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Google Pixel XL International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Huawei Nova Plus Giveaway: Lidor A. (Israel). Enjoy your new Huawei phone.

This week we are giving away a brand new Pixel XL Smartphone!

The Pixel XL features a vibrant 5.5-inch QuadHD AMOLED display alongside a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3,450 mAh battery and an all-new 12MP Pixel XL camera with phase detection and laser autofocus. The standout feature is Google Assistant, a new incredibly-clever AI assistant that also powers Google Home. To see how the Pixel XL compares to flagships new and old, check out the Pixel XL vs Galaxy Note 7 and best Google Pixel XL cases!

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Some Google Pixel owners experiencing odd camera app problems

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL launched over a month ago, but a growing number of owners have since reported odd problems with its camera app. They include the app freezing up and displaying pink and purple lines on the image.

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Best Google Pixel and Pixel XL cases

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Some Google Pixel owners experiencing odd camera app problems

The first reports came in soon after Pixel devices started shipping in late October. A thread on Google’s Pixel User Community forum shows a ton of posts from owners of the phone who have reported this same freezing problem with the app. A few even have been experiencing issues with third-party apps that can access the camera.

One possible clue is that the app problems are associated with low cellular data on the phones themselves, although it’s not clear why those two issues would be related. So far, Google has yet to offer any concrete info on why the Google Pixel camera app might be freezing up for these users. Hopefully the company is still on this case and will reveal more information, and a possible fix, soon for these understandably frustrated Pixel owners.

Have you been experiencing similar freezing and odd colored lines popping up on your Google Pixel camera app? Let us know in the comments!

Black Friday deals gave Google’s Pixel a big boost compared to the iPhone

Black Friday deals are often good business for tech brands, and this year it’s the Google Pixel that has been one of the major hot sellers. While Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S7 ranges were some of the best sellers in terms of raw numbers, the Pixel line-up saw the biggest growth rate out of the bunch, according to data collected by Localytics. This is a another rather sign for Google’s new premium smartphone series.

In terms of growth rates, the Pixel boasted a 120 percent boost to device activations during Black Friday, followed by the Galaxy S7 with a 36 percent jump. The iPhone 7 only saw a 13 percent increase, and the 7 Plus model only accounted for 1 percent of that number. Worryingly perhaps for Apple, consumer appetite for grabbing a discounted iPhone 7 is down significantly compared to the iPhone 6S, which saw a 36 percent boost to device activation last year over the Black Friday period.

Black Friday deals gave Google’s Pixel a big boost compared to the iPhone

Given the Pixel’s high price point compared with previous Google phones, it wouldn’t surprise me if a good number of customers had been waiting for its price to fall before picking one up. Combine this data with numerous reports of stock delays and big sales forecasts this year, and the Pixel is certainly shaping up to be one of Google’s most popular smartphone releases.

This data isn’t perfect though, it only reflects the change in sales between Black Friday and the previous weekend, which are usually sedated as customers wait for the deals anyway. The data doesn’t really show any longer term trends either. Not to mention that the Pixel saw much greater discounts than the iPhone, as Apple was only offering a $50 gift card with purchases made over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Still, at least over the weekend it looks like the Google Pixel was in quite high demand. Did you buy one?

Verizon customers might not receive their Pixel XL until next year

Customers buying their new Pixel XL from Verizon are increasingly reporting longer and longer shipping delays, with some customers seeing their delivery date pushed back a month already. The latest revelation sees text messages stating that deliveries won’t arrive until near the end of December, and potential buyers looking to pick up a phone will have to wait until next year.

Verizon customers might not receive their Pixel XL until next yearAt the time of writing, Verizon’s website states that regular Pixel orders will still be posted out in a timely manner. However, the 32GB Pixel XL won’t ship until January 11th 2017, while the 128GB model will be delayed until January 13th. However, given that existing customers are still receiving text messages pushing back their shipping schedules because of stock shortages, these dates could turn out to be optimistic.

This isn’t the first time that Verizon’s Pixel XL has been delayed. Two weeks ago, we saw a similar situation where a Verizon customer received a two week shipping delay on the date that the package was supposed to arrive. Back then, phones were tipped to be arriving in early December, so the delays only look to be growing.

