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!
Back on October 11, the Android team detailed a new feature for Android 7.1, known as “image keyboard support.” With this, app developers could build in code that lets an app relay the types of content they support to a utilized keyboard. With Android 7.1+ available for a few devices this week, we are now beginning to see this feature being used.
On my Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.1, I can open up Google’s Messenger app, then directly input GIF images right into a message thread from the Google Keyboard. For example, if a conversation calls for a mic drop, I can easily add in a “mic drop” GIF. From what I have seen, users can choose from a variety of GIFs in different categories, or even search for a specific emotion or action. (more…)
Ever since Google introduced the Pixel and Pixel XL, we have been wondering how the update situation would work. Would Google just push over-the-air updates as they were ready or would they treat them similarly to Nexus phones by issuing factory image and OTA .zip files. I think we now know the answer – Google is giving us the files we want. (more…)
The Chromecast Ultra, Google’s latest HDMI dongle capable of streaming 4K content, is now up for purchase on the Google Store. The Ultra is priced at $69, and will ship about 2-3 weeks from now, according to Google. (more…)
Available until October 29, you can grab various Tronsmart charging and data transfer accessories on Amazon at discounted prices, thanks to a few coupon codes.
There are four accessories available at discounted prices currently, a 10,400mAh power bank, USB Type-C to Type-C data cable, USB Type-C to USB-A cable, plus a USB Type-C to micro USB adapter. (more…)
An update for Chrome is headed out, available for download now on Google Play. Inside Chrome 54, users can expect to see a few changes, such as the ability to view article suggestions from inside a new tab page.
Also listed in the changelog is support for background media playback, but only for sites that support it, as well as a feature for updating saved passwords when you change or reset them on Chrome. (more…)
The Daydream View VR headset from Google is now available for pre-order through Verizon, priced at the same $79 as it is on the Google Store. However, if you pre-order through Verizon, it’s always possible you will receive the device before you would from Google.
Currently, the Google Store claims the Daydream View ships within 2-3 weeks, while Verizon states it will ship by November 16. Regardless of where you choose to order it from, you should have the headset in time for your turkey feast on Thanksgiving. (more…)
Dead Zebra has posted up its latest Android Mini collectible for sale in time for Halloween, this one being Frank Patches. Priced at $10, Frank is an IT specialist, said to be ready to handle your “monstrous IT problems.” (more…)