Latest Google phone news

Google Assistant comes to Android L phones and Android M and N tablets

Google Assistant comes to Android L phones and Android M and N tablets

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced it is expanding its Google Assistant service so that it will be available on more mobile devices.It's coming to Android Lollipop phones as well as Android Marshmallow and Nougat tablets. It'll launch on Android Lollipop phones where... Read more

Google releases AR sticker packs for Pixel phones, have a selfie with a Stormtrooper

Google releases AR sticker packs for Pixel phones, have a selfie with a Stormtrooper

By Max Langridge

Google has begun rolling out new AR sticker packs to all Pixel devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. The sticker packs include characters from the upcoming Star Wars film Episode VI: The Last Jedi and Netflix's Stranger Things, as well as foodmoji, 3D text... Read more

Google starts rolling out Google Lens to Pixel devices

Google starts rolling out Google Lens to Pixel devices

By Max Langridge

Google has announced that its new Google Lens AI-based recognition software will begin rolling out to English-based Pixel phones in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore over the coming weeks. What is Google Lens and how do you use it? Google... Read more

Google will boost the Pixel 2 XL display's colour via an update

Google will boost the Pixel 2 XL display's colour via an update

By Chris Hall

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll know that Displaygate has been tearing holes in the new Google Pixel 2 XL.The criticisms are numerous, but the biggest is that the colours appear dull and lifeless compared to some... Read more

Google is looking into the Pixel 2 XL's screen burn-in problem

Google is looking into the Pixel 2 XL's screen burn-in problem

By Elyse Betters

OK, so the Pixel 2 XL might have a display problem.First, there was an issue about its colour vibrancy, which, honestly, we think might be like the great blue/gold dress debate. Either you think the latest Pixels have dim, muddy displays that look gross... Read more

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals, prices and where to get them

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals, prices and where to get them

By Rik Henderson

Google has started to release its 2017 smartphones in the shape of the Google Pixel 2 first hitting the streets, then the Pixel 2 XL.The Pixel 2 is a 5-inch handset while the larger of the two devices has a 6-inch screen. They both have the exact same... Read more

Google might add more colour options to resolve the Pixel 2 XL's display problem

Google might add more colour options to resolve the Pixel 2 XL's display problem

By Chris Hall

The Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch problem on the front of it which you've probably heard about. It's currently the subject of a great deal of discussion among smartphone fans, in a stand-off that has "it's terrible for an £800 phone" on one side to "you probably... Read more

Google hid a custom image processor inside Pixel 2 and didn't turn it on

Google hid a custom image processor inside Pixel 2 and didn't turn it on

By Elyse Betters

Google just revealed a surprise, cool feature that is oddly still laying dormant in its latest Pixel 2 smartphones.Called the Pixel Visual Core, it is Google’s first custom system-on-a-chip (SOC) for consumer devices. The company described it as a "fully... Read more

You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more useful for mobile device owners.Google's digital assistant has always been able to control a Chromecast, but only from a Google Home speaker. Now, for the first time, Google Assistant on Android phones can do the same thing,... Read more

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

By Elyse Betters

Remember Duo?Last year, Google launched the video calling app, and now, it's integrating Duo directly into Android. According to a Google blog post, the company wants to roll out simpler video calling to Android users, so, going forward, they'll bein... Read more

Fantastic Pixel 2 photos show how good this camera will be

Fantastic Pixel 2 photos show how good this camera will be

By Max Langridge

When Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it shouted loudly about its camera performance. Taking a clear swipe at Apple and the Portrait mode introduced with iOS 11 on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus, Google said the Pixel 2 smartphones could... Read more

Best UK contract deals: Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL

Best UK contract deals: Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL

By Hassan Mohammed

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL are now available to pre-order in the UK. Google announced the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL during their Google Pixel 2 event on October 4. You can pre-order the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL right now, with shipping starting... Read more

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

By Elyse Betters

Google's October 2017 event is done and dusted. Google Pixel XL under £400 today Hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement, Google has announced its own flagship devices, as well as new smart speakers, a new VR headset, a new hands-free... Read more

