You can get $200 off the Pixel 2 XL when you finance it through the Google Store

If you’re in the market for a new Android device, Google has a pretty nice little deal going on for the Google Pixel 2 XL. Their latest promo is taking $200 off the phone when you finance it through the Google Store.

The deal is only valid until March 31st, so you’ll need to act quick. With 0% interest, there’s little reason to not take advantage of this offer. With the deal, this effectively brings down the price of the Pixel 2 XL to $650 for the 64GB or $750 for the 128GB and you can’t beat that deal with a stick.

As an added bonus, Google is even throwing in a free 18W USB C Power Adapter, so you can keep a spare in your bag, bedroom, or whatever. Just add it to your cart and checkout, and you’ll see the price dropped to free.

Purchase a Pixel 2 between March 18, 2018 at 12am PT, and March 31, 2018 at 11:59pm PT, and redeem one (1) 18W USB-C power adapter by Google. Available only while supplies last. Both products must be added to your shopping cart to receive the bundle offer, and is not valid on previous orders. Offer cannot be combined with any promotional codes, or bundle offers running at the same time. It’s non-transferable, and isn’t valid for cash or a cash equivalent. Shipping charges may apply. Void where prohibited.

The $200 appears as a statement credit on your account up to billing period after the promotion ends, so don’t freak out if you don’t see it right away. You can have only one statement credit per account, so don’t bother buying these in bulk.

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Google offering $200 credit if you buy a Pixel 2 XL along with a free charger

If you have been on the hunt for a solid deal on the Google Pixel 2 XL, Google might have just the right one for you.

Google has kicked off a limited time promotion that offers a $200 statement credit for anyone who picks up a Pixel 2 XL with the Google Store financing option. If you opt for the deal, that means you will be paying $649 for the 64GB option and $749 for the 128GB model. The price of the phone is spread out over 24 months by way of the monthly financing.

Google is also offering a free 18W USB-C power adapter if you buy a Pixel 2 XL. This offer isn’t limited to picking up the new smartphone with a financing option, either, so if you prefer to just buy the Pixel 2 XL outright, you just need to add the power adapter to your cart and Google will automatically deduct the price for the accessory at checkout.

Google will be offering both of these promotions until Saturday, March 31.

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Deal: Get the Google Pixel 2 XL for $200 off with financing, free 18W charger included

Even though the Pixel 2 XL is almost half a year old, it is still one of the best Android smartphones you can buy. It is also one of the more expensive Android smartphones around. Google hopes to mitigate that by giving you $200 back if you buy the phone through Google Store Financing.

To get the statement credit, make sure to have a Google Store Financing account open. Whether you can open an account or not is contingent on credit approval.

Also, the $200 could take up to two billing periods after the promotion ends to show up on your account. To help with the wait, Google also offers its 18W USB Type-C power adapter for free if you buy the Pixel 2 XL. The phone already includes a beefy power adapter, so you could use the spare for travel purposes or just have it plugged into another outlet.

Lastly, you have from now through March 31 to get the $200 in statement credit and free USB Type-C power adapter.

The Pixel 2 XL goes for $849, or for $35.38 each month through Google Store Financing. The 18W USB Type-C adapter, meanwhile, goes for $35 and includes a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable.

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As a quick recap, the Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch, 18:9 display with a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, a 12.2 MP camera, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, either 64 or 128 GB of storage, and a 3,520 mAh battery. The phone eliminates the headphone jack, but features stereo front-facing speakers.

Finally, the Pixel 2 XL runs a clean version of Android 8.1 Oreo, with guaranteed updates for at least three years.

You can pick up the Pixel 2 XL, along with the 18W USB Type-C adapter, at the link below.

Google Camera 5.2 for Pixel and Nexus phones gets new features

  • Google Camera version 5.2 gets a revamped settings page with icons akin to the global Android settings.
  • A new feature is the ability to double-tap the camera viewfinder to either zoom or switch cameras.
  • The app will also now give you a warning notification when your camera lens is dirty.

The Google Camera app that is on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and some select Nexus devices is getting an update today, bringing the app to version 5.2. Most of the changes in this update can be found in the settings menu, but there are a few brand new features as well. There is a workaround for people who own non-Google devices, but it may be a while before these new features make it to the third-party app.

First up, the settings page now features graphical icons to help you navigate around. The icons look a lot like the global settings currently found in Android Oreo, not the colorful settings found in Android P.

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Savvy camera users will note that the grid options that used to be on the top bar of the camera viewfinder are now located in the camera settings. The options are the same (off, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, and golden ratio) but now just a little harder to get to. You might be happy that the setting was moved because most people don’t switch grids too often, or you might be upset that there are now more taps to change your grid.

Next up is a new feature that allows you to change what double-tap does. You can now have it zoom (the default setting) or switch the camera. If you don’t really use zoom too much but take a lot of selfies, you’ll probably love this new change.

Another brand new feature is the “Show dirty lens warning” toggle. This does exactly what you think: it warns you when the camera app thinks your lens is dirty. If you’re like us, you’ll just wipe the lens on your shirt when you get the warning, because we’re professionals. The toggle is set to “Off” by default.

If you have a Pixel or supported Nexus phone, let us know in the comments how the new camera features work out for you!

The tech behind Resonance Audio, Pixel 2 portrait mode are now open source

  • Google announced that the semantic image segmentation technology that powers portrait mode in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is now open source.
  • Additionally, Google moved Resonance Audio to open source, which creates spatial sound applications for VR and AR games.
  • Many Google technologies are open source, with the most famous being Android, of course.

If you wish you had the photo portrait mode feature on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, you’re in luck: Google just made the tech behind portrait mode open source, allowing anyone to use it.

Portrait mode creates an artificial depth-of-field effect in a photo, essentially keeping the focal point of the picture in focus while blurring out the background. This type of photography used only to be available with professional photography equipment, but now many smartphones include the feature in their native camera apps.

To create the portrait mode effect, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use what Google refers to as “semantic image segmentation,” which is a fancy term for assigning labels to each pixel in a given photo. For example, the software identifies a human face, or a road, or a tree, etc., and uses that information to determine what should be blurred out and what should remain in focus.

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Google’s research blog goes into great technical depth into how semantic image segmentation works, if you care to dig deeper. But for most people, all you really need to know is that this powerful feature is now open source, which means other smartphones will be able to incorporate Pixel 2-quality portrait mode.

In related news, Google also made Resonance Audio open source. Primarily used in virtual reality or augmented reality apps, Resonance Audio creates a sense of space through audio signals. For example, if you’re playing an AR game, and the game wants you to hear a sound coming from behind you, Resonance Audio enables that to happen.

The whole concept is similar to 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, which have been around for years in both movies and games. But Google giving an open source license to technology that enables AR and VR game developers to easily incorporate spatial sound aspects into their games is terrific news.

While Google’s Android operating system is probably its most famous open source product, the company has a good history of making even its most prized technology open source eventually. However, sometimes it has dubious reasons for pushing an open source technology, like the alleged ulterior motives of gaining advertising revenue through its AMP web development technology.