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Google Pixel phones predicted to sell 3 million units in 2016, up to 6 million in 2017

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Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised at the situation, as Google has often struggled with stock shortages for its smartphone line-ups. The Pixel series looks to have been a particularly big hit for the company this year, with estimates putting Google at 3 million units sold in 2016, and 6 million projected for next year. Although this isn’t a great excuse for a stock shortage. In total, phones could generate $3.8 billion in revenue for Google next year.

If you’ve been hit with one of Verizon’s delays, let us know in the comments below.

Google Pixel phones predicted to sell 3 million units in 2016, up to 6 million in 2017

The launch of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone about a month ago represents a new hardware era for Google. A new report from the financial firm Morgan Stanley is trying to predict just how many of these phones will be sold in 2016 and 2017.

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Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Morgan Stanley believes Google will sell 3 million Pixel phones by the end of 2016, which it says will generate about $2 billion in revenues for the company. It also predicts the company could sell between 5 to 6 million more Pixels in 2017, with total revenues of $3.8 billion.

While those sales numbers would be a good start for any new smartphone brand, they are only a first step in Google’s new move to become more competitive in the market. Those stats are still well behind those from other companies, such as Samsung, which reportedly sold over 71 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2016. Apple sold 43 million iPhones in the same time period.

Morgan Stanley also noted that, due to its higher cost of materials, Google gets about half as much in profits from Pixel sales as Apple does from the iPhone. However, it added that the Pixel could see more money generated from purchasing Android apps and services than normal. Features such as its impressive camera and its support of the Daydream View VR headset will help in that regard, along with its deeper integration of apps such as Android Pay and the new Google Assistant. This also might help close the gap between Android app revenue and iOS, which currently has a 3 to 1 advantage.

A recent report from India claims that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have already claimed about 10 percent of the premium smartphone market in that country. All in all, these numbers and predictions seem to show that the Pixel lineup is doing well so far, but only time will tell if it continues to grow against a lot of competition.

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

I hope you have enjoyed our reviews of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, however since this is the first time that a phone has had the words “Phone by Google” engraved on it, I think it is worth taking another look at the Google Pixel, not to look at the user experience (which we have already covered) but to take a look at the technology, the geeky stuff, that Google has put into these devices.

To do this I am going to delve a bit deeper into the display, the SoC, the battery, the camera and the software of the Google Pixel. I will be using the smaller Google Pixel for my tests, however a lot of what I cover will also be applicable to the larger Pixel XL. Want to know more? Let’s go.

Specifications

A quick look at the table below will reveal just how much tech has gone into the Pixel and Pixel XL. Hopefully we can expand on this list of specifications a bit and get to understand the significance of some of these items:

 Google PixelGoogle Pixel XL
Display5.0-inch AMOLED
1920 x 1080
441ppi
Fingerprint- and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
Gorilla Glass 4
5.5-inch AMOLED
2560 x 1440
534ppi
Fingerprint- and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 821
2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64Bit Quad-Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64Bit Quad-Core
GPUAdreno 530Adreno 530
RAM4GB
LPDDR4
4GB
LPDDR4
Storage32/128GB32/128GB
MicroSDNoNo
Cameras12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0, 1.55μm large pixels, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Detection Autofocus (LDAF), 4K (30fps) video capture, HD 240fps (8x), Full HD 120fps (4x) slow motion video, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-LED flash

8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1.4 µm pixels, Full HD video capture (30fps)
12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0, 1.55μm large pixels, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Detection Autofocus (LDAF), 4K (30fps) video capture, HD 240fps (8x), Full HD 120fps (4x) slow motion video, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-LED flash

