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Google Pixel XL 2 Comes With Some New Features

Google Pixel XL 2 Comes With Some New Features

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 that are respectively codenamed as Walleye and Taimen and expected to debut in Q4 this year. Today, XDA Developers has revealed some more interesting features of the upcoming Pixel XL 2.

The Pixel XL 2 will be arriving with a 5.99-inch OLED screen by LG that will support a resolution of 1440p. The display will be similar to LG G6 that has a tall screen flanked with slim bezels. The Snapdragon 835 SoC will be present under its hood. Rumors are rife that LG would be manufacturing the Pixel XL 2.

Here are the new features that will be arriving on Google Pixel XL 2-

Always-On Display

The Google Pixel 2’s OLED panel will make it possible to support “Always On” function. This feature will allow users to see desired notifications on the screen even when then the phone is locked or idle.

Pressure-Sensitive Frames

Earlier this week, AndroidPolice claimed that the Pixel XL 2 would be coming with squeezable frame that will function like the Edge Sense pressure-sensitive frame on the HTC U11. However, it will be able to function even when the screen is off. It will let users to launch the Google Assistant not only when the display on, but also when it is off. Users will be able to configure the squeezing intensity threshold that will make it possible for the users to determine the most suitable level of pressure for launching shortcuts. The search engine is also rumored to new functions to the squeezable frames such as putting the phone on silent.

Multiple Display Profiles

The upcoming Pixel 2 duo will provide users with multiple display profiles that will be accessible through the Display Settings. sRGB display profile that is found buried in Developer Menu will be present here along with Vivid Colors option.

Other Improvements

There are several other improvements that are going to arrive on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 phones. The color palette of the system UI would be reverted to darker theme as default. The light them that arrive with Android O DP3 was introduced only for testing. While starting the Pixel XL 2 for the first time, it will take the user to g.co/pixelphonetour (presently not accessible). Google is also expected to introduce a new font on the upcoming Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel XL 2 Design Revealed in New Render

Google Pixel XL 2 Design Revealed in New Render

Recent rumors have unfolded that the Google will be released only two Pixel phones this year. The upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL smartphones are codenamed as Walleye and Taimen. The latest information has revealed that the Google Pixel 2 is being built by HTC whereas LG is building the Pixel XL 2. Today, a reader of the Pixel XL 2 phone has surfaced to reveal its appearance.

The 2017 Google Pixel XL has been released by Android Police and the publication has given this render a rating of 8 out of 10. Hence, the actual device will appear slightly different from what has been revealed through this render.

The Google Pixel XL 2 is said to be packed with a 6-inch AMOLED screen that will be delivering an aspect ratio of 2:1. The screen can be sporting slim bezels around the display. The display of the Pixel XL 2 in the render reminds us of the Full Vision Display available on the LG G6.



The display appears flat but the glass present over it is curved at the right and left sides. It is not like the bezeless screens available on Essential Phone or Xiaomi Mi MIX. The rear side has the two-tone design with the upper made seems to be made up of glass. A LED flash and a large-sized camera sensor can be seen at the top-left corner.

In the original Pixel XL, the fingerprint reader is included in the upper glass window. However, the successor seems to feature it below the glass window. The rear panel does not feature any visible antenna bands.

This render does not confirm whether the Pixel XL 2 has a 3.5mm audio jack or not. However, rumors have said that the Google may ax the standard audio jack from the upcoming Pixel phones. The publication claims that Pixel XL 2 may feature a squeezable pressure-sensitive frame like the HTC U11’s Edge Sense function. By squeezing, users will be able to access various actions such as Google Assistant.

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Clear Protective Cases For Google Pixel 2 Leaked

Clear Protective Cases For Google Pixel 2 Leaked

Google has been hitting beyond its target goals of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL since its release in 2016. The strong line-up of Pixel phones met with a high global demand and has led Google to the development of the next-generation lineup.

A leak has surfaced showing what allegedly appears to be a new transparent Google Pixel 2 case.

The most recent rumor that has surfaced is the second installment of the Google Pixel 2 will replace the Pixel XL variant a new “large-sized” phone. An extensive report shows that the next Pixel has been code-named “Walleye” with addition variant, larger in size, named “Taimen”. The “Taimen” variant is expected to come with a bezel-less display, similar to the design of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, and Essential Phone; notably the curved corners of the screen.



The leaker “SlashLeaks” posted a photo, what he claims to be a case designed to encase the upcoming Pixel 2. If the photo is verified and confirmed, the Google Pixel 2 will be keeping the fingerprint scanner at the rear of the phone and in the similar position as the original Google Pixel. The camera design has been altered toward the left-side of the phone.

The manufacturer for the upcoming Pixel devices have not be confirmed, but as the current Pixel phone was manufactured by HTC, we may expect HTC to continue with the manufacturing of Google’s next device. However, there have also been rumors that LG will be producing the “Taimen” variant of the device.

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Google Earth Gets Live Video Streams

Google Earth Gets Live Video Streams

Google Earth received a major overhaul in April this year with a new design and number of new features such as 3D toggle, browser support, the I’m Feeling Lucky dice, and more. One of these new features is also the Voyager section that gives you curated content and stories to explore on Google Earth. Google on Wednesday announced the addition of live content feeds to the storytelling platform, Voyager. Google Earth will now play live video feeds from select locations across the globe. The feature is available outright on different platforms supported by Google Earth.