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

The Google Pixel was Google's attempt to create a premium Google phone, one that could stand-up against the best in the market, ask top prices and deliver pure Android with a couple of exclusive twists. That's very much been a success, with the Pixel... Read more

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL revealed, they're smarter and squeezier than ever

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL revealed, they're smarter and squeezier than ever

By Cam Bunton

After weeks - even months - of rumours and leaks Google has unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, its two newest homemade phones. Google says it designed, and built this year's flagship to be smarter and better. Last year's Pixel and Pixel XL were built... Read more

A Pixel XL retrospective: A year with the first Made by Google phone

A Pixel XL retrospective: A year with the first Made by Google phone

By Chris Hall

A year is a long time in technology. For someone who reviews smartphones, it means a lot of phone changes, it means a shift in the hardware platform that phones are running on, it means tweaks, changes and a lot of marketing spiel to absorb, process and... Read more

Google's 'Made for Google' certification for third-party accessories leaks out

Google's 'Made for Google' certification for third-party accessories leaks out

By Elyse Betters

Google might announce a certification initiative at its event this week.9to5Google has claimed that Google is readying a certification program for third-party accessories. It’ll apparently be called “Made for Google.” And that's about all we know.... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL pictured with a case and without a case in new leak

Google Pixel 2 XL pictured with a case and without a case in new leak

By Elyse Betters

Google is holding an event this week to announce new Pixel-branded phones, which have just surfaced online.Thanks to several leaks and rumours, we expect to see the second-generation Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled at Google's event. For instance, the latest... Read more

Google Pixel 2 details leak out: Bokeh blur, redone launcher, and more

Google Pixel 2 details leak out: Bokeh blur, redone launcher, and more

By Elyse Betters

Google's upcoming Pixel 2 flagship will apparently look very similar to the original model, but that doesn't mean it won't have new features.Artem Russakovskii‏, founder of Android Police, posted new details about the Pixel 2 on Twitter. He said the... Read more

Google will make own future Pixel phones after buying part of HTC

Google will make own future Pixel phones after buying part of HTC

By Elyse Betters

Google's rumoured acquisition of part of HTC's phone business is now official. It has paid $1.1 billion to take on some of HTC's staff and hardware expertise, including the team assigned to designing Pixel smartphones.It has also signed an agreement for... Read more

Huge leak: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL colours, pricing, and more

Huge leak: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL colours, pricing, and more

By Elyse Betters

Google is holding an event soon, and nearly everything it plans to announce has just leaked out, including images of its Pixel 2 phones.Droid-Life posted images of what they look like, as well as information on how much they cost and feature. First up:... Read more

Google app code all but confirms squeezable sides for Pixel 2

Google app code all but confirms squeezable sides for Pixel 2

By Max Langridge

Further information regarding the Google Pixel 2's squeezable sides have emerged thanks to 9to5Google. The tech site has carried out an APK breakdown of the latest beta version of the Google app and found some lines of code that refer to Active Edge.... Read more

Google will unveil next Pixel on 4 October, says we should 'ask more'

Google will unveil next Pixel on 4 October, says we should 'ask more'

By Elyse Betters

Google doesn't want you to think about iPhone X anymore.The company has launched a website that suggests we "ask more" and teases, "thinking about changing phones?", followed by an announcement that tells us to "stay tuned for more on 4 October". Google... Read more

Google Pixel 2 to launch on 5 October, will come with Snapdragon 836

Google Pixel 2 to launch on 5 October, will come with Snapdragon 836

By Max Langridge

The second-generation of Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will launch on Thursday 5 October, at least that's according to Evan Blass. Considering Blass' track record with leaks, we're sitting up and taking notice of this one. Google Pixel... Read more

Google Pixel 2 to be made by HTC, will borrow the U11's squeezable sides

Google Pixel 2 to be made by HTC, will borrow the U11's squeezable sides

By Max Langridge

It has been rumoured for some time that the two new Pixel devices will be made by different manufacturers. The smaller Pixel was thought to be made by HTC and that has now been confirmed after it has appeared on the US FCC. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL... Read more

Google Pixel 2 pops up in leaked image with bezels, no dual cameras

Google Pixel 2 pops up in leaked image with bezels, no dual cameras

By Elyse Betters

Google doesn't care about what's "in" right now.We know this because it's decided to buck a bunch of hot phone trends this year, according to a new leak. Here's the thing: Google is working on a follow-up to its Pixel handsets from last year (the Pixel... Read more

