Pixel 3a Arrival Sure Helped Google Sell Some Pixel Phones

Pixel 3a Arrival Sure Helped Google Sell Some Pixel Phones


During Google’s Q1 2019 earnings call in April, Google had to admit that they didn’t sell as many Pixel 3 phones as they had hoped. Instead of growth in their third year of Pixel phone releases, Q1 showed lower year-on-year sales, which is a wrong-direction type of trend.

For Q2, Google has a much more positive message to share around Pixel sales and it’s likely all thanks to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL that were introduced in May. Well, the arrival of those combined with wider distribution to more carrier and retail partners certainly helped a lot.

During today’s Q2 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that “overall Pixel unit sales in Q2 grew more than 2x year over year.” Again, this is the quarter immediately following a quarter where Google admitted that Pixel sales were lower.

Now, there are a couple of things to … Read the rest

Tip: If You Want to Use Google Keep for Shopping Lists, Add Items With Voice Search

Tip: If You Want to Use Google Keep for Shopping Lists, Add Items With Voice Search


In 2017, Google made a change to how it handles shopping lists through Google Assistant. Instead of allowing you to add items to their dedicated and fully-featured lists/notes app, Google Keep, they killed that integration and moved everyone over to a dedicated shopping list portal through Google Express. I think we all know why they made that move (💰), even if it annoyed the sh*t out of everyone.

After enough complaining or something, Google told us at Google I/O in 2018 that they’d soon let people choose default apps for both lists and notes in Assistant. The option to choose where you save notes to, when asking through Google Assistant, arrived towards the end of last year and remains there.

Around the time it showed up, a Googler popped into a reddit thread about a Google Keep update and suggested that default list choosing would be along shortly after. … Read the rest

Verizon Moto Z2 Force Getting Pie, Which Means 5G Moto Mod Support

Verizon Moto Z2 Force Getting Pie, Which Means 5G Moto Mod Support


We learned recently that Motorola decided against shipping out Pie to the Moto Z2 Force for customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. However, the Pie update was still green lit for Verizon, because without the Pie update, the phone wouldn’t support the 5G Moto Mod, and thus, not be able to access Verizon’s mobile 5G network.

Today, that Pie update is rolling out to Moto Z2 Force owners on Verizon.

While having Pie is great, and it comes with all of the features you expect to be inside of Pie (new navigation options, improved Do Not Disturb, etc.), this update brings support for the 5G Moto Mod, as Motorola said it would back in May.

The software version is labeled as PCX29.159-21 and we assume the package size is large.

Once updated, we assume getting 5G up and running on your Z2 Force is relatively painless. First, you’ll need … Read the rest

Moto E6 Now Available at Verizon for Only $149

Moto E6 Now Available at Verizon for Only $149


Motorola announced availability of the Moto E6 this morning, now available via Verizon for just $149.99.

The phone features a 5.5″ HD+ display (1440 x 720), Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3,000mAh battery, and runs Android Pie.

In Motorola’s press release, major focus was placed on three areas of the device — display, camera, and battery life. Detailed by Motorola, “The new E6 was designed with improved essentials in mind. With a 5.5” Max Vision display, more than a day of battery life , and a 13MP camera with premium features like portrait mode – the new moto e6 has everything you need for all day fun.”

Motorola states that this phone will be purchasable basically everywhere in the US. This includes Amazon, Walmart, T-Mobile, Best Buy, and a handful of other retailers. Availability at these other locations begins this summer, but for … Read the rest

T-Mobile Won’t Sell the Galaxy Fold

T-Mobile Won’t Sell the Galaxy Fold


T-Mobile was originally going to be one of only two US carriers that would sell the Galaxy Fold. However, this week the carrier confirmed that it has no intentions to sell the device when it hits the market in September.

No exact reason was provided, but when reached for comment concerning the attempted relaunch of the device, a T-Mobile spokesperson gave the following to The Verge.

T-Mobile will not carry the Galaxy Fold because we already offer customers a wide range of the latest smartphones. Please reach out to Samsung for any further inquiries.

