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Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn’t, and what we want in 2019

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Google’s hardware division is a rare success story inside a remarkably successful company - and one that has taken the better part of a decade to meet that definition. Its ambitions in the physical product space have grown from a geeky internet sideshow into a full-scale retail assault, and 2018 saw that ascendance continue. For all the naysayers it’s had - and there have been many - Google continues to position its hardware portfolio exactly where it needs to be: in stores.

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Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn't, and what we want in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn’t, and what we want in 2019

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Google’s hardware division is a rare success story inside a remarkably successful company - and one that has taken the better part of a decade to meet that definition. Its ambitions in the physical product space have grown from a geeky internet sideshow into a full-scale retail assault, and 2018 saw that ascendance continue. For all the naysayers it’s had - and there have been many - Google continues to position its hardware portfolio exactly where it needs to be: in stores.

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Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn't, and what we want in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Year’s resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Many of you are visiting family for the holidays, which means you're sharing meals, telling stories, and exchanging gifts. In fact, quite a few of you may be giving phones or tablets to family members this year. If you're a regular around here, you're probably also known as the resident gadget expert, an honor that is both a compliment and a curse — you know what I'm talking about. While you might be trying to avoid impromptu tech support work, we would like to encourage taking a few minutes to do something for the greater good: Clean the trash apps from your family members' devices.

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New Year's resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008’s smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

Monday, December 24th, 2018

As you may have noticed, this post originally appeared on Android Police earlier in 2018. As much of the AP team is away for the holidays this week, we're showcasing some of our favorite posts of the year. Enjoy!

Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google's first Android effort back in 2008.

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Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

We’re keeping smartphones longer – and it’s going to make them crazy expensive

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Every two years, we buy a smartphone. At least, that’s what we’ve been told is reasonable to expect of the Average Person. And while reality means that this figure varies widely between any given two people, we do know that the companies that make and sell smartphones have this expectation. That, once a smartphone is two years old, most people are probably ready to get rid of it for something better.

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We're keeping smartphones longer - and it's going to make them crazy expensive was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A smart door lock might be the most sensible smart home gadget I’ve used

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

When it comes to home security, peace of mind and convenience are what matter to me, making a smart lock pretty damn appealing. We know that homes generally aren't targeted by burglars for a lack of obstacles, but for an abundance of opportunity (like an unlocked door!), and a smart door lock leaves one less thing to chance when you're away on vacation or at the office. All the locks in the world probably aren't going to stop someone truly determined to break into your home - so unless you're barring your windows and using solid exterior doors (and most US homes aren't), I don't think the physical security argument has many legs to stand on.

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A smart door lock might be the most sensible smart home gadget I've used was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008’s smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google's first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it's all true, but time has not been kind to the phone, and using it has made for a pretty rough week, even by my recent standards. 

Like the last three phones on this trip, I also assumed I'd have a fresh set of anecdotes from the experience to share, so that I could tell you all the ways its peculiarities, shortcomings, or strengths impacted my life in a way that was entertaining and informative.

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Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: Google’s 30% cut of Play Store app sales is nothing short of highway robbery

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Congratulations: You've finally developed your million-dollar app. You took a great idea, implemented it, built it into a polished UI, and tested it until you tracked down every last bug. Now it's ready for public release, so you can sit back, relax and ... earn just 70% of what users pay for your software? That doesn't sound right. Yet it's a position that mobile app developers everywhere find themselves in, one that's perched somewhere on the intersection between wildly unfair and mild extortion.

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Opinion: Google's 30% cut of Play Store app sales is nothing short of highway robbery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Using a Nexus One in 2018 gives ‘obsolete’ a whole new meaning

Monday, September 17th, 2018

I've been working my way back Google's Nexus line, re-examining older hardware and software for fun and profit. After the Nexus 5 and Galaxy Nexus, my every-other-phone cycle landed me on the Nexus One: the first Nexus smartphone. Never having used Android 2.3 Gingerbread or earlier full-time, I was curious to see what it would be like. So far as I can tell, the experience I missed out on is gone forever.

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Using a Nexus One in 2018 gives 'obsolete' a whole new meaning was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Police talks Apple: The biometric gap, shifting affordability, and Watch envy

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Last year, Apple's iPhone X literally changed how the company's customers used their phones, dropping such steadfast design choices as the home button and fingerprint sensor in pursuit of that all-screen dream. Yesterday's announcement wasn't as shocking, but it did democratize 2017's changes with the new, more affordable iPhone XR. In its own way, Apple is set yet again to change how its customers use its phones by delivering most of its flagship features at a new, more palatable price.

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Android Police talks Apple: The biometric gap, shifting affordability, and Watch envy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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