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Google Pixel Specification
Android version Android 8.0 Oreo
Screen size 5-inch FHD AMOLED
Resolution 1920×1080 pixels
PPI 441 ppi
Primary camera
12.3MP, 1.55μm pixels, phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus, f/2.0 Aperture


Front camera
8MP, 1.4µm pixels, f/2.4 Aperture, fixed focus


Qualcomm® Snapdragon 821 ,2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64Bit Quad-Core


Storage 32GB or 128GB
Expandable storage up to N/A
Battery 2,770mAh (nonremovable)
Ports USB Type-C, headphone jack
Weight 143 g
Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm
Other features Rear-facing fingerprint sensor
Color options Very Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue
Carrier availability Unlocked (all carriers), Project Fi, Verizon
Base price off-contract ~$650
In-box accessories USB Type-C™ 18W adaptor with USB-PD, A-C cable (USB 3.1 Gen 2), C-C cable (USB 2.0), SIM tool, Quick Switch Adapter

Google Pixel Stories Today

With the launch of the Pixel 6 and Android 12, At a Glance saw a big redesign. In November, we detailed how the visual revamp was a prelude to Google adding even more capabilities. That At a Glance upgrade, with interesting changes to the backend, is now beginning to roll out. 

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Google Pixel Stories January 17

How to contact Google support and give product feedback

No Google app on Android or iOS is without bugs and issues. Fortunately, there’s a way you can contact support and leave feedback for Google app developers. Follow this guide to learn how.

Google Pixel Stories January 10

Made by Google is continuing its monthly drop of new “Curated Culture” Pixel wallpapers in 2022, though January’s additions do not coincide with a specific event/month/day.

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Google Pixel Stories January 7

Last week, Google unintentionally showed a storm warning meant for the Philippines worldwide. Following that incident, severe weather alerts in the Pixel Launcher’s At a Glance widget appear to have been disabled entirely.

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Google Pixel Stories January 5

The January 2022 update for Pixel phones fixes Android 12’s inability to use your phone’s volume rocker to adjust Chromecast volume, at least for most apps.

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Google Pixel Stories January 4

While the next Pixel 6 update is not arriving until later this month, Google today detailed what the January security patch addresses.

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Following last month’s big update, the Android 12 January security patch is rolling out today for the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a. This update is not yet available for the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel Stories December 23, 2021

Google shares ‘Getting to Know Your Pixel’ guide in ASL [Video]

In the coming days, many people will be setting up new phones that they received as presents. Google has released a video in ASL that walks those that are “hard of hearing or profoundly Deaf” through helpful Pixel accessibility features like Live Transcribe and Caption.

Google Pixel Stories December 20, 2021

One of the biggest selling points of Google’s Pixel device is that they get quick and timely updates, but the past few months have seemingly put a break in that streak. This month, it seems like a lot of Pixel 6 owners have yet to see the December 2021 update which includes the latest Feature Drop. Do you have it yet?

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Google Pixel Stories December 15, 2021

The latest update of 2021 is rolling out today with the Android 12 December security patch for the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.

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Pixel Launcher, ‘At a Glance’ unintentionally sends out Philippines storm warning globally

A year ago, the Pixel Launcher and At a Glance widget started showing severe weather alerts. However, an error today caused Google to send out a “Public Storm Warning” that was just meant for the Philippines around the world, with Pixel users particularly impacted.

Google Pixel Stories December 14, 2021

The Pixel 6 ushered in the final iteration of Material You on Android 12, as well as a redesigned Google Translate app that could take advantage of the Tensor chip. Now, that redesigned Google Translate app is heading to more Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel Stories December 8, 2021

One of the best features of the new Assistant is Continued Conversation, where your Pixel’s microphone briefly stays open after a response has been given to allow follow-ups. For the past week or so, Continued Conversation on all Google phones, including the Pixel 6, has been broken.

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At the end of October, Google announced a mid-cycle update to Android 12 focused on foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS. Beta 1 of Android 12L is now available as the first release for Pixel phones enrolled in the Beta Program.

