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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. 
Kiosks, cars, ATMs—if it has a screen, it will probably soon run Android.
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+Arthur Zakaryan There is no Andromeda. Listen to the All about Android podcast with +Hiroshi Lockheimer!
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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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What are the odds that Allo will be the default messenger on the pixel phones, and that's when it will get SMS support. They said fragmentation was an issue for not having it initially, but it if it's a pixel exclusive (at least at first) I could see them holding off the update until after the 4th 
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Kill me now.
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+Ron Amadeo​ thank you 😊
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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.
Google throws Pixel C users a bone with split screen, but still neglects tablet basics.
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I think ChromeOS with Play Store and Android Apps would be the better option for a device like Pixel C. I'm not sure however, if Google will provide this update path for the Pixel C .
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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.
Samsung's latest offers the best of 2016 technology but with a 2013 price tag.
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Speculative 2016 Nexus photoshopping: White phone = modded HTC A9 (possible 5-inch 2016 Nexus front as evidenced by this https://plus.google.com/+RonAmadeo/posts/EGjKs6rDZNU) black phone = Nexus 5X.

This is just for fun. Don't freak out too much. =)
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Why this big button bezel with nothing to fill! According to this photo, the device will be the size of 5X but comes with smaller size of screen ?'
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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.
Google brings premium hardware, but software is the key feature of these phones.
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Google's must successful hardware products have been the Chromecast and the Chromebook. What do they have in common? Low price/ high value. I'm sorry but Google isn't good at selling high end products in volume. The Pixel phones will not be any different. They should have stuck to making the best low/midrange phones. These phones have 0 chance to compete with Apple/Samsung
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Ron hates on Allo, Part 1 of 2

Part 2 coming... tomorrow probably.
Hands-on: As a smartphone-only service, Allo isn't ready for the modern world.
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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. 
Samsung versus Google: Can status icons be green? Google's docs say "no."
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+Jesus Barrientos cm has feature to invert colours in such situation lol
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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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Android 7.0 Nougat Review
In honor of the Nougat launch, here's 14,000 words about it. 
Big smartphones are everywhere, and Nougat's new features make them more useful.
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Extremely detailed review! Thanks for the job +Ron Amadeo
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If the new Nexuses and the HTC A9 are more-or-less sharing a front design, this video is a good bezel comparison. Imagine the white phone (the HTC A9) as the new 5-inch Nexus versus the Nexus 5X. Again, it's only the front and a few components are moved around, but it looks like the bezel-to-screen ratio is very close.
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+Meelis Väljamäe totally agree I carry the 5X now too. I miss the size of the nexus 5 and g2. Everyone forgets the g2 had a 5.2 inch screen and the physical size of that phone was a hair bigger than the screen. Idk why 2013 was the year to make the smallest bezzel on phones.
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