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The Pixel 5 makes me wish for a Pixel 6 Mini – Android Police

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Size does matter
I may be one of a small minority of Android and Pixel enthusiasts who really love the Pixel 5. In my opinion, it was the perfect Google phone for 2020, excellent without being too expensive. But putting aside the processor, camera, display, and software, the one factor that made me properly love the Pixel 5 was its size. It’s just right, and I’m feeling reluctant to move back to a larger phone.
I still remember the day I finally received my Pixel 5 a month after ordering it — as always, buying a Pixel in Lebanon meant waiting for it to cross oceans and brave elements to get to me. Upon opening the box, my husband and I both looked at the phone, looked at each other, and laughed. Our first joke was “Is that a phone for ants?” Having both used a Pixel 4 XL and OnePlus 7 Pro for over a year at that point, we were quite accustomed to larger devices with big screens and we found the Pixel 5 teeny-tiny by comparison.
For the better part of a weekend, while I was setting up some apps and testing a few things, I kept joking about the Pixel 5’s size, from calling it “smol” to how my thumbs were fighting with each other while I was typing on it. In a way, it felt like playing with a novelty item and not a serious flagship from one of the largest tech companies in the world — I was mildly curious but not fully convinced. Then, as I kept using it, something gradually changed. I grew accustomed to its smaller display and keyboard. I started loving how pocketable it was, especially in the quasi non-existing pockets of my female pants. And I appreciated its less straining weight on my Carpal-riddled wrists. Even with a case on, I noticed it was so unassuming that I had to keep double-checking it was in my crossover bag when I was out and about.

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 XL. The difference is more noticeable in other angles.
It’s funny how impressionable the brain is. One day the Pixel 4 XL is normal and the 5 is tiny, the next the Pixel 5 is normal and the 4 XL is ginormous. Each time I hold my 4 XL now, I sense its extra heft, notice is massive display, and feel really awkward using it. I can’t wait to go back to the comfy confines of my tiny little Pixel 5, the most unloved of all higher-end Pixels, yet possibly the cutest.
So you can imagine my bittersweet feelings when the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro rumors started rolling in. Google seemed to be eschewing smaller flagships this year and going all-in with massive phones. Good for marketing and making a statement, bad for my wrists.

Massive phones with massive displays.
Yesterday, the rumors were all but confirmed: the Pixel 6 will have a 6.4″ display, the 6 Pro a 6.7″ one. No physical dimensions were officially announced, but since the previous renders were accurate, we can expect the accompanying leaks to be correct in that regard as well. That means the 6 will nearly be the same size as the Pixel 4XL, while the 6 Pro will be even bigger. How big? If you’ve ever held a OnePlus 7 Pro (162.60 x 75.90 x 8.80 mm) or Galaxy S21 Ultra (165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm), it’s within that range. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is larger but shorter (160.80 x 78.10 x 7.40mm).

The above table doesn’t take into consideration the camera bump on the 6 line-up.

Physical dimensions of the Pixel 4 XL, 5, 6, and 6 Pro, proportionately aligned next to each other.
And of course, since I’m a camera aficionado, I can’t give the regular Pixel 6 the time of day because I want that telescopic 4x lens on the Pro. I’ve been waiting years for Google to implement a proper lens like that, and I’d like to know how much more it can zoom when you factor in digital zoom and AI prowess and extrapolation.
So I’ve been trying to psyche myself up about the 6 Pro’s size, telling myself that I’ll get accustomed to it like I did when I moved from the 4 XL to the 5, that my wrists and pockets will hate me for a while but they’ll adjust (or I’ll have to carry crossover bags everywhere), and that my thumbs will get some long overdue gymnastics exercise while trying to reach the top of that screen.
The truth of the matter lies somewhere in the middle. I’m confident I’ll re-adjust, but there’s a part of me that won’t be able to forget the Pixel 5. It helped me re-discover smaller smartphones and appreciate them a lot more than I did when I chose the Pixel 2 XL over the 2, and the 4 XL over the 4, or when I never really considered any Mini or Compact phone from other companies.
I wish Google would offer a Pixel 6 Mini, with all the bells and whistles of the Pro but in a more pocket- and hand-friendly size, but well, wishes are just that.
Plus the color options for all three slates
Rita is a Managing Editor at Android Police. Once upon a time, she was a pharmacist as well. Her love story with Android started in 2009 and has been going stronger with every update, device, tip, app, and game. She lives in France, speaks three languages and a half, and watches a lot of TV series.

