Google, Sprint Provide RCS Messaging to Android Users Via Messenger App

Beginning today, Android users on Sprint will be introduced to RCS (Rich Communications Services) messaging, thanks to the efforts of Google and its Messenger application. With the universal RCS profile, which was created by carriers and other companies to become a standard for all SMS activity used by billions of people across the world, all SMS users are treated to group chat, high-resolution photo sharing capabilities, as well as read receipts.  (more…)

Some Pixel and Pixel XL Models Back In-Stock on Google Store

I’ll keep this short as to not waste time, but a few variants of the Pixel and Pixel XL are back in-stock on the Google Store. As of right now, the Pixel in Silver or Black with 32GB of storage is available, as is the Pixel XL in Black with 32GB of storage. If you have been waiting for stock to return, especially the XL model, be quick.

Also, if you haven’t yet checked out our Google Pixel review, be sure to do so.  (more…)

Director of Android Security: “For Sure” Google’s Pixel is as Secure as the iPhone

Security firms and pro-Apple media love to talk about how insecure Android is. They all want you to believe that you are one application install away from your smart world turning upside down. That, of course, has never been reality, but as this year’s political landscape has shown, it’s clear that reality and truth isn’t something a good portion of humanity is interested in getting behind.

With that said, Adrian Ludwig, Android’s director of security, does live and believe in reality and the fact that Android is very secure as a mobile platform. During a short interview with Motherboard at the O’Reilly Security Conference, Ludwig said something that will probably shock Android security truthers: his company’s Pixel phones are “for sure” as secure as the iPhone.  (more…)

Google’s Daydream View Hits Stores November 10 for $79

Pixel owners, get ready for VR redemption. Google announced today that its Daydream View unit, which many of you likely get for free from pre-ordering Pixel phones, arrives November 10.

The unit runs $79 for those who are interested in purchasing one out-right. They’ll be available at the Google Store, along with Verizon and Best Buy shops. Pre-orders are already up. (more…)

Video: Google Pixel Review

Our written Google Pixel and Pixel XL review dropped last week, but we’ve had a number of you ask when the video review would be out. Does today work? It’s out now!

For those who weren’t interested in reading the thousands of words put down in that review, this 10-minute covers almost all of it. You’ll see the amazing camera in action, as well as Google Assistant, and some of the other standout software features. You’ll also get full hardware tours of each phone, see how battery performance has been, and whether or not these are the best Android phones you can buy today.

Enjoy and then get ready for the LG V20. It’s up next.  (more…)

Sunshine Allows for Verizon Pixel Bootloader Unlocking

For folks concerned with bootloaders, make note that the Pixel and Pixel XL from Verizon have had their bootloaders unlocked, thanks to efforts of the Sunshine team and the release of dePixel8. With this somewhat straightforward process, your bootloader is not being automatically unlocked like with other scripts, but instead, dePixel8 is allowing you to bypass the existing security around the bootloader, making the unlock possible.  (more…)