2016 is quickly wrapping up and that means that phone manufacturers aren’t necessarily planning to show off anything new for a while. The next wave of phone releases likely won’t happen until the end of Q1 next year. So, there is a pretty good chance you have purchased a phone this year and have settled in as we await the arrival of what’s next.
For today’s question, we simply want to know – what is your current phone? If you want, feel free to talk about why your current phone is the phone you decided on. Let’s the hear the good and the bad, how long you plan to keep it, etc. You hear us rant about all of this stuff, so now it’s your turn.
Android tablets. Over the years, it seems companies aren’t producing them as much as they used to, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are on the decline. However, there hasn’t been that many major Android tablet releases lately, with exception to the Pixel C from last year. Beyond that, it appears Google is really focusing on bringing Android and Android applications to Chromebooks, a part of the company’s ecosystem that seems to be doing quite well.
That leads us to today’s poll question: Are you currently using an Android tablet?
Personally, the last time I touched a tablet was when the Pixel C first came out. After using it for about a week, I realized that Android on a bigger screen isn’t all that exciting. Sure, it has its uses, like better media consumption, but nothing truly invigorating is being brought to the table. With Android N and multi-window support, things are getting better, but there’s still not enough to make me use one often.
Answer the question, then let us know the reasoning behind that decision.
This morning, shortly after Samsung announced that it had permanently ended the life of the Galaxy Note 7, we shared with you a handful of phones that would be solid replacements. While none can fully match the feature set of the Galaxy Note 7 (How sad is that, by the way?), deciding on something new is a given at this point, because there are legitimate safety concerns over the Note ownership. Keeping it is probably not in anyone’s best interest.
At the end of that recommendation post, we asked for you to weigh in on what you thought would be a good replacement. Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with the choices we laid out, but since a number of people have continued to ask us, we figured it was time for a poll. So, let’s do this – which phone would you choose after the Galaxy Note 7?
The smartphone release cycle is pretty set in stone these days. We know that Samsung brings us a new Galaxy S towards the end of Q1, followed by launches from LG and HTC. We know that Motorola then shows up in the summer, while the Galaxy Note arrives end of summer, just before iPhones and Google’s phones. LG now seems to want to finish off the year with a V-series phone as well. In between all of that, Huawei is trying to find a good spot to get phones in your face, as is OnePlus and some other upstart brands.
All of that means you probably have a pretty good idea when you want to upgrade because you probably already know which manufacturers to keep an eye on. What we want to know – something we haven’t asked in a year – is how often you actually do upgrade to new phones during the yearly cycle? Do you have cash to blow and upgrade whenever you want a new phone? Are you a 2-year adventurer? Or do you fall somewhere in between 2-year upgrades and whenever the hell you feel like it?
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.