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The Google Pixel 6 hardware is buggy garbage and the company’s tech support is worse

I wouldn’t normally be writing a ZDNet piece this week as I am on vacation in New Orleans — and enjoying the sights, food, music and culture. To photo chronicle my week in the Big Easy, I brought two smartphones with me, my
iPhone 13 Pro Max

 and my
new Google Pixel 6

.

Shortly after setting up the Pixel 6 a few weeks ago — while the product could still be returned — I experienced an issue where the OS received an initial over-the-air update and when it rebooted, it came up in recovery mode, being unable to read

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Google just banned 150 dangerous Android apps, so delete them from your phone

No matter what device you’re using, you have to be on the lookout for scams. Any email you receive, text someone sends you, or app you download could be dangerous. We can’t even go a week without a new threat popping up, and the latest crucial warning concerns a collection of fake Android apps on the Google Play Store.

Cybersecurity software company Avast has been reporting on a scam campaign dubbed UltimaSMS in recent weeks. According to Avast, 151 apps were part of the premium SMS scam campaign. These fake Android apps disguise themselves as legitimate tools, from photo

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Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Which Android phone wins?

A Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Galaxy S21 Ultra comparison is just what you need if you’re trying to decide which is the best Android phone for you — especially if you prefer a big screen.

As you’ll see in our Google Pixel 6 Pro review, this $899 flagship is all about value. The 6.7-inch Pixel 6 Pro also delivers stellar cameras, thanks in part to its Tensor chip. And you get special features like Magic Eraser and new Google Assistant powers.

Meanwhile, our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review shows that this $1,199 big-screen phone is an absolute beast.

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Google sets the record straight on which Pixel phones will get the Android 12L beta

But still no word on the Pixel 4 XL


Pixel 6 Pro review (11)

Google surprised us last week with the announcement of Android 12L, a follow-up version to its just-released OS update focused specifically on folding phones and tablets. Although you can’t get it on your phone right now, it won’t be long until a public beta is ready and available to Pixel owners. If you’re curious when — or if — your phone will receive it, here’s what we know so far.

Android 12L is currently available as a developer preview, but it’s

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Pixel 6 review: Google Hardware finally lives up to its potential

Ron Amadeo

Google did it. The company finally made a phone that feels like a full-effort flagship device. It took six long, frustrating years, but with the Pixel 6 it finally feels as though Google isn’t holding back out of concern for its Android licensees or some other commitment issue. The Pixel 6 has a custom Google SoC, tons of AI software features that really work, and a new and exciting version of Android. These combine into the best Android smartphone out there—the One True Flagship of the Android ecosystem. With a great price, the Pixel 6 is an

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Google is still no Samsung, but the Pixel 6 might change everything

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro


Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been praised for their excellent cameras, aggressive prices and sharp designs, making them the first Google phones that might truly rival Apple and Samsung’s devices. But to me, none of those qualities are what make the Pixel 6 so interesting. Instead, it’s the ways in which Google is trying to push the basic smartphone experience forward with new software features that make its new devices stand out.

Google has struggled to challenge Samsung — the no. 1 smartphone vendor worldwide — since its

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Sundar Pichai: Google hardware, platform teams working on AR

During the Alphabet Q3 2021 earnings call, Sundar Pichai was asked about augmented reality and the CEO shared some brief thoughts about what Google is working on in the AR area.

Compared to other companies, namely Facebook, Google has not talked about augmented reality hardware in any significant manner. Rather, its focus is solely on services and AR in the context of Android/mobile apps.

The topic today was brought up by an analyst from Morgan Stanley. Pichai started by saying that the company is thinking about the future of technology and mentioned Ambient Computing as an example. That concept is

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Inside the Google Pixel 6 cameras’ bigger AI brains and upgraded hardware

The Google Pixel 6 Pro’s camera bar has, from left to right, a 25mm wide-angle main camera, a 16mm ultrawide, a 104mm telephoto and a flash.


Stephen Shankland/CNET

During this week’s Pixel 6 launch event, Google demonstrated a handful of AI-powered photography tricks built into its new phones. Among the capabilities: erasing photobombers from backgrounds, taking the blur out of smudged faces and handling darker skin tones more accurately. Those features, however, are just the tip of an artificial intelligence iceberg designed to produce the best imagery for phone owners.

The $599 Pixel 6 and $899 Pixel 6 Pro employ

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A Pixel phone and Google services for one monthly fee

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

TL;DR

  • Google is reportedly working on a Pixel Pass subscription service.
  • This would bundle a Pixel phone purchase with a bundle of premium Google services.
  • There’s no word on availability or pricing for this subscription plan though.

There are several ways to buy a smartphone these days, but it looks like Google might add another option when it launches the Pixel 6 series later this month. A new retail leak has detailed the existence of a so-called Pixel Pass service.

The leak, disclosed by YouTuber M. Brandon Lee on Twitter, alleges that Pixel Pass

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How Google can fill the Android enthusiast void left by OnePlus

Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

It’s coming any day now. Google’s first foray into creating its own chipset for its own device, is on the way with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. And while a lot is riding on these devices from a market share standpoint, there’s also a lot riding on them for Android enthusiasts.

LG is gone, HTC is hanging on by a literal thread, and Motorola is just different now. But if you jump back five years, the story was very different. Then, Samsung was still largely leading the charge, but it had much

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