Google has been selling phones since the Nexus One landed almost seven years ago. In fact, there have been eight Nexus phones, one each year through 2014, and two last year. They have generally been good phones, especially in the last few years. But the Pixel is not a Nexus. It’s better.
With the Pixel, Google did more than partner with a phone maker to slap Android on an already-designed handset. It created its own hardware and software innovations on top of stock Android. The result is a phone that may displease Android purists, but should delight everyone else. This is Google’s first real attempt to push a phone to the mass market, and the Pixel competes directly with the iPhone as well as pricey flagships from Samsung and LG.
For this review, we’re looking only at the Pixel XL. The Pixel is smaller, with a 5-inch 1080p display instead of the Pixel XL's 5.5-inch 1440p display. The smaller display—along with the Pixel's smaller battery—is the only difference between the two models.
Not a Nexus
Nexus phones were built in partnerships with hardware partners like LG, Motorola, and Samsung. Google would take a mostly-developed phone, and work a deal to make it the next Nexus. Google would then ask for a few tweaks, slap on stock Android and Google apps, and then resell it. But with the two Pixel phones, Google says it has had its hand on the wheel from the beginning, with HTC acting as a mere contract manufacturer. This is a longer and riskier process, but gives Google the opportunity to more tightly integrate its services, as well as tune hardware and software together.
It’s that time of year again: new iPhones. But the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are not like any previous Apple iPhone ‘number change’. Instead, from the outside, they look virtually identical to both the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So are they a huge let down or not?
In short: yes and no. On the downside, the leaks proved almost 100% accurate so there were no surprises on the night. But the flip side is Apple has changed a lot internally and provided a major camera overhaul to both models.
So let’s break down the key differences to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…
Kanvas, a social network acquired by AOL earlier this year, today revealed that it will add livestreaming to the list of creator-made content supported on its app. With this move, AOL becomes the latest to throw its hat into the competitive livestreaming ring.
Even a president-elect needs to send email. And as a result of the stolen email messages released by WikiLeaks, we now know what President Barack Obama's email address was during the presidential transition at the end of the 2008 campaign: email@example.com.
Five emails to or from that address show up in the hacked email file of John Podesta, head of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Dating back to the end of the 2008 campaign, the emails show that the Obama team was focused on getting the new administration up and running even before Election Day 2008.
In one email dated Oct. 30, 2008, Podesta emailed Obama and advisor Pete Rouse under the subject heading "Economic Staffing Decisions."
"Barack, Good meeting yesterday," Podesta wrote. "When we got off on the idea of creating an emergency national economic council, we left unresolved two questions that were contained in my 2 page cover memo."
Podesta pushed for quick decisions on whether William Daley or Daniel Tarullo should run the interim economic staff team early on in the transition. Podesta recommended Tarullo.
Podesta also reminded Obama that the president-elect had recommended billionaire investor Warren Buffett to the list of potential members of an interim outside economic council. He asked Obama for a decision.
Apple Inc. AAPL, -2.46% says it will no longer release first-weekend pre-order sales data beginning with the iPhone 7, because it expects to run into supply issues, according to a statement. The company said it expects to sell out of the iPhone 7, given the fact that it is launching in more countries than usual over the first weekend and there is limited supply. "We are now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7," the company said. "These initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand, and we have decided that it is no longer a representative metric for our investors and customers." The company also reiterated its financial guidance for the September quarter. Shares of Apple fell 2.4% to $105.77 in morning trade. They're down 6.9% in the past three months, versus a 2.6% increase for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.25%
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