TechBytes is a weekly dose of tech news gathered into one post! I will be putting articles that I’ve written from the past few days, related articles from various sites in the web, and tech videos!
Thoughts on #MadeByGoogle
Google finally did it. It is now going head-to-head against Apple. They just launched their new hardware last week and it is a huge move. This is going to be a big test for Apple if they still have the chops to do extraordinary things. Apple still has the advantage though. It has been the master of hardware, software, and services working together. Google’s just starting out. Even Samsung can still push their marketing muscle to beat Google’s new products. We’ll see how fast Google can learn. I hope the Pixel can gain momentum and interest for Google’s hardware so more and more people get to experience them.
I am really interested in Google’s connected home stuff. Google WiFi can potentially be a great solution to solve WiFi. Google Home can be a way for most people to get into Google Assistant. The problem is with how Google wants ALL of our data, even those that we’ve never handed out before. Do we really want Google to have all our data? I sure don’t! Yeah yeah, Google has some of my data now. The fact that they want more of it is clearly trading our privacy for a better experience from Google.
Let’s just hope that no serious problem can come out of this.
JUST STOP IT, Samsung!
Seriously, can Samsung ever stop catching fire for their Galaxy Note 7s catching fire? Apparently not. Samsung is just being stubborn as to explaining why this is happening in the first place. It also reached a point where they knew that replacement Galaxy Note 7s were on fire and they didn’t tell anyone! Who in the right mind would do such a thing? This is INSANE! At this point, even what Ramzy said in our podcast about getting a cheaper replacement Note 7 wouldn’t make sense!
Samsung should just stop selling the Note 7 (which they did) and make sure this would NEVER happen again with the Galaxy S8 next year. With Google selling their own phone now, Samsung better play it safe next year. The task will prove to be difficult though as Apple is doing the much-needed redesign of the iPhone for its 10th anniversary.
Good luck, Samsung. You’ll need it.
Stories on the Blog
Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s hardware announcements and what I think about them.
I recently got a chance to attend OPPO Philippines’ event on their latest smartphone: the OPPO F1s! Read more to find out what those 5 great things I talk about!
I was really excited when I finally got this device! If you’re looking for the best mobile internet experience that Globe has to offer, then check out my unboxing of the Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi!
Looking for an affordable way to connect to the internet AND enjoy more and more calls and texts? Then Cherry Prepaid has something for you! Check out my post on it to see what they can offer you!
BloggerBanters – On the latest episode, the discussion went from talking about exploding phones and Narcos to the wild, wild world of Philippine politics. I encourage you to listen to this since Ramzy, Carlo, and I get really passionate about these things. Haha.
Ctrl-Walt-Delete – This is seriously one of my favorite podcasts right now. If you want a highly entertaining podcast that is also highly informative, then you should check this podcast out from The Verge. Hosted by Nilay Patel, The Verge’s Editor-in-Chief, and Walt Mossberg, Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor-at-Large at Recode. The newest episode is about how Google’s hardware push affects the biggest tech companies today.
Stories Around the Web
I haven’t been thinking about Android One for a while until this article came up. It’s an interesting read. Android One was supposedly the solution to affordable bloatware-free Android phones. What happened?
This Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has really gone off the rails. Check out this stream of stories from The Verge to see how this all started until the point that Samsung is stopping sales of this exploding phone.
Despite a lot of improvements in our internet speeds, people here in the Philippines still can’t afford even the most basic of internet services. Check out the infographic shown in the link.
What really sucked about the Pixel phone announcement was that it ended the Nexus program. This also meant that hardcore Android fans have to cough up at least $650 for the latest and greatest from Google. Bummer.
Google is about to embark on a journey to be a full vertically integrated company. Are we willing to trade our privacy for this wonderful Google experience?
This is it for this week’s edition of TechBytes! Is there anything you would like me to add here? Sound off in the comments below!