplane mode just so that I don’t get distracted by notifications for incoming emails and other messages while I’m driving. But Google recently introduced a new “Driving Do Not […]

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Pixel 2’s Active Edge squeeze controls can do more than just launch Assistant (unofficially)

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a feature called Active Edge that Google borrowed from the HTC U11. Squeeze the sides of the phone and you can launch Google Assistant. Or squeeze when a call is incoming and you can silence the phone. And… that’s it. That’s all Active Edge does for […]

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Pixel 2 smartphones have a custom camera chip called Pixel Visual Core

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have some of the best cameras available on a smartphone. They’re so good that they let a mediocre photographer like me take some pretty stunning shots. Part of that is due to the high-quality image sensors. Part comes from Google’s software which helps with everything from image […]

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If you take a lot of photos, the original Pixel has a perk the Pixel 2 does not

Google’s Pixel smartphones have some of the best cameras available on any phone. The 2016 model was one of the best available at the time… and the 2017 model is said to have an even better camera. If you use those cameras to snap a lot of photos, Google also offers a bonus feature: if […]

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Watch Google’s Oct 4th hardware event here, and join the discussion

You may have heard that Google’s got a few things to announce this week. The company is hosting an event on Wednesday, October 4th at 9AM Pacific/12:00PM Eastern. And there’s a live stream. I’ll be tuning in and bringing live updates to the website throughout the day. But you can also watch the video here, […]

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Google 2nd-gen Pixel phone specs leaked (maybe)

Google typically releases new phones in the fall, but details about the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones have been leaking since this spring. Details about their codenames, possible specs, and manufacturers have already been leaked. Now xda-developers claims to have more information about the design, displays, and other hardware for the upcoming phones. […]

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Google’s next-gen Pixel phones to feature Snapdragon 835 chips (leaks)

Google is expected to launch several new Pixel-branded smartphones this year, and over the past month or so we’ve seen signs in the Android Open Source code suggesting that there may be three models on the way, code-named Walleye, Muskie, and Taimen. Now WinFuture has spotted indications in AOSP code suggesting that all three phones […]