Quick Look at Android 7.1 App Shortcuts on the Pixel

Within the next week or two, Android 7.1 will move outside of the Pixel phones and onto the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, through the Android Beta program. Google is calling the update “incremental,” which is an accurate way to describe it since there aren’t any massive changes. Still, there is at least one new feature included that adds some new functionality – App Shortcuts. Let’s take a look at them. (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…)

Google Pixel / Pixel XL Camera Review

At the unveiling of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google couldn’t help but brag about the 12.3MP Sony camera they included in each phone. With 1.55um pixels, f/2.0, video stabilization, and a supposed speedster of a shutter, the level of hype surrounding this shooter is up there with the best of them. But we all wanted to know if it could actually deliver on that hype during testing. Well, I spent the past several days with the Pixel and have pretty good news to share.

Is this the best smartphone camera ever in a smartphone as some of its early reviews suggest? I don’t know that I’m ready to go that far, but it’s certainly right up there with the best of them. Not only that, but it’s probably the camera I prefer of any smartphone at the moment. That’s right, I’ve fully bought into the hype.  (more…)

Google has a New “VR-ish” App for You to Try Out

Google’s Android Experiments program has a new app for you to play with today, called Sprayscape. The app is a “VR-ish” experience mixed with a spray can, some gyroscope action, and your imagination. Confused?

With Sprayscape, the goal is to create super random 3D-like imagery that you can quickly share to your social audiences. You fire up the app and then just start tapping or spraying in a VR world to create fun visions that you would want to send to friends. I know that still doesn’t make much sense, so please, watch the video above.

Done? Make more sense? Look like fun? Give it a shot – it’s free.  (more…)

Well, Then: Verizon Says It’s Pixel Phones Will Get Updates When Google’s Do!

Ready for some potentially great news? According to ArsTechnica, Verizon reached out this morning to inform them of a possible change to their approach to updating phones, Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL, specifically. Verizon said that they “will not stand in the way” of any major updates that Google pushes and that owners of Verizon variants will see updates when Google’s unlocked Pixels see them.

Whhaaaaaaaat!  (more…)