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…)

Report: HTC was 2nd Choice for Google’s Pixel Phones After Huawei Backed Out

According to a source of Android Police, HTC was never supposed to be the manufacturer partner behind this year’s Google phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Instead, Google first chose Huawei, but as Google moved toward a partner brand-less phone line-up, plus there being a potentially lingering sour taste from a breakdown of promises or expectations with 2015’s Nexus 6P, HTC is who we got.  (more…)

October’s Android Security Update is Rolling Out (Updated: Nexus 6 Nougat!)

Google is pushing out October’s Android security update (at least we’re assuming that’s what this is; Edit: Yep, it is!) to Nexus devices today and has done so by already publishing both factory image and OTA .zip files. This is the second security patch for Nougat and that means new Android 7.0 builds for a few devices. The security bulletin should be up soon as well (Edit: It is!).  (more…)

Some Cards in Your Android Pay Account May Stop Working on October 14

When Android Pay first arrived, Google allowed users of Google Wallet the chance to migrate their already-working debit and credit cards that had been set up for tap & pay to come over to the new service. That offer was a temporary one, clearly, because Google has announced via Android Pay support that those old grandfathered cards will be cut off on October 14, 2016 if they aren’t one of their official participating banks.  (more…)

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are Showing Up at a Bunch of Retailers Already, Revealing Almost Everything

As you all know, Google is hosting an event on October 4 (that’s Tuesday) to show off its new hardware to take us through 2016. We are expecting things like Google Home, Google WiFi, a new Chromecast, and of course, two knew phones called Pixel and Pixel XL. Because we live in a world where people suck at following directions, almost all of the Pixel and Pixel XL details have been posted at a variety of carriers and retailers across the globe. In other words, so much for any surprises on Tuesday!

Carphone Warehouse, Telus, and Bell have all put forth their best leaking effort, but Carphone Warehouse’s has been the biggest. Not only did they list full specs, they also have revealed both white and black models of the phone and a variety of features. The only things we don’t know at this point are prices, but we are expecting the Pixel to start around the $650 mark.  (more…)