Android O first Developer Preview available for fownload

Continuing the transparency of Android development, Google announced the first Developer Preview of Android O. This Developer Preview is meant to provide an early access to developers so that they can start making their apps compatible with the new APIs and design guidelines. This is in no way meant for consumers or as a daily driver being the very first preview and it unstable. However, if you’re an enthusiast and have an extra Pixel or Nexus lying around, I don’t see why you shouldn’t give it a try and get a taste of all the new features yourself.  Continue reading “Android O first Developer Preview available for fownload”

Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA updates live for Pixel and Nexus devices

Following a brief developer preview, Android 7.1.1 is now available for Nexus and Pixel devices as previously rumoured. Google has just published the Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory images and OTA files for a couple of Nexus and Pixel devices. If you don’t own a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, you will get some of the features that were only available for these devices since they were launched with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. Continue reading “Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA updates live for Pixel and Nexus devices”

Google Pixel faces another camera issue, a more serious one this time

Don’t call it cameragate just yet, but it appears Pixel users in some countries are experiencing a peculiar issue related to the camera included with Google’s latest smartphone. This isn’t the ‘halo effect‘ that Google has already addressed or the autofocusing issue previously reported, but an issue with the camera app on the Pixel and Pixel XL.

In a post on the Google product forums dated to October 27th, an individual named Mike Fox complains of his Pixel’s camera app locking up, with unsightly purple and pink vertical lines appearing as a byproduct. Continue reading “Google Pixel faces another camera issue, a more serious one this time”

Google Pixel trumps Apple iPhone in Black Friday popularity

Google’s new Pixel smartphones proved popular than Apple’s iPhone during the busy holiday shopping season between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even the Samsung Galaxy S7 sold better than iPhone 7/Plus according to the data presented by Localytics.

Google Pixel device activations were up 112% compared to the smartphone’s average number of activations in four preceding weekends. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 saw activations grow by 36% while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 2 increased by 24 percent and 19 percent, respectively. At the bottom of the list is the iPhone 7, which saw a 13 percent bump in sales over Black Friday weekend, according to the research firm. Continue reading “Google Pixel trumps Apple iPhone in Black Friday popularity”

Google Pixel could generate over $5.8 billion in revenues for Google

Morgan Stanley, a financial firm, published a new report estimating that Google’s new premium smartphone, the Pixel (and Pixel XL), will sell 3 million units in the final three months of 2016, generating an estimated $2 billion in revenue for the company. The firm also forecast that the Pixel will sell between 5 million and 6 million units in 2017, generating an additional $3.8 billion in revenue for Google. The estimate is based on the expectation that Google Pixel will retail between $649 and $869 next year.  Continue reading “Google Pixel could generate over $5.8 billion in revenues for Google”

Google Pixel has a weird image bug related to screenshots sent from iPhones

When you take a screenshot, on any device, it is essentially an image and as such, can be viewed on any other device without any problems, unless the format is proprietary and requires special software for access. But screenshots are mostly JPEGs so there shouldn’t be a problem viewing them on any computer or phone.

But according to some Pixel owners who are sent screenshots from an iPhone are receiving a wonky version of the image instead. The market is mature enough today that there aren’t many issues when it comes to cross-device compatibility but apparently, the flagships from Google and Apple don’t really like each other much. Continue reading “Google Pixel has a weird image bug related to screenshots sent from iPhones”

Verizon has a killer Black Friday deal : Google Pixel or Pixel XL for just $240

If you haven’t ordered the Google Pixel or Pixel XL yet, and wish to, or you’re just looking for the best Android experience this holiday season, there cannot be a better time than now, at least this year. Verizon has an amazing deal available for a new Google Pixel or Pixel XL which deals with the only negative aspect people are acknowledging about the Pixels, the price.

The sale will drop the Pixel or Pixel XL to just $240 on Thursday and Friday only. Just like other major retailers, Verizon is also offering Google Home for just $99, or $30 off. Continue reading “Verizon has a killer Black Friday deal : Google Pixel or Pixel XL for just $240”

Google explains the thought process behind the Pixel’s ‘confidently minimal’ experience

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have opened to rave reviews and more sales than Google was expecting. While it’s nowhere near an iPhone or Galaxy, Google might still be happy since they were expecting much less. These are the first two smartphones exclusively branded by Google and advertised as being “made by Google.” As such, the Google Pixel phones aren’t direct successors to the Nexus lineup, but that isn’t to say they don’t boast the main selling point of Nexus devices – a pure, minimal Android experience.

Today, Google has published an article on its Google Design blog explaining how the team used the seeming minor details such as wallpapers and sounds to create an experience with the Pixel that’s “confidently minimal” and stays true to Google’s design principles of “simplicity, intelligence, customization, and trustworthiness.”
Continue reading “Google explains the thought process behind the Pixel’s ‘confidently minimal’ experience”

Google bans hundreds of Pixel owners taking advantage of a tax loop hole

If you were thinking of buying a Google Pixel or Pixel XL simply for reselling it for a profit, you need to think again. Google has taken severe measures against Pixel buyers who violated its terms of service. Around 200 people (in USA) purchased the phones via Project Fi and shipped them directly to a reseller in sales tax-free state New Hampshire, according to bargain-hunting site Dan’s Deals.

The phones were then resold to others, and the small profit split with the buyers. However, Google’s terms dictate that buyers may not “commercially resell” any device and it locked their accounts, denying access to photos, emails and other personal data. Continue reading “Google bans hundreds of Pixel owners taking advantage of a tax loop hole”

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