The Pixel 6 phones are coming. How will they measure up to the Pixel 5?
With the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro just about to arrive, getting a new Pixel 5 right now is bound to result in instant buyer’s remorse. Judging from all the rumors, the Pixel 6 platform will be a gigantic leap forward in terms of power, performance, features and design. That said, Google’s new flagship class phones will also likely have sky-high sticker prices to match.The question is though, just how far ahead of its predecessor will the Pixel 6 be? That fact is important because it’ll determine whether you should drop your older Pixel immediately for Google’s latest and greatest. Heck, if the Pixel 6 is all it’s cracked up to be current then Pixel 5 owners will be tempted too.
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Read more: Pixel 6 is coming, but should you buy a Google Pixel 3, 4, 5 or 5A instead?So no matter where you are in the Pixel phone upgrade cycle, knowing how well the Pixel 6 devices will stack up is an imperative. Here’s how we expect Google’s uber handsets will compare with last year’s model.Price: Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro won’t come cheapWhen the Pixel 5 debuted last October it came with a $699 price tag. And at the time of this writing, it’ll set you back just as much. But with all the advanced components the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro should boast, all bets are off. Google typically offers its latest Pixel for the same price that the previous Pixel cost, but leaker Yogesh Brar speculates that the Pixel 6 could have a starting price of $749, while the Pixel Pro may cost between $1,049 and $1,099. This would make Google’s new smartphone more expensive than its predecessor. Google reportedly is angling to snatch premium phone market share away from Apple and Samsung. The Galaxy S21 ranges in price from $799 to $1,379. Similarly, the iPhone 13 costs anywhere from $799 to $1,099 depending on how you configure it. So it’s a good call the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will also demand top dollar.Google’s Pixel 6 phones will come in snazzy colors and have premium build quality.
Design: The Pixel 6 phones will stand out for looking good All of Google’s previous Pixel phones, including the Pixel 5, were deliberately designed not to distract from their screens. In the user’s eye, the hardware was meant to drop away, serving as a mere vehicle for Google’s Android software.Not so with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Minted in multiple splashy colors and apparently sporting glossy metal highlights, both handsets are clearly built to get noticed. That’s a lot more visually exciting than the Pixel 5’s two modest hues of “just black” and “sorta sage.”
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Camera: The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will have bigger, better sensors and lensesOne of the biggest improvements to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be their imaging systems. Physically they’re a lot bigger than the camera hardware you’ll find on the Pixel 5. In fact these new cameras are so large they reside in a raised bar on the back side of each phone. They run the entire width of each handset too.And if word on the street is true, there’s a reason for the extra bulk. Rumor has it that the Pixel 6 camera platform is built around a massive main 50-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens. Both phones should have 12-megapixel ultrawide lens and sensor combos, too. The Pixel 6 Pro though will set itself apart with an additional 48-megapixel telephoto camera.Either handset’s camera system should run rings around the Pixel 5’s hardware. That device ships with 16-megapixel ultrawide and 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main camera sensors.A first look at images and video allegedly taken on a Google Pixel 6 Pro were shared by YouTuber Brandon Lee, who runs the channel This is Tech Today. The images are shot in portrait mode and in dim lighting, but they showed off the phone’s zoom and ultrawide capabilities giving a glimpse at what pictures and videos could look like on Google’s new smartphone. The Google Tensor chip’s unveiling is a prominent part of the first official look at the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Processing: The Pixel 6 phones will boast custom, not stock chipsIn another seismic break from the past, the Pixel 6 phones will run in-house silicon. Specifically, at the heart of both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is Google’s new Tensor SoC (system on chip). Designed personally by Google engineers, much like Apple does with its A series mobile chips, the Tensor is tailor made for Android.The result should be snazzed up computing and video processing performance. Hopefully this won’t come at the expense of battery life either. Google hasn’t yet released details about Tensor’s speeds and feeds. That said, compared to the off-the-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G on the Pixel 5, this custom chip will likely be a big improvement. Charging: The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could have faster wired and wireless chargingThe Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will likely be the first Google phones not to come with chargers in their boxes. At least that’s what the tech giant said at the launch of the Pixel 5A. Other reports point to big improvements in charging. For example, according to 91mobiles the new flagship devices could support 33-watt fast wired charging.And another report by Android Police suggests the new Pixel phones will interface with 23-watt wireless charging stations. In either case, that beats what the Pixel 5 can do. Its wireless charging tops out at 18 watts.
