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Ron Amadeo
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Wear 2.0 is out!

Here's 7000 words about Android Wear 2.0 and the LG Watch Sport. I am really digging some of the standalone features. I'd love to see smaller hardware and better Google apps, but so far, this is pretty cool. 

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Android Everywhere
I wrote a fun article about Android infiltrating all the "other" screens that are floating around out there, like ATMs, Kiosks, and cars. I'm not sure if it is actually ready to do that, but Android and ARM seems on its way to replacing Windows and x86 as the "default" computer base. It's way cheaper and more customizable. 

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I don't really have strong feelings about the Pixel phones because there isn't much different about them. It's iPhone hardware, which is fine, it's just boring.

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Allo stuff, Part 2: When do we get the US-centric version of Allo?

I think it's clear Allo was designed targeting the developing world. Places like Google's second-favorite country, India. In India, the low-connectivity, single-device use case is prevalent, and that's what Allo is designed around. Most of Allo's weird design decisions can be explained with "That's how things work in India."

So when do we get a version of Allo targeted at the developed world? If Hangouts is pivoting to an "enterprise app," Allo is Google's only consumer facing IM program, so when do we get the high-connectivity, multi-device version of Allo?

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Ron hates on Allo, Part 1 of 2

Part 2 coming... tomorrow probably.

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Kill me now.
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Someone stop Samsung from Samsunging
Samsung wants to make the battery icon green but that's AGAINST THE RULES, man. The CDD mandates that your status bar icons be white.

It's pretty easy to see why. Open Hangouts. You now have a green status bar. A green icon with a green background is going to look pretty dumb. 

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Speculative Pixel launcher photoshop with circle icons and nav bar modeled after +David Ruddock's descriptions.  

I don't hate this.

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Pixel C with Nougat
The general message when the Pixel C was released was "just wait until Android N is out!" and many of the complaints about the device would be fixed. Well Nougat is out, so it's time for another look at the Pixel C.

It's still not great. There's a lot of uncommon features here (the landscape orientation, the physical keyboard, being a tablet) that aren't supported well by third-parties or even Google. Third parties can get away with not supporting an uncommon device configurations, but Google can't.

Split screen is a huge Improvement when you're in an app, but the OS doesn't bring much more than that to tablets. My advice to Google is pretty simple: Stop pushing $500 tablets if you are unwilling to make tablet software.

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Galaxy Note 7 Review

It feels like we're experiencing a shift in the market. When you can get a great phone with high end specs for $400, these $800+ have a much harder time justifying their price tags. Samsung's answer is "lots and lots of extras" that are questionably useful.

Combined with Samsung's decision to send the good 6GB-of-RAM version to China only, it's hard to recommend spending double the price of a OnePlus 3 on the Note 7. It's a fine phone if you have lots and lots of money to spend, but your money will go further with other OEMs.
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