Google just dropped the April 2018 security patch for Nexus and Pixel devices on us. At this time, we already have both factory image and OTA files, so choose whichever works best for you if you don’t feel like waiting for the update to show up on your device. So far, we are seeing new 8.1.0 files for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (OPM2.171019.029, OPM4.171019.015.A1), Pixel and Pixel XL (OPM2.171019.029), Nexus 6P(OPM3.171019.019, OPM5.171019.019), Nexus 5X (OPM2.171019.029), and Pixel C (OPM1.171019.026) From what we can tell, there is only an April 5 security patch level for this month. Update notes: Google has not provided a difference between the two Nexus 6P builds. Should they, we’ll update this post. UPDATE 4/9 Google posted a new OPM4.171019.015.A1 build for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This new build is for users on Telus and Koodo. Functional updates for Pixel/Nexus: ReferencesCategoryImprovementsDevices … [Read more...] about April’s Android Security Update Goes Live for Nexus, Pixel Devices (Updated)
Four months ago, Google entered the fray with its first self-branded handsets designed from the ground up by the company, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and changed the mobile industry as we knew it. Initial reviews were glowing and analysts believe sales are strong despite purported manufacturing shortages, but since then, there have also been some notable hiccups (namely software issues) that have been reported extensively by various publications, including MobileSyrup. MobileSyrup‘s Patrick O’Rourke and Rose Behar have revisited the Pixel to analyze the devices once more and contemplate whether the Google Pixel deserves to still be called one of the best smartphones ever made. Cracks in the Pixel’s armour Patrick O’Rourke The longer I spend with Google’s Pixel, the more issues I’ve begun encountering with the phone’s design and software, though I haven’t experienced as many problems as my colleague Rose has with … [Read more...] about Google Pixel revisited: Does it live up to the hype?
Squeezing a smartphone to launch an app sounds like an odd gimmick, but after using the HTC U11 for the past few months, I’ve come to realize how innovative the feature is. Squeezing to launch the camera app, Google Assistant, Alexa or any other app on my smartphone has proven helpful time and again. The U11 even allows for custom actions. For example, U11 owners can use the feature to skip a song, start composing a new tweet and switch between the smartphone’s two cameras. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature a similar functionality called Active Edge. While Active Edge sounds like a copy of Edge Sense, it’s far from it, due to the fact that it does so much less. Pixel 2 users can take advantage of Active Edge to launch Google Assistant and silence a phone call with a simple squeeze, that’s it. While using Active Edge to launch Google Assistant is practical, the fact it’s not possible to do much else with the feature, is a lost opportunity. Squeezing … [Read more...] about Showdown: HTC U11’s Edge Sense vs Pixel 2 and 2 XL’s Active Edge
Google’s Pixel Buds get a lot of things right, especially when it comes to design and fit. I find them comfortable and easy to wear for long periods of time, though admittedly, just like every other pair of wireless earbuds on the market, they’re still somewhat strange looking. I’d argue the Pixel Buds look even stranger thanks to the cord that connects the two individual drivers, though it does have some advantages. In many other categories though, Google’s first attempt at wireless earbuds miss the mark, especially when it comes to ease of use, key, expected features, and the case designed to enclose/charge the Pixel Buds. Unique look Right off the top, Google’s Pixel Buds evoke the same fabric-covered design language the tech giant has adopted with many of its other devices this year, including the latest version of Daydream View and Google Home, with the latter device finally officially launched in Canada. The earbuds’ grey, fabric-clad enclosure … [Read more...] about Pixel Buds Review: Holding potential
Spam calls suck any way you look at it. Worse yet, they’re difficult to consistently avoid, but if you own a Pixel or Nexus smartphone, you’ll soon get some relief thanks to a new update to Google’s first-party Phone app. Moving forward, the app will automatically send spam calls to voicemail rather than let them ring. Google’s Phone app already flags spam numbers and lights up the display bright red when one is coming through. Now, the tech giant is taking things a step further and sending these unwanted calls straight to voicemail, without even notifying the user of the call in the first place. Google is rolling out the feature worldwide over the next few weeks. It’s only available via the company’s first party Phone app. If you own a Pixel or Nexus smartphone, you can start using the feature now by enrolling in the beta test Google is currently holding. To do so, visit the Phone’s app Google Play store page, scroll down and tap the … [Read more...] about Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones are starting to automatically send spam calls to voicemail
When it comes to Android launchers, many of us prefer a stock Android look over the OEM launcher. One of the most popular choices for Android purists has been Google Now Launcher in the past. The launcher was named after Google Now and it had just that in the name of features as well. Back then no other launcher had support for the Google Now pane. So if you loved it, you had to stick with Google Now Launcher. But developers soon figured out ways to add the features everybody wanted, via an Xposed module called Xposed GEL Settings. Now that the Pixel Launcher is everyone’s new favorite launcher fro Google, the dilemma is the same. You love the Pixel Launcher for whatever reasons, but it literally has no standout features other than looks. Pixel Launcher Mods by Quinny899 aims to help.If the name of the developer sounds familiar, that could be because he was one of the first ones to port the Pixel Launcher from Android P to any Android device. His mod, called Pixel Launcher … [Read more...] about Pixel Launcher Mods Brings Icon Packs and More to Pixel Launcher