In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss Google’s big hardware announcement and its new Pixel phones, Google Wi-Fi, Google Home, Chromecast Ultra and Daydream View VR devices. How do the new Pixel phones compare to the outgoing Nexus devices? And has Google finally found a way into our living rooms?
Running time: 51:34
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<p>I don’t think these guys get it. The Pixel is not re-branded Nexus, it’s a phone made by Google just as much as the iPhone is made by the $700+ iPhone. Paul says he’s skeptical, because Android has issues, whereas iPhone does not. Well, isn’t it well known that the marriage between iOS and Apple hardware play an important part with functionality and usability? This is exactly what the Pixel promises as they are doing the same thing with Android and the hardware. Where Apple employs Foxconn to assemble their device, Google employs HTC. Have these guys seem the intial hands on reviews on Youtube? The consensus is, the phone is super-fast and super-fluid. Truthfully, I am excited for this phone. If the Pixel becomes even at least "mildly successful," I can’t see other smartphone companies, like Motorola, LG, and even Samsung follow suit. Perhaps Samsung will install less bloat on the their handsets. </p>
<p>Is the Pixel expensive? Yes, but so is the Galaxy Note and the iPhone. If Google is very confident with the phone, they just built, then more power to them. After all, people spend money to buy $700-$800 iPhones and Galaxies, I don’t see why the hesitancy with the accepting the Pixel’s price. The phone reasonably promises to be equal to the iPhone in everything and groundbreaking in other things. After all, the Google Assistant is amazing. The Assistant is probably worth the extra money over Siri. </p>
<p>Andrew and Paul, needs to recognize that Google isn’t just selling a phone. They’re selling a lifestyle. In Mac terms, this truly an "iLife." In Microsoft terms, it’s called "Unfair" (LOL). </p>