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Google has been under scrutiny this week as multiple reports of mail-in Pixel repairs resulted in compromised accounts and leaked photographs. Now, the company is saying that this breach of privacy wasn’t at the hands of Google employees, and the company will apparently update instructions for mail-in Pixel repairs and help customers lock down their data.

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Google Pixel Stories December 7, 2021

Yesterday’s December patch introduced a slew of fixes that add polish to key Android 12 experiences like homescreen widgets. One such change addresses how Material You customization was largely incomplete due to the absence of widgets.

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Google Pixel Stories December 6, 2021

The very latest Pixel Feature Drop has arrived alongside the December 2021 security patch, and it brings with it the very first set of new features for Android 12 devices — which means that we’ve gone hands-on.

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How to factory reset Google Pixel and other Android phones remotely

There are countless reasons you may want to factory reset your Google Pixel or other Android device remotely. No matter the reason, if your device is out of your hands, you always want to have the option to factory reset it. Here’s how you can do that.

Android 12 offers wallpaper-based colors to apps and the system, and it really shines in Material You’s design on Pixel phones. With today’s latest update, Google Pixel devices can now extend those colors to the boot animation.

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In addition to a Feature Drop and the latest security patch, the December 2021 update addresses a whole slew of Android 12 issues for the Pixel 3a to 6 Pro. An organized list of those fixes is available below.

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Given that this year’s big Android release rolled out to Pixel phones later than expected, there was no quarterly update that bundled together new user-facing capabilities in September. Google is now back with a Pixel Feature Drop to accompany Android 12 and the December security patch.

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Smartphone repairs can be frustrating if you don’t live nearby a location that can handle the issue, and for many Pixel users, that’s exactly the problem they face. As such, mail-in repairs are a popular means of fixing broken Pixel devices. For a couple of users, though, that process has turned into a nightmare with mail-in Google Pixel repairs resulting in “hacked” accounts and more.

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Google Pixel Stories December 3, 2021

New Pixel ‘Curated Culture’ wallpapers mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

For December, Google’s monthly Pixel Curated Culture wallpaper collection is celebrating “International Day of Persons with Disabilities.”

Google Pixel Stories December 2, 2021

Over the years, Google has made several attempts to release a wearable that can compete with the Apple Watch. New Pixel Watch rumors today provide additional details.  

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Google’s Android 12 update is huge and exciting, but it also came with an unorthodox timeline and quite a few more bugs than usual. Now, it’s becoming pretty clear that Android 12 is also causing some connectivity/signal issues with Google Pixel phones, including the newly released Pixel 6 series.

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Google Pixel Stories November 30, 2021

Every fall, the latest Google Camera features debut on the flagship Pixel before rolling out to older phones. Version 8.4 of Camera now looks to be rolling out to older Google devices with changes that first debuted on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel Stories November 29, 2021

How to use Google Pixel safety features including car crash detection, emergency location sharing

With Android 12, the Google Pixel has a ton of safety features that can get you help when you need it. Features like Car crash detection and Emergency SOS are extremely useful. Setting up and activating these features can even save your life. Here’s how you can do that.

Google Pixel Stories November 22, 2021

With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Now Playing gained a manual lookup capability that appears as a search button on the homescreen. The next Pixel update to Now Playing will introduce the ability to favorite songs and a bottom bar redesign.

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Google Pixel Stories November 18, 2021

With the launch of the Pixel 6, Google only had phone cases and the 30W charger available as day one accessories. You can now pre-order the Pixel Stand (2nd gen) with delivery scheduled for mid-December.

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Google Pixel Stories November 16, 2021

Google nets Giannis Antetokounmpo as ‘new face’ of the Pixel 6

The Pixel 6 has seen more advertising than any past Google device, and the marketing campaign is continuing with Giannis Antetokounmpo becoming the “new face” of the NBA’s “Official Fan Phone.”

Google Pixel Stories November 15, 2021

Latest ‘Curated Culture’ Pixel wallpapers celebrate the animals of Indigenous Peoples

While the initial Android 12 updates for older Pixel phones have not brought over Material You/Dynamic Color backgrounds from Google’s flagship phones, the latest “Curated Culture” wallpapers for November are now available.

