Pixel device owners, start your Wi-Fi radios. The monthly security update for Pixel phones has been posted by Google. The updates are available as both direct download of the firmware and OTA files, but it should be showing up on at least a few phones starting today.
No one can fault the video team in charge of advertising for the Pixel for having a bit of fun. After all, if standard ads haven't pushed adoption rates through the roof, you might as well aim for novelty. Previously in the "Switch to Pixel" campaign, Google showed potential Pixel buyers how easy it is to switch from a banana while also learning karate. This week, we're learning Korean slang. And yes, the banana makes its triumphant return.
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The Pixel 5 may look durable with its fancy speckled bio resin coating, but any slab of metal and glass can crack under the right amount of pressure. Luckily, even users with the worst bout of butterfingers can rest easier knowing there are ways to protect their prized Pixel. Here's a list of our top five case options for the Pixel 5.
User reviews are a big part of any storefront. Whether you're shopping on Amazon or directly from a manufacturer, being able to see what other buyers thought of the product can help you make an informed decision when buying. As Google continues to expand its online shop to include Pixel phones, Nest devices, Fitbit trackers, and more, it's vital for the company to add standard features to the site. Review pages for many of its most popular devices are now appearing on its storefront, but in typical Google fashion, they're launching half-baked and hidden from most users.
Google wants you to know it's hip. It knows exactly what kids like these days: ASMR, bananas, and scrolling through videos on TikTok. Since they're already used two of those to advertise its current lineup of Pixel phones, it only makes sense to follow it up with the final entry in what has become a bizarre trilogy of commercials aimed at going viral. Google has partnered with creator Dayne N Simple to create a video poem in honor of its smartphones.
Outside of their respective price tags, both of Google's most recent Pixel phones have a lot in common, including some special offers for shoppers. Anyone who purchased either Pixel between last October and the upcoming end of this month gained access to a promotion, earning 600 Play Points just for buying the phone. Users could redeem these points for Play Store credit or in-game items with apps like Candy Crush Saga and Pokemon Go. If you hadn't redeemed your Play Points yet — or you weren't even aware this deal existed — you'll need to keep waiting. Google has suspended the promotion after detecting "technical issues" with the campaign.
Some Pixel owners have noticed over the last couple of monthly updates that their phones have lost Widevine L1 status, falling to L3 and rendering them incapable of playing back some DRM-protected content at high quality. More simply, that means they can't play HD content in apps and services like Netflix. By far the majority of devices are not affected and the cause isn't immediately clear. Google tells us it's aware of these reports and working on a fix, and devices from other manufactures may also be affected.
I've been using the Pixel 5 I bought for myself for about half a year now. I'm kind of in love with it. Which is weird, because I'm in a definite minority among the Android Police staff. I'm going to take a few minutes to completely disagree with my editor-in-chief's assessment of the latest Google hardware… it's not like it would be the first time.
Google's Pixel updates for April are here. This isn't one of the big feature drop updates (that was last month), but device owners can look forward to the latest security patches and a handful of fixes and improvements. This time around, Google specifically calls out improved photo quality in some third-party apps and even GPU performance improvements for on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, plus a handful of fixes addressing issues on several Pixel models, including a problem that dates back to a missing December Feature Drop feature.
Google likes to throw in some interesting physical gestures for its phones—see the "squeeze" function the older Pixels inherited from HTC, or the short-lived Soli gestures in the Pixel 4. There's another one the company has been brewing for a while, at least on the Pixel 5: double-tapping the back of the phone for some frequently-used actions.