Tag Archive: Editors


From the Editor’s Desk: Late-breaking Pixel predictions

Hunches, predictions and gut feelings about what’s next from Google.

Pixel season is upon us, as Google prepares to show off next-gen hardware across several categories this coming Wednesday, October 4. It’ll also be the sixth Google fall hardware launch I’ve covered (either in person or remotely), the first being the venerable Samsung Galaxy Nexus back in 2011.

Usually that’d give you a fair bit of perspective — background knowledge to help you see what’s coming next  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: How much longer do we wait for Essential to figure it out?

Excitement can only last so long before we start expecting the product to match.

I published my initial Essential Phone review on August 18. 11 days later, after a few more software updates and extra time with it, I solidified the review with my final thoughts on the phone. But somehow, today, as we hit one month since Essential deemed its phones available and ready to review, the phone still doesn’t seem … complete. Though the Essential  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: HTC x Google

Is HTC on an inevitable path towards acquisition? And how might a Google buyout in 2017 look different to the Motorola deal of 2012?

So, Google might buy HTC’s smartphone business — or at least make a sizeable investment in the struggling phone maker. This story from the Taiwanese press, which broke on Thursday, has understandably invited rampant speculation around the future of what was once one of the biggest names in mobile.

To recap:

Chinese-language publication  [Read More…]

From The Editor’s Desk: Taking ‘stock’

We need to re-evaluate what we mean by “stock Android” in light of this year’s crop of Samsung phones.

On most Android sites, when you read or hear someone referring to “stock” Android, it’s usually with Google’s idea of Android in mind: clean home screen, light color scheme, and the bare minimum of accoutrements. Stock Android is also considered by many in the know to be the Platonic ideal of what Android should be, and it’s the  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Fun with HDR+

Port of Pixel camera app to other phones shows Google is still almost unmatched in computational photography.

One of the major trends in smartphones in the past year has been the rise of computational photography — using the vast computing power of modern phones to get better pictures from the tiny lenses and sensors in our devices. However wrong Vic Gundotra was in his recent tirade against Android cameras, he was basically right in saying that improvements  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: The Essentials

Andy Rubin’s new firm needs to act fast, and deliver a great product, if it’s to avoid being squeezed by the competition.

I haven’t written (or, if I’m honest, really thought a whole lot) about the Essential Phone since its announcement. Indeed, most of the hype around the device stems from the fact that it’s the brainchild of Android founder (and namesake) Andy Rubin. It’s obvious, but let’s state it upfront anyway: Tech media and tech enthusiasts probably wouldn’t  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Hitting the road

While we wait for the next big thing, it’s time to take stock, and a break.

I’m out of town. When you read this, I’ll be blissfully offline.

I often talk to my friends about phone addiction to understand how the effects of spending too much time with one’s screens impacts those whose lives don’t revolve around evaluating them. Studies continue to show that after spending too much time with phones, half-concentrating on the person talking to  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Why DxOMark scores are basically worthless

DxOMark controversy is back in the news this week, but the problem with the mobile camera rating system isn’t as simple as manufacturers ‘buying’ inflated scores.

This week, following a small amount of fanfare, the OnePlus 5 nabbed a DxOMark Mobile score of 87. A day later, as if timed perfectly to demonstrate the flaws of its rating system, DxO gave the LG G6 an 84. And the Internet is suitably riled up. Comment threads suggest something  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Coffee

Whether it’s good or bad, it’s all good.

I love good coffee, the kind that takes five minutes to brew with a precise pour over and a steady hand. I love it when the beans are ground so fine, and so fresh, they’re basically illegal. I love the ritual of preparation. It’s a peaceful, focused time.

I love bad coffee, the kind that you buy in drive-thrus and rest stops, the kind you gulp down so fast it burns  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Where next for OnePlus

With the arrival of the OnePlus 5, the company graduates from ‘startup’ status. So where does it go from here?

OnePlus had a great 2016. Last year, the company that made its name Never Settling settled into its groove. It gave us two of the best Android phones of the year at competitive price points and built vital carrier relationships while also catering to its core “unlocked” customer base. And it finally figured out software and OS  [Read More…]