Google have released their first ever phones; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is Google’s first attempt and they have pretty much nailed it. They have killed off the famous Nexus line, and what they have now is already looking much much better. here’s a quick overview of Goog;e’s new devices
- 5 inch full HD AMOLED display
- 32/128GB storage
- 4GB RAM
- Snapdragon 821 processor
- 12.3MP rear camera (dual-LED)
- 8MP front camera
- 2770 mAh battery
- Gorilla Glass 4
The Google Pixel XL is similar in most aspects but has a beautiful 5.5 inch QuadHD display and a larger 3450 mAh battery to compensate for that.
Both devices come with a smarter, more personal Google Assistant. This is an upgraded Google Now. Assistant is currently only available on the Pixel phones, and is something they are pushing to be a centrepiece of your life. It’s smarter, more useful and a whole lot more fun.
The Pixel is something new for Google and with it’s bright vibrant screen and excellent hardware, I can see why they are looking to rival Apple on their iPhones. It even has the high price range to match!
Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.
Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.
Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.
The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.
Apple have announced their second attempt at a smartwatch. The Series 2 has similar design to the original, but it is slightly thicker. Apple are keeping in touch with the fitness side of things as this new watch has built-in GPS, allowing for more advanced and accurate tracking enabling you to leave your phone at home and go for a run.
The watch is also water resistance to 50 meters, allowing you to take it for a swim – As encouraged by Apple themselves.
The processor has had an update too meaning it is much faster and has a screen twice as bright. There is a ceramic finish and comes in aluminium and stainless steel cases.
The Series 2 is available to pre-order as of today and is released on September 19th. The Series 2 more expensive than the original at launch and will be priced at £369/$369
For those who want a faster watch but for cheaper, Apple will sell their first watch with this new processor – The Series 1.
Cortana is now available on both Android and iOS. Microsoft’s powerful assistant will be able to be downloaded on both these devices in addition to coming with Windows Phone. She is able to set reminders, toggle network settings and much more. Window’s phones and Cortana have much more functionality just as Google Now does on Android.
Cortana is very similar to Google’s Google Now and Apples Siri, but is the only one available cross platform.
Apple have announced many new products including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But neither of these have any new features that would make me ditch the original 6.
Both new iPhones will come with Apple’s new iPhone 6s will come with their new iOS 9.
When it comes to specs, both are very similar. Both new iPhones will have the new A9 processor and will double their RAM from 1GB to 2GB (most new Android phones come with 3GB RAM). The camera has a boost from a 21MP front to 5MP and the rear camera boosts from an 8MP to a generous 12MP. For me the camera upgrade is the best thing about this phone.
Apple’s 3D touch is not something new. Pressing on an icon to bring up a menu instead of tapping to open is something seen everyday (to those who own any other phone). 3D touch gives you the option, for example, to right click or left click on an app, picture, video etc. Unlike Force Touch, this can tell the difference between a soft touch and a harder touch. But I still think its a gimmick, and here’s why:
Just like Apple’s ‘Smart keyboard’ which is essentially Microsoft’s smart cover and the Apple Pencil, which again is just the same as the stylus Microsoft have used for years with their Surface tablet, 3D touch has been around for many years within Android phones. It just never got a name. Why? Because it’s nothing special.
Apple have branded this feature in the new iPhone’s and bothe the 6s and the 6s Plus have this “new” feature.
With the announcement of their new OS X El Capitan and the new iOS, Apple have a tone of new features. The only problem is, we have seen these features before….. not with Apple though. Most of Apple’s new features have been around for years in Microsoft, Google, Spotify and even Flipboard.
El Capitan enables you to split the screen and run two apps side by side. A feature that resembles Microsoft’s snap function in Windows since 2009. There is also a multitasking feature with iOS 9 in iPads. This enables you to run an app in a section of the screen while on another app. For example, reading your emails with a YouTube video in the corner. This has been in Android for years.
There is more….
Siri has had a redesign and has a proactive feature. The easiest way to explain what this is and what it does is Google Now. Giving you information you want, when you want it. Google Now has even gone further with it’s new ” Now on tap” feature that will come with the new Android M. Apples new News app is a clear rip-off from Flipboard. Even the design is similar.
Apple have been playing catch-up for a while now. They were at the forefront of technology, innovative and exciting. Microsoft and Android would the ones playing catchup, as was the case with the fingerprint scanners. What’s gone wrong for Apple? Even their phones if compared to the latest Android phones don’t come close spec wise. The Apple watch, something thought to ace it in the wearable’s department with Apple taking their time over the release, is not a great watch. But yet, they seem to sell well in every department.
Apple users will still buy the latest Apple products, even with their ridiculous pricing and lack of all ready there features in competitors products. This is what Apple have always been good at, selling.
OS X El Capitan – Yep… that’s the name of Apple’s new Mac OS. Some new features include split screen (as seen in Windows…) and a updated smarter Spotlight.
Apple were not going for a new design overall as Yosemite has already recently succeeded. A feature Apple have put a lot of work into is gesture control. Using the track-pad and the movement of your fingers to enable you to complete tasks, such as deleting emails with a swipe of two fingers or pull up mission control with three.
A public beta is available in July.