These new Pixel 2 renders give us a clearer look at Google's 2017 phones

These new Pixel 2 renders give us a clearer look at Google's 2017 phones

By Max Langridge

Fresh renders of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 have surfaced online, courtesy of MySmartPrice and OnLeaks. The pair have collaborated before on various phone renders, and they've often been pretty accurate. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2: Release date,... Read more

11 Daydream-ready VR smartphones will arrive soon, says Google

11 Daydream-ready VR smartphones will arrive soon, says Google

By Elyse Betters

Looking for a phone to work with your Daydream View headset?According to Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO and the latest Alphabet board member, you'll have a bunch of new choices by the end of this year. More specifically, Pichai said there will be 11 Android... Read more

Google Pixel 2 could be first phone to pack Snapdragon 836 SoC

Google Pixel 2 could be first phone to pack Snapdragon 836 SoC

By Elyse Betters

Google's upcoming Pixel 2 flagships will likely be powered by Qualcomm's follow-up to the Snapdragon 835.The Pixel 2 will reportedly be the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836 system on a chip - a rumoured, high-end processor. Keep in... Read more

Amazing Google Pixel XL 2017 render shows a super sexy giant

Amazing Google Pixel XL 2017 render shows a super sexy giant

By Elyse Betters

Google is working on the next Pixel phones, and an image of the larger-sized phone has appeared.Android Police, which has a great track record when it comes to leaking Android mobile news, has created a render of the second-generation Pixel XL based... Read more

More Google Pixel 2 details emerge, Pixel 2 XL to sport 5.99-inch OLED display

More Google Pixel 2 details emerge, Pixel 2 XL to sport 5.99-inch OLED display

By Max Langridge

More details surrounding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have leaked to XDA-Developers by a "source familiar with the matter that spent time with at least one of the phones". The details suggest the two devices, currently codenamed Taimen and Walleye,... Read more

Google Pixel 2 pops up in HTC U11's system files, confirms HTC involvement

Google Pixel 2 pops up in HTC U11's system files, confirms HTC involvement

By Rik Henderson

You never know what you might find in a phone's system files, if you dig deep enough. You might even find confirmation that a manufacturer is working on additional devices; even hugely-anticipated handsets for other, major companies.For example, we've... Read more

Google Pixel 2 could come with an 18:9 display

Google Pixel 2 could come with an 18:9 display

By Max Langridge

Google has yet to make any sort of official announcement about the existence of the second-generation Pixel smartphone, but a recent GFXBench listing for a device called the Pixel XL2 suggests one is on the horizon. Google Pixel 2: What do we want to... Read more

Google Pixel phones could get Android O in August, earlier than usual

Google Pixel phones could get Android O in August, earlier than usual

By Rik Henderson

After detailing the next version of of its mobile operating system, Android O, during its developers conference in May, the next question facing Google was when?Yes, Android O will come with a raft of exciting new features, but when will it actually appear... Read more

Android Go is Google's latest attempt at optimising budget Android phones

Android Go is Google's latest attempt at optimising budget Android phones

By Elyse Betters

Google has introduced a new type of Android.It's not like the Android OS you'd find on a high-end smartphone such as the Google Pixel. The important thing to realise here is that Android Go is basically a light version of Android O that's meant for budget,... Read more

Google's next Pixel phones have the codenames 'Walleye' and 'Muskie'

Google's next Pixel phones have the codenames 'Walleye' and 'Muskie'

By Elyse Betters

The codenames for Google's Pixel 2 phones have been revealed.Little is known about the next Pixel flagship smartphones, but based on a few reports so far, we know that Google plans to launch them this year and that they will be premium devices with high-end... Read more

Google Pixel 2 might copy iPhone 7 and ditch the headphone jack

Google Pixel 2 might copy iPhone 7 and ditch the headphone jack

By Elyse Betters

A new rumour about Google's next Pixel flagship is floating around, and it suggests the 2017 phone will drop the headphone jack.Taking a page from Apple's playbook, the second-generation Pixel (also called Pixel 2) may not offer a standard 3.5mm headphone... Read more

