Google Pixel XL

The much-awaited smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are launched earlier this month. since the announcement, both of the handsets are receiving a termendous response from reviewers, media and public as both of the devices come with lots of mind-blowing features that make the devices stand out from the crowd.

One of the remarkable features of these handsets includes the cloud storage offered by Google. It informed on the launch that the owners of second-generation Pixel phone would have unlimited free cloud storage for original-quality photos and videos only through the end of 2020.

This led to great confusion among the buyers of the last year’s Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones because they were also promised to get unlimited free storage of original Quality photos and videos in Google Photos. So, in order to solve this uncertainty, Android Police reached out to Google for clarification.

When asked, Google said that all the Pixel and Pixel XL customers don’t need to worry about what happens to their photos and videos after a few years as the company would support this feature for them for life. So, it is a big relief for all the Pixel and Pixel XL owners. Actually, Google Photos is a cloud-storage service that lets users save photos and videos in two forms. First is the original image and second is the High-Quality image. Although users don’t need to pay for uploading high-quality content, Google charges some money for storing original quality photos and videos after a set limit of storage is crossed. But Google offers this storage of original quality images for free for the lifetime, with the current Pixel and Pixel XL phone.

However, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL phone will get this feature by the end of 2020. And Google informed that after 2020, although the users of all the Pixel phones will enjoy unlimited original quality photo storage for lifetime, still while uploading, the images will get converted into high-quality. Here readers should note that the high-quality images are slightly lower in quality than the original Quality. S, in this context, it can be concluded that the users of Pixel and Pixel XL will be benefitted more from this unlimited, lifetime original image storage feature provided by Google as, the recently launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will get the feature by the end of 2020.

Android Updates

Google is soon going to roll out a beta version for its Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system. The general preview will be available soon in few months but very few exclusive devices will be having the access to this new operating system.

Adding to the above, VP of the engineering Dave Burke told that the team is rolling out the public beta version. The aim is to make sure all developments have gone right. He also added the list of devices those are enlisted in the Android Beta Program; Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. The team is also expecting to prepare an update for Nexus 6P soon.

Though the beta version is accessible to the limited device, the full version of Android Nougat 7.1.2 will be available slightly later than this beta release. Also, the final release will be again accessible to those limited device listed above. However, the list does not include the name of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Probably they might hit the end of life status with this release.

So what’s the new addition here? Google is preparing to make lesser bug fixations and optimization. This will foster the carriers and users. On a quick note, few changes can be noted. A user will get a ‘multimedia call’ option in the dialer option. Few corrections have also been made in the Bluetooth section. The presence of “high temperature” is probably making its sense for Daydream VR mode.  There are also some Verizon-specific things such as demo mode on the Pixel models.

This new beta mode may not make Quick setting visible on Pixel C devices. If the device will be connected with a physical keyboard, the launcher may crash while searching for apps. On the other hand, Nexus 6 and 9 will not receive Android 7.1.2, however, will be eligible for security updates.

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