The Official Android Thread [OP Updated 1-24-12]

Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by rdoanecu, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. dblplay1212

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    House is taking 10-12 months to build so I should be good by then. I need to dig into the home options at some point to educate myself on what all is out there.
     
  2. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Have fun. We are about to buy and that brings rethinking on what we have and where it goes.

    With 10-12 months in mind, it wouldn't shock me if some new product category had 'smart home integration'. They have fans, garage doors, blinds, etc already what is next?

    I saw christmas trees in home depot last night that seemed to have some sort of smart feature....
     
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  3. dblplay1212

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    I know they have smart plugs out there now. I think it was Samsung that I saw. Think you left the iron on? Turn off that plug from your phone. Really want to stick with as much Google as I can though bc I want to run it all through one app.
     
  4. Fargin' Icehole

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    Read about this, actually a pretty big feature for me.
     
  5. WillieHuff

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    So I have had the XL, XL2 and now XL3. The trade-in value for the XL3 is only 160 but I can still trade in an XL2 for 100. I like the idea of having a backup phone just in case. Someone talk me out of getting the XL4 and trading in my XL 2. 100 dollar trade in plus 100 dollar Fi Credit and I love these phones.
     
  6. SP1

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    I keep a backup phone always. Currently using my Pixel XL2 as my backup and it's still great. I'd probably keep the 3 in your case, though.

    Also, My OnePlus 7 Pro is still the best phone on the market, but I really want that orange 4XL. :(
     
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  7. Nandor the Relentless

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    You can get more for it than that by selling it online. I just sold my 64GB Pixel 3 and accessories for $400 on Swappa
     
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  8. Fargin' Icehole

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    Google store offering 143 for working 2XL FYI.
     
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  9. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    I also keep a backup phone. Everyone should have a workable phone for emergencies.

    Keep an eye on your warranty end date. My 2XL expires this week because I bought it at launch. I'm leaning toward the upgrade - just have to think through risk of buying via Amazon/BB (slightly cheaper) vs Google (slightly more $$, but with easier exchange if needed).
     
  10. Pharm

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    Pixels stop getting updates after 3 years?
     
  11. WillieHuff

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    Fi credit plus XL3 trade in = 400 bucks off, I jumped on it.
     
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  12. Bishop

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    What Color?

    I went with White.
     
  13. WillieHuff

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    BLACK
     
  14. SP1

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    Don't know how you guys are resisting the orange
     
  15. brahmanknight

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    I'm interested in Pixel Buds 2. I will wait for the reviews, tho.
     
  16. WillieHuff

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    It doesn't come in 128gb
     
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  17. WillieHuff

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    XL 4 is here. Loving the face unlock so far. Still setting up but waiting for enhanced assistant
     
  18. Bishop

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    Ughhh. Mine is set to arrive till Friday.
     
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  19. WillieHuff

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    Google Assistant is very fast on this. Gestures are also very slick
     
  20. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    keep the opinions coming for us on the fence. Sold my surplus 2XL and currently using the 3XL.
     
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  21. RockHardEnis39

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    I think this is the first year I'm not going to go for the new pixel. Just warrantied my 3 instead.
     
  22. WillieHuff

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    Face unlock is super quick and gets me from any angle which is nice. Project Soli has promise but it's going to need some work. Works great when the phone is on a flat surface but when I had it in my car in the cupholder I was trying it out to skip songs and it was about a 50% hit rate. I think partially my shifter was next to it which was throwing off the radar.

    They have gotten rid of the bottom menu/back button so its all swipes/gestures but its very slick.

    Haven't really tested out call quality yet
     
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  23. Bishop

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    Can you keep the Home/Back buttons? Probably my favorite thing about Android.
     
  24. dblplay1212

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    I've been a Galaxy S guy for close to a decade. Thinking about getting saucy and trying a Note or Pixel.
     
  25. brahmanknight

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    You should be able to.

    I know when I took my current PIxel 1 to full gestures on Android 10 it gave an option for the old, classic 3 buttons, and newer 2 buttons, or full gestures.

    For the record, after a week, I love full gestures completely.
     
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  26. Fargin' Icehole

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    Team Full Gestures. Took about a day to get used to. I was coming from Pie controls though.
     
  27. brahmanknight

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    Just got the new Pixel. Pretty damn nice. But I will need a few weeks to truly rate it.

    EDIT: that face unlock ain't no joke!
     
