Google Pixel smartphones

Google refreshes smartphone brand, launches “Pixel” phones starting from $649

Consumers are accustomed to paying a premium for an iPhone, but will it work for a Google phone?
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 on mission to kill the DSLR

It looks like Apple is on a mission to kill more than just the headphone jack. Camera. Camera. Camera. For a relatively long segment of today's Apple presentation, the emphasis was on the innovative software technology behind the camera in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rather: cameras. As...
Pebble Health App Updates 2016

Pebble 4.0 is here, all about “glance and go” and fitness tracking

In advance of its next wave of smartwatches -- Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 -- the upstart company that continues to innovate where others have slowed has released a significant update. Pebble today took the wraps off its latest software update. The Silicon Valley-based wearable company says the new 4.0 release...
Pebble OS 4 - Timeline Quick View

Pebble smartwatch OS update brings unobstructed, Wear-like notifications

Pebble just keeps getting better and better. But will it be enough? Nextgen Pebble smartwatches are around the corner. In the coming months the Silicon Valley upstart will ship the Pebble 2 ($129) and Pebble Time 2 ($199). Update models include heart rate monitors, larger e-paper displays, and even better...
Google Android N Preview

Google’s Android 7.0 “Nougat” update coming later this month

Cringe-worthy naming aside, "Nougat" should be arriving next week. At least for some smartphones. Version 7.0 of Google's mobile operating system brings a slew of refinements that make Android easier to use, and more powerful. I've been running 7.0 Nougat on a Nexus 6 and posted some impressions earlier here. While...
Android 7.0 Nougat What's New: Multi-Window Mode

Android News: What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat?

Android 7.0 is just around the corner. What should we expect from Google's next major release, code-named Nougat, when it drops in the next few weeks? For one, don't expect earth-shattering updates. Android, like iOS, is a mature mobile operating system and platform with broad support, including massive development community....

Nexus 6P: Finally a really, really good Android camera

Finally! After a short working vacation I've come to a somewhat shocking, even revelatory conclusion: The Nexus 6P camera is actually very good. That's after using Android-based smartphones for the better part of the last eight years. And every one with a sub-par camera. It all started with the (superb) Motorola Droid in...
Pebble Time vs Pebble Time 2 bezel size

Wearables Report: Was Pebble’s $12.8 million Kickstarter campaign a success?

Perspective, it's an an interesting thing. By all accounts Pebble's third Kickstarter campaign -- for two updated Pebble smartwatches and an Android-powered fitness tracker aimed at runners -- is a smashing success: 66,673 backers $12,779,843 pledged Not too shabby. In fact the result ranks it as third highest ever Kickstarter. As a long-time Pebble...
HTC Google T1 Phone - 2008

Homegrown phone – Is Google aiming to be more like Apple?

Being open is both a blessing and a curse. One the plus side, others can run hog wild. In the case of Google's Android operating system that means manufacturers can build handsets to their heart's content. Large. Small. Cheap. Premium. They can run near stock Android (Moto X Pure) or come...
Apple Watch OS 3 WWDC

Apple watchOS 3: Apps to load up to 7x faster

The agony may soon come to an end. Anyone who owns an Apple Watch know the one huge, frustrating issue that plagues the wearable: apps are so very, very slow. As in so slow, many choose never to use them at all, instead using the Apple Watch primarily for notifications...