Latest Google phone news

When is Android Pie coming to my phone?
When is Android Pie coming to my phone? By Chris Hall

The annual cycle of Android rolls on, with the latest version of the Google mobile software being called Android 9 Pie.Android P was first revealed at Google I/O 2018 on 8 May 2018, and like previous versions, it was launched as a public beta shortly... Read more

Compare the best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals for August 2018
Compare the best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals for August 2018 By Hassan Mohammed

Want to buy a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL? We'll help you find the best deals using our comparison widget which updates in real time.Google stepped away from the Nexus phone family in 2016 and launched the Pixel taking inspiration from the Chromebook... Read more

Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours plus Pixel 3 XL info
Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours plus Pixel 3 XL info By Britta O'Boyle

For Android fans there's little that's as exciting as the launch of a new Pixel with pure, unadulterated Android software. And leaks are hotting up for the 2018 Pixel models with a range of rumours already feeding the fire of speculation.  The best... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL fully revealed in hands-on pics and video
Google Pixel 3 XL fully revealed in hands-on pics and video By Rik Henderson

While there have been plenty of renders and images that reportedly show the forthcoming Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, few are as detailed as the latest batch to hit the 'net.That's because they are hands-on shots of an alleged full production... Read more

How to install Android Pie on your phone right now
How to install Android Pie on your phone right now By Dan Grabham

A release version of Android Pie is now available to download for Google Pixel phones.Google originally showcased some interesting Android Pie features at its Google I/O developer event back in May and the version of Android Pie that is rolling out... Read more

Android Pie tips: How to activate and use the gesture navigation
Android Pie tips: How to activate and use the gesture navigation By Cam Bunton

Right after its opening I/O 2018 keynote, Google launched the first public beta of Android Pie. For the first time, it opened up the beta software to users with devices other than Nexus and/or Pixel phones. At the beginning of August, however, it started... Read more

Android 9 Pie: Release date, features, and everything you need to know
Android 9 Pie: Release date, features, and everything you need to know By Dan Grabham

Google's Android Oreo operating system has been a faithful servant, but now Android 9 Pie is here.That's right. Google has announced the official name for Android P. The company first detailed Android P and its headlining features - such as a "Digital... Read more

Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak
Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak By Rik Henderson

It's no secret that Google will launch Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in the coming months, but the exact release date has proved elusive. Until now.A massive leak has revealed that the Google Pixel 3 (and its larger sibling, undoubtedly) will be... Read more

Android P release date could have just been confirmed
Android P release date could have just been confirmed By Chris Hall

Google has been very open about future versions of Android software recently, not only opening up the software to developers, but publicly releasing a beta so that those with compatible phones can have a play.The aim, it seems, is to speed up the adoption... Read more

Google declares its official stance on notches
Google declares its official stance on notches By Adrian Willings

Google has announced its guidelines on notches and just how many cutouts Android devices can include. Many modern flagship smartphones are moving towards bigger screens, smaller bezels and larger aspect ratios.Notches have become a necessary evil of this... Read more

Pixel Stand: Google Assistant-enabled wireless charging stand for Pixel 3 leaks
Pixel Stand: Google Assistant-enabled wireless charging stand for Pixel 3 leaks By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers have been embracing wireless charging recently, Google hasn't been one of them. That could all change with the reveal that code for a wireless charging dock called Pixel Stand has been uncovered.There are a number of pieces that... Read more

Leaked Google Pixel 3 XL in white looks mighty fine
Leaked Google Pixel 3 XL in white looks mighty fine By Dan Grabham

We know quite a bit about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that will probably appear in October. But new leaked forum photos have appeared of a 3 XL prototype with a completely white back and it looks pretty desirable if we're honest. What's more, the... Read more

The EU just fined Google £3.9 billion. Why? And what does it mean?
The EU just fined Google £3.9 billion. Why? And what does it mean? By Dan Grabham

We've known for a couple of years that the European Union (or, more specifically, the European Commission, EC) has been investigating Google for anticompetitive practices concerning Android.Now, it has concluded that Google has been acting uncompetitively... Read more

Save up to £130 on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse
Save up to £130 on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse By Dan Grabham

