Last week we reported Pixel phones bought through Google partner Verizon would receive updates through Verizon, with the assumption they'd be late as is typically the case. Verizon however has assured that updates will occur simultaneously.
"All operating system and security updates to the Pixel devices will happen in partnership with Google. In other words, when Google releases an update, Verizon phones will receive the same update at the same time (much like iOS updates)," a spokesperson for the company said. "Verizon will not stand in the way of any major updates and users will get all updates at the same time as Google."
Verizon also notes their version is carrier unlocked and sports just three pre-installed apps, all of which are easily uninstalled.
A stunning video emerged last week showing the video capabilities of the Pixel XL camera. As noted in the previous article, there was a chance the video is fake, and now it has been confirmed that video is indeed fake.
Ron8it user thought it would be fun to steal a video originally posted on Vimeo by Ruben Sanchez and try to sell it as his own shot with a Google's Pixel XL. The video is indeed stunning, but it doesn't show how good the Pixel XL camera is. Instead, it shows the capabilities of the Panasonic GH4.
As stated under the original video, it was shot in 4K UHD on a Panasonic GH4, with Lumix and Nikon lenses. The YouTube user that "borrowed" the video has removed it in the mean time. It also poses questions about his other videos, allegedly showing the wonders of the iPhone 7 Plus camera.
Samsung has confirmed that it is permanently stopping the production of the Galaxy Note7 devices. The announcement comes not even a day after they stopped the sale of its smartphone Galaxy Note7 and invited all of their users to turn off the devices until they investigate the new reports of the replacement devices blowing up.
The South Korean company confirmed their decision to stop the production for the sake of consumer safety.
"Putting consumer safety as the top priority, we have reached a final decision to halt production of the Galaxy Note7."
The South Korean company has stopped the sale of its smartphone Galaxy Note7 and invited all of its users to turn off the devices until they investigate the new reports of the replacement devices blowing up.
Leading American and Australian mobile operators have stopped the sale of replacement Galaxy Note7 devices on Monday, while airlines reiterated that they prohibit passengers the use of these devices, after last week's evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight when a Galaxy Note7 blew up.
The world's leading smartphone manufacturer announced on Monday in a statement asking all global operators to stop selling the Note7 devices and users to exchange the device for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge until they investigate this problem.
Google spent a lot of time talking about the amazing camera on their new Pixel phone, calling it the "best smartphone camera ever made."
The camera of the Pixel and Pixel XL features a 12.3MP sensor with f/2.0, and during the presentation, they showed some amazing photos and videos adding that the speed of the camera and incredible video stabilization technology are very important.
One lucky user supposedly got to test the Pixel XL camera, and he posted an amazing 4K video which shows the possibilities of Google's new phone. He shot the video in two days and according to him, "Pixel XL blows the door of the iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to 4K video", which is quite an accomplishment. He added that the image stabilization needs some work, but overall, the result is amazing, which you can check out in the video below.
Samsung is dealing with putting out various fires around the world with its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but the marketing train is stamping tickets early for the Galaxy S8 hype train.
We're now looking at the alleged teaser image of the purported Galaxy S8, with leaker @Ricciolo posting the alleged teaser image of the S8. We can see the 26/02/17 date, which will take place during the Galaxy Unpacked event during Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona early next year.
There's nothing more to go on, but we are told that the Galaxy S8 will rock an iris scanner - something the more professional Note 7 featured.
Samsung has reportedly pulled an unprecedented move, halting the production of its explosive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to rumors from sources within The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The rumors state Samsung has suspected production of the Galaxy Note 7.
Just recently, an owner had his Note 7 turn into a puff of smoke and heat and accidentally breathed in the smoke, where he later coughed "black stuff" up - his Note 7 was a replacement phone from Samsung that was meant to not have these battery-related issues - and he's not the only one. Another replacement Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest flight in the US, and burnt through the carpet and melted into the floor.
Now we have rumors that Samsung has halted production of the Note 7, so this is big... really big. If the rumors are true, Samsung could expect some serious fallout from this in more ways than one. First, the company is sure to be hit pretty hard with Samsung shares surely dropping harsly if the rumor is comfired by the company. Secondly, the trust in Samsung is now broken for some people - hurting their reputation in consumers' eyes as well as profits and revenue from lost future phone sales.
Not only that, but we will have people doubting their next-gen handsets like the Galaxy S8 - and then we have to question what the hell Samsung will say when the marketing for the Note 8 starts. WIll one of the key marketing points be "it won't blow up this time, we promise?" because that's going to become a thing.
The next big thing.
Things are about to escalate for Samsung, with yet another Galaxy Note 7 exploding and hurting someone, with this one being another replacement Note 7 that are meant to be fine.
WKYT reports that on Tuesday morning at 4am, Michael Klering and his wife were woken by a hissing sound coming from within the bedroom. Klering said: "I was scared to death for a minute. The whole room just covered in smoke, smells awful. I look over and my phone is on fire".
Klering said he had the replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for just over a week before it fried, adding: "The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe. It wasn't plugged in. It wasn't anything, it was just sitting there". Later in the day he said he was feeling sick, so he went to the ER. He said: "I was vomiting black so it was very scary. It was a lot of black stuff and it didn't look right".
Google really did make quite the impression when it announced its new Pixel smartphones, a first for the company in premium all-Google smartphones with some nice surprises like the near-perfect voice assistant in Google Assistant - oh, and Google claiming Pixel has the best smartphone camera ever.
Well, you're not going to push all of those points along with the fact that Pixel and Pixel XL ship with Android 7.1, with Google putting a massive load of optimizations and tweaks to the Android operating system. Because Google isn't a known manufacturer of hardware products, the company wants to make a splash. Rachel Pasqua from a New York-based advertising firm said: "This is the first time they are in the position of selling themselves to people, as opposed to selling themselves to brands".
Mario Queiroz, Vice President of Product Management for Google said that the company was about to start its major advertising power on Pixel, we didn't get an exact dollar amount. We were teased that Google would be buying ads during Thanksgiving football games, which we all know are very lucrative - thus, very expensive.
Google has already sold out of its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, with the larger 128GB models of both handsets selling out quickly, followed by the 32GB version.
The Google Store ran out of the 128GB models first, most likely because there's no 64GB option - so people like myself will jump to the larger version, as we have a lack of expandable storage. Google is selling its first premium smartphones in two sizes: 5-inch and 5.5-inch with the Pixel, and Pixel XL respectively.
As for the pricing on Pixel:
- Pixel 32GB - $649
- Pixel 128GB - $749
- Pixel XL 32GB - $649
- Pixel XL 128GB - $869