Tag Archive: Editors


Video: Google I/O 2017 impressions from the AC editors

It’s been a busy couple of days in Mountain View, with big announcements from Google around Android, VR, AR, AI and other acronyms. Google I/O is a platform for developers, enthusiasts and journalist to learn about what’s next from the company, and this year’s event continued many of the trends that Google kicked off in 2016: virtual reality, with the unveiling of Daydream 2.0 and standalone headsets from HTC and Lenovo.

Google Assistant became more capable with new regional  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Google I/O 2017 and beyond

Get ready for the most interesting I/O in years.

In just over a week’s time, we’ll be heading out to Mountain View for Google I/O, the annual developer conference where we’ll see, in broad terms, what’s next from Google. At its core, I/O is a developer conference, but it’s also been a platform for other major announcements from the firm, and sometimes the occasional product launch. Looking back at last May’s conference, Google foreshadowed its big push  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Is Android O a boring release?

The lack of new whizbang user-facing features in O is a sign of Android’s maturity, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see big surprises for non-phone devices.

The big Android story of the week was Android O. Based on what we know about O so far, it would appear to be one of those Android releases, like KitKat or Marshmallow that tunes things up, adds under-the-hood enhancements and builds on already solid foundations.

There are important features  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Welcome to the ‘tall phone’ era

The new form factor for phones is narrow and tall — and probably for the best.

Smartphones were in a bit of a holding pattern for the past couple of years with 16:9 aspect ratio displays, at either standard FHD or QHD resolution, as we all waited for the next “thing” in form factors. It looks like tiny bezels and extra-tall displays are it. With the LG G6 fully announced, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 thoroughly leaked,  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Wrapping up MWC 2017

Even without a big phone announcement from Samsung, MWC was a wild ride.

Mobile World Congress is always crazy. This was my sixth year covering the Barcelona-based show, which each year lives up to its reputation of being a whirlwind of hype, announcements, events and surprises. It’s exhausting, but never a chore.

The absence of a big Galaxy S8 announcement from Samsung created a vacuum that just about everyone else tried to fill. In the Android phone  [Read More…]

From The Editor’s Desk: Fake news

All the news that’s fit to fake.

You’d have to insert your head fairly deep in the sand these days to avoid the term “fake news.” It’s seemingly everywhere, the notion that some media outlets either distort or invent the truth for their own gain. Recently, this has pertained mainly to politics, but the notion of artifice in our daily news consumption is not a new one — especially if you’re a regular visitor to tech blogs.  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Google partnerships prove valuable

A combined strategy of in-house hardware and strong partnerships can work — under the right circumstances.

Google has been riding a wave of consumer confidence the past couple of months following its late-fall hardware launch of the Pixels, Google Home and Chromecast Ultra. But this week, we saw the other side of its strategy: launching products with its long-standing hardware partners running on Google’s platforms. Wednesday saw the release of Android Wear 2.0 using LG’s hardware, and  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: The 2017 flagship challenge

Tell me why I should care about your phone for more than a couple of months.

The lack of a Samsung Galaxy S8 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona presents an opportunity for everyone else with a smartphone (or smartwatch, or tablet, or whatever) to sell. And sure enough, the mess of press conferences now scheduled for the afternoon of February 26 shows just how many rival manufacturers have stepped in to fill the publicity vacuum.  [Read More…]

From The Editor’s Desk: An immigrant

There’s more to tech than conflict, and there’s more to life than tech.

When I was nine years old, I was sitting on the sill in my kitchen talking to my mother, and as I looked out on to the driveway a man sprinted through the front games towards me, holding a gun that looked, to my young eyes, to be the size of a bazooka. He motioned for us to be quiet as he hid behind  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: We like different phones, and that’s OK

Diversity in Android means we can disagree on the ‘best’ phone, but still both have a great phone.

This week I wrote a three-month follow-up to our Pixel review, keeping up our tradition of returning to high-profile devices several months on to see how they’ve held up over time. As seems to be the case any time we talk about our favorite phones, there’s a large amount of dissent in the comments section and on Twitter saying  [Read More…]