Open stage…stage which appears to be entirely a screen…video starts playing…and you realize that everyone is actually sorry for Samsung about the Note 7 and really wants to give Sammy another chance….
Both are the center of an event today. Google, to coincide with the eclipse, will be holding a launch event at 2:40pm ET to release Android O on the world.
We were able to get our hands on the OnePlus 5 as a part of the “Early Drop” release on the day of the announcement (June 20th). The new phone became available from the scrappy Oppo subsidiary for mass purchase today (June 27th). Having used the phone for about 24 hours, these are my first impressions.
There are plenty of in depth “Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus” and “GS8 vs G6” comparison posts across the Blogosphere. You’d be hard pressed though to find a quality “Moto G5 vs iPhone 7 Plus” article. There’s good reason. These phone don’t compete. How is it then that the new phone from OnePlus will inevitably be held to account in comparison to both mid-range and high end phones.
Android’s notifications and notification controls have long been one of the many standout features of the platform. Chances are though, you aren’t truly harnessing the full power of the Android notification system. I’ll show you how.
It seems like Microsoft is the only company really making interesting hardware in the computer space. Ok…I know that the Dell XPS 13 is boss and that the Razer Blade with the Razer Core is very innovative but hear me out…
When I started writing this piece I was going to take the angle that Nest is dumb and it’s just a remotely programmable piece of wall trash. As I dug into it though I realized smart thermostats like the Nest and Ecobee do WAY more than just automate when your AC turns on and off. Smart thermostats provide real measurable improvements to how your home HVAC is controlled, and its really really cool.
I assume you already know…Google released the first developer preview of Android O on March 21st. This is the third year in a row Google has chosen to let developers at the non-final APIs for the new platform. With this Preview number one release we get a few highlighted features and mostly background improvements. Google will save the big features and announcements for the developer conference, Google IO, and for the release of the final software build in the fall. If you’re excited for the new version of Android, great! So are we, but unless you’re using a Pixel phone or a recent Nexus (5x or 6P) you won’t be seeing Android O until it rolls out to your phone mid-next year.
With news about the long-ignored Mac Pro, the release of a high-end graphics card you can’t afford, and a retirement announcement from one of the most iconic journalists in tech, this was an eventful week.
Apple doesn’t always have a spring event. Even now, with some minor product announcements via press release there are rumors that there will still be an event in April. As for me, I’m calling it. These are our spring product updates (sorry Mac Pro users).