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For more, here’s how to decide between a Pixel 5, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL, the Pixel 5 versus the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5 versus the iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus 8. Plus, six reasons to buy a Pixel.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Will Debut With One UI 4.0 Based on Android 12: Report
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has leaked multiple times in the past. Ahead of an official announcement from the South Korean smartphone brand, a new report now claims that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will debut with One UI 4.0 based on Google’s latest operating system Android 12. The phone was earlier speculated to launch this…
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has leaked multiple times in the past. Ahead of an official announcement from the South Korean smartphone brand, a new report now claims that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will debut with One UI 4.0 based on Google’s latest operating system Android 12. The phone was earlier speculated to launch this year as the successor to Galaxy S20 FE. But recent leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will now launch during the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022.According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will run on One UI 4.0 update based on the latest Android 12. With this, the upcoming Galaxy S21 FE will also reportedly join other Samsung phones that will get OS upgrades until the rollout of Android 15.Samsung released the Android 12-based public beta of the One UI 4 update in September this year with new themes, colour pallets, and privacy settings. Samsung started the official rollout of the new Android skin on the Galaxy S21 series including Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The update is reaching a large number of Samsung phones in India in December. The stable update brings more customisation options and offers new widgets as well as a wider variety of emoji features, GIFs, and stickers on the keyboard. Privacy features of the new Android skin include alerts when an app attempts to access the camera or microphone.Previous leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will come with both the Snapdragon 888 and the Exynos 2100 SoC in different markets. The phone may get the Exynos 2100 chipset in India.The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is tipped to sport a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is said to pack 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The handset is expected to feature a 64-megapixel triple camera setup, along with a 32-megapixel selfie camera in the front.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro default settings you should change now – CNET
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro offer significant upgrades over the Pixel 5 line. The new smartphones get Google’s own Tensor chip, top-notch cameras and an eye-catching design. But to make the most of your new Pixel phone, you’ll want to dig into the settings and…
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro offer significant upgrades over the Pixel 5 line. The new smartphones get Google’s own Tensor chip, top-notch cameras and an eye-catching design. But to make the most of your new Pixel phone, you’ll want to dig into the settings and make a few tweaks.Some of these changes will give the user interface a fresh look, while others will help you get more out of your Pixel phone’s camera or battery. Google has also baked some interesting new features into the phone app that can make it easier to call customer service numbers without waiting on hold. We’ll show you how to turn those settings on and off, too.
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Read more: Pixel 6 vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Google’s flagship phones comparedHere’s a look at the settings you should change on your Pixel 6 right away. Turn on themed icons to make your icons match your wallpaperOne of the biggest features in Android 12 is Material You, which customizes the software’s color palette to match your wallpaper. You’ll notice that some elements within certain apps — like the keyboard in Messages and Gmail’s Compose button — will have colored accents that match your wallpaper as part of the broader Material You refresh. If you go into Settings, you can choose from a few options.
But you don’t have to stop there. To give your app icons a colorful refresh that resembles your wallpaper, long-press any empty space on your Pixel 6’s home screen. Then tap Wallpaper & style and make sure the switch next to Themed icons is toggled on. Now app icons on the home screen should match your wallpaper, as shown below. You can make app icons on the Pixel 6 match its wallpaper.
