Tuesday Poll: A Phone’s Back Button Belongs on the Left or Right?

My mention of Samsung’s navigation button order being “wrong” in the previous post seems to have sparked quite the conversation over which order people prefer. Of course, when that happens, a poll must follow, thus the existence of this follow-up post.

So let’s decide once and for all! Do you prefer the back button to be on the left, where Google, creator of the platform that all Android phones are built upon, has placed it and where almost everyone other Android OEM places it, or should the back button go on the right, where Samsung, king of smartphone makers who (rightfully) laughs at all who question its decisions, puts it?

Left or right. You must choose.

A Phone's Back Button Belongs on the Left or Right?

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February’s Android Security Update Goes Live With Factory Images for Nexus, Pixel

Google just posted the Android security update for February 2017 and the files are already live for a number of devices.

So far, we are seeing 7.1.1 files for Pixel and Pixel XL (NOF26V, NOF26W), Pixel C (N4F26O), Nexus 6P (N4F26O, NUF26K), Nexus 5X (N4F26O), Nexus 6 (N6F26R), Nexus Player (NMF26X), and Nexus 9 (N4F26Q). The Nexus 6 also got new 7.0.0 builds of NBD91Y and NBD91Z. (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…)