The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 6/12 – 6/16
Sprint will carry the Essential PH-1 as an exclusive device
America’s network carriers are engaged in a vicious price war. We’ve seen the big four rush to provide the best value for customers, such as the re-introduction of unlimited data plans and a number of carriers gaining device exclusive deals with manufacturers, such as Verizon grabbing the Google Pixel. Monday saw America’s fourth largest carrier, Sprint, acquire the exclusive rights to sell the new Essential PH-1 smartphone. This arrangement should be beneficial for Essential, as they will gain an inroad into the U.S. market and Sprint will be marketing the device. For Sprint, the carrier has gained an interesting new entrant to the smartphone market. [Read More]
Huawei’s new Honor 9 is official
Huawei has announced the Honor 9 smartphone. This device has a glossy metal and glass finish, similar to the HTC U 11, and a 5.15-inch 1080p resolution display. Huawei is using their own in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset matched up to either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, with storage options being 64GB or 128GB, both with a microSD card slot. The rear camera assembly consists of a 20MP and 12MP combo with an aperture of f/2.2, and a front camera of 8MP resolution with an aperture of f/2.0. The phone introduces Huawei Pay, which uses NFC for transactions, and will be available starting June 16 in China. [Read More]
The Google Pixel Launcher has been installed on over 1 million devices
The Google Pixel Launcher is now available to install for many customers, which means the number of existing installs may be estimated from the Play Store entry and it’s around the one million point, having very recently passed the 500 million+ point. Does this mean that one million Google Pixel devices have been sold, as until recently the launcher has been an exclusive for the two Google Pixel smartphones? It seems like a reasonable prediction, but we were expecting a higher figure considering all the shortages and delays. [Read More]
Manu Gulati, former Apple chipset designer, joins Google
Manu Gulati, a former senior Apple chipset designer, announced on LinkedIn that he is now Google’s Lead System-on-Chip Architect. Gulati has been credited with bringing Apple’s custom chipsets to the market, starting with the 2010 Apple iPad and the Apple A4. His recruitment lends credibility to the rumors that Google is planning to design custom chipsets for future Pixel devices. The tech giant could use this to improve the customer experience across the board. [Read More]
Google may be using LG for the 2017 Google Pixel XL 2
This week we’ve seen plenty of news stories and rumors surrounding the next generation Google Pixel smartphones, including how one prototype has been cancelled in favor of a larger device. There have been three code-names linked with the next generation Google Pixel, these being the ‘Walleye’ (believed to be the Google Pixel 2), the ‘Muskie’ (believed to be the original Google Pixel XL 2) and the ‘Taimen’ (now believed to be the Google Pixel XL 2). The smaller Walleye model is said to be in the works by HTC, though nothing has been confirmed. As for the Taimen device, an entry has been discovered citing ‘LGE’ (LG Electronics) as part of the bug history indicating that LG could be the producer for Pixel XL 2. [Read More]
LG debuts ‘Second Year Promise’ for LG G6
LG has introduced their ‘Second Year Promise’ for all new customers of the LG G6 smartphone, and those existing customers who bought the device either direct or through one of LG’s retail partners, such as Best Buy. LG’s offer provides qualifying customers with a second year warranty including a two business day, doorstep replacement device policy. It’s great to see LG supporting their flagship product with a second year of warranty, and perhaps this is a new battleground for the manufacturers. Offering a longer warranty than the standard twelve months could be a useful incentive for a potential purchaser looking to pick up a 2017 flagship device. [Read More]