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What is Google Pixel 3 XL?

Google Pixel 3 XL is the larger of the two flagship phones from Google in 2018. As you may already know, the primary difference with the larger 3 XL model is that the display larger, has a notable display cutout (otherwise known as a notch), and the phone itself is bigger. Functionally and specs-wise, the two phones are going to be almost exactly the same.

Google Pixel 3 XL – Features

The Google Pixel 3 XL is a moderate upgrade over its predecessor, the Pixel 2 XL. It of course brings Android 9 Pie, which itself has many upgrades, but that software is also available to all other Google Pixel owners.

The new Android 9 Pie OS brings design changes, the new gesture-based navigation system (which may be the default on the Pixel 3 for the first time), a handy screenshot editor tool, AI-powered brightness and battery features, a completely overhauled multitasking screen, and Digital Wellbeing.

On the hardware side of things, the phone sees return of the Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor and the squeezable Active Edge to activate the Google Assistant. This year, though, the Pixels will finally add wireless charging to the mix — as well as a dock called the Pixel Stand to support that.

The cameras bring lots of new features to the mix — Top Shot for capturing the best of many shots, Night Sight for great night photos, Super Res Zoom for enhanced digital zoom, Photobooth with smile detection, and more.

Google Pixel 3 XL – Release Date

Google Pixel 3 XL was announced on October 9th at the Made by Google 2018 event. Pre-orders went live soon after, and the device began shipping in mid-October. Both phones are available to purchase now.

Google Pixel 3 XL – Specs

The Google Pixel 3 XL, like its smaller sibling, packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, an Adreno 630 GPU, 4GB RAM, and a 3,430 mAh battery. The’re s a fullscreen OLED 6.3” display, which is packs QHD+ resolution and a pixel density of 523ppi.

The phone is available in both 64GB and 128GB of storage space. The phone has stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, eSIM, GPS, GLONASS, proximity and ambient light sensor, and other sensors.

As far as the cameras go, there’s nothing all too surprising when it comes to hardware. We expect that the back shooter will be a 12.2MP shooter, while the two front shooters will both be 8.1-megapixels — one being wide angle.

Google Pixel 3 XL – Where to buy

Google Pixel 3 XL is from the Google Store, Best Buy, Verizon, and other retailers outside the US. It is also available at Project Fi.

Google Pixel 3 XL – Price

The Google Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 for the smaller 64GB capacity, and the larger capacity brings it up to $999. The smaller Pixel 3, on the other hand, starts at $799 and goes up to $899 from there for the 128GB model.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 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 3 XL Stories September 8

How to get the Android 12 Beta on Google Pixel

After a few developer previews and the big Google I/O reveal, Android 12 is now available in beta to anyone who wants to give it a shot. Here’s how to get the Android 12 Beta on your Google Pixel smartphone.

Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 1

According to reports online, a growing number of Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners appear to be having their devices bricked as a result of sporadic and random shutdowns into EDL mode that render their devices effectively useless.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories May 12

For those holding on to the Pixel 3 or 3 XL, you now have the ability to sideload the Android 11-based LineageOS 18.1 third-party ROM.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories October 20, 2020

One of the Google Pixel 5 features that got a lot of acclaim in early reviews was Portrait Light, the ability to adjust the light source of a photo after it’s been taken. Now, before that phone is even released in the United States, the feature is already rolling out to older Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 11, 2020

After the Pixel 4 series experienced a similar problem, it looks as though some Pixel 3 owners are reporting swollen battery issues which result in potential rear panel damage.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories August 12, 2020

LineageOS 17.1 is now available for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Earlier this year, the folks at LineageOS, one of the most popular third-party Android ROMs, launched version 17.1, upgrading to Android 10 and supporting a variety of new devices. Now LineageOS 17.1 is becoming available for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Google Pixel 3 XL Stories June 27, 2020

In this week’s top stories: Google may soon be facing a class action lawsuit from Pixel 3 owners, Xiaomi’s Mi TV Stick retail listings leak series of Android TV dongles, Google’s own Android TV dongle gets leaked once again, and more.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories June 24, 2020

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL haven’t had the best of times, with a number of issues and problems frustrating owners and fans alike even since the original 2018 launch.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories June 22, 2020

A fresh class-action lawsuit could be filed against Google for Pixel 3 issues that some have faced since the launch of 2018’s Made by Google smartphones.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories June 4, 2020

Google’s Pixel smartphones are getting a new camera update today with Google Camera 7.4. The update doesn’t change a whole lot on the surface, though, outside of a tweak to video recording.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories May 31, 2020

[Update: Pixelbook] Steve Carell uses Google Pixel 3 XL in Netflix’s ‘Space Force’

Announced over a year ago, the latest show from The Office’s Greg Daniels and Steve Carell premiered today on Netflix. The latter plays the head of Space Force and happens to use a Google Pixel 3 XL and BlackBerry KeyOne.

Google Pixel 3 XL Stories March 30, 2020

With the launch of every flagship Pixel, Google heavily discounts the previous model to sell remaining inventory. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is now officially out of the stock at the Google Store.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 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 3 XL Stories March 3, 2020

The March Pixel Feature Drop is here which means if you’re a Pixel owner, you’re about to get a ton of new features to enjoy on your smartphone.

