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Google announces a slightly better Daydream View for slightly more money

With these two new Pixels announced, it would appear that we need a new Daydream View to go with them. It's the same Daydream View we've known and loved for the last year — with the same name, even — but including a small number of improvements. The all-new Daydream View has better lenses, new materials, and three new colors. And, it's even got a new (higher) price. The new headset will set you back a slightly-increased $99.

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Google Camera on the Pixel 2 will have 'AR Stickers'

Google has been experimenting quite a bit with augmented reality recently. Project Tango still hasn't taken off, but the company's new ARCore library promises similar functionality without specialized hardware. The company is expanding on this with new 'AR Stickers' for the Google Camera.

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[Update: Pre-order links] Verizon CMO confirms upcoming Pixel a Verizon carrier exclusive in the US again

In a tweet posted just earlier today, Verizon's CMO Diego Scotti confirmed that Google's upcoming Pixel devices, to be announced today, are going to be exclusive to Verizon, just as they were last year. So if you were hoping to pick up either phone from another carrier, you're probably out of luck. 

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[Holy Shit] The Pixel 2 in India starts at Rs 61,000 ($950 USD)

To our Indian readers interested in the new Pixels, I have some bad news for you. Seems that the powers that be have decided that all of you need to pay the same (roughly, thanks to currency exchange) for the 64GB Pixel 2 that we here in America have to pay for the 128GB Pixel 2 XL. What.

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The camera in Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL looks to be its best yet

Last year's Pixel was found to be one of the best all-around smartphone cameras. In fact, according to Google, Pixel users take 2x more photos than iPhones, on average. The camera tradition looks to have continued with the latest series of Pixel phones. Of course, you all know what we think about DxOMark. But even so, it appears that the Pixel 2 scored an incredible 98 overall, making it the best phone camera (again) it's ever reviewed. 

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The Pixel 2's free original-quality Google Photos uploads are only available through the end of 2020

Google launched the Pixel last year with an emphasis on photography, and it offered free uncompressed photo and video uploads to Google Photos to drive the point home. It's the same on this year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL, but now we know how long that offer lasts. The free original-quality uploads are only offered through the end of 2020.

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A coral fabric base is coming soon to the Google Home


The original Google Home is about to get some new family members. The smaller of the two, the aptly named Home Mini, will come in three colors: chalk, charcoal, and coral. In order to match the latter, Google will soon provide a reddish base for the regular Home so that your personal assistant decor can match each other.

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Google will have pop-up 'Donut Shops' with free Google Home Minis

The Google Home Mini is finally official, and you can buy one from the Google Store today. But free things are always better than things that cost money. Since the Home Mini is roughly the size of a donut, Google has set up a few Donut Shops around the United States (and one in Canada) giving them away.

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[Update: Country availability] Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now up for pre-order on the Google Store

Ready to spend some cash on the latest hotness? The page to order the new Pixels directly from Google is now live. You can pick up both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL in both unlocked and Verizon flavors and multiple color and size configurations. As of now, all combinations appear to be available, so if you had a specific combo in mind, get to ordering. 

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Google wants to sell you this USB-C to 3.5mm/USB-C adapter for $44.95

As you might have already heard, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don't have headphone jacks. It's disappointing, yes, but Google has a solution if you need to charge and listen to your tunes at the same time. The only problem: it's a $44.95 solution, and you'll have this giant dongle hanging off of your shiny new phone.

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