With the live video feed, viewers will be able to watch live activities from different locations, first one being the Katmai National Park in Alaska. The live video from the location shows brown bears coming back to action after a long hibernation period to catch salmons jumping out of the Brooks River. Google has used the live video facility of Explore.org to set up five cameras across the park, out of which one stays underwater to stream salmons darting upward.

In order to watch the live feed, all you need to do is go to the Voyager section on any of the Google Earth-supported platforms such as a Web browser, Android app, PC app, etc. Right there is the new card, clicking or tapping on which will take you the live feed of Explore.org. Then, click or tap on Explore Now and a new screen with five locations will appear. Choose the live feed you want to watch out of five, and you can perceive the natural aesthetics of the Katmai with brown bears in action.

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Mid-Tier Project Fi Smartphone Coming This Year

Mid-Tier Project Fi Smartphone Coming This Year

Currently, only the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6 are Fi-compatible and most of them are just out of reach for many, financially. And the cheapest of the bunch, the Nexus 5X, is quite dated already, making it a bit unattractive to buy as a new device as well as slightly harder to find.

But now, the company has teased that a mid-tier device compatible with Project Fi will be released later this year. Whether that device will be a mid-tier Pixel is unknown but also highly unlikely.

It might be safer to expect that a different partner brand will be releasing the new device, making it the first non-Google phone to be compatible with the Fi network, something that would be seen as a good move to expand the network outside of the Google circle.

Mid-tier” suggests that this won’t be a bottom-of-the-barrel device, yet will still remain a more affordable option than the Pixel, which is currently going for $649.

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Google VR180 Cameras Capturing 180° VR Videos Launching soon

Google VR180 Cameras Capturing 180° VR Videos Launching soon

Google is set to launch a new VR format dubbed VR180 which would offer more limited cinematic VR output. The new VR180 project is the product of a collaboration between YouTube, a subsidiary of Google and Google’s Daydream VR division. VR180 will also include the production of a new line of compatible cameras by Yi, Lenovo, and LG as well as other partners who meet the VR180 certification standards.

The VR180 won’t stretch up to those produced by 360-degree cameras. The videos can also be viewed as traditional flat videos outside virtual reality but can also be watched in 3D VR via the YouTube app with a Google Cardboard, Daydream, or PlayStation VR headset.

Video creators will also be able to shoot videos using any camera with a VR180 certification with the trio of Yi, Lenovo, and LG emerging as pioneers that are working in collaboration with Google’s Daydream team for now. The first set of products are expected to be launched this winter and would likely carry almost the same price tag as the regular point-and-shoot camera. It appears to have two wide-angle lenses that can shoot stereoscopic video, and it’s just a simple design, a far cry from the expensive alien orbs that are often seen in VR film shoots.

The cameras may not be available to buy sometime soon but Google is giving creators the opportunity to loan one from one of its YouTube Spaces, located in nine major cities worldwide. YouTube video creators will also be able to shoot just like they do with any other camera and in the near future, the videos can be edited using Adobe Premiere Pro and other standard software.

it doesn’t need the same time-consuming (and often expensive) stitching as videos made with, say, Google’s 360-degree Jump system. Creators can easily put a person behind the camera without them appearing in the shot whereas 360-degree camera bares all with nothing hidden. Filmmakers often literally hide behind objects during a scene when shooting using panoramic cameras but that won’t be the case anymore. Another thing is that the file sizes would be reduced drastically so viewers will stream the videos faster and with less annoying buffering gaps while streaming.

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YouTube new Policy to curb extremist videos

YouTube new Policy to curb extremist videos

After Facebook(Facebook said that it uses Artificial Intelligence to remove the terror-related content.), YouTube has also introduced four steps to confront extremist activity.  YouTube has been working with various governments and law enforcement agencies to identify and remove this content said  Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Google Kent Walker.

youtube new policy curb extremist videos

The first of the four steps is expanding the use of their automated systems to better identify terror-related videos, using machine learning to “train new content classifiers to help us more quickly identify and remove such content”.

The second step is the company is also expanding its pool of “Trusted Flagger” users; a group of experts with special privileges to review flagged content that violates the site’s community guidelines.

The third step would be hiding videos like ones that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content — that do not violate community standards, behind a warning. And the fourth step is The company will do more with counter-radicalisation efforts by building off of its “Creators for Change program”, which will redirect users targeted by extremist groups such as Islamic State (IS) to counter-extremist content.

On Sunday, Google, YouTube’s parent company, announced a set of policies aimed at curbing extremist videos on the platform. For videos that are clearly in violation of its community guidelines, such as those promoting terrorism, Google said it would quickly identify and remove them.

Under the policy change, Google said offensive videos that did not meet its standard for removal — for example, videos promoting the subjugation of religions or races without inciting violence — would come with a warning and could not be monetized with advertising, or be recommended, endorsed or commented on by users. Such videos were already not allowed to include advertising, but they were not restricted in any other way.
 
Google also announced a series of measures aimed at identifying extremist videos more quickly, an effort that the company started this year as YouTube tries to assure advertisers that its platform is safe for their marketing dollars.