Google Now Launcher May Retire in a Few of Weeks

The Google Now Launcher, a launcher that runs on Nexus devices and is often one of the first we install on devices that feature terrible skins (LG and Huawei’s phones come to mind), may be put to bed here in the coming weeks. According to an email sent out to Google’s GMS partners list and obtained by Android Police, Google plans to unlist the Now Launcher at the end of Q1 and will also no longer allow partners to include it in their phones after March 1.  (more…)

Google Ending Hands Free Pilot on February 8

In an email we just received, Google announced it is shutting down the Hands Free pilot, which has been active since March of last year. Scheduled to shut down on February 8, 2016, Hands Free is was Google’s effort to get people to pay with their smartphone inside select retailers without ever lifting a finger. If you never heard of Hands Free or never used it, don’t worry, it was limited to the South Bay (Bay Area, California) area.  (more…)

3 Months Later: It’s Still the Google Pixel for Me

The few months in between the end of the holiday season and the end of February the following year are some of my favorites. Because new flagship phone releases almost always come to a stand still during these times, we often get to settle in to a phone and truly get to know it. Instead of jumping from one phone to the next to get the next review out, this is a time where we get to become somewhat of a consumer. It’s kind of fun, actually!

As you can tell from the title, the Google Pixel (the regular, smaller one) has been in my pocket, by my side since I reviewed it back at the end of October. This is the phone that most fits my needs.  (more…)

Android 7.1.2 Beta OTA Rolling Out to Enrolled Users

For anyone not down with flashing builds manually, it appears that Google has green-lighted the OTA update rollout for Android 7.1.2.

Keep in mind, this OTA is only available to those with a compatible device (Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C) and who are enrolled in the Android Beta program. If you aren’t signed up, you can do so here and instantly download the beta. And for anyone with a Nexus 6P, don’t worry, access for you should be made available soon. (more…)