Back on October 11, the Android team detailed a new feature for Android 7.1, known as “image keyboard support.” With this, app developers could build in code that lets an app relay the types of content they support to a utilized keyboard. With Android 7.1+ available for a few devices this week, we are now beginning to see this feature being used.
On my Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.1, I can open up Google’s Messenger app, then directly input GIF images right into a message thread from the Google Keyboard. For example, if a conversation calls for a mic drop, I can easily add in a “mic drop” GIF. From what I have seen, users can choose from a variety of GIFs in different categories, or even search for a specific emotion or action. (more…)
Ever since Google introduced the Pixel and Pixel XL, we have been wondering how the update situation would work. Would Google just push over-the-air updates as they were ready or would they treat them similarly to Nexus phones by issuing factory image and OTA .zip files. I think we now know the answer – Google is giving us the files we want. (more…)
The wait is over. As you might have seen last night, the Pixel hit Verizon’s online web portal for purchase, but starting today, you can head into your local Verizon retail shop and experience the Pixel from Google for yourself. (more…)
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…)
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are ready to receive their first update as early as tomorrow, according to Verizon. Changelogs for each device’s update were posted to Big Red’s support pages today, showing the new build as NDE63P. (more…)
When the Pixel Launcher was first leaked, a wallpaper picker was leaked right alongside it. This morning, that wallpaper app is officially available for all Android devices straight from Google Play. Titled a very simple Wallpapers, this app features Google’s own creations, plus a mix of photos and designs from the 500px community. (more…)
Within the next week or two, Android 7.1 will move outside of the Pixel phones and onto the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, through the Android Beta program. Google is calling the update “incremental,” which is an accurate way to describe it since there aren’t any massive changes. Still, there is at least one new feature included that adds some new functionality – App Shortcuts. Let’s take a look at them. (more…)
Google is really going to push the Google Assistant on its Pixel phones. You know that already, of course, because Google started off its October 4 Pixel event by talking about the Assistant and AI for a good 15 minutes before ever announcing a thing. This is the future of Google’s software advancements and with it front and center on their new phones (soon Google Home too), it’ll only get better, smarter, and more valuable the more you use it. (more…)