Google Pixel and Pixel XL:: Review
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The Google phone is finally here. After years of dipping its toes with its range of Nexus phones made by third parties and the inevitable compromises that came with them, Google has unveiled two of its own phones – the Pixel and Pixel XL.

This 5.5-inch Android phone is the successor to last year’s Nexus 6P, as Google is altogether ditching the affordable, developer-focused Nexus brand in favor of this new Pixel XL and its smaller 5-inch Pixel counterpart.

Under a new hardware division set up last year, Google itself has taken control of the phone’s look, feel and specifications. The result is what can be described as the first true Google phone, one that takes the combination of hardware and software that Apple have used so well and applies it to Android, the world’s most popular operating system.So Google has the formula, but whether the Pixel phone will stack up to the iPhone is another question.

Design and feel

The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL come in two colours in the UK, irreverently named “very silver” and “quite black” (the “really blue” of the US is not available in the UK). The colours are simply fine: nothing you won’t have seen before but perfectly nice. Out of the two, I preferred the black.

Google came in for a fair amount of criticism for releasing two phones that people said look like the iPhone and while that’s fair, up close you really wouldn’t mistake the two. And it’s not just because the Pixel has a headphone jack.

The Pixels look and feel a little more rectangular – the body curves towards a straight edge on the side of the phone instead of being properly rounded. And with the buttons at the bottom embedded in the screen and the fingerprint scanner on the back, it feels like there’s an awful lot of phone not being used for anything, especially under the screen. The glass panel at the back of the phone – a necessary requirement to fit all the Pixel’s innards in – is a little offputting, and feels plasticky.
It’s not a bad design, but it doesn’t feel up there with the best efforts from Samsung and Apple this year. But the phones are comfortable and light to use, and the XL doesn’t feel oversized compared to other phablets. Apart from the size, the two models are fairly similar.


One of the big selling points of the Pixel is definitely the 12.3MP camera. This was a surprise – the Nexus devices were never known for photography – but according to DxOMark, a true authority on phone cameras, it is the best they have ever tried.
The camera is certainly quick, deals well with quickly taken photos and the results looked good in the demo room, but as always it’s hard to judge based on a few minutes with the phone.
One thing that is nice – accessing the camera is really easy. Just double click the lock button and it is brought up immediately. And to switch between the front and back camera, you can do a little double flick with your wrist, which works really well.

One of the best things about the Pixel is unlimited photo and video storage on Google Photos, which guarantees you won’t run out of space – nice for those who buy the 32GB version of the phone.


Google Assistant and Android

This is the first phone with Google Assistant, the AI software that the company has spent a lot of time developing. You hold down the home button to activate it (or just say “OK Google”) and it is supposed to intelligently answer all sorts of questions, such as those about nearby restaurants, upcoming films, your calendar, information from Wikipedia, and so on.

While the voice recognition is very good, it remains to be seen how useful this will actually be. At present, it only offers Google services, so you can’t ask it to play Spotify, for example, although this will change.
As with the Nexus phones, it’s Android with Google at the forefront, which many people like best. Apps such as Google Allo and Duo come as default, and everything runs smoothly. Apps are also displayed as circles rather than squares – although this only applies for Google’s own apps, so throw in other apps and the result is a little messy.
The only other difference is that the app launcher: you swipe up from the app tray at the bottom of the screen to get to the launcher, which works perfectly well.
rice and release date

The Pixel cost £599 for the 32GB version and £699 for 128GB, while the XL is £719 for 32GB and £819 for the 128GB model.
They are available for pre-order now, and go on sale on October 20 from EE and Carphone Warehouse.

Had an experience with any of the two models yet? Want to buy one? Let’s hear it in the comments section.

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Google Duo
Google Duo – The New Video Chatting App from Google
Google Duo – The New Video Chatting App from Google 930 465 geniustechhub
Google Duo App Download

Google Duo App Download


During the last Google I/O conference, Google announced their two new upcoming apps: Google Duo and Allo.

NOTE: We’ll provide links to download the APK files below the post.

To get access to the both apps you had to pre-register to get an invite when it’s ready in your country/area. We are already registered and so we got our link to download the Duo app within last week. By now it should be available to everyone now. Clock on any of the photos to download the respective app. Note however that the Allo app is still not available for download.

Google Allo Pre-register

Allo Pre-register

Googe Duo Install

Googe Duo Install

Google Duo

I must say the app is really cool. In terms of functionality, it does what it says – video chatting. Simply open the app, select a contact and start video chatting.
One unique aspect about the app however is the Knock-knock feature.
What this basically does is that it allows you to see the other party even before they answer the video call. It’s more like a peep-hole, only that instead of a door, it’s your phone’s camera.
The feature can be turned off in the settings though.

Mind you though, your network has to be good for you to enjoy a smooth experience. We’re hoping that in future updates the video experience will still be good even if your network is not that good.

You can check out the official Duo website from here

Allo and Duo – The perfect duo

Allo and Duo

Allo and Duo

We are hoping that the Allo app will somehow be connected to the Duo app to allow for those who want to just send texts. It’ll be like how the Facebook app integrates with the Messenger app. Well let’s wait and see what happens.

In the mean time you can go ahead and download the apk file below. Make sure to allow installation from unknown sources from your phone settings. Enjoy the experience and let us know how it goes in the comments section below.

Download Google Duo apk file