    #6978 brahmanknight, Oct 31, 2019
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  28. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    this is how Google erodes trust. This is the first thing that crosses the line for me in the P4. Bad battery, ok, I can live with that. Motion Sense, eh, they'll come around.

    https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/11/03/pixel-4-has-usb-video-output-disabled-in-software/

    TLDR: Google disabled USB DisplayPort Alt Mode on the P4. This feature allows one to run hdmi-out via type-c adapter.I used to use this regularly on my nexus devices. According to XDA, this feature is not only royalty free from Qualcomm, but also supported natively by default on the p4 chipset. If that is true, then google crippled a free, native feature..for seemingly no good reason. Android 10 even natively supports a basic desktop layout for external displays.. This just doesn't make sense.

    More info:
     
  29. Lifeiskilingme79

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    That's been going on for years. Otherwise no one would buy Chromecasts.
     
  30. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    not available is not the same thing as its now built in and we removed it. displayport alt mode is relatively new (and better than the legacy hdmi/mhl out that was on early nexus devices).
     
  31. ned's head

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    Anyone use a non-chrome browser full time? It's been killing my battery lately, but I've never found a viable alternative
     
  32. brahmanknight

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    I’ve only used Firefox beta for years, so I can’t even compare/contrast with other browsers.
     
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  33. lomcevak

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    I use brave and don't notice any battery drain
     
  34. Lifeiskilingme79

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    I was on Firefox for a long time but it really slowed down for me a few months back.

    Now I'm on Bromite and it's solid
     
  35. southlick

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    From Google FI

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    How do I qualify for 50% Back in Fi credit?
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  36. Cornelius Suttree

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    sounds like the Pixel 4 has bad battery life, which really sucks because I wanted to get one. Fully charged Pixel 4 will be dead in 14 hours? The XL seems too big for me

    "For comparison, similarly sized iPhone 11 Pro lasts 32 hours and the Pixel 4 XL lasts 26 hours under similar conditions, while the majority of smartphones in 2019 can last at least 24 hours with heavy usage."

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/31/google-pixel-4-review-battery-life-camera
     
    #6987 Cornelius Suttree, Nov 28, 2019
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  37. MA

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    Is Black Friday usually the best time for Pixel deals?

    Trying to decide if I should jump on the $200 off offer or not.
     
  38. southlick

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    Just ordered mine

    https://slickdeals.net/f/13705622-free-google-mini-for-select-google-fi-customers?src=frontpage

    Google Fi Eligible Customers: Google Nest Mini

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    Fi.Google is offering all Google Fi Eligible Customers: Google Nest Mini (owners w/ an active service as of December 9, 2019) for Free. Shipping is free (free economy shipping on qualified orders). Thanks west_deals & RazorConcepts

    Note, be sure to check your online/mobile app account to see if you qualify.



    Promotion Terms: Google Fi Holiday Gift

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    • All Google Fi account owners with active service as of December 9, 2019 12:00 AM PT are eligible to redeem the offer. Account must be in good standing to be eligible for the offer. Fi for Googlers accounts are not eligible.
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    • Offer is only available to U.S. residents 18 years or older, and requires Google Pay and Google Fi accounts.
     
    #6989 southlick, Dec 10, 2019
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  39. Lifeiskilingme79

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    Amazing. Thanks for the heads up!
     
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  40. Lyrtch

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    i dont know what i will do this but i ordered one

    thx
     
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  41. SP1

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    Yeah I now have two of these for free (Spotify gave me one, too). Not into the smart home stuff, might be Christmas gifts
     
  42. southlick

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    Mine's already shipped :smugdog:
     
  43. brahmanknight

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    Really? I would have pegged you to be an early adopter for smart home stuff.
     
  44. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Delivered. I think this is my 3rd but I've only paid for 1 of them.
     
  45. southlick

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    This is my 1st mini and I love it.
     
  46. brahmanknight

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    I already have two Echos. I don't know what I will do with the Mini when it arrives, but I'll figure it out.
     
  47. Cornelius Suttree

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    Anyone have a Galaxy S10 Plus? Seems like it has good battery life which is huge for me. Might be the only Android that appeals to me right now. If I don't upgrade to that I'm not sure what else could be an option

    Really sucks the Pixel 4 has terrible battery life
     
  48. southlick

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    Still waiting for my Dec update, Pixel 3XL.
     
  49. Joe_Pesci

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    there are a lot of things you can do to stretch battery life

    the #1 in my experience is to stream media as little as possible. download podcasts and then play them locally with a lightweight app like foobar2k.

    sites like player.fm archive pretty much every podcast and they have direct download links