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As expected, Google unveiled two new Pixel smartphones today: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While the smaller of the two handsets did get a small design tweak around back, it keeps the large bezels found around the display. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, received a major upgrade, now with smaller bezels and dual front-facing speakers. Here are the Google Pixel 2 XL’s official specs…

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Full hardware specifications for Google’s Pixel 2 XL:

Google Pixel 2 XL Specification
Android version Android 8.0 Oreo w/ Google UI
Screen size 6-inch pOLED
Resolution 2880×1440 pixels
PPI 538 ppi
Primary camera  12.2MP, f/1.8, 1.4μm pixels, OIS, EIS, PDAF, LDAF
Front camera 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4μm pixels, fixed focus
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage 64GB or 128GB
Expandable storage up to N/A
RAM 4GB
Battery 3,520mAh (nonremovable)
Ports USB Type-C
Weight 175 g
Dimensions 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Other features IP67 water and dust resistant, rear-facing fingerprint sensor, dual front-facing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0, Hi-Fi codecs, Active Edge, USB-PD, 18W rapid Charging
Color options Black & White (Panda), Just Black
Carrier availability Shipping on October 17
Base price off-contract ~$850
In-box accessories TBD

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories September 20

Last week and ahead of the Pixel 6 series set to come (hopefully) very soon, we asked you just what you think the “best” Google Pixel device has been so far. Well, the results were not too unsurprising overall but interesting nonetheless.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories September 16

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could very well be the best Pixel devices to date, but we’re still waiting to see them unveiled — and then get our greasy mitts on the duo when they launch (hopefully) soon.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories July 13

As of December 2020, the Pixel 2 series is no longer officially supported by Google, which rounds off three full years of software support for the former flagship smartphone. But what kind of mark has it left on the Android space?

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories May 25

Google Pixel owners will still get these Google Photos storage perks going forward

Google Photos is ending its perk of free unlimited storage starting on June 1, 2021. It was a huge selling point for the service for years, which, understandably, has many wishing they could keep it. The good news, though, is that Google Pixel owners will still be eligible for a few Photos perks. Let’s break it down.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories February 17

Issues with the Google Camera on Pixel hardware appear to be spreading according to reports, but the problems are potentially due to hardware failures rather than buggy software.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories January 15

One of the biggest perks of early Google Pixel smartphones, outside of the camera itself, was the ability to back up every photo and video from the phone to Google Photos in original quality completely for free. Now, though, Pixel 2 owners are losing their unlimited Google Photos backup.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories December 14, 2020

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL officially reached end of life status in October after three years of updates. Google promised one last release, but it did not come yesterday alongside the Pixel Feature Drop. The final Pixel 2 update is now rolling out.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories October 5, 2020

Last Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL update coming in December

Last month, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were updated to Android 11, and just today received the latest security release. With this patch, the Pixel 2 will receive one last update in December.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories September 28, 2020

Even though the Google Pixel 2 series is now starting to get a little long in the tooth, both devices are still impressive pieces of hardware — especially when it comes the camera. However, it looks like the camera issues faced by Pixel 2 owners are still causing some major problems — and it looks like the issue might be spreading.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories September 2, 2020

[Update: Pixel 3a & 4 live] LineageOS 17.1 coming soon for Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 series

Following this year’s release of Android 11, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be approaching their end of life. To help fans of the phone squeeze a few more years of life out of their device, the team behind LineageOS is adding support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 series not far behind.

Update: The Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 series are now supported, too.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories July 31, 2020

Last year, Google set a strong precedent for their Pixel phones by extending a third major update, Android 10, to the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Today, we’ve confirmed that Android 11 will be the last update for the Pixel 2.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories May 18, 2020

For those experiencing an odd bug that is causing Pixel 2 devices to constantly crash when using certain images as wallpaper, we have good news. Google has confirmed it will fix the problem.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 16, 2020

The Google Camera app is receiving a real beating on the Play Store at the minute due to some issues with the Pixel 2, with hundreds of negative reviews now being posted on the official app store listing.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 9, 2020

Thanks to the Android 11 DP1 and the recent Google Pixel Feature Drop, there was room for an automatic dark theme for Pixel owners. While it has been welcomed, it appears that this automatic dark theme doesn’t play nicely with every app.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 4, 2020

Google’s Pixel smartphones are very smart and, as Google likes to call them, helpful. Now, the device is picking up another handy trick. With the latest Pixel Launcher update, folder names will automatically be suggested based on apps.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 3, 2020

Last year, Google debuted a powerful new feature by the name of Live Caption. That debuted on Pixel 4 and later on Pixel 3 and 3a devices. In January, Live Caption also started arriving on Pixel 2 devices, but was pulled in the March security update.

