Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Getting the Most Out of Your Google Pixel Phone

Many here applaud the Google Pixel Phone (which is one of our top 4 smartphone picks, along with the Samsung Galaxy J5 (most economic), Samsung Galaxy S5 (removable battery and microSD card are great features), and Samsung Galaxy S8 (if you want a huge screen and the most features) and we know it's a favorite of at least one loyal subscriber. Courtesy of cnet, here are some cool tips:

That weather widget

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Next to the Google search shortcut on your main home screen, Google now places current weather conditions directly on the home screen. You can't remove it or disable it, as far as I can tell.
Tapping on the current conditions will open the weather section of the Google App where you can view a more detailed forecast.

Quick Google searches

The Google search bar that's been a staple of Android home screens since its debut is nowhere to be found on the Pixel. Instead, at the top left you'll find a white Google button. Tapping on the button expands the search bar, where you can then search the web or your device as you normally would.

Swipe up

To access the app drawer on a Google Pixel, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. As you'll quickly discover, there's no longer a button dedicated to launching the app drawer. Instead, you're given a fifth spot on the bottom app dock in which to store your favorite apps.
When in the app drawer, you'll find a few suggested apps just below a search bar specific to within the app drawer. Scroll up or down to view your apps, and then close the app drawer either by pressing the home button or swiping the drawer back down.

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Turn off app suggestions

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
For those who don't really care to have apps suggested to you every time you open the app drawer, you can turn it off with just a few taps.
Long-press on an empty area of your home screen and tap on the Settings icon. Slide the switch next to App suggestions to the Off position, then tap on Turn Off when prompted.

Remove Google App access from home screen

Left: Google app access is turned off. Right: Google app is available with a swipe to the left on the homescreeen.Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
By default, you can swipe to the right on your home screen to view your Google Now feed. If you never use this feature and would rather turn it off, you now can.
Long-press on an empty area of your home screen and tap on the Settings icon. In the settings screen, slide the switch next to Show Google app to the Off position.
You can still access your Google feed by opening the Google app from the app drawer.

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