I think you’ll agree with me that the Google Pixel 2 XL is one of the best phones of 2017 thanks to some great features that make it one of the best phones of the year. Some of these features are its great performance, really amazing cameras and pure software made in Google.
In MediaTrends we have already offered you a complete review but we have some things left in the ink and you should know if you are thinking about buying it. These are the 10 best tricks and tips for the Google Pixel 2 XL. But first of all, we remind you all the specifications of the Google Pixel 2 XL.
Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 175 grams
Display: 6 “OLED technology, QHD + resolution (2880 × 1440), 538 dpi
Screen function always active, protection Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, (2.35 GHz + 1.9 GHz), 8 cores and 64 bits
Adreno 540 GPU
4GB RAM + 64GB of storage (no micro SD support)
12.2MP main camera, f / 1.8, laser autofocus and phase detection with Dual Pixel technology + optical image stabilization
Front camera 8 MP f / 2.4
4K video resolution at 30 fps
Sensors: rear fingerprints, proximity, Active Edge, barometer, accelerometer/gyroscope
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2 × 2 MIMO (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), GPS, Glonass, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, USB-C 3.1
Others: no FM radio, 3.5mm adapter, compatible with Google DayDream and 2 years warranty
We started talking about the screen, one of the most commented points of this Google Pixel 2 XL since the OLED panel is more than what we would like. But I do not want to talk to you about this since we can get the most out of the screen with various tricks. For example, if you do not like how it is calibrated, you can change the screen settings, with more saturated, natural or reinforced colors from the screen menu.
We continue with the screen because the second advice is to activate or deactivate, (according to what you want), the ambient screen, better known as Always-On-Display. We enter the configuration menu, screen and activate the environment screen.
Activate the “It’s sounding” function
Another trick that has to do with the screen environment is that I recommend that you activate the recognition of the native songs that equip the new Pixel, in the style of the Shazam app. They call it “Now Playing.” It recognizes 17,000 songs that are not few and you see the information on the screen Always-On-Display of this Pixel. How do we activate it? We enter the Settings menu>
How to make a screenshot of the Google Pixel 2 XL
More tricks on the screen. This is very fast. How do we make a screenshot? Well, we press the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Easy.
Unblock it with a double “tap” on the screen
And to close the screen theme, I remind you that this Pixel 2 XL has the function of double tap to unlock the screen and we have seen on other phones. It is a function that is not exclusive to this Pixel but for me, it is very practical. How do we activate it? We enter the configuration menu, the screen menu and then the environment screen. Once there, you can activate this function. Continue Reading- All camera modes of the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Another trick or rather an advice is that you activate the percentage of the battery. By default it does not come so you must activate it. We do it from the battery menu, how could it be otherwise.
Configure the Quick View Widget
As you can see, the Google Pixel 2 XL has the Quick Look widget in the Home that practically all smartphones equip. You can customize the information shown in this Widget by pressing for a few seconds on top of it.
One of the innovations we have seen in this Pixel 2 XL is Google Assistant, the virtual assistant of Google. We have 3 ways to activate it: the “traditional” way by saying “OK Google”, by pressing the Home button or by pressing the sides of the phone. In this way, we can access the assistant. By the way, we can configure the pressure we exert on the sides in applications and notifications, advanced settings, default applications, assistance and voice input and Active Edge. There we can configure the option to press the mobile how we want.
Another great and very useful feature is the Google Lens feature built into the camera app. It is a tool that, thanks to Machine Learning and artificial intelligence, helps us recognize photos or any object. For example, I photograph a bottle of wine and Google Lens recognizes it and offers me information related to it. It is a very interesting tool to the style of Bixby and we can access by pressing theterminal. We can also configure the pressure we exert in the configuration, screen and sensitivity menu when pressing.
Enable smart storage
Another aspect that we commented on the review is the storage of the Google Pixel 2 XL because, although it has a good capacity, 64GB native, we can not expand them with a microSD card. But, we have a tool to get out of the way when we are just space: the smart storage that consists of the phone deleting all the photos and videos with the backup with an age of more than 60 days. We enter the storage menu to activate or deactivate it as we wish.
On the other hand, one of the things that are not usually found in a high-end phone, which we do find in this Pixel 2 XL is the LED notification, a tool that many users continue to appreciate and many of us ask in the reviews. How do we activate it? We access the configuration menu, notifications and there we activate the blinking light option. Continue reading- BEST CAMERA APPS ANDROID 2018
Price and availability
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