The knucklehedz are back and we discussed our experiences with carrier store reps, Uber's self-driving car and the drama they have with Google, as well as our thoughts on Google's change to hangouts. So you can either sit back and enjoy this now or pop this on during your commute.
I talked about my thoughts on the trailer and the franchise as a whole. The full trailer referenced at the beginning of my video has been posted below as well as in the YT description. I had to remove the video because the lag between sound and video was poor and I rather you get the full experience.
If you have been one of the many that have suffered with the bluetooth bug on the Pixel and Pixel XL it looks like Google may have issued a fix via server side update. An early bug in the Pixel was causing failed bluetooth connectivity in cars. A new issue came up later after the release where bluetooth devices would randomly disconnect. These issues reportedly started after the February security patch.
A Google Team member has reported in the Pixel User Community forum that Google has just put together a fix for the issue. He went on to mention that no downloads or installs will be necessary indicating it was a server side fix. While the issue is claimed to have been fixed some users are still reporting bluetooth problems. The update began rolling out as part of the Google Play Services update March 21. The update may take a few days to hit your device. Has anyone seen a change? Has this issue gone away for you?
ChainfireXDA has done it again. He already has a work in progress root method for Android O Developer Preview 1. This will work for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Some have reported bootloops on the first release of SuperSU, but Chainfire has already updated it with a second test version to hopefully alleviate some of the bootloops that have been experienced. Before you jump and root your device running Android O you should consider the fact that this is only basic root and is still a work in progress. You may still run into some issues. At the rate Chainfire is going we should have a stable root available pretty soon for all devices running Android O.
There seems to be no end to the amount of blurry videos and photos coming out of Korea ahead of the Galaxy S8 launch. No matter how much Samsung has stressed to its employees not to leak the device it seems this device has been leaked like no other device before it. Today we get a blurry glimpse at the new Bixby UI. Bixby has been officially announced by Samsung as the all new Artificial Intelligence Assistant that will accompany the Galaxy S8 at launch, as well as other devices going forward. You can hardly see in the video what exactly is being displayed in the UI the text is also in another language. At any rate this is a nice look at what is to come. The yelllow block seems to be results of searches or commands you have made, while the bottom half appears to show Bixby listening. You can view the quick video at the link below.
According to a leaked Target catalog which is scheduled to release in the period of April 2 through April 8 Target will have the Samsung Galaxy S8 available for pre-order. They will also be offering some very attractive incentives if you pre-order from them. According to the leaked catalog you will get a free Gear VR and $100 gift card. The new Gear VR retails for $129.99 and includes a remote. The S8 will have to be purchased through the Verizon Device Payment program, Sprint's 24-month Installment plan, or AT&T next in order to qualify for the deal. The ad doesn't specify the cost of the S8 or a ship date. These details we will find out at the March 29th Unpacked event.
It can be difficult to view personal information on your smartphone without broadcasting that information to the world. Some people in public places just can't help but peer over and see what is going on on your screen. Blackberry has just released an app that can help you keep your display more private while out in public called "Privacy Shade"
The app blacks out your entire screen except for a small viewing area that you control by dragging around the screen. This area can be a circle or rectangle and you can control the transparency of the shade. For now the app only works on BlackBerry devices. If you happen to be using an Android powered BlackBerry phone you can grab the app from the play store now. Hopefully BlackBerry will see fit to bring this app to other Android phones.
Yesterday at Baselworld Fossil announced several new upcoming Android Wear smart watches. They will be releasing a few for their own company as well as some for their partner companies. The watches will release at different times throughout the year but will all include the latest version of Android Wear, a Snapdragon Wear 2100, and have different battery sizes. Fossil's new lineup will include the Q Venture and Q Explorist. Diesel will watch the Diesel On which will be available in five different styles. Emporio Armani will also be releasing it's first touchscreen smart watch. Misfit will introduce the Misfit Vapor which will also be "swimproof".
The new Fossil Android watches look pretty intriguing. They are actually skipping the flat tire this time around which is a nice change. We won't see the new Fossil watches until the fall though which is kind of a bummer.
For quite sometime Google has been turning ads off on youtube content they deem to be inappropriate. This is done automatically without contacting the youtube content creator, and there is no explanation of what exactly triggered youtube's algorithm in the video to have ads rejected based on family friendliness. The most command triggers are any type of foul language, and mentions of violence, or sex. Youtube has gone as far as cancelling the youtube red show, as well as removing ads from content of Felix Jones (aka PewDiePie) for inappropriate jokes.
Apparently the algorithm isn't doing a good enough job. Verizon and AT&T along with many other companies have decided to totally pull their ads from all non search Google platforms. This decision comes after Google found out their ads were being placed next to content that promoted hate speech and terrorism. Both companies will continue this stance until Google is able to guarantee that their products won't be placed beside questionable content. It looks like Google is going to get a bit more strict. Will Google eventually take away partnerships and just allow ads on a handful of curated content? It has been known for a while that Google gets 90% of revenue from the top 1% of creators. They could easily dismiss 99% of the channels on youtube and not really miss a beat.