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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Get Live Translate on older Pixels by sideloading the Pixel 6’s Android System Intelligence

Live Translate is one of Google’s new Machine Learning features that debuted with the Pixel 6 series. Said to be accelerated by Google’s Tensor chipset, it looked unlikely that it would come to older Pixel smartphones. In fact, the company announced that we would see some of the newly announced features reach older Pixel phones. Some were touted as Pixel 6 exclusive though, such as Live Translate. Well, as it turns out, just like with Magic Eraser, you can install Live Translate on older Pixel phones simply by sideloading an app.

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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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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


  • 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 to trade in your old Pixel phones

There are a plethora of new and exciting smartphones that have just come onto the market (or are about to), and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to find out that you are planning to upgrade from your current phone. Samsung has introduced two new folding phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, along with its flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra. Meanwhile, Google has released its latest mid-priced Pixel 5A and has announced its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Whether you want to buy one of Samsung’s new folding phones or one of

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