8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1.4 µm pixels, Full HD video capture (30fps)
BatteryNon-removable 2,770mAh
Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging
Non-removable 3,450mAh
Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging
MediaSingle bottom-firing speaker
Adaptive audio amplifier
3 microphones (2 front, 1 rear) with noise cancellation
Single bottom-firing speaker
Adaptive audio amplifier
3 microphones (2 front, 1 rear) with noise cancellation
Wireless and location4G LTE with 3x Carrier aggregation
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
GPS and GLONASS
Digital compass
4G LTE with 3x Carrier aggregation
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
GPS and GLONASS
Digital compass
NetworkWorld-wide network/carrier compatibility with:1
GSM: Quad-band GSM
UMTS/WCDMA : B 1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: BC0/BC1/BC10
TDS-CDMA: N/A
FDD LTE: B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
TDD LTE: B 41
LTE 2xCA: B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41
LTE 3xCA: B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12, B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41
Pixel is an unlocked phone and works on major carrier networks.
World-wide network/carrier compatibility with:1
GSM: Quad-band GSM
UMTS/WCDMA : B 1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: BC0/BC1/BC10
TDS-CDMA: N/A
FDD LTE: B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
TDD LTE: B 41
LTE 2xCA: B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41
LTE 3xCA: B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12, B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41
Pixel is an unlocked phone and works on major carrier networks.
PortsUSB Type-C
Nano SIM
3.5mm audio jack
USB 3.0 data transfer
USB Type-C
Nano SIM
3.5mm audio jack
USB 3.0 data transfer
SensorsPixel Imprint
Accelerometer/Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Barometer
Proximity sensor/Ambient Light Sensor
Hall sensor
Android Sensor Hub
Pixel Imprint
Accelerometer/Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Barometer
Proximity sensor/Ambient Light Sensor
Hall sensor
Android Sensor Hub
OtherRGB LED notification lightRGB LED notification light
Wireless chargingNoNo
Water resistanceIP53IP53
SoftwareAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1 Nougat
ColorsVery Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue (Limited Edition)Very Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue (Limited Edition)
Dimensions and weight143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm
143g
154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm
168g

Display

The Pixel comes with a 5 inch Full HD AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, while the XL has a 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED display also protected by Gorilla Glass. There is no doubt that the displays on both Pixel devices are first class and are a pleasure to use. Looking at some of the tech, we noted in our full review that the display on the XL has a slightly cooler color temperature of 7859 Kelvin, which essentially means the screen has a blue tint. When the display is set to the standard mode (rather than the default adaptive mode), the colors are warmer at 7131k.

This seems also to be true for the Pixel. In terms of color accuracy the display on the Pixel tends to be skewed towards blue when it is displaying green. Notice the top set of vertical points on the graph below, they are left of the pure green target line. The reds, blues and purples however are quite accurate, but not strictly uniform when it comes to the various brightness levels.

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

Talking of brightness levels the Pixel’s display has a maximum of 410 nits. That is what you get when the display is on auto brightness and you shine a torch into the light sensor. If you switch to manual mode and crank it up to 100% then the brightness is marginally less at 406 nits. 50% is 208 nits and as you can see from the graph below the brightness profile is quite uniform:

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

The System-on-a-Chip (SoC) in the Pixel and Pixel XL is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The 821 is the successor to the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm’s popular SoC which is found in lots of Android devices including some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG V20 and the OnePlus 3. The 821 tweaks the design of the 820 to improve power efficiency while increasing performance.

At the heart of the Snapdragon 821 are the quad-core Kryo CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. Plus there are loads of other bits and pieces including Qualcomm’s Hexagon 680 DSP and the X12 LTE Cat 12/13 modem. You can see from the specification table above that the Pixel supports and impressive number of 2G, 3G and 4G network frequencies.

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

The Snapdragon 820 could be clocked at a maximum of 2.2GHz, however the 821 has been designed to go as high as 2.4GHz. Qualcomm isn’t too forth coming about the architecture of the CPU, however Google has published information which says that the Snapdragon 821 in the Pixel uses 4 Kryo CPU cores, two clocked at 2.15GHz and two at 1.6GHz. The 821’s quad-core setup is what is called Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP).

In general, the quad-core processors found in desktops and laptops have a set of cores which are all equal in terms of their performance and power consumption. In a HMP SoC, not all the cores are equal (hence, heterogeneous). In the Snapdragon 821 the 2.15GHz cores are tuned for performance while the 1.6GHz are tuned for efficiency. When tasks are run on the 1.6GHz cores they use less power, they drain the battery less, however they may run a little slower. When tasks are run on the 2.15GHz cores, they finish sooner but they use more power to do so. Here is where it gets complicated. A task that finishes quicker but uses more peak power to do so, may actually use less energy as it completed the task in a short amount of time. However a task which uses less peak power may use more energy as it took longer to complete.

