Google Drops the First-Gen Pixel from Its Online Store
Google has ceased selling the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on its web site. The phones were available as recently as last month, but have since been removed. Now, people shopping for phones via Google's online device store will only find the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel and Pixel XL were first released in the fall of 2016 and are at the end of their retail life. The phones are still available from some third-party sellers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Verizon Wireless. The phones will continue to receive support from Google through October 2019.
Google's own Clear Case for the Pixel XL lets users focus on the phone rather than a busy design, but it falls short in covering some basics. It's an inexpensive option, to be sure, and yet you can probably find better ways to spend your money.
Google's Pixel XL is one of the company's finest efforts, even if it isn't perfect. This high-end Android slab wraps top specs in an aluminum shell — but the hardware isn't the real story here.
OtterBox's Commuter case for the Pixel XL is a rugged, rubber-and-plastic shell that provides plenty of protection for your pricey smartphone slab. The Commuter delivers more safeguarding against drops than many other options for the Pixel XL.
Google this week released the first public beta of Android O, the next version of its core mobile platform. Android O has a handful of interesting new features, including picture-in-picture, notification dots, autofill for app logins, easy text selection, and much more.
Unlocked smartphones let you use your device on the carrier of your choice, whether at home or travelling overseas. Though unlocked phones tend to be pricey, you can't really put a price on the freedom they offer.