Week 40 in review: Pixels, Pixels everywhere

No more Nexuses, it’s Pixels now. Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on Tuesday and it was undoubtedly the single most captivating event of the week. Record-setting DxOMark scores, IP53 certification (better than none, but not on par with the competition), Huawei’s involvement in the development (or lack thereof) – a whole lot of interesting Pixel-related topics made the news.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 resumed sales this week after the whole recall ordeal, and yet a supposedly safe unit still caught fire. No fires around the Sony Xperia XZ – it just quietly went on sale.

A lesser Galaxy, the Galaxy A8 (2016), also got released and the Gear S3 pre-orders opened this week. Another story involving Samsung broke as well – apparently, the Korean company will be manufacturing Qualcomm’s future Snapdragon 830.

Follow the links below for more details on the above, plus some other hot topics from the past few days.

Google's own: Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled

These have more Google genes than even the Nexus phones before them.

Detailed Pixel smartphone camera review by DxO

What stands behind that 89 score.

Confirmed: Google's Pixel and Pixel XL have IP53 dust and water resistance

While it’s good to get the rumored spec officially acknowledged, this still doesn’t live up to what the Pixels’ biggest competitors can boast.

Huawei was supposed to build the Google Pixel phones, but...

A report comes from Android Police which offers an inside look at what happened between Google and Huawei during negotiations.

India pricing for Google's new Pixel phones revealed

The company has revealed that the Pixel will start at INR 57,000 (around $855) in the country.

The Nexus line is dead, Nexus 5X and 6P pulled from the Google Store

Google has officially confirmed that it has “no plans” for any more Nexus products.

Here is the changelog for Android 7.1 for Pixel and non-Pixel devices

Google did not exactly release an update log for the Android 7.1 update but Android Police managed to get their hands on it from a source, and it lists all the changes that will be present on Pixel as…

Daydream View is Google Cardboard on steroids

The headset is a lot like already available devices like Samsung’s Gear VR, and then it isn’t

Samsung launches the Galaxy Note7 worldwide, again

Hopefully the second time is the charm.

Galaxy Note7 deemed safe catches fire on a plane

The disturbing event happened in Louisville, Kentucky, on a Southwest flight, while the plane was still at the gate.

Sony Xperia XZ goes on sale around the world

The Spanish site already updated the “Pre-order” buttons to “Buy”.

Sony Xperia XZ hits US, Netherlands and Germany

Major retailers and carriers in the Netherlands have it in stock, and so does Best Buy in the US.

Samsung Gear S3 is now available to pre-order

The Samsung Gear S3, which was made official at this year’s IFA conference in Berlin, is now available to pre-order. Specifically, UK-based retailer MobileFun currently has the wearable device listed …

Lenovo launches Moto Z and Moto Z Play in India

Also available is the entire range of Moto Mod accessories.

Motorola posts full list of phones that will get Android 7.0 Nougat update

The update will start rolling out sometime in Q4.

Samsung to produce all the Snapdragon 830 chips on a 10nm process

Industry sources claim the Korean giant has signed a deal to be Qualcomm’s exclusive manufacturer for the SoC.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge getting September security update

Currently rolling out in Europe, the update also includes support for Samsung Cloud.

Official-looking Xiaomi Mi Note 2 teaser confirms dual rear camera setup

The position of the sensors is similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) goes on sale, South Korea gets it first

The device is currently an SK Telecom-exclusive in South Korea, and carries a price tag of KRW 649,000 ($583).