The ideal situation is where the smaller cores run tasks which don’t use much power but need to run for a long time (like handling the CPU aspects of streaming video). As you can imagine the hardware and software combination needed to make HMP work well is complicated. ARM has done a lot of work in this area with its big.LITTLE system including contributing code to the Linux kernel. As such ARM is quite open about its HMP efforts, however Qualcomm is less so. If you want to know more about big.LITTLE then please read how the Samsung Galaxy S6 uses its octa-core processor.

When it comes to performance the Snapdragon 821 is a beast! Here is a table of some common benchmarks scores for the Pixel:

BenchmarkScore
AnTuTu141092
Geekbench 4 (single core)1500
Geekbench 4 (multi core)4139
Sling Shot using ES 3.12583
Quadrant31389
Basemark OS II2331

To put those numbers into some context, the Pixel scores higher on AnTuTu than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Huawei Mate 9. However it scores lower than the Mate 9 for both Geekbench and Basemark OS II.

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

I also tested the Pixel with my own set of custom benchmarks which I have used to test various SoCs in the past including the Kirin 950. The first of my custom benchmarks tests the CPU without using the GPU. It calculates 100 SHA1 hashes on 4K of data and then does some other CPU stuff, I call it “Hashes, bubble sorts, tables and primes. The Pixel gets the best score from any Android phone I have tested!

The second benchmark uses a 2D physics engine to simulate water being poured into a container. Two drops of water are added every frame and the app is designed to run at 60 frames per second. The benchmark measures how many droplets are actually processed and how many are missed. The Pixel scored 10178, which is a good score, but it isn’t the best. The current record holder is the Kirin 960 in the Mate 9, which scores the maximum of 10800.

My third benchmark is written in Unity3D. It is a terrain flyover that yields a frame per second score for a pre-programmed pass over the rendered world. The Pixel scored 37.3 fps, which is again the best score to date.

Battery

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

The Pixel comes with a 2,770 mAh battery while the Pixel XL has a 3,450 mAh unit. According to Google that means the Pixel has a 3G talk time of up to 26 hours. Josh, Lanh and Nirave found that during day to day usage you can expect around 5 hours of screen on time. According to my testing with a mixed usage of web surfing, gaming and watching video will give you 5hr 13mins of screen on time, which matches what Josh et al saw.

Google claim that you can get 13 hours of video watching out of the Pixel, but the search giant doesn’t say how bright the display is during the tests. However it does say that “uses that involve an active display will use battery more quickly.” So I guess the brightness level for those tests are low (and fixed). I tested how long the phone can play a looped video from local storage with the display at 47% (i.e. 200 nits). The result was an impressive 10.5 hours!

If you are wondering how much the brightness level affects battery life, well so did I! I re-run my video test, this time with the display at 100%, that’s over 400 nits. The result was an equally impressive 8.5 hours. So upping the brightness can cost you as much as two hours of screen on time for easy tasks like video.

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

As for charging, you can charge the Pixel from < 5% to 100% in just over 1hr 40 mins, while to get to 50% takes less than half an hour and to get to 80% takes an hour. If you are in a mad rush then you can get 25% charge in just under 15 minutes! As with all quick charge system, the initial charging is much quicker than the final phase above 80%. For example the Pixel uses half of the charging time to go from 70% to 100%.

Camera

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

The specifications of the camera on the Pixel are excellent: 12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0 and 1.55μm large pixels. There is Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) as well as Laser Detection Autofocus (LDAF). It can record 4K @ 30fps and HD @ 240fps. On the front is an 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 1.4 µm pixels.

So I thought it would be interesting to see how the Pixel compares to a DSLR! So I took four pictures in controlled conditions (with a lightbox) to see how each one fared. My DSLR is a Canon EOS 700D. As you can see from the pictures below the 700D makes better pictures in good light. The colors are truer, there is more color depth and nuance. However for the close up of the Tardis door I would say that the Pixel did a much better job than the Canon. The text is clearer and there is less stippling. Also in low-light I would also say that the Pixel won. The EOS picture didn’t come out quite right because it is out of focus and maybe with more work I could have made it better.

