Verizon is known for bundling large amounts of pre-installed applications with little value, hence the term 'bloatware.' Unfortunately, it seems like the Verizon-sold Google Pixel phones are no exception.
According to a page on Verizon's website, the Pixel includes eight "Preloaded Play Store Apps," besides the usual Google-made apps bundled with most Android devices. The included apps from Verizon are My Verizon, Go90, and VZ Messages. There are other Google apps pre-loaded outside of the usual bundle as well, including Allo, Duo, Android Pay, Docs, and Keep.
Unfortunately, Verizon does not make it clear if their bloatware applications are uninstallable or not. Read More
As expected, both the 5-inch Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL are compatible out of the box with Project Fi, Google's MVNO (it would be news if they weren't). Google also announced just over a dozen of other international partners around the world. Read More
The Pixels were announced today, and there's no other way to put it - they're pretty expensive. The line starts at $649.99 for the smaller, 32GB Pixel and maxes out at $869.99 for the 128GB XL. That's iPhone-esque pricing (the devices literally cost exactly the same as comparable iPhone 7s do). However, if you're a Verizon customer, you have an option to ease the pain; Best Buy is offering customers who pre-order and activate the Pixel and Pixel XL a $100 gift card and a free Chromecast. Read More
The Pixel and Pixel XL are seriously expensive phones, aiming directly at the iPhone and Galaxy devices at the top of the market. To help set them apart, Google announced that it would offer live support for owners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It comes in call or chat form, and users can even share their screen with support agents in real time. Amazon has tried something similar, and just like the Fire tablets, this is pretty clearly intended to help out non-technical users. The feature was leaked back in the summer. Read More
Google's new smartphones were, well, exactly what we expected. They're expensive, they have high-end components, and they feature industrial design by Google. There's a big one and a small one, and the only real differences between the two are those of proportion (battery size and pixel density).
Pricing for the 5" Pixel starts at $649 with 32GB of storage, and the 128GB Pixel XL runs all the way up to $869. They can be substantially more expensive depending on where you live, too. As such, there is no doubt that Google is uninterested in being a champion of the "phone of the people" pricing model in 2016. Read More
Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled earlier today alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL, but there's still a fair bit we don't know about it. Now, thanks to a source from Google, we've got a list of both Pixel-exclusive and non-exclusive changes. (It's unclear which category the Pixel C falls under.) Read More
Phone makers have long given device colors unnecessarily esoteric names, but Google is going for raw descriptiveness with the Pixel phones. You have Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. The blue offering is certainly bold, and probably the most divisive choice. However, you don't even have the option of getting a Really Blue Pixel unless you're in the US. That will change, though. Read More
For those of you who were worried about Google's current Android devices not receiving Android 7.1 Nougat, don't be; Google has confirmed that the Pixel phones' current software version will be arriving on Nexus devices and the Pixel C before the end of the year. However, these devices won't be receiving some Pixel-exclusive (Pixelsclusive?) features. Read More
The branding change with Google's in-house smartphones this year means more than different names for the phones. All the stuff related to the phones has to change too. For example, Nexus Protect. The device insurance program started last year has been renamed to just "Device Protection." The details appear to be mostly the same, though. Read More
Starting with the Nexus One in 2010, Google has maintained the Nexus line of phones, tablets, and media players. In recent history, the Nexus line became known for (relatively) inexpensive devices with timely Android updates. But it looks like the Nexus 6P and 5X will be the final devices to bear the Nexus name.
Google confirmed to us at their Pixel event today that they have no plans to develop future Nexus products. Presumably, all of Google's hardware efforts moving forward will be under the Pixel banner, which already is populated by phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.
While it might be easy to consider the Nexus lineup as the best Android devices hands-down, it did have difficulties. Read More