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Based on how often they’re seen in the wild and praised by users online, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might just be the best devices to come out of the lineup, but Android 10 had some negative side effects for these devices. One unfortunate casualty was the collection of sound effects for things like unlocking the Pixel 2, but they’re back with the latest update.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 2, 2020

Android’s sharing menu is pretty solid, but one update we’ve been pretty excited about in Android 11 is the ability to pin apps to the share menu to ensure they always show at the top. If you have a Google Pixel smartphone, though, you won’t have to wait until Android 11 to pin apps to the share menu.

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It’s here! Three months after the first, Google has just released another Feature Drop for its Pixel smartphones, once again delivering a bunch of awesome new features. Every feature is going to be more useful for one person than another, though, so we’re curious — what’s your favorite?

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One of my favorite features of Google’s Pixel smartphones for the past couple of generations has been “Now Playing.” The effortless feature identifies music playing in the background, and, now, it’s fixing one source of frustration. Now Playing will no longer show songs you’re casting from Pixel.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories January 15, 2020

One of the neatest new features of Android 10 on the Pixel 4 was the audio subtitling Live Caption feature. Live Caption support was adding to the Pixel 3 and 3a series shortly afterward but is now very quietly coming to the Google Pixel 2.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories January 14, 2020

One long-requested feature for Android finally popped up in Android 10’s beta releases, but it didn’t end up in the final release, unfortunately. However, there is a trick to bring it back. Here’s how to enable Android’s built-in screen recorder on Google Pixel devices.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories December 12, 2019

One of the biggest benefits of a Google Pixel phone is that you’ll get updates and security patches in a timely manner, but for the past couple of months, Google has been lagging behind. The question begs to be asked, has your Pixel got the December update yet?

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories December 10, 2019

In a sea of Android smartphones, Google’s Pixel has been trying for four generations to be the consumer-friendly, “easy” option. However, random bugs, limited buying options, and other restraints haven’t helped that cause. Now, though, Google is making a very good move with its new “Pixel Feature Drops” which, unfortunately, are still stifled.

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Google kicked off its new “Feature Drops” for the Pixel series just yesterday, and included in that first batch is a new way to combat spam calls. Apparently, that won’t remain Pixel 4-exclusive for long, as Google plans to add Automatic Call screen to all Pixels in the not-too-distant future.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories December 9, 2019

One of the biggest perks of owning a Google Pixel smartphone of any generation is how quickly it gets updates. Today, Google is introducing a new monthly “Feature Drop” for Pixel smartphones and in its first release, automatic Call Screen, better memory management, Portrait Blur, and more are on the table.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 27, 2019

When the Google Pixel 3 launched last year, one of the new Digital Wellbeing features that launched with it was “Flip to Shhh” which simply puts your phone in Do Not Disturb mode when placed face down on a surface. As of this week, Flip to Shhh is now available on the Google Pixel 2, by way of a beta update for Digital Wellbeing.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 22, 2019

The cameras on Google’s Pixel phones are great mainly thanks to their software and now, thanks to some developers, a new mode is available. With a Google Camera mod, all Pixel phones are getting a “Light Painting” mode.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 21, 2019

The full Android 10 update has been available for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL for a little while but it appears as though it has broken Wi-Fi functionality and created other issues for some people.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 8, 2019

Google has quietly rolled out a new option for Pixel devices which allows the ringer to vibrate first and then gradually start to ring at your set volume. Now, that feature appears to be widely rolling out to all Pixel devices.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories October 28, 2019

Pixel 4’s astrophotography unofficially ported to original Google Pixel, Pixel 2

A truly stunning part of Google’s Pixel 4 is the ability to capture images of the stars with excellent detail and minimal work. Now, older devices including the original Pixel and Pixel 2 can also capture the stars with an unofficial astrophotography port.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories September 3, 2019

How to sideload Android 10 OTA on your Google Pixel smartphone

After six betas and months of anticipation, Google is starting to roll out Android 10 to its Pixel smartphones today. Here’s how to skip the wait by sideloading the Android 10 OTA on a Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 2, or Pixel device.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories June 5, 2019