Carphone Warehouse has some cracking deals on at the moment - but hurry; the offers only last until 11 July. If you want a SIM-free phone, you can save a whopping £130 on the Google Pixel 2. It's available from £499, or get the Pixel 2 XL at the reduced... Read more

Fresh renders confirm notch for Pixel 3 XL, chunky bezels for Pixel 3
Fresh renders confirm notch for Pixel 3 XL, chunky bezels for Pixel 3 By Max Langridge

Some new renders of Google's upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have appeared online, courtesy of usually reliable leaker @OnLeaks.  Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android... Read more

When is Android Oreo coming to my phone?
When is Android Oreo coming to my phone? By Cam Bunton

Google releases a new version of Android each year. In 2017, it was Android 8.0 Oreo, the name revealed on 21 August during the solar eclipse in the US.Like 2016's Nougat update, Android Oreo was initially launched as a developer preview as Android O... Read more

Google Pixel 3 all but confirmed to keep single lens camera
Google Pixel 3 all but confirmed to keep single lens camera By Max Langridge

Yet more evidence has surfaced to suggest the Google Pixel 3 XL - and most likely it’s smaller Pixel 3 sibling - will retain their single lens rear cameras, instead of jumping up to two lenses. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours... Read more

Google to let Pixel owners toggle between dark or light launcher theme
Google to let Pixel owners toggle between dark or light launcher theme By Maggie Tillman

Google will soon let Pixel owners manually choose their Pixel launcher theme as either dark or light.When Google released the Pixel 2, it enabled an automatic dark theme in the Pixel Launcher and in quick settings. Currently, Google's devices automatically... Read more

Google's AR Stickers come to first phone outside its own Pixel line
Google's AR Stickers come to first phone outside its own Pixel line By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who want to try Google's AR stickers but don't own a Pixel 2 are now in luck.Google offers AR sticker packs to all Pixel devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. For instance, last December, it rolled out packs that include characters from Star... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL flaunts every angle in revealing prototype leak
Google Pixel 3 XL flaunts every angle in revealing prototype leak By Chris Hall

Google's next smartphone - the Pixel 3 - has surfaced online in a series of photos showing the phone from all sides. Originally shared with XDA Developers, the website returned to the source of the original pictures and managed to coax out some more,... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL pictured with notch in new leaked images
Google Pixel 3 XL pictured with notch in new leaked images By Maggie Tillman

Want to see how the Pixel 3 XL will look?Google is quietly developing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and as a result, leaks and rumours are beginning to surface. The latest example are two images (via the XDA forums) that allegedly show the Pixel 3 XL.... Read more

Google to launch mid-range Pixel phone in 2019?
Google to launch mid-range Pixel phone in 2019? By Max Langridge

Google may add a mid-range Pixel smartphone to its roster sometime in 2019, according to Twitter tipster Roland Quandt, who has so often been a reliable source for various leaks and rumours.  Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours Best... Read more

Top phone photography tips from the team responsible for the Google Pixel camera
Top phone photography tips from the team responsible for the Google Pixel camera By Chris Hall

When it comes to smartphones, all the talk is about cameras. No manufacturer is immune from talking-up the prowess of its phone camera, from Apple to ZTE, it's the part of a phone launch that garners the most attention.Some great things have been achieved... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL might arrive in October with a dual camera notch
Google Pixel 3 XL might arrive in October with a dual camera notch By Maggie Tillman

Google is working on two new Pixel smartphones as well as an AI-infused upgrade to Android.According to Bloomberg, the larger Pixel will have a nearly edge-to-edge screen, with a thicker bezel at the bottom of the phone and a notch at the top, while... Read more

Google Pixel 3 renders and screens show notch just for 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 renders and screens show notch just for 3 XL By Max Langridge

A recent Android P beta was thought to have given away the design of the upcoming Google Pixel 3, showing slim bezels but no notch. Those images may in fact be of the Pixel 3 XL if some new renders and leaked screen parts are real. Google Pixel 3 specs,... Read more

Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android P?
Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android P? By Max Langridge

Google may have just leaked the design of the upcoming Pixel 3 smartphone within its latest Android P beta, and boy does it look gorgeous, not to mention ambitious. Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours Android P release date, rumours,... Read more