Software

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

The Pixel and Pixel XL run Android 7.1 Nougat which brings with it a number of new features including Google’s new Pixel Launcher and the Google Assistant. The former is an incremental update to the standard Google Now Launcher which does away with the app drawer by making the installed apps available by swiping up from the bottom. The latter is Google’s new AI-based voice assistant, the same one in Google Allo, but now available throughout the whole Android interface.

In terms of storage and RAM, fresh out of the box the Pixel uses about 6.5GB of internal storage for Android and the default apps etc., which means there is around 23GB of free space. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL come with 4GB of RAM and from a fresh boot the phones uses around 1.3GB of RAM. During my testing (which was mainly running benchmarks, taking photos, playing videos etc.) I haven’t seen the average RAM usage go over 2GB.

Besides these two big ticket items there are lots of smaller changes including launcher shortcuts,  a new storage manager called Smart Storage, GIF support in the Google Keyboard, and improved VR thread scheduling:

  • App Shortcuts – These allow users to access key actions within an app directly from the launcher. You just long-press an app’s launcher icon to reveal the app’s shortcuts, then tap on a shortcut to jump to the associated action.
  • GIF support in the Google Keyboard – Android 7.1 supports the new Commit Content API, which provides a universal way for keyboards to send images and other rich content directly to a text editor in an app.
  • Smart Storage – If an app requires more space than is currently available, it can use the Smart Storage page to let the user delete unneeded apps and content to free up sufficient space.
  • Improved VR thread scheduling – Android 7.1 provides new features to improve VR thread scheduling. Apps can now designate one thread as a VR thread. While the app is in VR mode, the system will schedule that thread more aggressively to minimize latency.

Wrap-up

Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive

There are many non-technical factors to choosing your next Android smartphone including price, availability, branding and long term support. However if we push those to the side for the moment at just look at the tech, it is clear that the Pixel and Pixel XL are leading edge devices. Here we find AMOLED displays and not LCD, plus the XL sports QHD resolution.

The SoC is the best Qualcomm has to offer today and the benchmarks show that it is the best in its field (in the majority of cases). You also have excellent cellular support with the X12 modem. On top of that you have a good camera, an above average battery, an option for 128GB of internal storage and the latest version of Android.

What we don’t have is an SD card slot, wireless charging, optical image stabilization, front facing speakers or proper waterproofing (like IP67). So while everything that the Pixel does include is top of the range, it might be what it doesn’t include that could be the deciding factor for you! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Google captures 10% of premium smartphone segment in India with Pixel

According to Counterpoint Research, Google has captured a 10% share of the premium smartphone segment in India with the Pixel and Pixel XL. The premium smartphone segment is defined where the smartphone is priced over ₹30,000 ($440).

Google shipped 33,000 units of Pixel to India as of October end after launching earlier in the month, becoming the number 3 player for the month. However, per the report, Apple continues to maintain a clear lead in this segment with around 66 percent of the overall market share, followed by Samsung with around 23 percent share.

Google is aggressively trying to take advantage of the lack of competition in this segment and does not want to miss-out on the opportunities. The company is leaving no stones unturned with heavy spend on marketing, there are exchange and cashback offers also available for the new entrant. A refreshing and feature packed Pixel is making for a good proposition against the incumbents Apple’s new iPhone and Samsung’s [Galaxy] S7 smartphones.

Google has been running a 360 degrees advertorial campaign in major cities across India as well as heavy spends on digital and print. The company offered no-cost EMIs for buying Pixel devices from both online and offline stores, cashback for HDFC Bank card holders, as well as an exchange program and extra discount on Flipkart.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco aided the numbers for Google. The expected launch of the device in October never happened, leaving a void in the market for other flagship smartphones.

We are very enthused by the feedback from Indian customers and the initial response for Pixel has been extremely positive and in line with our expectations. Pixel is Google’s take on the total user experience as we envision it — bringing the best of Google’s software, such as the Google Assistant, with hardware that really brings the experience to life.

