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Android 7.1.2 is rolling out for Pixel, Nexus devices

Google Android O may be under development, but if you prefer running stable software on your phone or tablet, then there’s a smaller update worth noting: Android 7.1.2 is now rolling out for select devices. Google has released a few beta versions of Android 7.1.2  over the past few months, but now the software is out of […]

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Reports of the Chromebook Pixel’s demise (may) have been exaggerated

Google currently has “no plans to share” about any future Chromebook Pixel laptops. But that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working on one. Rich Osterloh, Google’s vice president of hardware made that clarification in a tweet this week, following a report that made the rounds a few days ago that quoted him saying there are […]

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Android 7.1.2 beta brings fingerprint notification swiping to Nexus 5X

Google is bringing a feature that used to be a Pixel exclusive to at least one older Nexus phone. Android 7.1.2 beta started rolling out for select devices this week, and some users have noticed that there’s now an option for Nexus 5X users to swipe down on the phone’s fingerprint scanner to display notifications. […]

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Raspberry Pi’s PIXEL software now available for x86 PCs

The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new light-weight desktop environment called PIXEL a few months ago. It comes pre-loaded with a variety of popular tools that make it easy to turn the group’s $35 computer into a fully-functional PC. While PIXEL was originally designed to work with the Raspbian operating system that’s optimized for Raspberry Pi […]

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TWRP alpha released for Google Pixel phones (but you might not want to use it yet)

It’s been nearly a month since Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones have hit the streets. They’re the first phones to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat software with support for file-based encryption and seamless updates, thanks to a new partitioning scheme. But hackers who have been rooting smartphones and flashing custom ROMs for years have […]

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Google DayDream View VR headset review (with Google Pixel XL)

It’s been more than two years since Google showed that you could transform a smartphone into a virtual reality device by placing it in a headset made of nothing more than cardboard and lenses. Sure, Google Cardboard isn’t as powerful or versatile as an expensive VR device like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. But it’s […]

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Now you can root a Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones to ship with Android 7.1, but they’re also the first to feature a new disk partition scheme and file-based encryption (instead of full-disk encryption) which makes updating the operating system faster and safer… but which means hackers have had to find new ways to unlock the […]

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dePixel8 can unlock bootloaders for Verizon Pixel phones

Just a few days after revealing that it’s possible to unlock the bootloader on Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones purchased from Verizon, hacker beaups has released a utility called dePixel8 that anyone can use to unlock a Verizon Pixel phone. Beaups notes that it should also work with phones sold by European wireless carrier […]

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Google Pixel phones can be rooted

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are the first to ship with a new set of disk partitions designed to make it possible to download and install system updates in the background (and safely roll back an update if there are problems installing it). But the new partition layout, along with some other changes in […]

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T-Mobile offers $325 credit to Pixel owners (with a lot of caveats)

Verizon may be the only carrier selling Google’s new Pixel phones directly to consumers, but if you buy a Pixel or Pixel XL from the Google Store, you can use it with any US wireless carrier. Now T-Mobile is trying to attract Pixel owners with a promotion: bring a Pixel to T-Mobile and get up […]

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Hackers unlock bootloader on a Google Pixel from Verizon

Buy a Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone from the Google Store and all you need to do to unlock the bootloader is allow OEM unlocking in the Developer Options settings, connect to a computer with a USB cable, and run a command… or use a toolkit that automates some of the steps. But if you […]

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Google Pixel XL gets the iFixit teardown treatment

Google’s Pixel smartphones are now shipping, and this week I published more than 6 thousand words and a bunch of videos and pictures about the phone’s design, software, and performance. But sometimes it’s what’s inside that counts, right? So the folks at iFixit tore open the phone to see exactly what is on the inside… and […]