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Google Pixel 2/XL Portrait Mode is unlike any other: here is how it works

1 month ago   |   By Phone Arena

The Google Pixel 2/XL looks just like any other smartphone out there, but hidden inside is something powerful and innovative: artificial intelligence .
Google publicly stated that it is moving from a mobile-first to an AI-first company last year, but this year it really doubled down on AI, machine learning and neural networks, and the best result of its effort are summed up in the Pixe 2/XL camera.
First, let's state the obvious: the Pixel 2/XL - unlike many other phones - does not have two cameras on its back. ...
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Google Pixel 2 impresses, Microsoft rolls out new Surface Book video - CNET

Google Pixel 2 impresses, Microsoft rolls out new Surface Book video - CNET

1 month ago   |   By CNET

The most important stories in tech include reviews of the new Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL. Meanwhile, Microsoft unveils the Surface Book 2 in 13-inch and 15-inch models.
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Original Pixel and Pixel XL are hit with SMS bug that prevents messages from getting through

Original Pixel and Pixel XL are hit with SMS bug that prevents messages from getting through

1 month ago   |   By Phone Arena

Those sporting the first-generation Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are having a problem. A bug is affecting the ability of the two handsets to receive SMS messages. Comments on the Pixel User Community forum state that Google has been informed of the problem, and while this is an issue that has been affecting the two phones for some time, Google hasn't said anything about it. Other comments state that Verizon has also been informed of the bug.
A manager from the Pixel User Community wrote that "the team" is aware of the problem and is indeed working on a fix.
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Best Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL price deals you can get right now

Best Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL price deals you can get right now

1 month ago   |   By Phone Arena

Google is already shipping its new Pixel phones that got announced not long ago, and they are every bit as improved compared to their predecessors as expected. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have great cameras with a new portrait mode, better battery life, thoughtful soft-touch design, and faster performance, not to mention the screen-to-body ratio on the larger XL. They don't come cheap, though, as gone are the days when Google sold plasticky Nexus phones at or near cost as a means to spread out the stock Android message.
These are high-end machines that ...
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Portraid Mode with just one camera: Google publishes Pixel 2/XL Portrait Mode pictures

Portraid Mode with just one camera: Google publishes Pixel 2/XL Portrait Mode pictures

1 month ago   |   By Phone Arena

The Google Pixel 2/XL are the world's first phones to make true DSLR-like Portrait Mode - where the subject is in focus and the background blurred - possible with just a single camera. The effect is achieved through some advanced technology and thanks to the power of AI and machine learning, but how good do photos actually turn out?
While we ourselves are in the process of a detailed assessment of the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode, Google has already released a bunch of real-life Potrait Mode photos made with the new camera and we are eager to share ...
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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Q&A: Ask us anything!

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Q&A: Ask us anything!

1 month ago   |   By Phone Arena

It's open season for Pixels as Google is already shipping pre-orders to many early adopters, but there are still tons of users that are on the fence whether they should buy one or wait for the third-generation of the Pixel.
Our review is now out, giving you the full scope of what you should expect from Google's latest consumer-centric devices. Check it out in its full glory right here.
As you might have a plethora of intricate questions that might have not been covered in our review of the two devices, we are giving you ...
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UK Daily Deals: Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition for Under £45

UK Daily Deals: Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition for Under £45

1 month ago   |   By IGN

Want IGN UK Deals in your social feeds? Like us on Facebook and follow me on Twitter for the most up-to-date bargains.
Check out my Xbox One X Preorder Guide here and my Google Pixel 2 Preorder Guide here.
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Google Pixel 2: Software review

1 month ago   |   By Liliputing

Google's Pixel 2 smartphones have some pretty strong hardware including excellent cameras, good displays, 4GB of RAM, at lest 64GB of storage, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. But it's the software that really sets these phones apart from the competition... and in some cases, the way the software interacts with the hardware. For instance, you...
Google Pixel 2: Software review is a post from: Liliputing
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An unannounced Google SoC for image processing is sleeping inside the Pixel 2

1 month ago   |   By Talk Android

A custom eight-core Image Processing Unit is sitting idle inside the new Google Pixel 2 phones, just waiting for Android 8.1 to wake it up. Google already claims that the Pixel 2 cameras are the best on any smartphone, so the fact that a Google-designed SoC will soon dedicate itself to image processing is...
Come comment on this article: An unannounced Google SoC for image processing is sleeping inside the Pixel 2
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Android 8.1 is just weeks away and comes with a Pixel 2 hardware upgrade

