Nokia is back in the smartphone game finally, and this time not with just an announcement but an actual phone. Nokia 6, powered by Android Nougat, is the first Nokia-branded smartphone released by HMD Global, a company which acquired Nokia branding rights from Microsoft. The device is slated to see a China only launch on January 19th, however, TechDroider was sent a unit from China and they have posted an unboxing video on YouTube. Continue reading
Google has released Android distribution numbers for January, revealing a not so significant bump in the number of Android devices running Nougat and the disappearance of Android 2.2 Froyo, falling below the 0.1 percent line that it managed to maintain for ages. Although still under one percent, Nougat almost doubled in usage. Increasing only a tenth of a percentage point from December, 7.0 Nougat is now at 0.5%. Meanwhile, 7.1 with API level 25 makes an entry at 0.2%. Continue reading
While this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just wrapping up, we have some exciting news for Nokia fans. HMD Global has decided to unveil its first Nokia-branded Android smartphone. Nokia previously announced its return to smartphones last month, and now a promotional video for one of the company’s upcoming Android-powered phones is live. Continue reading
It’s a North American first: Best Buy stores in four Canadian cities are now home to large-scale Google shops, where consumers can fully experience the company’s family of hardware, like Pixel, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra.
Google Canada’s “shop within a shop” spaces were officially opened today at the Best Buy location in Mississauga’s Heartland Town Centre, along with three others in Calgary, Edmontonand Vancouver. The exciting collaboration is part of Best Buy’s redesigned Experience Stores, and today’s opening marks the official culmination of the large coast-to-coast renovation plan that saw upgrades made to more than a dozen locations. Continue reading
…until now all the ads have primarily been about a Google Search bar transforming into a Pixel, with various personal themes. Google has now released three more ads however and this time, the ads aren’t as simplistic. These are full blown ads just like you’d expect from Apple or Samsung.
This is what I said the last time Google released three Pixel ads featuring Youtube stars. I almost thought the change in style of these ads may have signaled a gear shift of some sort and we may see more of similar ads in the coming future, moving on from the simplistic search bar transforming to phone ads. But here we are, as Google releases another simplistic ad for the Pixel. Continue reading
Google Pixel and Pixel XL lack the IP67 or IP68 rating of the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 but it does feature some sort of splash resistance if not submersion in water. However, the official ratings take into account a lot of tests, averages and means, and real world performance, be it water resistance or camera, may or may not be as good. At times, it can come out better. So what happens when you submerge a Google Pixel in water, even though it lacks actual water resistance? Or are they not even worth the IP53 rating they arrive with? Take a look at the video below to find out.
Seems bendable smartphones are the future, considering the rate at which leaked renders of concept phones with flexible displays are being unveiled. Just recently, we got wind that LG had filed a patent for a foldable smartphone after Samsung, not forgetting that Lenovo had teased a flexible smartphone just before the IFA Berlin 2016. I was even looking forward to the launch of the Lenovo flexible phone at IFA but that didn’t happen. OPPO had also in the past got into the fray of concept phones with flexible display. Now, what is likely a concept phone said to be developed by Xiaomi has leaked, showing the flexible display that bends in all direction.