Amazon announced a new streaming music service this morning called Amazon Music Unlimited. It’s very much a competitor to Google Play Music and Apple Music, though there are certain price tiers depending on your Amazon status or the products you plan to listen to music through. (more…)
The Honor 8, Huawei’s latest flagship-esque unlocked phone for the US that is as tasty looking as they come, is on sale today at a variety of retailers with a $50 discount, dropping the price to just $349. Also, almost all of them are offering extra goodies (like headphones) with values well over $100.
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?
I’m trying to figure out if anything big went down this week…hmmm…HMMMMM. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that it was a busy one.
Not only did Google host an event in San Francisco on Tuesday morning, they used that event to announce two phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google Home pricing, Chromecast Ultra, Google WiFi, and Daydream View, their first VR viewer that isn’t a cardboard box. Most of that stuff is already up for pre-order, plus we took both Pixel phones for a solid 5-minute tour. It was a good time, for sure.
Outside of Google’s big event, we talked a lot about Nexus and its future, received a date for the LG V20 launch, are now wondering how long before Samsung just kills off the Note 7, and are thinking the Xiaomi Mi Box is a must-buy.
Catch up on all of the action below! (more…)
Uggggggggh. WHY. (more…)
Worried about all of the bloatware in Verizon’s arsenal that it could try and pre-load onto your pre-ordered Pixel or Pixel XL? I have good news! It might not be all that bad! According to Verizon’s business sales portal, there may be just three apps that load after you insert your Verizon SIM and fire up the phone for the first time. (more…)
I think I’ve made it clear that I think Google’s Pixel phones are still going to be the best choice for Android purists who have long-been Nexus owners. I also fully understand that the price hike won’t ever be justifiable to many and that Google has pissed off some of its strongest supporters by shifting gears. But I think what should really be a major talking point, is how current Nexus owners seem to be getting the raw end of the whole deal.
Yesterday, Google showed us not only two new phones, they also showed us the next version of Android which happens to be 7.1. Under normal circumstances, that’s a big reveal for owners of Nexus devices because that means a major update (with new features) is on the way in the very near future. Except, well, not this time. (more…)