Android 8.1 is just weeks away and comes with a Pixel 2 hardware upgrade

1 month ago   |   By TechRadar

We expect Android updates to improve the software of our devices, but if you have a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL then Android 8.1 will actually improve the hardware. Or, more specifically, it will activate a currently dormant image processor chip called the Pixel Visual Core. It's Google's first custom-designed co-processor for consumer products and it's been built specifically to improve HDR+, letting it run five times faster and at less than one tenth the energy that it would take to use HDR+ with the main chipset. So in other words it will make HDR photos faster to shoot and less...
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Google Pixel 2 devices come with image processing chip for better HDR+ photos

1 month ago   |   By The Mobile Indian

The Pixel Visual Core is an eight-core chipset used to enhance the quality of the phone. Google claims that the chipset can process HDR+ 5x faster using less than 1/10th the energy compared to traditional application processing.
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Everything wrong with Google's Pixel 2

Everything wrong with Google's Pixel 2

1 month ago   |   By Android Central

The Pixel 2's got some issues.
Let's talk about the Pixel 2. It's Google's latest flagship for 2017, and there's a lot to like about it. The Pixel 2 has an industry-leading camera, top-notch performance, rock solid battery life, and some of the best software you'll find on any Android phone to date. We could go on and on here, but listing the positives about Google's Pixel 2 is easy.
Something that's not so easy? Admitting it has issues. Despite the Pixel 2 arguably being the best Android phone on the market, that's not to say it's without its own set of quirks.
Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel...
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Google put a custom, self-designed chip inside its latest flagship smartphone

Google put a custom, self-designed chip inside its latest flagship smartphone

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship smartphones have a special component inside of them, as The Verge first found out : A custom processor.
The so-called Pixel Visual Core sits alongside the CPU and GPU stored inside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip that actually powers the devices, and is entirely dedicated to image processing.
Business Insider reported that Google could be working on custom silicon almost two years ago now.
The chip is actually defined as an IPU, or "Image Processing Unit," and is made up of 8 standard cores as well as an additional ARM Cortex-A53...
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BlackBerry Motion all-touch phone now available to pre-order for £399

BlackBerry Motion all-touch phone now available to pre-order for £399

1 month ago   |   By Pocket-lint

TCL has announced when you can get its latest BlackBerry smartphone.BlackBerry is a brand name synonymous with one thing: keyboards. When you think of the mobile maker's name, you think of old-style smartphones equipped with tiny QWERTY keys. But it has...
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Google's Pixel 2 has a secret chip which will make your photos better

1 month ago   |   By ZDnet

Pixel 2 owners will soon get an update that will switch on Google's custom image processing unit, Pixel Visual Core.
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Pixel 2 vs. iPhone8 Plus: Which camera is better? - CNET

1 month ago   |   By CNET

The Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 Plus battle it out to determine which phone's camera does better portraits, landscape selfies and low-light shots.
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Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which takes better photos? video - CNET

1 month ago   |   By CNET

Find out if Google's new Pixel 2 was able to outperform the iPhone 8 Plus in landscapes, portraits, low light and more.
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Google's Pixel 2: Smartphone Created for Artificial Intelligence

1 month ago   |   By Mobile Tech Today

What's most fascinating about Google's new Pixel 2 phone is what's to come. The phone sets itself apart with promises to bake in Google's powerful artificial-intelligence technology.
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Microsoft Surface Book 2 OFFICIAL: Massive Specs, Stunning Design

Microsoft Surface Book 2 OFFICIAL: Massive Specs, Stunning Design

1 month ago   |   By Know your mobile

Paul Briden 18/10/2017 - 10:47am
Microsoft has announced two new Surface Book 2 hybrids in 13.5in and 15in sizes
Sneaky, sneaky Microsoft has just quietly launched a new model of its Surface hybrid tablet-laptop series, specifically the second iteration of its Surface Book design, appropriately called the Surface Book 2 .
This is an all-round update with a new design on the outside, and enhanced specs and hardware on the inside. Microsoft has also taken steps to improve the connectivity and battery performance, and the Surface Book 2 also comes in two size options, unlike its...
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Google Pixel 2 & Pixel XL 2 Pre-Orders Now SHIPPING!

Google Pixel 2 & Pixel XL 2 Pre-Orders Now SHIPPING!

1 month ago   |   By Know your mobile

Paul Briden 18/10/2017 - 12:49pm
Google's Pixel 2 pre-orders are now on their way to customers!
If you've pre-ordered either model in the new Pixel 2 series then you'll be happy to hear that Google has confirmed it is now shipping the handsets to customers.
However, Google's email are only going out to those buyers who had an expected shipping date of October 17, essentially those who purchased the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL in the initial rush after the pre-orders first went live - within the first week, essentially. Subsequent purchases may ship later.
Fortunately, there's a fairly easy way...
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