The Google Pixel 6 is due to be the biggest smartphone release from Google since the original Pixel smartphones in 2016. For the first time, the company is launching a smartphone with its own custom SoC, but that's not the only significant change that's on the way. If the leaks are to be believed, Google is going all-in on the Pixel 6's camera — not only with software but also new hardware.
We're sorry to say, but more information has come to light throwing cold water on the possibility of Active Edge coming to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. As you can see from these fabric case listings, squeeze for Google Assistant was left in the product descriptions for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G despite neither phone actually supporting it. That means it's likely the description was simply copied for the Pixel 6, and so it's unlikely to accurately outline the feature set for the upcoming flagship.
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.
The Pixel 6 is the first significant reinvention to Google's smartphone series we've seen in years. It's not just a design change, either — thanks to the new Tensor SoC, we're hoping to see the company's most powerful flagship device yet. Pixel phones are only one entry in Google's ever-expanding lineup of hardware, of course. If you've been waiting to see a Chromebook powered by custom silicon, you might not have to wait too much longer.
When Google announced that the Pixels were getting an update to add a whole underwater photography mode, we were pretty curious what its results would look like. Sure, the company provided samples, but there's no telling how curated the collection was, or how it would work anecdotally. Unfortunately, none of us at Android Police have the time (or money) to invest in diving — it's an expensive hobby. Thankfully, Matthew Franklin, a friend of the site, was able to take his Pixel 4 and a compatible diving case on a recent trip underwater.
The Pixel 5a has finally been unveiled as Google's newest mid-range phone, and for the most part, it's very, very similar to the Pixel 4a 5G — at least from the outside. It comes with 5G connectivity, it's powered by the Snapdragon 765G just like the Pixel 4a 5G and even the flagship Pixel 5, and it features 6 GB of RAM and a 60Hz panel. You may be familiar with the components, but how is the 5a built? The phone has now been stripped down to its guts, and we have bad news for repairbility fans: it's still a tough nut to crack.
Google's Pixel phones have been stuck charging at 18W for several years now, and while that's not too slow, it's lagging far behind other handsets on the market right now. If this latest rumor is to be believed, Google could be about to up its game with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Do you really need another power brick with your next phone? Google, following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi, thinks that you don't. The company has announced that the Pixel 5a, just announced (and reviewed!) today, is the last Pixel phone that will come with a charger in the box.