The Pixel and Pixel XL are very official now. After weeks of leaks and rumors, Google has provided all of the information potential buyers may need to make a decision on whether to purchase these phones. So, are you?
To recap, the Pixel and Pixel XL are nearly identical in the specs and software department, with exception to the difference in overall in-hand and display size. Pixel display size is 5-inch, while the Pixel XL is 5.5-inch. Without diving deep into what they feature, here’s what they don’t feature: Wireless charging, water resistance, expandable storage, and maybe more importantly, affordable pricing. The Pixel starts at $649, while the Pixel XL starts at $769. For Google devices, that’s rather steep.
What’ll it be?
When mobile payments were first starting to become mainstream, the main issue folks had was the support or lack there of for their personal bank. For example, if you had Wells Fargo, but Android Pay didn’t support it, you obviously would not be using the service.
Now that mobile payments have matured quite a bit, with tons of banks supported by both Samsung Pay and Android Pay, it’s more than likely that you have a card that’s usable on either service. The question remains, though, do you even use it?
For me, my bank does not support Android Pay or Samsung Pay, which is something I despise them for. I will continue to publicly shame them on social media until they do.
What about you, do you mobile payment?
Here’s a fun topic for the day. Let’s talk about the apps you absolutely love and probably can’t live without, but that also happen to be quite underrated. What I mean by that is the apps that you don’t necessarily see written up on Android sites all of the time, that don’t get splashy press releases every time they are updated, are a third party solution to something that Google offers, or perhaps, they are an OEM app (like something from Samsung) that is actually pretty good and is an acceptable piece of bloatware.
We’re looking for your most underrated Android apps. (more…)
October 4, which is next week, is a
big major day for Android fans. Not only will Google be unveiling its new lineup of Pixel smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), but we suspect Google will also make available the following products: Google Home (powered by Google Assistant), Google WiFi, its Daydream headset for VR fans, as well as a 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra dongle.
While you may think that the Pixel devices are easily the most significant announcements coming, I would argue that Google Home and a 4K-ready Chromecast device might give them a run. The Pixel phones will be exciting for a bit, but the idea of Google bringing Google Assistant into everyone’s home via Google Home is a bit more tantalizing, especially when we’ve heard rumors about its $129 price.
Also, we know for a fact that Chromecast has been one of Google’s most successful products, and with the dongle getting a boost up to 4K capability, that could be very exciting for anyone using a 4K panel in their living room.
Let’s hear what has you the most excited for next week.
You have now had a week to adopt Allo and implement it into your daily life, but have you? On a personal level, while I admit the app is cool, it simply does not offer me enough to kick the habit of Hangouts and standard text messaging. Maybe if a desktop client was made available and there were a few features I couldn’t live without, I could see myself continuing to use it. Not only that, but attempting to get all of my friends and family onto Allo just doesn’t seem all that appealing.
As Googlers on social media have made clear, what we see today is only the beginning. Google will continue to change Allo and add features; features that we hope will draw us into using it more. Until then, Allo isn’t for me.
Let us know why you are or are not continuing to use Google’s new messaging service.
No one can argue that in the past few years, smartphone cameras have improved tremendously. However, some are definitely better at it than others, so we want to know how important mobile photography is to you.
The last time we asked this question, the majority of people claimed that while picture taking was important, it wasn’t a deciding factor when selecting a phone. 25% of voters claimed they make their purchasing decisions based on the camera, which is saying quite a bit.
Let us know your opinion on the state of mobile photography currently. Has it essentially replaced that fancy DSLR of yours yet?
Remember Android Wear smartwatches? They used to be pretty cool, but as of late, no manufacturer has produced anything to get the consumer base excited. We expect Huawei and ASUS will be unveiling new watches here pretty soon, but the maker behind arguably the most popular Android Wear devices, Motorola (Moto 360 lineup), may not ever release another. At least, we won’t assume they are until evidence suggests otherwise.
Being an Android Wear user myself, I have not been inspired to strap one on, and I’m basically over the idea of having yet another piece of tech to charge on a nightly basis. This may make me sound lazy, but I assure you, I can’t possibly be the only one.
Our question to you is, do you still rock a smartwatch? If you stopped using yours, let us know the main reason why. Too much hassle? No essential functionality? If you do continue to use a smartwatch, what keeps you coming back?
There was a time back in the day, probably around the time of the Galaxy Nexus, where removable batteries were a big deal. As time passes, they don’t seem to be all that exciting anymore. Phones with high capacity built-in batteries last through a day of usage just fine, so people don’t seem to be flocking to the idea of removable anymore.
Samsung, a company that used to ship nearly all of its devices with removable batteries, has stepped away completely from that design. Thinking on it a bit harder, it seems that LG is one of the only few remaining major OEMs that utilizes removable batteries in its high-end flagship devices. Is that a good or bad thing? That’s what we’re here to find out.
Below, give us your answer, then your reasoning why in the comments section.