Use Quick Phrases to dismiss an alarm or phone call without saying, ‘Hey, Google’We’ve all been there. It’s 6 a.m., your alarm starts blaring and you barely have the energy to reach for your phone. Google makes this a little easier on the Pixel 6 by enabling you to pause or dismiss an alarm by simply saying, “Snooze” or “Stop” without requiring the “Hey, Google” trigger phrase. You can do the same for phone calls by saying, “Answer” or “Decline” without having to grab your device.To turn this on, open the Settings menu and choose Apps. Then, select Assistant and tap Quick phrases. You should see options for alarms and timers and incoming calls. Tap the switch next to each one to enable this feature.This feature lets you dismiss alarms and answer calls without using the “Hey, Google” wake phrase.
Have Google Assistant wait on hold for you and transcribe automated phone menusTired of waiting on hold? Try using Google’s Hold For Me feature, which has Google Assistant wait on hold and then notify you when a customer representative becomes available. If you don’t want to remember which number to punch the next time you’re sitting through automated voice prompts, you can also turn on Direct My Call. This transcribes automated menus so that you don’t have to remember which number to press to get directed to the correct extension. Both of these features are accessible from the Pixel 6’s phone app. Open the Phone app and tap the three dots in the top right corner to get started. Choose Settings and you should see Hold for Me and Direct My Call under the Assistive section.The Direct My Call feature seems promising, but it only works for toll-free numbers in English right now. That can make its transcriptions a bit confusing since many automated phone menus typically read options in Spanish, too.Google Assistant can transcribe automated menus for you when calling toll-free numbers, but only in English.
Choose whether you want to extend battery life or boost performance Google’s Pixel phones can optimize battery life depending on how you use your phone. While that’s a useful perk, there may be times when you’d prefer to turn this feature off so that you can get better performance out of your device. You can turn this setting on or off anytime by opening the Settings menu, choosing Battery and tapping Adaptive preferences.The Pixel 6 can optimize its battery based on your phone usage.
Turn on Smart Storage to avoid running out of spaceIf you take a lot of photos and videos, you know how precious your device’s storage space can be. As one way to deal with that problem, you can choose to have your Pixel phone automatically delete old photos to free up space. If you enable this feature, your Pixel device will erase photos backed up to your Google Photos account that have been on your device for 60 days if your phone’s storage is less than 25 percent.
To turn this on, open Settings, choose Storage and tap Free up space. Then tap the menu icon in the top left corner and select Settings. Toggle the switch next to Smart Storage.Google’s Smart Storage feature automatically deletes old photos to save space.
Use Storage Saver to optimize your Pixel’s photo and video storageIf you want to save space, there’s another option: Enable Storage Saver on your Pixel device. This changes settings that use large amounts of storage, such as saving RAW images as JPEG and recording videos in 1080p instead of 4K. If you care more about saving space than having the best resolution possible, you might want to try this.Launch the Camera app and tap the settings cog in the top left corner. Then, tap More settings and select Device storage. Toggle the switch next to Storage Saver.The Pixel can also change certain media settings to optimize storage.
Customize what happens when you press the volume key while taking photosYou can use the volume button to snap a photo, adjust the zoom or control the audio volume on your Pixel device. Open the Camera app, press the settings icon and choose More settings. Then, choose Gestures and select Volume key action to choose your preferred option.You can customize the volume key on the Pixel 6.
Make sure your Pixel’s screen automatically switches orientation when neededFew things can be more annoying than having your phone stuck in portrait mode when you’re holding it in landscape mode to watch a video. Avoid this on your Pixel 6 by opening the Settings menu, choosing Display and tapping Auto-rotate screen. You can also choose to turn on face detection to make autorotate more accurate. Google says images used in face detection are never stored or sent to the company. Make sure your Pixel switches its screen orientation when you want it to.
Identify songs playing nearby on the lock screenEver heard a song playing at a restaurant and wondered what it’s called? Google Pixel devices can recognize songs and display the name of the song and artist on your phone’s lock screen. Open the Settings menu, choose Display and tap Lock screen. Press Now Playing and toggle on the switch next to Identify songs playing nearby.The Pixel 6 can display the track title and artist for songs playing nearby.