Google Pixel 2 due in 2017, will once again be a premium handset

Google Pixel 2 due in 2017, will once again be a premium handset

By Chris Hall

There's a certain predictability to smartphone releases and we never really doubted that the Google Pixel would get a 2017 update, but now we have more concrete clarification, thanks to brief interview with Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware... Read more

Google Assistant is coming to a Nougat or Marshmallow handset near you

Google Assistant is coming to a Nougat or Marshmallow handset near you

By Max Langridge

Google has confirmed it will begin rolling out an update this week for Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow phones, that will see Google Assistant be installed. What is Google Assistant, how does it work and which devices offer it? Google's Siri and... Read more

You can now get the Google Pixel in 'Really Blue' colour finish, pre-order yours now

You can now get the Google Pixel in 'Really Blue' colour finish, pre-order yours now

By Max Langridge

Google has announced the Pixel and Pixel XL will be available in the 'Really Blue' colour finish announced last Autumn, exclusively on EE through Carphone Warehouse. It joins the current Quite Black and Very Silver colours options. Google Pixel and Pixel... Read more

Google Assistant: How to use your Pixel to control smart home devices

Google Assistant: How to use your Pixel to control smart home devices

By Cam Bunton

The battle for the smart home is on, with dozens (if not hundreds) of companies launching light bulbs, thermostats, fridges, garage door openers and a plethora of other gizmos you can control from your smartphone. The real important battle however is... Read more

Google Pixel 2 flagship and Pixel 2B budget phone details leak out

Google Pixel 2 flagship and Pixel 2B budget phone details leak out

By Elyse Betters

Not wanting to miss out on what seems to be the official phone leak week, Google Pixel has popped up with its own set of rumours.9to5Google has shared some details about the next-generation "Pixel 2". It's supposed to feature waterproofing with a "decent... Read more

Google I/O 2017 developer event will be held on 17-19 May

Google I/O 2017 developer event will be held on 17-19 May

By Max Langridge

Google has announced, rather cryptically, the location and dates for its annual I/O event. This year's convention will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, the same location as 2016. It's a space that's basically in Google's... Read more

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

By Chris Hall

Google's phones have always been dependable for one thing: giving you the best of Android. With the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google shifted the goalposts slightly, so that might not be the case anymore.The Nexus devices aren't Google phones,... Read more

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

By Chris Hall

Google's phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, promise to give you a premium Android experience, with a number of exclusive features and bags of refinement.There are simple things you might want to do right out of the box, however, to get you started and to... Read more

Google launches Google Earth and Trends-themed Live cases for Pixel

Google launches Google Earth and Trends-themed Live cases for Pixel

By Elyse Betters

Google is giving Pixel phone owners more case choices.The company has released two new "Live" cases for the Pixel and Pixel XL. These types of cases rely on an NFC connection to change your wallpaper daily. The first new Live case is a Google Earth-themed... Read more

What is Google Tango?

What is Google Tango?

By Cam Bunton

Google is well-known for working on highly exploratory products and services. From internet-carrying balloons to cars that drive themselves, and everything in between. One such innovation is Project Tango - now rebranded to just Tango - which is part... Read more

Google Pixel and Pixel XL: When and where can I get them?

Google Pixel and Pixel XL: When and where can I get them?

By Britta O'Boyle

Google officially took the wraps of its new pure Android smartphones at the beginning of October - the Pixel and Pixel XL. The devices replace the Nexus range and bring with them a premium design, flagship specs and simple "G" branding.The Pixel offers... Read more

Google is opening a pop up store in London for all things Pixel

Google is opening a pop up store in London for all things Pixel

By Max Langridge

The Pixel and Pixel XL, Google's first phones built end-to-end go on sale this Thursday. To mark the occasion, Google is taking over a section of Currys PC World in Tottenham Court Road with a new Google Shop that will open bright and early at 7am on... Read more

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

By Chris Hall

Google announced its new devices this week, ditching the Nexus branding and taking things in-house with new the Pixel and Pixel XL. Unlike previous Nexus device launches, however, the Pixels aren't presented as a shining showcase of Android, they're... Read more