I don't think it meant to, but Google has backed itself into a corner with the anticipated Pixel 4a. The previous Pixel 3a was a smash-hit of a phone, doubling the company's phone sales amid some serious troubles. The 3a was so great it even earned our 2019 Smartphone of the Year accolade over the company's "flagship" Pixel 4 series. But based on what we've heard so far, I think the upcoming Pixel 4a could be a disaster for Google. Read More
Google's Pixel phones have never suffered from a shortage of discounts, considering that they consistently go on sale in the weeks and months following release. Today, Best Buy is offering a $150 discount on either the standard or XL version of our 2019 Reader's Choice Smartphone of the Year in Just Black with the additional bonus of a complimentary $200 digital gift card delivered after the purchase. Read More
Google Pixel phones have never had the best price retention, and the same is true for the Pixel 4: The flagship was heavily discounted during the holidays. If you missed out on these deals or if the prices were still too steep for you back then, this new Amazon discount might come in handy: You can get the 64GB versions of the Pixel 4 for $571 and the white Pixel 4 XL for $613. That's an all-time low saving you $228 and $285, respectively. Read More
For some, the snazzy new face unlock system on Google's latest Pixel 4 is a whole lot less convenient than it should be. Reports over the last couple of months indicate that the face unlock process is simply failing for a handful of Pixel 4 and 4 XLs, even after re-enrolling their faces or resetting the phone. Thankfully, the issue doesn't sound too widespread. Read More
Google Pixel security patch updates have been nothing short of a wreck since late 2019. There was the delayed November patch for the Pixel 4/4XL, Pixel launcher crashes on some devices following the December patch that was ultimately put on hold, and a very slow rollout for the first Pixel feature Read More
drip drop. To help clean up the mess, Google is rolling out its promised cumulative update that combines December and January patches into one.
The Pixel 4: our readers' choice for smartphone of the year and, for its many faults, a phone that comes with all the support you can get from Google. The only immediate support you can't get from the company, though, is drop protection. It's not as if a force field will suddenly appear to prevent the thing from hitting the ground, right? But if you'd rather not pay $40 for a snazzy fabric case, Verizon has a great deal for you. Read More
The polls have closed, and after nearly 7,500 of you voted, there was a clear winner that emerged from our 2019 Readers' Choice Smartphone of the Year ballot: the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, beating out the OnePlus 7 Pro family.
Understanding just why the Pixel remains the top choice among our readers isn't difficult: clean software with quick updates (well, usually), industry-leading photography performance, and early access to the newest features of many of Google's other products like the next-generation Assistant and Stadia. The editors of Android Police gave the Pixel 3a our pick for 2019 under similar reasoning. Read More
The Pixel 2 was the first of Google's devices to support the eSIM standard, which allows you to switch carriers without inserting a physical SIM card. Now that the Pixel 4 is sold on all major carriers, more networks can be activated using eSIM — including T-Mobile. Read More