Google Pixel 5 Stories November 24

In a recent video discussing the history of Google’s phones – well worth a watch! – YouTuber MKBHD shared a tidbit about the development of the Google Pixel 5. However, we’re skeptical of the claim that Google switched the Pixel 5 from a Tensor chip to a Snapdragon one “at the last second.”

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Google Pixel 5 Stories November 2

The Pixel 5 didn’t live up to some expectations, but even so, it seems ridiculous to be even suggesting that after 12 months, someone “should” upgrade from the Pixel 5 to the Pixel 6. We’re here to examine whether this is a thought you might or should have at this stage of 2021.

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Google Pixel 5 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 5 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 5 Stories August 30

The Google Pixel 5 and 5a will soon no longer be the latest model in the Pixel family, and that means it’s time to check your trade in values. Whether you’re looking to sell your Pixel 5/5a to upgrade to the upcoming Pixel 6, you’ve come to the right place. First, let’s find out how much it’s worth and how to get the most value for your trade-in.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories August 20

This year’s Pixel situation is a bit of a weird one with the Pixel 6 technically now officially announced, but with a couple of months between now and the formal launch. Tonight, Google has confirmed that its current flagship, the Pixel 5, will be discontinued alongside the Pixel 4a 5G.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories August 16

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is very clearly still a product that favors Galaxy smartphone owners, but it seems like the product is opening up a bit more compared to past generations. Not only does the Galaxy Watch 4 partially support charging from Google’s Pixel 5, but it even seems to work on some standard Qi charging pads.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories August 9

Google made a big splash in 2016 with its original Pixel, not necessarily in terms of sales, but in terms of showing what a smartphone camera could really be capable of. The company has held up its camera prowess for the most part in the time since, but some areas have fallen behind the competition. Zoom is perhaps the biggest area the Pixel 5 falls behind, and it’s why I’m crazy excited to get my hands on a Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories July 27

Over the past weeks, we’ve been tracking how stock of Made by Google’s 2020 lineup has been running low at both the Google Store and various retailers. After being sold out for the most of this month, the first-party Google Fi store today delisted the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories July 9

Compared to previous generations, the rollout of Google’s 2020 phone lineup was much more staggered given world events. Pixel 5 and 4a 5G stock on the US Google Store is now fluctuating in a sign that supply might be limited or nearing the end.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories June 9

We first reported over a year ago that Google was working on a new gesture for Pixel phones that allowed a quick double-tap on the back of the phone to perform a customizable action. Now, finally in the second beta release of Android 12, Google has released the “Quick Tap” feature previously known as “Columbus,” but it’s only available on the Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5 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 5 Stories May 12

The best cases and covers for your Google Pixel 5 [Video]

We have collated some of our favorite and some of the “best” Pixel 5 cases and covers, having tested a fair few since the staggered release schedule of the “flagship” Made by Google phone for 2020.

Google Pixel 5 Stories May 5

The Pixel 5 has been a very divisive device for Google, but if you are happy to look past the lack of top-tier specifications, you still might find something to fall in love with.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories April 23

Besides an ultrawide lens, the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G added HDR+ with Bracketing to improve image quality in shadows, among other benefits. Google today detailed the technology behind that new capability while also revealing that the Pixel 4 and 4a now use bracketing in Night Sight.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories April 12

Google Play Points promo for Pixel 5, 4a 5G owners suspended over ‘technical issues’

At launch, Google offered Pixel 5 and 4a 5G buyers a slew of subscription perks. One for Google Play Points is still available until the end of this month, but Google has “suspended” the promo due to technical issues.

Google Pixel 5 Stories April 6

Pixel 5 ‘doubles’ GPU performance on Snapdragon 765G w/ April security patch

As we reported yesterday, Google’s April patch for the Pixel 5 includes some minor fixes as well as a big update for gamers. Now, it’s been confirmed that the patch “essentially doubles” GPU performance on the Pixel 5.

Google Pixel 5 Stories April 5

The April security update is rolling out this morning, with the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G benefiting from a pair of camera and graphics performance enhancements. Older phones also get some functional fixes from this patch.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories March 26

Over the past few days, some Google Pixel owners have been seeing an error message that says “SIM Manager keeps stopping,” especially on more recent Pixel models. Here’s how to fix it.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories March 25

The best camera in any situation is the one you have with you, and most of the time, that’s the camera on your smartphone. That’s why, over the past few years, mobile photography has become a crucial part of flagship smartphones, and the results are often incredible. But who has the best smartphone camera on Android? In “Shot for Shot,” we’ll let your eyes be the judge…

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Google Pixel 5 Stories March 3

This week, as part of the March Pixel Feature Drop, Google launched deep integration between Pixel phones and an underwater-ready photography case. Now Google has shared a first look at some photos of undersea life as taken on the Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories March 2

March Feature Drop enables 5G with Dual SIM Dual Standby on Pixel 5/4a 5G

While Pixel devices only have one physical SIM card slot, you can simultaneously add and use an eSIM with Dual SIM Dual Standby. At launch, DSDS on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G dropped users to 4G connectivity, but yesterday’s March security patch enables 5G support.

Google Pixel 5 Stories March 1

Google’s March update fixes Android Auto disconnect, stuck battery indicator on Pixel 5

In addition to the Pixel Feature Drop, the March security patch contains nine functional updates that address some bugs, including one longstanding one, on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G.