Android P beta available today; OS will introduce some serious battery life savings
Android P beta available today; OS will introduce some serious battery life savings By Dan Grabham

As well as announcing Android P will be with us in the Autumn, with a beta available now, Google also showcased some interesting new features at its Google I/O developer event, too. The Android P Beta is available today on Google Pixel, Essential Phone,... Read more

Android P might introduce gesture-controlled navigation
Android P might introduce gesture-controlled navigation By Max Langridge

We're not expecting Android P, Google's next iteration of its operating system, to be formally announced until 8 May at the company's I/O conference, but until then, we can get a rough idea of what to expect based on various leaks. Android P release date,... Read more

Google might launch a budget Pixel 3 smartphone this summer
Google might launch a budget Pixel 3 smartphone this summer By Elyse Betters

Google is developing a new Pixel phone, but it isn't a premium device.According to The Economic Times, the new model will be a mid-range smartphone. The paper cited "four senior industry executives" and said that Google’s "top brass shared details of... Read more

Ikea’s augmented reality ‘try before you buy’ app comes to Android thanks to ARCore
Ikea’s augmented reality ‘try before you buy’ app comes to Android thanks to ARCore By Dan Grabham

Ikea’s augmented reality “try before you buy” app has just launched on Android. Ikea Place enables you to virtually try out furnishings from the Ikea repertoire in your own home.The idea is that you get an accurate 3D impression how furniture and... Read more

Android P is official: Google launches developer preview, reveals features
Android P is official: Google launches developer preview, reveals features By Elyse Betters

Google has announced that the next major version of its mobile operating system, Android P, is available for developers to try.That means, for the third year in a row, Google is making a developer preview for the next version of Android available in March... Read more

Android at MWC 2018: The pin badge festival is back
Android at MWC 2018: The pin badge festival is back By Chris Hall

For many, the annual "partner walk" from Android is one of the highlights of MWC. With so many partners at the show, Android provides a little fun relief for attendees at the Barcelona show.Taking a section of how the Fira Gran Via outside the exhibition... Read more

Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it
Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it By Elyse Betters

Google has announced a major development with ARCore.The company's augmented reality platform, which has been in testing and limited to a handful of devices and developers for the past year, is finally now out of beta. As a result of that, Google is launching... Read more

Google Lens comes to more Android devices and even iOS users
Google Lens comes to more Android devices and even iOS users By Elyse Betters

Google's AI camera feature, Google Lens, is expanding to more devices.At launch, Google Lens was only live in the Photos app for Pixel phone users, and then it came to Google Assistant in late 2017. However, you still needed a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2,... Read more

What is Pixel Visual Core? Inside the new co-processor from Google
What is Pixel Visual Core? Inside the new co-processor from Google By Dan Grabham

A few months back we reported that Google had put a special co-processing chip inside its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones but hadn’t turned it on.Well, Google has now turned on the chip via a new software update with the immediate benefit being the... Read more

Google completes HTC hardware acquisition and staff to build new Pixel phones
Google completes HTC hardware acquisition and staff to build new Pixel phones By Rik Henderson

Google has announced the completion of its acquisition of a major part HTC's hardware division.The $1.1 billion deal was formally revealed last September and effectively means Google will design and build its own Pixel smartphones in future. The Pixel... Read more

Google Tango explained: What could it do and why was it shut down?
Google Tango explained: What could it do and why was it shut down? By Elyse Betters

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

Goodbye Google Tango: We hardly knew... Oh wait, we have ARCore now
Goodbye Google Tango: We hardly knew... Oh wait, we have ARCore now By Elyse Betters

RIP Tango.Google has announced it is shutting down Tango on 1 March 2018. The project was one of Google's first attempts at making augmented reality possible on mobile phones. It was introduced in 2014, then became available through developer kits, and... Read more

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

Android 8.1 Oreo beta available to download now
Android 8.1 Oreo beta available to download now By Max Langridge

Google has made a developer preview version of Android 8.1 Oreo available to download on Pixel and select Nexus devices, before the full public version launches in December. How to get Android O on your phone right now Android 8.1 will bring with it improvements... 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