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Made by Google device wish list for 2021

  There’s no doubt Google-made devices are coming this year, we just don't know when exactly. Although if we look at Google's history we can point to the fall for their main product releases. Since we know devices are coming I started to recently think about what I want to see. Like a wishlist of Made by Google devices that I can persuade Google to create these would be it. But first, let's quickly see what we expect to see this fall. Based on rumors we should see... Pixel 6 . This is the one device Google will make no matter what as it is the primary way Google introduces the newest version of Android to the world. The interesting thing is that Google is making its own chip for the smartphone. The design is to be radically different based on recent reports along with upgraded cameras. Pixel Watch. With Google introducing a new version of Wear OS I don't think they should take the chance of putting that responsibility on another OEM. For this reason alone I think this

Incoming: Android 12 looks to overhaul UI/UX in a major way

  This is probably the biggest change to the UI/UX since Kitkat for Google and it could not have come at a better time. To Google’s credit, the UI didn't seem old or outdated, however, the change is welcomed. And it's not just a coat of paint either. Google also took the time to make things faster and work more efficiently.  Some things Google pointed out below… Personalization Starting with Android 12 on Pixel devices, you’ll be able to completely personalize your phone with a custom color palette and redesigned widgets. Using what we call color extraction, you choose your wallpaper, and the system automatically determines which colors are dominant, which ones are complementary, and which ones just look great. It then applies those colors across the entire OS: the notification shade, the lock screen, the volume controls, new widgets, and much more. Fluid animations From the moment you pick up an Android 12 device, you’ll feel how it comes alive with every tap, swipe, and scrol

Google Nest makes some pretty good sounding speakers | My mid 2021 Nest lineup review

  I’ve been meaning to write a review on the 2020 Nest Audio but decided to review the entire current Google Nest speaker lineup as of mid-2021. Personally, I believe that Google hit the ball out of the park with what they have to offer and I will tell you why. Nest Audio - is the latest smart speaker from Google and it builds on the OG Google Home from way back when. The 2020 Nest Audio is better designed and the sound of the speaker is significantly improved. The Nest Audio is much more dense and heavy and the sound that it produces is a reflection of that heft. I liked that Google got rid of the radiators that were featured on the Google Home giving the Nest Audio a much more natural sound. Bass is prominent while the mids and highs are rich even at high volume. Of course, the Google smarts are there making this speaker quite the upgrade over the previous model. I'm no audiophile but these speakers will provide the sound you want in just about any space in a home. Nest Mini -

Google's newest OS lands first in an unlikely device

  This week, Google sort of announced on Twitter that they are rolling out their brand new OS (Fuchsia) to the OG Nest Hub from 2018. The overall look and feel will be the same, although I am hoping for a boost in performance. The update can be yours if you join the Preview program and wait for the update to push to your device. For the uninitiated, Fuchsia is an open-source capability-based operating system developed from the ground up by Google. The project has been in development for years (since 2016) and is finally making its way to a consumer device. There have also been rumblings that Google will eventually bring the OS to phones, tablets, and laptops.  From the looks of it Google is just getting started with the new OS and I am eager to see where we can see Fuchsia next. I don't expect Google to talk about any plans for Fuchsia’s future until IO next year. I think Google has big plans for Fuchsia. We just might have to wait for a bit to see their end goal.

Google Pixel 6 leak shows the beginning of something special

  We won't see the Pixel 6 until this fall but we did get quite the preview by way of a leak from the infamous Jon Prosser . There is a lot here so I will break it down just a bit. Let's start with what we don't know. Well, we don't know if the cameras are upgraded to a newer sensor but my best guess is that they are. Then there's the processor situation. Again, we can presume Google is using their own in-house base chip based on leaks but we don't know for sure.  Now with what we don't know out of the way we can touch on what the renders are showing us. First thing is that we will have an XL version or in this case a Pro version based on a report in the same leak. To be honest, I’m a fan of the regular variant and a XL variant based on just size. However, in this report, we can expect some key differences not just based on size alone. The other difference could be an additional camera that's expected to be a telephoto lens. I'm a fan of small phones

Sticky Google services I actually pay for

  I've been meaning to write about this for some time now and I'm just getting around to it. Google has slowly built an ecosystem of not just devices but services that have become a part of me and my family's everyday life. I find these services to be very reliable, comparable to the competition, and worth the asking price. Youtube Music/Premium - I have a family plan and been a subscriber since Google Play Music. The service was a little rough around the edges, to say the least at first but as Google does they iterated the hell out of the service. I now find it to be better than Google Play Music and see why the change was made. Looking forward to new features and updates in the future. Near future, I hope. Youtube TV -  I've been a subscriber since early on and I love the service. Unlimited DVR is a killer feature along with profiles for each user. Google has added channels over time and lost some, unfortunately. But YTTV is a solid service and the best out of the bu

JBL Endurance Peak 2 are my favorite workout headphones and its not even close

  Not that long ago I was looking for some workout earphones that would work well with my Pixel 5. I came across a few before deciding to go with these and the main selling point for me is Fast Pair. Fast Pair is what Google calls its nearby Bluetooth LE protocol that allows Android devices to communicate with. It also features account syncing, locating lost devices, and battery stats for each individual earbud and case. Forgive the tangent but this technology is pretty cool. So back to what I was saying. The earphones of course had to feature Fast Pair, have a good IP rating, sound good, and have the earhook design. The earhook design was not as important but I am glad that JBL made it for these earphones. In short, the Endurance Peak 2 delivered on everything I previously mentioned. It also has some pretty good touch controls where you skip tracks and turn the volume up or down. Cool features Powerhook is the earhook that also doubles as the on/off switch for each of the earbuds. Th

Wear OS gets Gboard and I'm digging it

  Sometimes the smallest of updates can make an impact on the user experience and that's what Google did today when they announced Gboard for Wear OS. It's very similar to what we had previously. You can swipe but Google also took time to add more features including emoji support right from the keyboard. Check out more below. Type effortlessly with Gboard With the new Gboard on Wear OS, it’s now a breeze to reply to a text, search for new apps on Google Play, and enter your passwords using the watch. We’re excited to share with you our favorite new features: Message the way you want to: Gboard supports multiple input methods so you can communicate whichever way you like. Text using the QWERTY keyboard and gesture input, or use voice input for a hands-free approach. And when things just can’t be expressed in words, the integrated emoji palette comes in handy. Enhanced suggestions and corrections: Scrollable word suggestions provide more options when you’re texting, so you can fi

Google I/O '21 excitement

  I should probably put my expectations in check but I am already excited for Google I/O. With Google deciding to skip I/O altogether last year I guess there is some legit build-up for us that happen to be fans of their platforms. At least me... I will definitely be watching the keynote and starred a bunch of sessions and events just to see what's new.  If you’re interested I will have a list of what I have starred below. Things seem different this year but I assume all of the talks will also be available through the normal channels on Youtube. Well, hopefully… So why am I so excited I have no idea what’s coming besides the usual software updates for Android, Assistant and the like. But this year feels like the first time in a long time that Google is not in complete transition mode so we should see some pretty significant things as Sundar Pichai mentioned recently in Google’s earnings call. I won't speculate on what will be announced at I/O however I don't foresee any hard