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Very bad news site says Pixel 4 “could be” modular because you’ll click on it

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

It's early, but my least favorite news story of 2019 so far is this awful garbage from T3, a tech news site from the UK, about the Pixel 4 potentially being "modular." I won't link to it (nice try, T3!), but I will give you the title and a synopsis.

EXCLUSIVE: Google Pixel 4 could be a fully customisable, modular smartphone

Essentially, the author argues that a patent (which is public record, by the way - hardly an exclusive) for some modular phone technology filed by Google indicates the (deep, sarcastic breath) ~*~POSSIBILITY~*~ that Google's next smartphone could use this technology.

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Very bad news site says Pixel 4 "could be" modular because you'll click on it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Five improvements we want from the Google Home 2

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

The original Google Home speaker launched all the way back in late 2016. A lot has changed since then — Assistant has become more powerful and multi-lingual, the Home Mini has been a wild success, the Home Max became a great option for audiophiles, and dozens of third-party Assistant speakers have hit the market.

In all that time, the speaker that started it all hasn't received any hardware revisions. Sure, it has received countless software improvements, but it still sounds the same and has the same air freshener design.

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Five improvements we want from the Google Home 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Rant: The obnoxious screen notch/punch-hole debate needs to end

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

In 2019, the most talked-about feature of any new smartphones is not the camera, processor, modem, or software. It is the shape and size of the area reserved for the sensors and cameras on the front - and it is time to just stop it.

Notches, punch holes, screen cutouts - whatever the hell you want to call them - are part of phones for the time being. They’re part of phones because the companies making the phones are desperate to find ways to excite us with new visual elements that keep our historically low attention spans long enough to sell us thousand dollar glass and aluminum bricks.

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Rant: The obnoxious screen notch/punch-hole debate needs to end was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Ready or not, 5G will probably be the death of these 3 smartphone companies

Friday, February 1st, 2019

5G is either the biggest change to our wireless world in decades or the most overhyped marketing spin from carriers in as long - and it all depends on just who you’re asking. Cynical tech journalists like me have real reason to downplay the technology’s importance and relevance to ordinary consumers, but we needn’t get into all that here. Carrier and phone manufacturers, meanwhile, believe it will usher in a new age of devices and use cases we can’t yet fully imagine.

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Ready or not, 5G will probably be the death of these 3 smartphone companies was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: An Ode to the Chromecast Audio

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

It's time to bid farewell to Google's audio streaming dongle, the Chromecast Audio. After a significant price drop late last year, its stock has since been depleted in the Google store and at Best Buy and other retail locations, and there are already eBay listings up asking for twice what the device was worth in its heyday.

The Chromecast Audio served as an incredible tool for those who merely wanted to sync their existing audio setups with the rest of their Cast-enabled devices.

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Opinion: An Ode to the Chromecast Audio 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

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.

Opinion: Chrome OS is buggier and more poorly designed than ever

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

I've used Chromebooks off and on for years. I used the first Dell Chromebook 11 for much of high school, then I purchased an ASUS C302 last year. The C302 is still one of the best laptops I've ever used, and that's mostly thanks to how Chrome OS has evolved over the past few years. It's no longer a browser-only thin client — it can run Android apps, Linux programs, and powerful web applications.

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Opinion: Chrome OS is buggier and more poorly designed than ever was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Shady smartphone maker Saygus is back – begging investors for money

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

While it wasn't pointed out to us until a couple of weeks ago, apparently smartphone non-maker Saygus published a blog post back in November of 2018, begging investors for cash. It's exactly the sort of desperation we'd expect of a company that announced a smartphone three years ago then never shipped it to anyone. And yet, Saygus came back again, and again, and again with excuses, telling would-be customers that their phone was only getting better, just a little delayed, and would be out shortly.

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Shady smartphone maker Saygus is back - begging investors for money 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.

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