Android 8.1 update brings Pixel 2 features to 2016 Pixel twins

2016 Pixel phones to receive search bar update and more


  • Lion5

    Am I the only one who hates the screen-width search bar? Especially on the bottom. I love the original Pixel pill and weather layout.

    • Jason yeaman

      I agree, I don’t like it either. I love Pixel pill and weather layout as well. I hope there is a option in 8.1 Oero update to bring that back.

    • Lion5

      I might have to install Nova Launcher if there is no option. My Pixel XL and Note 8 are the first phones I’ve owned where I did not feel the need to install Nova. It’s installed on all my other phones.

    • Garrett Cooper

      I used the stock Pixel launcher on my XL for 3-4 months. Previously, I ran Nove Prime on all my devices. While the Pixel launcher was the best stock one I’ve used, I finally set up Nova on my XL about a month ago, and am much happier. My feed doesn’t work as well, but everything else is much better.

      The only OS improvement I want on my XL is an always on display. Really miss it from my old G5.

    • thereasoner

      I preferred the pill as well but I’ve been running the 8.1 preview for several weeks now and no longer miss it.

    • Lion5

      I just hate the look of it. So much wasted space. Simply unnecessary.

    • Gordon Lutz

      I love it.

    • I love the new search bar too!

  • Eric Mulder

    But will it did the GPS issues that are plaguing the original Pixel and Pixel XL? I’ve gone through 3 phones already, all with the same issue. Can’t connect with GPS satellites after a couple months of use.

    • Brian G.

      They don’t want you triangulating on them Mulder 😉

  • Garrett Cooper

    All I want is an always on display. Will that ever come to the original Pixels?