Google had an interesting year of platform advances and hardware mishaps. Here are the top stories from 2017.
Recent Google Pixel XL Stories
Google has made its AR Stickers experience available on Pixel smartphones. And it is pretty fricking impressive.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users running Android 8.1 can now enable the Pixel Visual Core chip hidden in your phone.
Say what you will about their respective mobile strategies, but Microsoft at least has the class to make its own hardware.
Last night, I finally received the update that Google rolled out to address some Pixel 2 XL display issues.
I prepped my original Pixel XL for shipment back to Google and what I hope is a $400 credit towards my new Pixel 2 XL.
The Google Pixel 2 XL is the smartphone flagship that I'll be using for the next year. But I cannot recommend it to others.
I assume it's understandable if I'm perhaps overly-sensitive to the quality issues that many have reported with the Pixel 2 XL.
It was a close call, but Google's Pixel 2 still offers the best smartphone camera in the market, with the iPhone X coming in second place.
While I still wish that Google had pushed a bit harder on the design, this handset is absolutely a viable flagship contender.
I'm going into my Pixel 2 XL experiences open-eyed, but I will say right up-front that I don't understand what all the complaining was about.
As you may know, I've engaged in a lot of navel-gazing over my decision to purchase a Google Pixel 2 XL.
Google has clearly learned from Microsoft's mistakes: It is being transparent and clear, and is addressing the problems head-on.
It's like watching a horror movie that unfolds in slow motion.
You can now download the Pixel 2 launcher and Camera app, and both work on the original Pixels.