Dont’ Miss These Android Stories: October 7, 2016

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…)

On the Flip: Google, Don’t Do This to Nexus Owners

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…)

Video: Google Pixel and Pixel XL First Look and Tour!

Well, we’re back from Google’s massive event today, where they unveiled two new phones – Pixel and Pixel XL – Google Home, Google WiFi, Daydream View, and Chromecast Ultra. Seriously, there was so much new stuff out of today’s event that I don’t know how any of us are keeping up. We’re trying, though! And by trying, we present to you our 5-minute look at the Pixel and Pixel XL after spending a good 30 minutes with each.

We will have much deeper analysis of these phones once we have review units in hand, but I’ll tell you this – these phones are really nice. Now, I know that many of you are turned off by the price and I can’t fault you there. But if you look outside of that and get one in hand, I think you’ll probably agree that Google has done something impressive here.  (more…)

Live Chat: Google’s Pixel Event!

The “Made by Google” event is finally here and we are in San Francisco to cover it! Leaks all point to the unveiling of two phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google Home, Google WiFi, Chromecast Ultra, and Google’s Daydream VR headset. If all of that actually makes it into today’s presentation, lord have mercy on our keyboards. That’s a lot of product.

Google is livestreaming the event through their YouTube channel, but we went ahead and embedded the feed below. We are also going to live chat the announcements as they come through. Feel free to join us for the fun.

The event kicks off at 9AM Pacific (12PM Eastern).  (more…)

Verizon Outs Google Pixel in Blue, “Google Magic” Too (Updated)

We are now only a couple of hours away from Google introducing us to the Pixel and Pixel XL, two phones that will be branded as “made by Google.” The event will likely also feature Google Home, Google WiFi, the Chromecast Ultra, and Google’s own Daydream headset, but phones are the headliner and we have even more to talk about in that regard. Last night, Verizon joined in on the early-outing of each by posting up not-fully-realized pages to their ecomm site.

What did we learn that’s new?  (more…)