To us, this sounds like T-Mobile has little faith that Samsung truly fixed the Galaxy Fold, as if to say, why even risk selling it to customers? Of course, public relations folk can’t say that type of stuff, so instead, they’re saying they already sell a bunch of phones and don’t plan on … Read the rest

I Took Two Busted Phones to uBreakiFix and This is How It Works

I Took Two Busted Phones to uBreakiFix and This is How It Works


I’ve accumulated a couple of cracked phones in recent months, thanks to my resistance to cases and having a 5-year old around. Because both phones happen to be phones (Galaxy S10e and Pixel 3a) I like a lot and do not want to pay to replace, I decided I’d go the uBreakiFix route to get them freshened up and back in working condition. And since some of you may be curious how this process works, I figured I’d at least document it for those who have questions.

Before we get into this, just know that this is in no way sponsored. I really do have a couple of broken phones that I want to get fixed, have used uBreakiFix before, and thought sharing the experience was worth it.

OK, this is how uBreakiFix works!


Step 1: Decide if your phone is worth replacing or fixing!

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Galaxy Note 10+ 5G for Verizon Disclosed, Appears to be Limited Time Exclusive

Galaxy Note 10+ 5G for Verizon Disclosed, Appears to be Limited Time Exclusive


Not too long ago in April, Verizon’s own CEO stated very clearly that Galaxy Note 10 would feature 5G. He didn’t clarify that there would be a specific 5G variant coming to Big Red, but it makes complete sense. Thanks to an image tweeted by @evleaks this week, it appears that the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is coming to Verizon, most likely as a limited time exclusive.

In the image, it states if you pre-order the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G you’ll receive a free Galaxy Note 10 should you get it on an Unlimited plan. It also says “Get it first at Verizon.”

Unlike the Galaxy S10+ 5G, it seems safer to assume that the 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10+ is simply a Galaxy Note 10+ with 5G connectivity onboard, but those details aren’t yet known.

Galaxy Note 10 will be announced on August 7.

Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

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A New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Box Showed Up at the FCC!

A New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Box Showed Up at the FCC!


Remember back in June when we saw hints of a refreshed NVIDIA SHIELD TV box possibly on the way? That new NVIDIA SHIELD TV stopped by the FCC today and isn’t being shy about what it’ll do.

The device, which is clearly referred to as “SHIELD Android TV Game Console,” was tested for Bluetooth and WiFi. We also know from the name that it does indeed run Android TV. The FCC ID is VOB-P3430 and the model number is that last part, P3430.

NVIDIA’s filing has mostly been opened up, but as is usual, they hid any photos of the device for some time. Those will be revealed in January of 2020, though the device will likely be announced well before then.

As a user of both previous NVIDIA SHIELD TVs, I can tell you that this is something to keep an eye on if you’ve been scoping the Android … Read the rest

DEAL: Misfit Vapor 2 is $179 Today With Code ($70 Off)

DEAL: Misfit Vapor 2 is $179 Today With Code ($70 Off)


The Misfit Vapor 2 is a part of a surprise deal today that slashes $70 off the watch’s full price. At a $70 discount, you’ll pay just $179.99 for this Wear OS device rather than $250.

To recap, the Misfit Vapor 2 comes in two case sizes of 46mm or 41mm and with displays sizes of 1.4″ or 1.2″. respectively. You’ll also find 4GB storage within, 512MB RAM, 330mAh or 300mAh batteries, heartrate sensors, GPS, NFC, 30M water resistance, and Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors. The Vapor 2 is available in a number of colors and finishes, as well as various bands.

To get the deal, hit that link below and use code “BEBOLD” at checkout. The code expires 8/1 at 11:59PM Pacific.

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Voices in AI – Episode 92: A Conversation with Chris Duffery

Voices in AI – Episode 92: A Conversation with Chris Duffery

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About this Episode

Episode 92 of Voices in AI features Byron speaking with Chris Duffey about the nature of creativity and how machine intelligence can interact with creative concepts.

Listen to this episode or read the full transcript at www.VoicesinAI.com

Transcript Excerpt

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by GigaOm and I’m Byron Reese. Today my guest is Chris Duffey. He spearheads Adobe’s Creative Cloud strategic development partnerships across the creative enterprise space. His keynotes have received over 50 million impressions. His work has been featured in a hundred or more global media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Inc, Adweek and on and on and on. He’s also the author of Superhuman Innovation: Transforming Businesses with Artificial Intelligence. Welcome to the show, Chris.

Chris Duffey: Thanks for having me. Great to be here.

I’d like to start off with: what is intelligence? Read the rest