We’re already about a week into August and Google’s rolling out new Android builds to its devices. If you don’t want to wait for the OTA to hit you, we’ve rounded up the links/build numbers for you.
Last Friday, VentureBeat leaked the first photos of the Pixel 2. They also confirmed front-facing speakers, large bezels, and no headphone jack. Below is that image:
The last Android O developer preview dropped in early June. That was Dev Preview 3. And here we are, nearly two months later, and the Android team has gone ahead and dropped Dev Preview 4.
Fall is coming and several smartphone flagships have yet to be revealed. Of course, there has been rumor after rumor, but today, I wanted to ask you what would be your top choice for an upcoming smartphone? Also, feel free to comment what price point you think they should be set at and what features you feel it should include. The poll is embedded below.
Courtesy of the folks over at Android Police, the image you see above is what is believed to be a highly accurate representation of Google’s next-generation flagship smartphone, the 2017 Pixel “XL.” This will be the codenamed “taimen” device.
Patents are just patents. They don’t mean a finished product is underway. According to Patently Mobile, Google has applied for a patent for a touchpad on the backside of a phone.
Just about everyone would love for Google to design their own chips for the Pixels. Qualcomm’s Snapdragons are great and all, but they only offer max 2-3 years of support and still fall short of the speeds of Apple’s processors. However, according to Variety, Google has just hired Manu Gulati, a key Apple chip architect, to build custom chips for the Pixels.
Just recently we found that Google had shelved “muskie”—the supposed Pixel XL successor. Muskie is likely to be replaced by “taimen,” an even larger device. Now, reports are saying LG might be the manufacturer of that larger device.
We’re already five days into June and Google’s rolling out new Android builds to its devices. If you don’t want to wait for the OTA to hit you, we’ve rounded up the links for you. Google also says that this update should address the problem for any Pixels experiencing freezing.