Google is set to make an announcement Tuesday, and when the hoopla ends, two phones will all but certainly be the face of Google’s smartphone efforts. We’re looking at you, Pixel and Pixel XL. And you’re getting the best look yet at the upcoming handsets.
The renders below come from Canadian telecom operator Bell. Someone must have erroneously published a couple of web pages containing the photos, and — well, you know the rest because you’ve heard it all before. Nothing on the internet escapes the public eye, especially those of Reddit users. Bell has since taken the pages down, though some people were able to mirror the images from before that happened.
Funnily enough, another carrier from Canada, Telus, published new renders of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL soon after. The image below comes from Android Police. We’re seeing a pattern here, and you can bet the Mountain View internet giant isn’t feeling much love for Canadian operators right now. We, on the other hand, don’t feel any love for those “bigger than they need to be” top and bottom bezels.
Case-maker Spigen has also given us a good look at the Pixel XL days ahead of its launch date. The phone is widely believed to sport a 5.5-inch display; Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processor; 4GB of RAM; the same rear camera sensor inside the Xiaomi 5s; and Android Nougat. You can read up more on the Pixel and Pixel XL here.
At this point, we pretty much know exactly what to expect from Google when chief executive Sundar Pichai comes out to talk about Pixel phones. All that’s left is the official unveiling on October 4th.
UPDATE: Well, the cat (or cats?) is really out of the bag now, so to speak. Store listings for the Pixel and Pixel XL temporarily went live on Carphone Warehouse’s website, revealing just about every detail about the next Google phones. Both will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 821, the fastest Qualcomm chip available today, and 4GB of RAM.
Other specs include AMOLED displays (1080p on the Pixel; Quad HD on the Pixel XL); 32GB or 128GB of storage; 8- and 12-megapixel selfie and rear cameras with optical image stabilization; and 2,770mAh (Pixel) and 3,450mAh (Pixel XL) batteries with quick charging over a Type-C port.
To sweeten the deal, Google is throwing in unlimited photo and video backups through Google Photos.
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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive
Based only on its first week
November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.
Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 23, 2022
Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.
Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.
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Netflix is working on its first PC game
It’s a AAA title
Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.
Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”
Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)
With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.
Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.
TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union
For transferring data to China
TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.
In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.
For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.
NEW: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirms that #TikTok’s data transfers are under investigation & object of several ongoing proceedings.
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) November 22, 2022
For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.
An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.
Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.
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