Squeezing a smartphone to launch an app sounds like an odd gimmick, but after using the HTC U11 for the past few months, I’ve come to realize how innovative the feature is. Squeezing to launch the camera app, Google Assistant, Alexa or any other app on my smartphone has proven helpful time and again. The U11 even allows for custom actions. For example, U11 owners can use the feature to skip a song, start composing a new tweet and switch between the smartphone’s two cameras. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature a similar functionality called Active Edge. While Active Edge sounds like a copy of Edge Sense, it’s far from it, due to the fact that it does so much less. Pixel 2 users can take advantage of Active Edge to launch Google Assistant and silence a phone call with a simple squeeze, that’s it. While using Active Edge to launch Google Assistant is practical, the fact it’s not possible to do much else with the feature, is a lost opportunity. Squeezing … [Read more...] about Showdown: HTC U11’s Edge Sense vs Pixel 2 and 2 XL’s Active Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are finally out and if you’re wondering about the camera, you’ve come to the right place. Samsung’s cameras have always been good, but how does the S9 Plus stack up against the competition? The Google Pixel 2 XL is one of the main contenders, so we decided to the two phones in a shootout. Samsung touts improved camera performance, thanks to its dual-aperture, dual cameras, multi-frame processing, superior slow motion, and more. Those fancy specs don’t always translate to superior images. Even when they do, sometimes it’s not by much. That is what we are trying to find out here. Editor's PickCamera shootout: Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel 2 XL Flagships like the LG G7, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and others may still be months away from launching, but with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, a fresh camera comparison was … We have taken a slew of identical shots with … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Camera comparison
Sometimes, you just need a friend to convince you that you're right. Over the past weeks, I've had a few friends who are "lifelong" iPhone users message me and ask about switching away from Apple. They want to break their biannual iPhone upgrade cycle and eschew the new iPhone X for the Google Pixel 2. One of my friends wrote me this:"I'm really over Apple iPhones. I'm kind of into the Pixel 2, but that's only on Verizon, right? I don't like their unlimited plans. I like the iPhone X, but don't want it."After receiving a handful of similar messages, I decided to take this Pixel pining seriously and share my experiences with both phones. This comparison is less about proving which phone is "better," and more about why the Pixel 2 is a solid upgrade for someone who's always owned an iPhone. Now Playing: Watch this: The Pixel 2 makes it OK to leave Apple and skip the iPhone... 5:42 So much cheaperLet's start with cost. A new 64GB Pixel 2 is $350, £370 or AU$500 cheaper … [Read more...] about Why the Pixel 2 might be the best iPhone upgrade
Analytics and marketing platform DeltaDNA has found Apple’s, Google’s and Samsung’s latest smartphone models achieve stellar game monetization numbers. According to the study, these smartphones achieve monetization numbers 270 percent above the industry average. DeltaDNA states that, normally, about two to three percent of smartphone gamers make in-app purchases in free-to-play mobile games. With an average value of $1.50 USD, during the lifetime of an app. However, that number increases immensely with the newer devices. 10.23 percent of gamers make in-game purchases on an iPhone X, with an average cost of $3.77. Here’s the complete list of smartphones, along with how many users spend in-game money and how much money is spent per game. DeltaDNA’s study surveyed 1.7 million North Americans that use an iPhone 8, iPhone X, Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8 devices. The study took into account the number of players who spend money on in-app … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X users spend the most in-game money: study
Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday. A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Huawei P20 Pro international giveaway: Moosa K. (South Africa) We are giving away a brand new Google Pixel 2 XL courtesy of the AA Deals Store!This week, the AA Deals Store is offering a fantastic discount on The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Bundle. Whether you’re a complete beginner or just need to take your skills to the next level, this Ultimate Excel Bundle is exactly what you need. It covers everything from the basics to more advanced things, like programming macros and VBA code. On completion of the course, you’ll be awarded an internationally recognized diploma in Microsoft Excel. The best part? It’s available on the AA Deals Store right now for just $34. That’s 96 percent off! Google’s latest flagships are finally here, and they’re great. Both the Google Pixel 2 … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 2 XL international giveaway!
Best Buy is currently selling the Google Pixel 2 XL with a $500 discount. That’s not a typo. You can get a Pixel 2 XL today and pay as little as $350 for it. That’s nuts! What’s the catch? Ahh, yes, the catch. The deal is a combination of a $200 Best Buy instant discount followed by $300 worth of bill credits from Verizon when you buy the phone on a device payment plan. So no, it’s not just a straight $500 off and you pay $350 up front to walk away. Instead, you have to sign-up and pay for the phone over a 2-year period. OK with that? If you are, the 64GB Pixel 2 XL in Just Black or Black & White will cost you just $14.57/mo. If you want to double the storage to 128GB, then the monthly cost only jumps to $18.74/mo. These are the Verizon models, so you will have to attach them to Verizon. Buy Pixel 2 XL … [Read more...] about DEAL: Umm, the Pixel 2 XL is $500 Off at Best Buy