Google's upcoming mid-range phone gives the Pixel 6 some stiff competition
Following the Google Pixel 6 series launch in October 2021, the company announced its mid-range Pixel 6a at Google I/O 2022. Despite its lower price, the Pixel 6a packs many of the same features and specs as the Pixel 6. So, should you buy the Pixel 6a and save some money instead? Or is the bigger Pixel worth the additional $149? Here's how the two phones match up.
The new OS version comes with some much-needed refinements following Android 12's big redesign
We've already had a chance to look at Android 13 extensively thanks to Google's developer previews, but with the arrival of Android 13 Beta 2, we're starting to see exactly how it'll shape up — on non-Pixel phones, no less. While it may feel like Android 12 has just been released, Google’s development cycle calls for a new Android version every year. To ensure it’s free of bugs and applications are ready for it, the company opens up its previews, and that's no different this time around. Given that we've had the chance to play with quite a few pre-releases already, there is a ton we've learned about the new OS version.
More different than alike
Comparison shopping between phone brands is a lot simpler than comparing two different models from the same company, and that's especially true with the latest Pixel 6 series. We reviewed both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and they aren't just bigger and smaller versions of each other; there are a few noteworthy differences between the two. To help you make your own purchasing decision (if you haven't already), we've both a detailed spec-by-spec comparison and our own assessment from having personally used both devices back-to-back.
The Phone 1 received a lot of attention to detail from its designers
After almost half a year of rumors, leaks, teasers, and pre-announcements, the Nothing Phone 1 is finally official. It was introduced during Nothing’s “Return to Instinct” event, involving the usual amount of pathos and claims of how much attention to detail went into the designing and production process. There is something to these claims, though — I can say as much after using the product for four and a half days. The Nothing Phone 1 may be a mid-range phone, but it looks and feels like it can match some of the best Android phones out there.
Building on the legacy of last year's phones
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro won our hearts when Google dropped them back in October 2021, and we've already had a glimpse of the upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro that will arrive later in 2022. Even though the Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro are among the best Android phones you can buy, they aren't without their flaws. By swapping from Qualcomm to its Tensor custom chipset, the company maximized performance for all sorts of AI-related features — seemingly at the cost of a slew of bugs and delayed updates. But it's a brand new year, and with the experience of 2021's flagships under its belt, Google giant is already teasing its upcoming Pixel 7 series.
Samsung's latest flagships compared
It used to be easy to decide which Samsung flagship to buy because the company only released one per year. Then, starting with the Galaxy S8 series, the company saw there was demand for an even larger high-end phone — and so the Plus variant was born. Fast forward to 2020 and Samsung adds the Ultra to the canon. So now there are three S-series flagships to choose from every year, and 2022's lineup is more compelling than ever, and some of the best Android phones you can buy. And while the trio are similar in many ways, there are some key differences that you may be essential for you.
These affordable fitness trackers from Amazon and Fitbit look the same but have very different approaches
You wouldn't usually associate Amazon with fitness tracking, but the company has managed to change this perception with its budget fitness tracker. The Halo View is Amazon's second fitness band focusing on holistic health rather than just your workouts and step counts. The Inspire 2 works as a relatively affordable entry point into Fitbit's ecosystem that now also includes a subscription-based Premium offering. Amazon is undercutting that with its own paid fitness service, but will a lower price alone be enough to convince buyers to go for the Halo View instead of the Inspire 2?
All the juiciest details about the upcoming Galaxy Watch
Samsung makes some of the best smartwatches you can buy right now, and we're big fans of the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic — but having been released in August 2021, they're nearly a year old at this point. Although Samsung's hard at work on a new set of watches in the rumored Galaxy Watch5 series, we've already heard plenty about the new generation. Interested in what Samsung's got cooking for its next wearables? Read on to find out.
One name across two years and three versions, with countless benefits and an impactful legacy
I’m clearly a big fan of Android, but even I can admit that the platform took a while to hit its stride. It wasn’t until Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that Android arguably started to feel feature-complete in the face of its (dwindling) competitors. But it was the various Android 4.X Jelly Bean versions that truly made Android start to feel like home for me. It was the era of Holo’s UI refinement and declining jank, the rise of Play Services, and the golden age of Android ROMs. And ten years ago today, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean descended on the world.
Rumors about the upcoming foldable phone are heating up
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip3 is one of the most interesting devices the company sells today. It doesn't have the horsepower of the Galaxy S22 Ultra or the same wow factor as the Galaxy Z Fold3, but it offers a convenient foldable experience for a price that's not entirely unusual for a high-end phone: $999. The phone was released last summer, so it's coming up on its first birthday, which means it's about due for an upgrade. Intrigued? Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4.