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Google Play lists games ‘optimized for Pixel 6’ with Android 12’s Game Dashboard/Modes – 9to5Google

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November 14, 2021
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– Nov. 14th 2021 12:22 pm PT


Android 12 introduces a Game Dashboard that’s currently exclusive to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Besides providing useful tools, Google is encouraging developers to take advantage of Game Mode API. Google Play is now listing games that are “optimized for Pixel 6.”

At the top of the Play Store’s Games tab, some users are seeing an “Optimized for Pixel 6” carousel with a “Boost performance or save power” section. This is in reference to the Game Mode API that developers can support to let users set whether they want a title to prioritize gameplay for longer battery life or peak frame rates.
Update: As people in our comments have observed, Game Mode support is the only optimization needed to be listed in the Play Store list. In our testing, we spotted the Modes on Scrabble Go (casual game) and FIFA Soccer (more intensive title).
End-users can enable the “Game Dashboard” from system Settings > Apps > (under General) Game settings. When opening a compatible title, you’ll get a floating bubble that opens the overlay. In compatible games, the “Optimization” tile – which is underneath the row of screen capture, record, FPS counter, and DND shortcuts and next to YouTube Live streaming – presents three modes:
At the moment, the Game Dashboard is only live on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It does not appear on other Pixel phones running Android 12. Back in July, Google said that the Game Mode API would be available on “select” Android 12 devices later this year and that Samsung is already a partner for the effort, “with more OEMs on the way.”
The full Google Play list of Game Mode-optimized titles for the Pixel 6 is below: 
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Hands-on: PHNX’s Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro ultra-thin case lineup – 9to5Google

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Below we go hands-on with the super-sleek and ultra-thin PHNX case lineup for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. 9to5Google readers can grab a PHNX case now for 20% OFF with our code 9TO5GOOGLE for a limited time.
Check out our hands-on with the PHNX Pixel 6 series case lineup from PHNX below:

The company has made smartphone cases that have been designed specifically with minimalists in mind or just those that hate adding yet more bulk to their pocket. Every single case from PHNX is ideally suited to those that want to not only protect their prized possession but don’t want to lose functionality and — most importantly — form. That’s an important differentiator given the large footprints of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which come in at 6.4-inches and 6.67-inches respectively.
There are a ton of cases out there that claim total device coverage but not very many can offer protection without increasing device bulk quite substantially. PHNX Pixel 6 cases have always taken a different approach for the unique contours of the latest Made by Google smartphone series. Rather than being heavy and bulky, these cases let you enjoy the unique look and feel of your brand new smartphone but without any sort of over-the-top branding or logos — meaning you’re not inadvertently advertising a brand simply by protecting your phone.
At just 0.35mm or 0.01-inches thin, you’ll benefit from an extra layer of protection without needing to make more room in your pocket or sacrifice the curves and contours of either of the massive late-2021 flagship Pixel handsets. If you want to protect your display, all PHNX cases play nicely with screen protectors and other common accessories such as smartphone grips.
Not wanting to hinder access to important buttons and controls, PHNX has paid close attention to access to things such as charge port, volume and power buttons on each of their ultra-thin cases. Every single case for Pixel 6 (or any other device) is lazer cut for precise access to all of the most important portions of your smartphone — including the speakers. There is also a raised lip around the precious rear camera bar/visor to ensure it’s protected when placed on flat surfaces — especially across the curved glass corners.
With the Pixel 6 weighing in at 207g and the Pixel 6 Pro at 210g, neither option would be considered “lightweight” by modern smartphone standards. Luckily each and every PHNX case is for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro adds no noticeable extra mass without sacrificing protection. The color options are simple and refined with Frosted White, Frosted Black and, Matte Black available:
All PHNX cases ship within just one business day and are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. 9to5Google readers can hit the links below to grab a PHNX case now with 20% OFF with our code 9TO5GOOGLE for a limited time:
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