Google Pixel Stories November 11, 2021

Pixel Superfans get ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ socks and Google Tensor sticker

Ahead of the Pixel 6 launch, Google made a big push to expand its “Superfans” community. Similar to last year, the company is offering some Pixel Superfans a gift in the form of “6 Pro” socks and stickers.

Google Pixel Stories November 10, 2021

Making the most of Android 12 widgets with customization

Android not only offers a lot of new AI-driven processing capabilities, but it also adds a little flare to the quality of life department. With the addition of Material You, wallpapers mesh well with the UI adding a cohesiveness that many people love about their Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. In addition, Google’s widgets play along well and are easy to customize, allowing you to tailor the Android 12 experience even better.

The final version of Android 12 rolled out in mid-October with the November security patch serving as the first bug-fixer. Some Pixel owners today are being prompted to install the Android 12 OTA again in an update that does not appear to change anything.

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Google Pixel Stories November 4, 2021

The first foldable Pixel phone is set to arrive in 2022, and it will not use the same high-end camera sensors found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel Stories November 2, 2021

With the launch of the November security patch yesterday, Google did not release factory or OTA images for the Pixel 3. The 2018 flagships officially hit the guaranteed update period in October with Android 12, but Google told us today that one more update is coming.

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Google Pixel Stories November 1, 2021

The November security patch is rolling out now to all supported Pixel phones – the 3/XL is currently dropped – as the first update to Android 12. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners received the November update last week, but Google is only today detailing what’s included.

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The first update to Android 12 is rolling out today with the November security patch for the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel Stories October 27, 2021

The Pixel 6 has introduced a centralized settings page to manage your phone, app, and Google Account. This Security “Hub” is now appearing on older Pixel phones running Android 12. 

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At the 2021 Android Dev Summit, Google announced Android 12L as a “feature drop” for foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS, but it will also be coming to phones, and Pixel devices – in the future – can sign-up for a Beta.

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Google Pixel Stories October 26, 2021

One of the best features of Google Pixel phones is Call Screen, an easy way to handle spam calls without actually picking up the phone. This week, the feature is officially expanding past the US, Canada, and Japan to seven new regions.

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Google Pixel Stories October 25, 2021

While the Pixel 6 series is getting all of the attention this week, Google just released a fun new Pixel 5a ad that lists over 100 reasons to get the company’s latest mid-range phone, and it’s pretty clear that former LG users are the target.

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Android 12 started rolling out last week, and Google today explained and defended the new “Internet” tile in Quick Settings by citing user research studies. That said, it promises an upcoming usability tweak.

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Google Pixel Stories October 21, 2021

Google Pixel ‘Mandalorian’ wallpapers removed as 5G AR app set to disappear this month

As the second season of The Mandalorian was all the rage last year, Google did a number of tie-ins with the Star Wars show. Those cross-promotions are now coming to an end, with The Mandalorian wallpapers disappearing on Google Pixel today and the app set to follow.

Google Pixel Stories October 19, 2021

‘Community Lens’ Pixel wallpapers show off Googlers’ photography skills [Download]

The latest collection of wallpapers available to Pixel owners, “Community Lens,” offers some incredible shots including quite a few photos taken by Google employees.

Android 12 with October security patch live, download Pixel factory images & OTAs

Alongside the new phones, Google today is launching Android 12 for current Pixel devices. In addition to Material You, revamped Quick Settings, and a slew of other Android 12 additions, it features the October security patch. If it hasn’t rolled out to your device yet, Google just posted the official OTA and factory images.

At the Pixel Launch Event, Google fully detailed the Pixel 6 Pro after weeks of pre-unveils and teases. All the expected flagship specifications were confirmed, while pricing and availability is now official.

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Google Pixel Stories October 15, 2021

Google is rolling out an update to the “Sounds” app on Pixel phones that introduces a Material You redesign, as well as the new “Material Adventures” collection.

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