Android 8.1 Developer Preview is now available for Pixels and Nexuses

Google Pixel 2 teardown proves phone is waterproof
     
     
       By Rei Padla

Unless you're rocking a Pixel or Pixel 2 chances are you don't even have Android Oreo on your phone yet, but it's never too early to start thinking about Android P (or Android 9, as it's likely to be also known as).

The display also has a bad blue tint problem.

It features a 5.8ins OLED display that packs 2,436 x 1,125 pixels, says 9to5 Mac, as well as HDR (high dynamic range) lighting effects that bolster contrast ratios for a more lifelike-looking image. It comes with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

I found Google Lens slightly more reliable than a similar Samsung feature, Bixby Vision.

Intel and Google have been collaborating, working to get the Pixel phone smarter with AI.

Google is touting the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's camera as one of the best camera seen on any smartphone.

When Apple first removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, Google was one of its harshest critics.

Considering this is only a developer preview, a lot of this will probably go unnoticed by end users, but if you're a developer, these days are always like Christmas.

The battery in iPhone X lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7 which gives up to 21 hours of talk-time, 12 hours of internet usage. But Google's development team already has the first version of Oreo firmly in the rear-view mirror, as it's released the first beta of Oreo 8.1 to the developing masses. Both the devices offer an incremental upgrade over their predecessor and promise Pixel exclusive software features.

Android 8.0 Oreo was present on the new Pixel handsets out of the box and they've been running this version of the Android operating system since they were released.

Google is sticking with the single camera and proves that great things can be done without a dual camera.

However, for those fans who wish to stick with Apple, prices for the iPhone 8 start at the more reasonable £699 for the 64GB model, rising to £849 for 246GB. However, the Pixel 2 ended up coming with the 835 chipset.

Google's latest offering is not a complete rethink but a refined, improved versions of last year's original, adding a few features and removing a few as well. Case in point, the Pixel 2's unusual power menu redesign is in the developer preview, indicating it'll come to all devices with Android 8.1.

To recall, the Pixel 2-the smaller one of the two new flagships-comes with all the specifications one would expect on a premium device. It's okay if you look at it straight from the front.

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