This feels to me like Google is demoting Nexus owners to a lower level of Android fans. The entire reason people bought Nexus phones was so that they could stay up to date with the canonical version of Android. They wanted to get the best version of the operating system they love, straight from Google, and for years that’s what they got.
My thoughts on the Google Pixel are…complicated. I like what Google is doing with Android, and the Pixel is the ultimate expression of their software that you can buy in 2016. On the other hand, I don’t like the look of the hardware, which at best is uninspiring.
Google announced their new Pixel phones yesterday, and they’re a big mixed bag for me. On a superficial level, I really don’t like how the phones look. I think the dual-material backs look really janky, so much so that I expect next year’s Pixel phone will be lauded for going back to a unified backplate. I also am baffled by the large chin on the bottom of the phone. Android phones have long been able to have smaller bezels on the top and bottom of their phones because they don’t have a physical home button to account for. The iPhone-sized chin on the Pixel phones do not have any input built into them, and are just big chunks of unusable space. I’m also baffled that it’s coming to Verizon only to start. What?!
Google Photos is one of the most valuable tools on my phone. It’s a wonderfully accessible archive of all the photos I have ever taken. Smart searching is Google Photos’ killer feature, as I can find just about any photo by simply typing the name of something in that photo. Google also makes an awesome […]
Each year’s Google I/O is a tough time for me. I’m an iOS user, and have been for many years, but Google’s big annual developer conference always gets me thinking maybe I should switch to the other side. They show off this cool technology that makes me think “whoa that’s amazing, Apple isn’t doing anything […]