Choose whether you want smoother scrolling or longer battery lifeThe Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are capable of boosting their refresh rates to enable faster scrolling and smoother animations, which makes the software generally feel more responsive. The Pixel 6 can bump its refresh rate up to 90Hz, while the Pixel 6 Pro can go up to120Hz. But since this feature increases battery usage, there are times when you might want to turn it off.To access this option, open the Settings menu and choose Display. Scroll down to Smooth Display and toggle the switch to turn it on or off.
You can choose to increase the screen’s refresh rate or maximize battery life on the Pixel 6.
Add captions to videos, podcasts and phone callsGoogle’s Live Caption feature generates captions for media playing on your device, and it works on older Pixels dating back to the second-generation model too. It’s an accessibility feature, and it can also be useful for times when you’re stuck without headphones and need to hear the content of a video or podcast in a public setting. To turn this on, press the volume button and tap the Live Caption icon, which looks like a speech bubble. Just remember that using Live Caption can use additional battery resources. Google’s Live Caption technology captions audio playing on your device.
Edit your quick settings to easily access shortcutsPulling down from the top of the screen will launch the quick-settings menu. Tap the pencil icon to edit this menu and add the settings you use most often. Google offers a wide variety of options ranging from battery saver to enabling and disabling the microphone and accessing alarms. You’ll find staples like airplane mode, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi here.These are just a few of the many settings shortcuts available on the Pixel 6.
Looking for more advice for your other Google devices? Check out our tips for boosting your productivity on Chromebooks and getting the most out of your Google Nest.Update, Nov. 11: Clarified the section on Material You and themed icons.
Realme GT 2 Pro Announcement Set for December 9: All You Need to Know
Realme GT 2 Pro announcement is taking place on Thursday, December 9, the Chinese company announced on Weibo on Tuesday. The new Realme phone is already confirmed to have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC that was unveiled earlier this month. It is also claimed to be the company’s “first-ever ultra-premium flagship” that could be…
Realme GT 2 Pro announcement is taking place on Thursday, December 9, the Chinese company announced on Weibo on Tuesday. The new Realme phone is already confirmed to have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC that was unveiled earlier this month. It is also claimed to be the company’s “first-ever ultra-premium flagship” that could be designed to take on top-end models from companies including Xiaomi. The announcement may, however, not reveal complete details about the Realme GT 2 Pro and just give a glimpse of its features ahead of the official launch.Through a teaser posted on Weibo, Realme revealed the announcement date of the Realme GT 2 Pro. It does not clearly indicate anything on the launch plans, though Realme VP Madhav Sheth recently suggested a December announcement in the works.Realme GT 2 Pro announcement teaser has been posted onlinePhoto Credit: Weibo Realme may take some time in launching the Realme GT 2 Pro in the market, though the company is likely to reveal some of its details during the announcement planned for later this week. This move could particularly be planned to compete against Motorola that is launching the Moto Edge X30 in China on Thursday itself and is marketing the model as the first smartphone to come with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. The Moto Edge X30 is also going on sale in the Chinese market later this month.In addition to Realme, Xiaomi is in the race of being the fastest manufacturer to launch its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagship under the Xiaomi 12 series. The Beijing-based company has, however, not yet revealed any exact launch details.The Realme GT 2 Pro is reportedly in plans to debut early next year. Meanwhile, some recent reports suggested that the phone may come with 125W fast charging and feature a 120Hz display. Some renders suggesting the design of the Realme GT 2 Pro also indicated that the phone may come with a vertical camera bar at the back.Official details about the Realme GT 2 Pro are yet to be announced. But in the meantime, we can expect some fresh teasers and marketing materials coming from Realme to create some hype before the formal launch.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth joins Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast for an exclusive wide-ranging interview, as he talks about the 5G push, Make in India, Realme GT series and Book Slim, and how stores can improve their standing. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.