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Pixel and Pixel XL make you care about photography and Google’s new Assistant

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Google’s highly anticipated, and heavily leaked, smartphones are now official. They’re high-end, strong on software, and effectively replace the Nexus series as Google’s flagship smartphone lineup. Without further ado, here are the Pixel and Pixel XL.

It seems like all the Google Pixel leaks we’ve seen in the past week were indeed legit. If you’ve been following our coverage, you would’ve already had a clear look at the design and specifications of the internet giant’s latest smartphones.


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As expected, the only difference between the two handsets is size: The Pixel has a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution, while the 5.5-inch Pixel XL has a noticeably better Quad HD AMOLED panel. The difference in measurements extends to the batteries, wherein the Pixel and Pixel XL have 2770mAh and 3450mAh capacities, respectively.

The lack of major differences is a big deal, because you aren’t forced to choose a larger phone just for its beefed-up features. This is something Google failed at with the Nexus 6P and 5X; the former was equipped with flagship-level specs, but the latter had the pocketable size nearly everyone wanted at the time.

Whether you go big or small, you’re treated to a metal unibody with a glass coating around the fingerprint scanner mounted at the back. With a thickness of 7.3mm for both handsets, they won’t win any style awards, but the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio jack will delight a lot of traditional audiophiles.

The shared internals include a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of memory, storage options of 32GB and 128GB, and fast charging through a USB Type-C port, but what really stands out is the camera. Having a 12.3-megapixel main shooter and 8-megapixel selfie camera with no optical image stabilization whatsoever may not seem special, but the real-world performance says otherwise.

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If you recall our recent article on the iPhone 7’s DxOMark rating, you’d know that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s camera is the benchmark’s king with 88 points. Well, with the release of the new Google phones, the Galaxy has been unseated by the Pixels’ 89 points — the highest ever recorded in DxOMark’s mobile phone database. Impressive!

In case you’re wondering, the phones are manufactured by HTC, but Google is keeping this piece of information under the rug. The company wants Pixel to feel like a fully integrated Google product. To do that, the brand’s new virtual assistant is at the forefront of the Pixel phones.

Along with Android 7.1 Nougat, the Pixel phones are the first to come with Google Assistant, which is the company’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. Google spent a ton of time explaining all the core functions at the event, but in a nutshell, the virtual assistant is really efficient at catering to your personal requests. The more you use it, the smarter it gets.

With the improved artificial intelligence, you can search through photos with ease and listen to your favorite music on the fly, all done by voice command. Google Assistant is pretty much the replacement of Google Now, the now obsolete assistant of every other Android device.

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The color options are quite humorous; you have Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. What isn’t funny, however, is the pricing. Prices begin at $649 for the smaller Pixel — as much as you’d spend on a brand-new iPhone 7. The 128GB variant costs $749, while the larger Pixel XL goes for either $769 or $869 for the 32GB and 128GB storage options, respectively.

On the bright side, the phones come with unlimited cloud storage on Google Photos at original quality and full resolution. That’s great value, and might make the 32GB storage option enough if you have a reliable internet connection on hand.

You can pre-order as early as today if you live in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or Germany. Fans in India will have to wait until October 13 to begin ordering.

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Huawei thinks about selling its 5G business

Will hopefully appease Western tensions

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Once again, Huawei is weighing all its options. As time rolls by, the company is slowly losing its grip on the Western market. Even after a temporary wave of full support, the US government has gone cold turkey. Huawei is still on the blacklist. In the meantime, the company’s temporary operating license is merely receiving extensions. Unfortunately, extensions don’t mean much without a definitive end.

Huawei is in dire straits. According to a recent interview with The Economist, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is mulling over a drastic move: selling its 5G business to the highest bidder.


Throughout the entire controversy, Huawei’s detractors have often decried the company’s 5G technology as a potential security threat. According to the detractors, the Chinese government can seize control of the company at any time.

Hence, a potential sale can alleviate geopolitical pressures. If a sale is concluded, the purchasing customer will have access to the technology’s inner workings. The customer can check if the network does have a Chinese backdoor built into it. Further, they can tailor the technology in any way they want.

Since plans are plans, the Huawei boss still doesn’t have any potential customers in mind. Likewise, the company has not announced a price yet. If you’re eyeing your wallet for a huge purchase, you’ll have to wait for when Huawei announces the sale.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is still getting the Android 10 update

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Huawei is still getting the Android 10 update

For models before the Mate 30 series

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If you’re a Huawei user like me, you’re probably worried about the future of your daily driver. Will my Huawei P20 Pro just wither away when Google finally leaves the building? Fortunately, no.

According to the latest news surrounding the Huawei-Google brouhaha, Huawei’s current lineup is immune from the upcoming purge. Specifically, all of Huawei’s devices released before the Mate 30 series will still enjoy Google’s beautiful suite of products. Naturally, here’s the next question: will we still get valuable software updates?


At IFA 2019, Huawei unveiled the upcoming roadmap for software updates going forward. The update specifically refers to Huawei’s Android 10 package — the customized EMUI 10. The roadmap confirms which of the current models will receive the update. Surprisingly, the update will as far back as the Mate 10 series.

Starting November 2019, the main P30 unitsthe regular P30 and the P30 Pro — will start receiving the package. Afterwards, December will introduce the update to the Mate 20 series and the Honor 20 series. Finally, the P30 lite, the P20 series, and the Mate 10 series will receive the update starting March next year.

After that, Huawei has alluded to “other models” getting the update in the second quarter of next year. However, the roadmap does not clarify which models this includes. On the one hand, this might pertain to past models before the Mate 10 series. On the other, Huawei is possibly holding on to a fleeting hope that they reconcile with Google in the future.

Regardless, Google is still supporting Huawei’s current phones in the meantime. The roadmap should come as a sigh of relief for those still sticking to their Huawei devices.

SEE ALSO: Huawei announces flagship Kirin 990 processor

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Siri will never say ‘feminism,’ thanks to Apple

New directive forces Siri to deflect gender questions

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Let’s face it: an AI-powered voice assistant is unbelievably fun to tease. We’ve all joked around with Siri. From charming compliments to making Siri talk dirty, we’ve all tried to break Apple’s programming. For what it’s worth, Apple specifically programmed quirky responses to equally quirky questions. It’s all about finding the right question.

As with every fun pastime, there will always come people who take things too far. Some users will try to get Siri say forbidden words and discuss touchy topics. Without much of a choice, Apple must put its foot down somewhere. Based on leaked documents from The Guardian, the developer is already discovering its limits.


Internally, Apple has changed several directives regarding today’s more sensitive topics. For feminism and the #MeToo movement, Siri should respond in three ways: don’t engage, deflect, and inform. The new directive even forbids the voice assistant from mentioning the word “feminism” even when asked directly.

According to the leaked documents, Apple is maintaining a “guarded” stance against controversial topics. However, the company is still ensuring their neutrality in the matter. At the most general level, Siri will respond with statements of equality. One such response states: “I believe that all voices are created equal and worth equal respect.” Another example triggers when users ask about Siri’s identity: “My name is Siri, and I was designed by Apple in California. That’s all I’m prepared to say.” The new Siri is a lot more direct than yesteryear’s general responses. Further, the document also detail how Siri should be addressed: a genderless non-human whose “true origin is unknown, even to Siri; but it definitely wasn’t a human invention.”

Besides explaining the current directives, the document also details the voice assistant’s future. Apple will eventually release a more substantial update in 2021. The update will include several new features, including the ability to talk back-and-forth with Siri about health.

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