– A Google spokesperson

Mind you, the report is based on units shipped, and not necessarily sold. The idle inventory with the retails too is counted towards the number. However, with heavy spends on marketing and generally positive reviews all around, Google is likely to maintain the market share, if not extend it in the quarter.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL see huge discounts at Verizon this Black Friday

If you don’t mind being locked into a two-year payment plan, Verizon has a really, really good deal on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

From this Thursday, November 24 through Friday, November 25, Verizon is selling the 32GB Google Pixel and Pixel XL for an incredibly low $10 per month, while the 128GB Pixel and Pixel XL are going for just $15 per month. That means, essentially, both 32GB models will cost you only $240 in all, and the 128GB versions will cost only $360. As you may recall, the 32GB Pixel and Pixel XL normally start at a hefty $649 and $769, respectively, making this one of the best Pixel deals we’ve seen thus far.

This is one of the best Pixel deals we've seen thus far

Before we get too excited, there’s a hefty dose of fine print we should talk about first.

To get the deal, you’ll need to purchase your Pixel or Pixel XL on a standard device payment plan. After roughly 2-3 months, Verizon will start applying monthly bill credits to your account to make up for the discount. So, if you were to buy the 32GB Pixel on a payment plan, for instance, you’d get a total of $409 ($649 full retail price – $240) spread out over 24 months. In order to get the full discount, that line will need to be active for the full 24 months.

So no, you’re not getting these phones for $10 or $15 per month the simple way. But if you can get past the few caveats listed above, you’ll end up saving yourself quite a bit of money in the long run.

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This deal will be available both online and in-store, so you can even buy your new Google phone from the comfort of your home.

If the Pixel phones aren’t for you, Verizon is also letting new customers take $200 off any Android smartphone priced $400 or higher when they switch to Verizon or add a line from November 24-27. Alternatively, current customers can save $100 on any Android phone priced $400 or higher. In both cases, you’ll need to activate your new phone on a payment plan to get the discount.

Oh, and one other thing – Verizon, just like many other retailers, is selling the Google Home for just $99, which is a steal.

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Best Verizon Android phones (November 2016)

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New Canadian Pixel update brings “double-tap to check phone” and “lift to check phone” gestures

If you happen to live in Canada and own a Google Pixel, it’s your lucky day. A 261MB update is rolling out now, carrying build number NPF26J, bringing two new ‘Moves’ to Google’s new flagship phone.

In case you’re unfamiliar, ‘Moves’ is a section in the settings menu on Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X devices running Android 7.1 or later. Moves are basically quick little gestures that control your phone. For instance, in the Moves menu you’ll find the option to swipe the fingerprint sensor to activate your notification shade, double-tap the power button to activate the camera, and a few other useful tricks.

The new Moves coming to the Google Pixel are “Double-tap to check phone” and “Lift to check phone.”

Once your update is installed, head to the Moves section of the settings menu and enable both of them. After they’re enabled, you’ll be able to double tap your screen to check for notifications, as well as lift your phone up to check for notifications.

New Canadian Pixel update brings “double-tap to check phone” and “lift to check phone” gestures

If you’d like to grab the update early, the folks at XDA Developers have the OTA .zip file for the new update. Note that this is for Canadian variants of the Google Pixel only, not the Pixel XL or any international or Verizon variants of either handset.

Custom ROM developers and various OEMs have been implementing these “Double-tap to check phone” and “Lift to check phone” features for years, so it’s great to see them finally make their way to Google’s devices.

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Deal: Get £70 off Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse is trying hard to get your attention before the holiday shopping season gets in full swing. The company started offering a free VR Goji headset with any pay monthly smartphone purchase a couple of days ago. Now, the retailer is taking it up a notch with its »Black Tag Event«. It’s currently offering a discount in the amount of 70 pounds for Google’s Pixel smartphones, which launched about a month ago. The smaller of the two – Pixel — will set you back 529.99 pounds, while the Pixel XL can be yours for 649.99 pounds.

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Do note that the offer is only valid for the 32GB version of the devices. So if you want to get your hands on the 128GB model, you’ll, unfortunately, have to pay full price – £699.99 (Pixel) and £819.99 (Pixel XL).

This is currently the best deal for Google’s Pixel smartphones we’ve seen in the UK. As always, the deal won’t last forever, so if you’re interested in getting it, head over to Carphone Warehouse’s official website by clicking the button below. You can choose between the Quite Black or Very Silver color options, while the Really Blue version still remains a US exclusive.

Are you thinking of getting this deal? Will you be opting for the Pixel or Pixel XL? Let us know.

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