If You Just Got a Pixel or Pixel XL, Watch These Videos First

Yesterday was technically Pixel launch day (share those thoughts on yours!), so as those orders arrive over the next few days, you may want to take a minute to run through some of our early videos for Google’s new phone. Like with most flagship phone launches, we put together a series of short videos to highlight some of the better features of the Pixel and Pixel XL.  (more…)

Video: What’s New in Android 7.1.1 on Nexus

Moments after Google released factory images and OTA .zip files of the Android 7.1.1 developer preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C, we flashed it and accepted the over-the-air beta to see what other kinds of goodies were baked in that didn’t make the 7.1 announcement. We posted a few of the changes to Twitter, but figured a short video was needed for the others.

So far, we’ve found the new 24/7 support tab that we thought might be a Pixel-only feature, new Moves section (think Moto Actions), the restart option in the power menu, slight tweak to quick toggles, Smart Storage settings, and more. We haven’t yet found Night Light, which appears to have been left out. (Sad face)

What else are you seeing in the newest Android beta?  (more…)

Video: Google Assistant on the Pixel

Google is really going to push the Google Assistant on its Pixel phones. You know that already, of course, because Google started off its October 4 Pixel event by talking about the Assistant and AI for a good 15 minutes before ever announcing a thing. This is the future of Google’s software advancements and with it front and center on their new phones (soon Google Home too), it’ll only get better, smarter, and more valuable the more you use it.  (more…)

Video: 20+ Galaxy Note 7 Tips and Tricks

Our review may be long since done, but it’s entirely possible that you have yet to master Samsung’s TouchWiz. Especially on the Galaxy Note 7, this device packed full of features, often times hidden, so we’re hitting you with a 20+ Tips and Tricks video.

During the video, I’ll show you how to enable RAW shooting and voice commands through the camera app, how to customize the look of the UI with Samsung Themes, as well as disable that extremely annoying Flipboard Briefing window on the stock Home application.

Buckle in, it’s a long one.  (more…)

Video: Google Allo First Look and Tour!

Google Allo launched last night and is fully available to almost everyone on Google Play at this point. We know that many of you have had a chance to install Allo (download here) and take it for a spin, but there are potentially just as many of you who are wondering if this is even worth your time. For those who are curious but not yet ready to make the jump, the 15-minute video tour of Allo we just put together should help.

Below, we walk through Allo from just after you’ve signed in to whether or not it is the app that could replace your current messaging choice. We dive into group chats, SMS integration (or lack thereof), show what happens when you send a message from Allo to someone who doesn’t have it, talk about multi-device support (spoiler: there isn’t any), and of course, spend time with Google Assistant both by itself and in conversations.

Allo.  (more…)

Video: Pixel Launcher First Look and Tour!

With the Pixel Launcher floating around for sideloading fun (download here), we installed it on a couple of devices and decided to take it for a quick spin on camera. This version feels quite final and polished and completely worth a deeper look now that it has changed names from Nexus to Pixel. For those who missed out on previous Nexus Launcher coverage, now would be a good time to catch up with the name change going forward and new phones from Google under the Pixel name hopefully on the horizon.  (more…)

LG V20 First Look and Tour!

Oh the LG V20, the return of stuff and things. In all seriousness, after really learning to appreciate the “stuff and things” of the V10, last year’s surprise sensation, I’m pretty excited for the V20 even though Nexus Pixel phones are on the horizon and the Note 7 is/was available. The V20 is just a different kind of beast that focuses on media, which means dominating audio and video.

In my short time with the V20 earlier today, I certainly came away impressed by the overall package. I don’t know that anything is new here in the sense that none of this has been done before in a smartphone, but LG has packed in a bunch of pieces that other phones have used and created a single package.  (more…)

Video: Honor 8 Unboxing and Tour

With pre-sales still taking place for the Honor 8, what better time would there be to grace you with an unboxing and initial hands-on with the device? Listed at a price of $399 for the 32GB model, this is the first “flagship” device for the US from Honor, whose parent company happens to be Huawei.

For specs, the Honor 8 features a 5.2″ FHD display, HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, dual 12MP rear-facing cameras (like on the Huawei P9), USB Type-C (USB 2.0), LTE connectivity for GSM carriers, microSD support, 32GB onboard storage (or 64GB for $50 extra), and the Huawei Emotion UI 4.1 on top of Android 6.0 “Marshmallow.” (more…)