The Droid Life Show: Episode 121 – Allo is Here, Pixels are Coming

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we are diving into Google’s new messaging app, Allo, which is now available for all. It’s certainly the big topic of the week after being hyped for months. I think we all have some pointed opinions on whether or not we need it in our lives.

After that, we need to talk Google’s Pixel phones as well, since we have an official unveiling date (October 4!), new pictures, and more. Also, we’ll be sure to catch you up on the latest Galaxy Note 7 recall news and anything else that comes up.

Join us at 10:15AM Pacific (1:15PM Eastern) for the fun.

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Hey, There: Pixel and Pixel XL in White Pose for the Camera

If Google really is about to announce the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4, expect days like today to become commonplace. I’m talking about the amount of leaks, of course. Shortly after talking about potential Pixel pricing and carrier availability, two new photos have appeared and show both phones both front and back. At this rate, October 4 might be pretty damn boring.  (more…)

Assuming Google Ties the Pixel Phones to Verizon, I’d Assume Higher Prices Too

The sample size is small, but each time that Verizon has carried any of Google’s phones, the price hasn’t been one of the selling points. Should Verizon once again get the opportunity to sell Google’s phones this year – the Pixel and Pixel XL – I hope you aren’t expecting anything less than top tier pricing in the range of an iPhone or Galaxy S.  (more…)

Video: Pixel Launcher First Look and Tour!

With the Pixel Launcher floating around for sideloading fun (download here), we installed it on a couple of devices and decided to take it for a quick spin on camera. This version feels quite final and polished and completely worth a deeper look now that it has changed names from Nexus to Pixel. For those who missed out on previous Nexus Launcher coverage, now would be a good time to catch up with the name change going forward and new phones from Google under the Pixel name hopefully on the horizon.  (more…)

Pixel Launcher Now Available for Download

You know how we told you this morning that the Nexus Launcher had been renamed to Pixel Launcher? You can now download it, sideload, and get a taste of Pixel before the phones are officially announced.

Below, you’ll find a .zip file that includes both the Pixel Launcher (v7.1-3231428) and the wallpaper picker, along with individual files for each in case you don’t want to deal with a .zip.

As a warning and reminder, we are not the providers of these files and cannot assure you that they are safe. These come from @Llabtoofer. Proceed at your own risk.  (more…)