The Pixel C didn't live a long life or enjoy massive retail success, but its design and functionality were fantastic. I wish more people had the opportunity to experience just how great this product was, and I can only dream of what could've been if Google had refreshed it with new components.
We all go through a lot of "firsts" in life, including our first Android phone. The Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate is the gadget that ignited my passion for the platform, and today, I'm revisiting it to see how it holds up to 2020 standards.
People love to say that phones aren't as exciting as they used to be — and while MrMobile would argue that foldables make this one of the most interesting periods in mobile history, it's certainly fun to look back on When Phones Were Fun.
Apple announced this week that some of its phones from 2015 will be getting iOS 14 this fall, while on our side of the mobile fence, a phone is lucky to see two years of Android updates. Well, there is one lone success story in the "long-lived Android devices" category, and it's sitting under my big screen TV right now.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb introduced a radical new UI and a host of exciting new features, but it wasn't quite ready for consumer use, and Google did little to fix the inherent problems. That said, Honeycomb contributed in a big way to Android's future growth.
Smartwatches have been a pipedream for aspiring secret agents, affluent tech nerds, lovers of all things sci-fi, and so many more, for a very long time. Android seemed like a fitting platform to begin bringing the future to our wrists. In the beginning, smartwatches were sometimes big and weird, but also some of them were the best we've ever had.