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October 19, 2017

The Google Pixel 2 XL gets high marks for modularity in its teardown

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If you’re waiting on the brand new Google Pixel 2 XL, we have something that might tide you over until you can get your hands on it. Today, iFixit published its teardown guide and repairability score for the phone and gave us a look inside the device.

There are several interesting facts we can glean, like exactly how modular the components are and which parts will be the hardest to replace.

If the battery goes bad in your unit, you’re probably going to want to take it to a professional. Points were deducted from the repairability score due to how tightly walled-in the battery is. Additionally, it no longer has the pull-tab adhesive under the battery that [...]

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August 19, 2017

The Pixel is a real testament to good software

For years now the importance of smartphone software has taken a back seat in the arms race known as the specs war. How often have we lamented a beautiful piece of hardware – take most Huawei phones prior to the EMUI 5 update or Xiaomi phones to this date – ‘ruined’ by a bad software experience? But with the first Google Pixel, those poles were reversed, and largely horrible hardware was miraculously saved by superior software.

See also: The Pixel’s camera software has its origins in Google Glass The Pixel’s camera software has its origins in Google Glass March 26, 2017

I know there are plenty of fans of the Pixel hardware out there – our own Joe Hindy is one of [...]

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July 6, 2017

Google Pixel owners reporting install problems with latest update

Google Pixel owners are reporting installation problems when trying to update their phone to the latest security level. The July security patch update, which started rolling out yesterday, has left some Pixel owners with the message: “Couldn’t update – installation problem,” now being discussed on Reddit and the Google Product forums.

The issue appears to be limited to the 5-inch Google Pixel variant only, while the Pixel XL is unaffected. Google has already stated that it is looking into the matter via the Google Pixel community page.

See also: Google Pixel 2: Everything we know so far 2 days ago

It’s unlike a comparatively small security update to [...]

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June 24, 2017

[Report:] Pixel 2 device specifications reportedly leaked

There has been a significant amount of buzz surrounding the next generation of the Google Pixel line, supposedly code-named ‘Taimen’ and’Walleye’ . As we edge closer and closer to that September/October release timeframe, the hype is beginning to build for the successor to the original ‘Google Phone’. With rumors quickly filling the Android enthusiast world with anticipation, we’ve got a report that seems relatively legitimate, detailing potential specifications for Google’s next generation devices.

Google’s ‘Taimen’ device is said to be the bigger of the two options, supposedly sporting a much larger 5.99-inch display compared to last year’s Pixel XL, and with [...]

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