In this week’s top stories: we re-review the Google Pixel 4 one month after its launch, Android 10 arrives for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, we take a look through Moment’s new fisheye lens on the Pixel 4, and more.
It’s Black Friday weekend, and among the many deals collected by our team at 9to5Toys, the Google Pixel 4 is on sale starting at $699 merely a month after release. Our Ben Schoon re-reviewed the Google Pixel 4 to see if that new sale price is enough to make up for the phone’s flaws.
However, at $699, much of that becomes a lot more forgivable. $699 is well below the cost of competing smartphones like the Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 11 Pro. Unless you absolutely need those features, the Pixel’s savings of $300 or more is simply compelling. Of course, there’s the still-cheaper OnePlus 7T, but fewer buying options and other concerns may rule that device out for many people.
Earlier this month, OnePlus began the rollout of Android 10 to its OnePlus 6 and 6T devices, but this initial version was causing some major issues for those who installed it. Over three weeks later, OnePlus has announced that a new version will begin to arrive in the next few days.
It turns out that the OnePlus 6/6T Android 10 update was paused completely due to some consistent issues, but is set to restart sometime “next week.” OnePlus confirmed that the new Android 10 build is awaiting CTS approval and will be heading out from next week once approval has been confirmed.
The Google Pixel 4, like its predecessors, has fantastic photography, between its telephoto lens and software-based enhancements. One thing many complained was missing from the Pixel 4, at the very least in comparison to the iPhone 11 Pro, is a wide angle lens, but the folks at Moment have an answer! Our Ben Schoon reviewed Moment’s new fisheye lens and showed what it can bring to the Google Pixel 4.
The Android power user community can rejoice this week, as a method has been discovered to play Google Stadia games on nearly any Android phone with root. The Google Stadia app can be installed on any Android phone to manage your account, but at launch, only Google Pixel phones can play games directly on the phone screen. The new root trick involves simply pretending to be a “Google Pixel 4.”
Of course, this process has the potential to break certain apps on your phone, as you’re pretending to be a completely different device. Additionally, it’s possible that this root technique may break Stadia’s terms and conditions, which could put your Stadia account at risk.
Finally, a small scare popped up in the Made by Google world, as at least two Pixel 4 reviewers are discovering the phone’s screen is losing its oleophobic coating. The coating is designed to prevent things like the oils on your hands from being absorbed into the screen. Thus, should such a coating wear off, your Pixel 4 would begin to look oily and gross.
It’s not clear if this is just an issue with their review units, or the oleophobic coating on the Pixel 4 is thinner than many other comparable smartphones. However, we’re not seeing any widespread issues and there are very few people claiming to see the same problems. That might simply be due to the widespread usage of screen protectors on modern smartphones — that can be picked up for under $10.
The rest of this week’s top stories follow:
Black Friday |
- [Update: New bundles added] Best Nest Black Friday deals: Nest Mini from $29, Nest Hub $55
- [Now available] Google Store Black Friday deals: $599 Pixel 4, $299 Pixel 3a, more
- Google Nest Hub vs Nest Hub Max: Which smart display should you buy on Black Friday?
- [Update: Early deals added] Best Google Pixel Black Friday deals: Pixel 4 free at T-Mobile, $700 AT&T, more
- Google Store quietly emailing free $10 credit with Black Friday deals for some
- Google details Assistant Ambient Mode on Android phones [Video]
- Huawei’s latest tablet is an iPad Pro clone w/ Android 10, no Google apps
- OnePlus designer teases us with an amazing unreleased gold OnePlus 7T
Apps & Updates |
- Call of Duty Mobile re-adds support for Xbox, PS4 controllers on Android, iOS
- Disney+ update adds ‘Continue Watching’ section, rolling out now
- [Update: Rolling out now] Google Photos set to add image markup tool allowing you to draw on your pics
- Latest Google Messages beta rolling out ‘Verified SMS’ to cut down on SMS spam
Made by Google |
- Pixel 4 vs. iPhone 11: Which should you pick? [Video]
- ‘Flip to Shhh’ now available on Google Pixel 2 w/ Digital Wellbeing beta update
- Hisense H9F Review: Great picture w/ poor Android TV performance for not much money
- Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 review: High-end fitness-focused Wear OS [Video]
- Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover with domino-looking 5 camera array
- Samsung allegedly ending support for Bixby Voice on some devices in January
- [Update: Beta live in India, US soon] Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 will get Android 10 beta update ‘soon’
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