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Google Pixel 3 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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The second Pixel Feature Drop is here and it brings a ton of new features with it, including one for Google Pay. Alongside the new “Cards and Passes” power menu option, Google Pay on select Pixel devices can add flight boarding passes using nothing more than a screenshot.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories February 14, 2020

Coming as part of the first official Pixel Feature Drop, Call Screening and its automated answering service has now steadily rolled out to all Pixels in the United States. However, with this rollout, it appears that some Pixel owners are now unable to save audio from the Call Screen.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories January 1, 2020

A big part of the Pixel’s appeal is that it gets new updates very quickly. However, in recent months, that hasn’t been the case. As we kick off the new year, some Pixel 3 owners still haven’t gotten the December security update and all of the goodies it brings with it. Thankfully, it’s not far off.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories December 10, 2019

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 3 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 3 XL Stories December 4, 2019

Google’s software on Pixels usually feels very polished, but it often has bugs we just can’t explain. Now, a strange bug seems to be showing up on a few more Pixels running Android 10 which leaves random letters or words floating on the screen.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories December 3, 2019

Google just released the December security patch for its Pixel smartphones yesterday, but there’s an unfortunate issue for users on Pixel 3 devices. Apparently, the Pixel Launcher is continually crashing on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a when using gesture navigation.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories November 19, 2019

Nearly a month after the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL went on sale, last year’s phone is now out of stock at both the Google Store and Fi. The Pixel 3 is no longer available to purchase in the United States, Canada, and other countries.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories November 13, 2019

If you’ll recall a few years back, owners of the Nexus 6P were reporting issues of their phones shutting down well before the system reported a dead battery. Now, some Pixel 3 owners are reporting similar early shutdown issues on their devices when on low battery.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories November 7, 2019

Battery life is not a strength on basically any Pixel smartphones, meaning most users are going to have to find a place to charge at some point throughout the day. If you have a daily commute, iOttie’s new fast wireless car charger is a great, if expensive, option for Pixel owners.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories October 17, 2019

Google’s Pixel 4 sure seems like the best in the series to date, but the company isn’t giving owners of its previous devices a break when it comes to trade-in values. Even if you have a maxed-out Google Pixel 3 XL that debuted just a year ago, the Google Store trade-in will only value your device at $295.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories October 2, 2019

Since the original Pixel, Google only sold its phones unlocked or through Verizon Wireless. That changed this year with an expansion to T-Mobile, Sprint, and other carriers. However, it seems despite the low-cost Pixel 3a, sales of Google’s smartphones at Verizon make up just 5% of the carrier’s total.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 17, 2019

Google’s camera prowess is the reason “Pixel” is a well-known brand. Most people know after the past three generations that if you want the best camera in a smartphone, you buy a Pixel. This year, however, reviewers think that may have changed. Reviews of Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro give high praise to the cameras and claim it’s better than the Pixel 3. Is that really the case?

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 16, 2019

Netflix offers a ton of HDR movies and TV shows and as smartphone displays add support for the feature, the content provider is enabling support. The list of HDR10 devices on Netflix just grew quite a bit, and it now includes some of Google’s Pixel phones including the still-unannounced Pixel 4 series.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 10, 2019

Google Pixel calls on Android 10 could be hindered by My Verizon app

If you’re a Google Pixel owner on Verizon Wireless, there’s a good chance that calls have been broken or delayed since the Android 10 update. As many have noted, a weird issue with the My Verizon app is hindering calls.

Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 5, 2019

Though the brave among us have enjoyed Android 10 through beta updates on our devices for a few months now, the official Android 10 release finally hit Google Pixel phones (and more) this week. While that beta testing process found many issues ahead of time, some problems still made it through, as some Google Pixel owners on Android 10 are unable to use phone features that rely on sensors, including Active Edge and adaptive brightness.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Stories September 4, 2019

Google recently gave the Android brand a new logo and much more, and with recent updates, the reach of that logo is extending. If you’ve got a Google Pixel or OnePlus device, Android 10 just delivered a new logo to the boot screen.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories August 6, 2019

The Google Pixel 3 has what is easily still one of the best cameras available on a smartphone today, but like the phone itself, that camera is somewhat prone to strange issues. Over the past few months, quite a lot of Pixel 3 owners have been reporting a “shaking” camera issue that Google still hasn’t fixed.

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Google Pixel 3 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 3 XL Stories May 28, 2019

Moment debuts wallet cases for Pixel 3, new bags, Pixel 3a and OnePlus cases too

Moment has been making some of the best photo/video accessories for mobile devices for a fair bit now, and today they’re introducing a handful of new items including wallet cases for devices including the Pixel 3, bags, and more. Here’s what you need to know.

Google Pixel 3 XL Stories May 23, 2019

A research paper has uncovered a sensor calibration attack that is capable of pulling device data and can track Android and iPhone handsets across the internet almost instantly — without any user interaction or input. expand full story

Google Pixel 3 XL Stories May 16, 2019

The commonly heard phrase often goes something like “the best camera is the one that you have with you”, right? And with smartphone cameras so ubiquitous now, often that camera will be a mobile device. While the Pixel 3 has one of the best single-lens smartphone camera setups for stills on the market, video and videography isn’t something I would recommend without a few tiny tweaks, improvements and additions. expand full story

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