Don’t Miss These Android Stories: October 21, 2016

Maybe you noticed, but just in case, the internet took a massive hit today. It sucked. With the week coming to a close, though, it’s time to look back on the week we had, and it sure was a busy one. Pixel embargoes were lifted on Tuesday morning, with loads of reviews and videos hitting the web. We contributed to this overload of Pixel goodness, of course.

We aren’t quite ready to share our final review of the Pixel phones yet, but they are coming, I promise. To keep you busy, we did post a Pixel camera review, first 10 things you should do with the Pixel, as well as a complete overview of the software you will find on the devices.

If you missed any of this week’s action, check it out below.  (more…)

Report: LG is Abandoning Its Module Phone Strategy

According to the latest report from Korea, LG is abandoning its module smartphone strategy, the same that was used in this year’s G5. Unsurprisingly, LG has stated that the G5 was not as successful as they had hoped, and usability of the modules was hindered due to the inability to hot swap modules. If you need more insight into why the G5 was not all that awesome, be sure to check out our review. To sum it up, the module aspect was not well executed.

Given this news, it is now reported that next year’s G6 will not feature modularity. (more…)

Friday Poll: Do You Use an Android Tablet?

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.

Do you use an Android tablet?

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Amtrak Bans Galaxy Note 7 From All Trains, Stations

On October 10, Samsung asked all owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to power down and return the device for a refund. The following day, it was announced that production of the device was shut down, never to start again. Following that, the USDoT banned the device from all airplanes, and today, Amtrak is following suit.

Beginning today, no Galaxy Note 7 devices will be permitted on Amtrak trains, Thruway buses, facilities, stations, platforms, or any other Amtrak vehicles. Basically, it’s not allowed anywhere that carries an Amtrak logo.  (more…)

Samsung Confirms Galaxy S7 Edge in Blue Coral, No Word on US Availability

Earlier this month, it was reported that Samsung may soon launch a Blue Coral option for the Galaxy S7 Edge – reason being Samsung needs to push its older devices a bit more to make up however much it can for the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. Today, Samsung confirmed those reports, announcing that a Blue Coral option will be made available, first in markets outside the US.  (more…)

Pixel XL Gets the Teardown Treatment, Receives Decent Repairability Score

Tinkerers and DIY’ers, pay attention to the following post. If you plan on picking up or have already purchased a new Pixel or Pixel XL from Google, things are looking pretty good for you.

Each year, when new flagship devices are launched, the folks at iFixIt decide to test how easy it is to perform self repairs. They unscrew it, unglue it, rip out the internals, then provide a “repairability score” to give us a sense at just how easy or uneasy it will be to repair the device.

So, how well did the Pixel XL score? Let’s find out.  (more…)

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…)

Get a Pixel or Pixel XL? Share Your Initial Impressions!

If you pre-ordered the Pixel or Pixel XL from Verizon, there is a good chance that you received your device yesterday. If you ordered from Google, well, I’d be surprised if you did since orders really only started shipping yesterday. Still, we want to hear those initial impressions from those of you who have been rockin’ the Pixel for the past day or so.

Which did you go with – Pixel or XL? Which color? Is it everything you dreamed of? How’s the camera? Battery life OK, so far? Using Google Assistant? What’s performance like?

Let us know in the comments below!