Google’s Pixel Phones are Rated IP53 for Water and Dust Resistance

Google’s new Pixel phones are rated IP53 for dust and water resistance, the company confirmed to us today. I know the IP53 rating was rumored pre-launch, but now that the phones are official and that rating doesn’t seem to appear on any of the specs lists provided by Google, we just wanted to make sure you knew exactly where the Pixel and Pixel XL stand.  (more…)

Android 7.1 Will Hit Current Nexus Devices and Pixel C as Developer Preview Before 2017

The following news is important for current Nexus owners, so listen up. Google has confirmed that Android 7.1, the version that ships with the Pixel and Pixel XL, will indeed eventually make its way to Nexus devices and the Pixel C. While this is great news, there is a downside. Google states that Android 7.1 will first be made available as a Developer Preview, which will roll out no later than the end of Q4. Put more simply, expect an update near year’s end, but only if you are enrolled in the Android Beta Program.

To go along with this, it is also unclear which Nexus devices will receive Android 7.1 support. While we can say with near certainty that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will see it, it’s up in the air for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. On top of that, the Android 7.1 that newer Nexus device owners see is rather different from what is showcased on the Pixel phones.  (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…)

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, Google’s Tango Phone, Launches Next Month

Unveiled alongside the Moto Z in early June, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, otherwise known as what should be the first commercially available Tango phone, will launch next month in November.

As a freshening up, the Phab 2 Pro is a large device, featuring a 6.4-inch QHD display, as well as Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 4050mAh battery with 2.4x fast charging, fingerprint reader, DOLBY Atmos sound with 5.1 audio capture, and four cameras for capturing Tango AR. (more…)