Poll: What’s Your Favorite Google Phone?

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Google Phone?


A month ago, we ran a poll asking for you to share what your least favorite Google phone of all time was. The answers varied, thanks to plenty of hit-or-miss years from Google, but now it’s time to flip to the positive side. We want to know what your favorite Google phone of all time is.

Was your favorite your first Nexus phone, like the Nexus S or 5? Did you love that original Pixel or the lovely blue tint of the Pixel 2 XL display? Maybe whales are your thing, and the Nexus 6 ticked all of the boxes. If you say Pixel 3, that’s probably fine too, as the newest is often the best.

Drop those votes below, then tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.

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Pixel 4 Caught on Camera With That Unmistakable Camera Box

Pixel 4 Caught on Camera With That Unmistakable Camera Box


Google did its best to get out in front of Pixel 4 leaks, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to flow out into the open. For example, today, we’ve now got pictures of the phone being used in the wild by someone. Great!

In these photos, which were snapped by a sneaky sneaker in London, a human being is seen holding a phone that sure looks like a phone in the shape of the Google Pixel 4. We can see that square camera box in the top left corner with a flash placement that matches Google’s official shared imagery. The case it’s in even looks like a standard Google case that you can buy today from the Google Store.

What else is there to learn here? Nothing, sorry. I’m sure we’ll know more soon, though.

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The Pretty Pixel 4 Renders are Here

The Pretty Pixel 4 Renders are Here


Google took away any suspense over the design of the back of the Pixel 4 by posting official imagery of it yesterday. The front, though, that’s something we have not seen. But if the latest in rumors are accurate, concept designers with actual skill are starting to put the pieces together into realistic visuals.

In this post, we’re featuring the work of @PhoneDesigner, who has created a string of renders in recent years that look better than almost anyone’s. For the Pixel 4, that remains true once again.

These new Pixel 4 conceptual images take Google’s Pixel 4 backside and combine that with a rumor suggesting that Google’s next phones will have a hefty forehead that houses multiple sensors (5!). That rumor originated from Unbox Therapy as far as I can tell, but I can tell you that I’ve heard something similar from a source. I’ve been told … Read the rest

No Early Pixel 4 Launch This Year?

No Early Pixel 4 Launch This Year?


Google surprised us yesterday when it took to Twitter to show off the backside of its upcoming Pixel 4 phone, potentially months before they ever fully show off the phone or let you buy it. Unless of course, that early teaser was a sign that their 2019 launch timeline has changed and the Pixel 4 will be moved up from its normal October time slot. Maybe Google is done with its last-to-the-party phone launches and wants to mix it up well before the holiday season this year. It could happen, right?

An image of a Verizon Marketing Calendar posted by @evleaks shows no such early arrival. The calendar, which you can see below, shows the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch around August, the next iPhone at the end of September, and the Google Pixel 4 in mid-October. Those all line up with previous release time frames from these companies and … Read the rest

Stadia’s E3 Doom Eternal demo made me a cloud gaming believer

Stadia’s E3 Doom Eternal demo made me a cloud gaming believer

LOS ANGELES—Since Google’s Project Stream beta test in October and the company’s March announcement of the full Stadia platform, one question has loomed large over the service: will it actually work well enough for fast-paced, reflex-intensive games? After playing a demo of Doom Eternal for about half an hour Wednesday, I’m ready to say that the answer to that question seems to be yes—at least in Google’s controlled testing conditions.

Google invited me out to its downtown LA YouTube Gaming creator’s space—away from the Internet-congested E3 show floor—to try out the latest build of Stadia. My demo was running locally on a Pixelbook with the Chrome browser, connected to a TV via HDMI, and remotely to data centers over

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Poll: Pixel 4, Hot or Nah?

Poll: Pixel 4, Hot or Nah?


Since Google went has decided to get out ahead of the wave of leaks that accompany every single one of its in-development hardware products by outing the Pixel 4 today, we now know what their next phone will look like. Well, we at least know what the design of the backside will be.

The render that Google shared shows a clean black device with large square camera housing that hosts a dual camera, flash, and some other sensor. We then have a backside that appears to ditch Google’s dual-texture aesthetic, with only a “G” logo left to represent the company.

We don’t know when the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are coming, but you have seen enough to tell us what you think. This phone hot or not?

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Here’s the Pixel 4! (Updated)

Here’s the Pixel 4! (Updated)


Wow, that escalated really quickly!

Google has provided a photo of the Pixel 4 on its Made by Google Twitter account well ahead of any official launch event or release date, which is very uncharacteristic of any company in this industry. The hype is real!

The above photo aligns quite well with the 3rd-party artist renders that we saw on June 10. Apparently they were pretty accurate after all.

On the backside it appears we have dual rear cameras, along with what look to be various sensors in the camera housing itself. As for the exterior, it’s a black phone with what looks like either a white or silver power button. It’s clean to say the least.

  • UPDATE: Here are some pictures of the full device that we put together.

Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 XL

Thoughts? Feel free to answer in this poll too.

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I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

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Google is expanding its new Android-based two-factor authentication (2fa) to people logging in to Google and Google Cloud services on iPhones and iPads. While Google deserves props for trying to make stronger authentication available to more users, I’ll be avoiding it in favor of 2fa methods Google has had in place for years. I’ll explain why later. First, here’s some background.

Google first announced Android’s built-in security key in April, when it went into beta, and again in May, when it became generally available. The idea is to make devices running Android 7 and up users’ primary 2fa device. When someone enters a valid password into a Google account, the phone displays a message alerting the account owner. Users then tap a “yes” button if the login is legitimate. If it’s an unauthorized attempt, the user can block the login from going through.

The system

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Google to Stop Automatically Putting Media From Google Drive Into Google Photos and Vice Versa

Google to Stop Automatically Putting Media From Google Drive Into Google Photos and Vice Versa


Starting in July, Google is changing the way Google Photos and Google Drive interact with each other because frankly, it was a confusing mess.

Once this change takes place, new photos and videos from Google Drive will not automatically appear in Google Photos. The same thing applies in the opposite as well — new photos/videos in Photos won’t automatically appears in a special folder in Drive.

Here’s Google to explain.

What’s Changing

Starting in July, new photos and videos from Drive won’t automatically show in Photos. Similarly, new photos and videos in Photos will not be added to the Photos folder in Drive. Photos and videos you delete in Drive will not be removed from Photos. Similarly, items you delete in Photos will not be removed from Drive. This change is designed to help prevent accidental deletion of items across products.

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Qualcomm Says Wear OS Sports Watch Still Coming, Google Shrugs at Sports Mode

Qualcomm Says Wear OS Sports Watch Still Coming, Google Shrugs at Sports Mode


Almost a year in, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 hasn’t brought the new life to the Wear OS world that we had hoped for. I think we know why that is (it’s not really an upgrade over the Wear 2100), but during its unveiling, Qualcomm announced a feature for the platform that might have helped some. That feature was a Sports Mode that would extend battery life on Wear OS watches should they take part in longer sports activities. We aren’t sure who is to blame, but that mode still isn’t here.

What was Sports Mode supposed to be? Qualcomm was going to use the Wear 3100’s new coprocessor to take the load off its old-as-hell, inefficient A7 quad-core chip during extended athletic experiences. That would allow a Wear OS watch to track a marathon or more and not completely reduce a watch’s battery. Qualcomm estimated up to 15 hours of … Read the rest