Samsung recently offered to give a $100 credit to owners of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet if they decide to go for a Samsung handset as their replacement unit. Various mobile operators, however, appear to be more flexible in letting customers choose whatever make or model they want in exchange for their Galaxy Note 7 devices.
Right after Google announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, it was also revealed that Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive wireless carrier in the United States to directly sell the devices.
As revealed by Google through its official blog site, its Project Fi wireless service now offers a new group plan that can include up to six users on a single plan for an additional $15 per month for each line of service. The extra $15 a month price already provides subscribers with all the standard Project Fi inclusions, as well as unlimited voice calls and text messaging. And like the service’s individual plan, customers are free to get an extra gigabyte of data for $10 per month.
According to research firm Gartner, global smartphone sales for 2016 will decline, marking two consecutive years of decline since 2015. The newest information from Gartner projects that total smartphone sales will decrease 1.6 percent this year. The company pointed out that the only area seeing growth in 2016 is the market for low cost smartphones that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system, especially those manufactured and shipped by phone makers based in China.
Shortly after Google officially introduced its two newest smartphone offerings -- the Pixel and the Pixel XL, reports immediately surfaced that Verizon Wireless was to be the exclusive carrier of the devices in the United States mobile market. But there are other reports too saying that the Pixel handsets will be made available as unlocked devices that can work on other networks.
The prevailing news this week is the recent unveiling of Google’s latest smartphone offerings -- the Pixel and the Pixel XL. These devices are the first smartphones to have support for the tech giant’s cool and conversational Google Assistant feature.
The new version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat, was not highlighted much during Google’s event this week. The reason may have something to do with the fact that the coolest features on the tech giant’s latest handsets, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, will not be included in the newest iteration of Android, after all.
Along with the newPixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google also took the opportunity to introduce a new virtual reality headset, the Daydream View, and it has a rather unique design -- its goggles is covered in fabric, which as explained by Clay Bavor, who heads VR projects at Google, is a direct result of working with clothing makers in designing the headset.
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