Android Q Beta 4 just dropped this afternoon. While the update will be heading out over traditional updates to those enrolled in the beta program, here’s how to skip the wait by sideloading the Android Q Beta 4 OTA on a Pixel 3, Pixel 2, or Pixel device.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories May 8, 2019

The camera on Google’s Pixel smartphones are arguably the best you can buy, and software just keeps making them better. Today, Google has revealed that it’s adding a new “Timelapse” mode to the Pixel camera.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories April 1, 2019

Google traditionally doesn’t keep last year’s phones around for too long, and this week the company is dropping its 2017 flagships. The Google Store officially no longer sells the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 18, 2019

Hidden setting in Android Q lets you remap Active Edge on Pixel 2, Pixel 3

The Active Edge feature is a neat addition to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, allowing both devices to go without a dedicated Google Assistant button. Should you be willing to root or install a third-party app, a new hidden setting gives you the ability to reassign the squeeze function to another assistant on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 handset.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories March 13, 2019

How to sideload Android Q Beta 1 OTA on Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, Pixel 2, 2 XL, Pixel, XL

Google released the very first beta preview today for Android Q. If you want to give it a shot early, here’s how to sideload the Android Q beta on your Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories February 7, 2019

Google Fi stops selling Pixel 2 XL, but will soon add Moto G7

Back in November, Google Fi received a big rebrand that dropped the “Project” status and added official support for other Android devices and iPhones. The best Google MVNO experience is found on “Designed for Fi” phones with the Moto G7 coming soon, while the Fi store has stopped selling the Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories January 28, 2019

One extremely handy feature of Google’s Pixel phones is the new Call Screen feature. With the simple tap of a button, you can have the Google Assistant handle incoming calls without you having to speak to them. It’s useful for spam calls, and now we’ve just discovered a handy part of that functionality.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories December 26, 2018

Google Store discounts Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to $599 until New Year’s Eve

With the launch of the Pixel 3 in October, Google discounted the Pixel 2 XL. This marked the second year that the last-generation Made by Google phone saw a price drop. The Google Store is now discounting both the Pixel 2 and 2 XL by $50 until New Year’s Eve.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories December 17, 2018

It’s hard to get a good phone for ~$350. As flagship prices continue to skyrocket, options in this affordable price range are hard to come by. Today, though, Amazon has knocked the Google Pixel 2 family to as little as $359 as a part of its Deal of the Day. Here’s why this is the best Android phone for the price right now.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 16, 2018

While the Pixel 3 doesn’t add a lot of jaw-dropping new features, one that turned heads was the call screening feature. Now, it’s looking like Pixel 2 call screening is starting to roll out.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 5, 2018

November security patch returns Google Assistant shortcut to Pixel Launcher on Pixel 2

During the Android P developer beta earlier this year, Google tested a Pixel Launcher that featured an even quicker shortcut to launch Assistant. While it did not ship in August, Google eventually launched it on the Pixel 3. With the new November security patch, that Assistant button returns to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Now Playing History from Pixel 3 rolling out to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL introduced a bevy of new features built upon functionality first announced on the Pixel 2. Many — like the Camera app — are coming to last year’s devices, including the very useful history for Now Playing.

Google Pixel 2 XL Stories November 1, 2018

Earlier this week, Apple made a move that many expected wouldn’t happen — the iPad adopted USB-C. That aligns it with much of the industry, including most Android makers, but at the same time, the tablet also dropped its 3.5mm headphone jack. That led to an Apple USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, and it’s currently the best one you can get for an Android device.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories October 23, 2018

One of the tidbits we learned early on about the Pixel 3 was that the Now Playing feature would be offering up a new history section. Now, Google has quietly confirmed that Now Playing History is coming to Pixel 2. Alongside that, the new camera app from the Pixel 3 appears to be rolling out to Pixel 2 owners.

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The camera is absolutely one of the biggest reasons for anyone to buy a Google Pixel device — regardless of generation. Unfortunately, these devices have been plagued with a strange bug which causes photos not to save. Most prominently with the Pixel 3 as of late. Now, however, Google is promising a fix for all Pixel owners.

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Google Pixel 2 XL Stories October 16, 2018

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s dual front-firing speakers are an important part of the phone. They’ve been in the Pixel line since last year, they’re part of the reason for the larger model’s notch, and many reviews have noted that they are very much improved over last year. Let’s take a look at how the Google Pixel 3 speakers compare to each other, last year’s Pixel 2 XL, the Home Mini, and other phones…

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