Hispanic Heritage Month is here. Observed from September 15th to October 15th, it commemorates the contributions and achievements of Hispanic Americans and how they've helped shape the history of the United States. The month starts today because this marks the anniversary of the independence of several Hispanic countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and others. And if there's one company that doesn't shy away from these kinds of celebrations, it's definitely Google.
We've known for a few months now that Google planned to add a Lens shortcut to the search bar in the Pixel Launcher, but it was unclear when or even if the icon would make its way to all users. It seems like it might be timed with the upcoming release of Android 12, as new sightings of the logo within the widget are starting to pour in.
Google introduced Adaptive Charging with its Pixel Feature Drop in December of last year, and it works much like similar utilities on iPhones and other Android phones. If you plug in overnight, like most people, it's supposed to fast charge your Pixel up to 80% and then slows things down so it doesn't reach 100% until just before you wake up. Up to now, the feature has been a little too conservative, but it looks like Google is rectifying this with Android 12.
Some of us look back fondly on specific phones with nostalgia, remembering a different hardware or software era in the sort of way car enthusiasts think about classic models. For us phone geeks, certain models just defined an era — good and bad, personally or universally. Given how many of our readers are Pixel fans, GRID's new deconstructed and framed 2016 Pixel is sure to catch a few eyes.
The Pixel 5a 5G has been "coming soon" for quite some time now, but it looks like we may finally see it officially launched later this month. Google's budget phone plans for this year have been somewhat confusing, but we're talking about a follow-up to the Pixel 4a 5G rather than the smaller 4a. As such, the freshly leaked specs and price would make sense — it's apparently going to have a 6.4-inch display and cost $450.
This Thursday is Earth Day, an annual event designed to push all of us as a society to help make the world a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly place. You can celebrate the occasion by doing your part in your community, whether by picking up trash along the street or keeping the lights off a little longer each day. No matter how you choose to help out, you can also take part by using one of these super weird new Earth Day-themed wallpapers from Google.
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Got a Pixel? Then you've got one of the best damn cameras in all the Android land. But hold the phone: Your kickass camera can do even more than you realize.
Sure, it takes incredible pictures — but that's just scratching the surface of the Pixel camera advantage. Google's homemade phones have thoughtfully created photo-related software with all sorts of scrumptious smarts baked in. And that means they're overflowing with useful tricks and tucked-away options that are all too easy to overlook.
In honor of my new Pixel Academy e-course — a totally free seven-day email adventure that helps you uncover tons of next-level Pixel treasures — I wanted to share some of my favorite hidden Pixel camera possibilities with you, my favorite Android Police pals.
As far back as July 2019, we saw evidence that Google was preparing an easy-to-access translate feature in the recents/overview screen. This was finally announced by Google as part of December's Pixel Feature Drop, along with a similar feature for screenshots, but it's not appeared since. It now looks like it's finally showing up, although only in the latest Android 12 developer preview.