Google Pixel 5 Stories February 23

Google to complete shipping free Bose headphones w/ Pixel 5 pre-orders by March 15

Often the US gets some of the best pre-order bonuses for smartphones, but with the Pixel 5, we Europeans were given the gift of a free pair of Bose QC 35 II noise-cancelling headphones so long as orders were placed before a certain date.

Google Pixel 5 Stories February 22

Since the Pixel 3a, it’s been possible to use a physical SIM card and eSIM simultaneously. However, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 does not currently support 5G networks, though that’s changing with Android 12.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories February 18

The current Made by Google lineup is visually defined by a front-facing camera in the top-left corner of the screen. You get used to it over time, but those bothered by the Pixel 5 hole punch can now hide it on Android 12.

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The first Android 12 Developer Preview build includes a new settings page for the Pixel 5, intended to allow it to respond to a “Double tap” gesture on the back, which can activate the Assistant, take a screenshot, and more, but it doesn’t seem to work just yet.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories February 9

Chrome OS’s upcoming Android “Phone Hub” may be getting the ability to mirror your phone’s screen as an exclusive feature for Google Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories February 8

Google’s monthly update on Monday primarily addressed the Pixel 4a 5G’s edge touch recognition issues. However, the February security patch also added support for T-Mobile Standalone (SA) 5G on that phone and the Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories February 2

While the 5G rollout continues at some pace, those in the US with the Pixel 5 and LG Wing will have more to crow about with a C-band upgrade allowing connection to an even wider array of the superfast wireless networks.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories January 27

It’s hard to deny that with the Pixel 5, Google has taken a completely different — and somewhat confusing — path to what we expect given recent “flagships.” At first glance, it seems like a swing and a miss. However, sometimes it takes a step back to really see the bigger picture, and by doing so you can see just why the Pixel 5 might even defy the expectations of even the most ardent Android enthusiast.

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With the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, Google introduced Auto Night Sight so that the signature feature can be accessed without having to explicitly enter the low-light mode. Some people found the automatic nature frustrating, and a new version of Google Camera this week addresses it.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories January 20

New Weezer music video sure features a lot of Pixel 5 units

Weezer today released the lead single off their upcoming album, OK Human.  The music video for “All My Favorite Songs” features a surprising number of Google Pixel 5 devices in what’s presumably a promotion.

Google Pixel 5 Stories January 6

[Update: Fixed] Some Pixel 5 units appear to have volume level issues

The Pixel 5 has already had a pretty rocky start to life, thanks to issues pertaining to display gaps, the battery indicator stalling, a proximity sensor flicker bug, and now some volume level problems.

Google Pixel 5 Stories January 4

Google is following last month’s big Pixel Feature Drop with a bug fixer. The January update addresses six issues for the Pixel 5 and Google’s other current phones.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories December 26, 2020

An ultrawide lens is the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G’s distinguishing camera hardware addition, and at launch, it could be used to take wide astrophotography shots. With Google Camera 8.1 in November, that capability was quietly removed.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories December 14, 2020

[Update: Rolling out] December Pixel 5 patch for Verizon delayed a week, like last month

This month’s Pixel Feature Drop brings a slew of additions to Google phones. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G benefit the most from today’s release, but the Verizon update will not be available until sometime next week.

Google Pixel 5 Stories December 11, 2020

A long-standing device sensor issue that has affected a minority of Pixel owners now appears to be affecting some Pixel 5 units.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories December 10, 2020

Following this week’s Feature Drop, an update to the Pixel Live Wallpaper app introduces “Conveyor Belt” to the Pixel 5. A rather elaborate moving background, it does not appear to be available for the Pixel 4a.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories December 7, 2020

The flaws and constraints of GPS in dense urban environments are well-known by anybody that has used Google Maps in cities, especially downtown. Google is now improving GPS, starting on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, with the help of 3D mapping.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories December 4, 2020

Google’s flagship phone this year has an aluminum unibody, but it is covered in a bioresin coating to allow for wireless charging. A Pixel 5 durability test revealed just how thick the coating is, while we get another look at the metal frame.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories December 3, 2020

With a 2TB (or higher) Google One subscription, you get 10% back on all Google Store purchases. It’s supposed to arrive 30 days after an order has shipped, but Pixel 5 pre-orderers have yet to be credited. Google told us today that Pixel 5 Store credits will be available by Friday.

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We’re late into 2020, which means almost all Android OEMs have released their latest hardware — including Google. If you’re a Pixel enthusiast looking and sizing up the latest lineup, you’re probably wondering, “Which 2020 Pixel is the right device for me?”

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The new Assistant consists of a transparent, compact UI and faster responses thanks to on-device processing. A strange bug this evening is responsible for the new Google Assistant disappearing from some Pixel 4, 4a, 4a 5G, and 5 phones.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories November 29, 2020

Last Sunday, Google kicked off Black Friday week by discounting the Pixel 5 to $649. The first-party US store looks to be having a hard time keeping them in stock as the Pixel 5 has been intermittently sold out over the past 24 hours.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories November 25, 2020

Like every other phone this year, a key part of the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are 5G speeds. In the UK, Google is running a Map-based “Mobile Cinema” game where you can find free movies as part of a Pixel 5 advertisement.

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How do you choose between the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, when both devices share such tightly knit DNA? We’re here to examine the nuances, differences, and help you make that all-important decision.

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Google Pixel 5 Stories November 16, 2020

This month’s security patch for Pixel 5 devices on Verizon was delayed compared to all other unlocked and carrier models. Rolling out now, the November update lets the Pixel 5 access Verizon’s 5G Nationwide network.

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