OnePlus founder Carl Pei’s new passion project will be fully revealed on July 12, 2022
The Nothing Phone 1 is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. This might be because of the company's viral marketing strategy that already worked so well for its first product, the Ear 1 earbuds. Nothing is carefully controlling what we get to know about the Phone 1, but as with any hardware launch these days, it's inevitable that a few more details see the light of day before the official launch event on July 12. Nothing CEO and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei himself is seeing to that, too. He is hyping the public with piecemeal information on the Nothing Phone, taking the conversation around the upcoming device into his own hands.
Battery-powered cameras go head to head, but only one can win!
Battery-powered and weather-resistant, the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery and the Nest Cam Battery are both connected security cameras made to be used anywhere. Made by Amazon and Google, the two cameras share a lot in common — but at an MSRP of $180, Google's offering costs nearly twice as much, and that's before Amazon Prime Day brings the Ring's price down even more. So how do the two cameras compare, and which is right for your home? Let's discuss.
From installing the Play Store to controlling your smart home gadgets
Amazon's lineup of Fire tablets are some of the best bang-for-your-buck devices you can find today — especially if you wait for a sale. With all three models now updated with modern processors and USB-C, it's a better lineup than ever. With Prime Day happening right now, Amazon's entire lineup of tablets is on sale, with discounts as deep as 50% off their usual prices. If you've recently picked up a Fire device but don't know where to start, here are the eight things you should do right away with your Fire device.
When deciding on Amazon's smart speakers, you must balance volume, quality, and price
As we stare down yet another Prime Day, discounts on Amazon devices are starting to crop up. If you're not already into a smart home ecosystem, it may be tempting to take this opportunity to get started with Alexa by way of Amazon's various Echo speakers. Tempted, but not sure where to start? Here, we'll help you decide which Echo speaker is right for your household.
Climb up on the smart speaker bandwagon with Alexa and Echo
Smart speakers are a quintessential modern luxury, but they're pretty affordable these days. Amazon's Echo speakers start at $50 for the basic Echo Dot and climb to $200 for the beefy Echo Studio, and they're frequently on sale. As Prime Day 2022 approaches, you'll have plenty of chances to grab one at a discount. On the fence? Here are eight reasons to buy an Amazon Echo.
Your devices will finally work together as they should
We can put computer chips in just about anything these days and turn them into smart devices. They are known as the Internet of things (IoT) devices, and with them, they can elevate our smart home experience like never before. They are connected to our home networks at all times, collect and share data, and can perform specific actions as well. You might actually have a few IoT devices in your home right now, most smart home products qualify: smart lights, smart speakers, smart thermostats, or even a washing machine with Wi-Fi capabilities.
Dealing with the portals to your love life is its own beast
Selena Gomez, one of the great philosophers of our time, once said that the heart wants what it wants. Of course, the head is a different beast altogether, and it's got a lot of priorities to juggle, but finding love is certainly in there somepalce. In the era of the internet, that means dating apps. They're topsy-turvy places because what or, rather, who you get out of these apps may not match up with the effort you put in. Sometimes, that effort also includes a good sum of money. Now, I'm no Dear Abby, but I think it's worth taking the time to figure out some principles to using these services before you try and find your next friend, bedmate, or life partner.
While Huawei is moving on with HarmonyOS, Honor’s latest watch feels stuck in limbo
Honor only recently split from its parent company, Huawei, back in 2020. The newly independent firm is working hard on building on its legacy while also moving forward on its own. However, losing Huawei's enormous research and development capabilities is a huge blow, and it’s one Honor needs to overcome before it can truly stand on its own. The company has already proven that it has the right building blocks set in place with devices like the Magic4 Pro, but it still has a lot of catching up to do. This becomes clearest when we look at some of Honor’s latest wearables, like the Watch GS 3.
'I'm Johnny Knoxville and this is Google Glass'
On this episode of the Android Police podcast, we look back a decade and remember what has to be one of the most exciting Google I/O conferences, bar none. Plus, we cover how you can opt out of T-Mobile selling your app usage data and strike up a conversation about Samsung's mobile accessories over some Starbucks.
Google's first ANC buds land this summer
We're less than a month from the release of the Pixel Buds Pro, the Google's upcoming premium true wireless earbuds. On paper, the new buds certainly sound compelling, boasting ANC, long battery life, and convenient features like wireless charging and Bluetooth multipoint. Sound up your alley? Here's everything you need to know.