Pixel XL Gets the Teardown Treatment, Receives Decent Repairability Score

Tinkerers and DIY’ers, pay attention to the following post. If you plan on picking up or have already purchased a new Pixel or Pixel XL from Google, things are looking pretty good for you.

Each year, when new flagship devices are launched, the folks at iFixIt decide to test how easy it is to perform self repairs. They unscrew it, unglue it, rip out the internals, then provide a “repairability score” to give us a sense at just how easy or uneasy it will be to repair the device.

So, how well did the Pixel XL score? Let’s find out.  (more…)

If You Just Got a Pixel or Pixel XL, Watch These Videos First

Yesterday was technically Pixel launch day (share those thoughts on yours!), so as those orders arrive over the next few days, you may want to take a minute to run through some of our early videos for Google’s new phone. Like with most flagship phone launches, we put together a series of short videos to highlight some of the better features of the Pixel and Pixel XL.  (more…)

Get a Pixel or Pixel XL? Share Your Initial Impressions!

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!

Chrome App Updated With Article Suggestions, Background Media Playback

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…)

Google Daydream VR Headset Pre-Order Live on Verizon

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…)

LG V20 Now Available From Verizon, It’s Also Pixel Time

The LG V20 is now available from Verizon’s online shop. The phone of “stuff and things” (in a good way) can be had for as little as $28 per month from Big Red, which is the cheapest price you’ll find from any carrier at the moment.

On a related note, since we’re already at October 20 on the east coast, that means Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are now officially available from Verizon as well. Unlike the V20, you can walk into a Verizon store today/tomorrow and buy the Pixel or its bigger brother. Also, if you pre-ordered your device should be arriving throughout the day if it hasn’t already.

Which of these three are you going with?

Verizon Links:  LG V20 | Pixel | Pixel XL  (more…)