Yesterday, Google announced the latest “feature drop” for its Pixel line of Android phones. It’s part of an effort to get people to realize that the Pixel gets software updates ahead of other Android phones and that some of the features it receives stay exclusive to the Pixel. And yesterday’s “drop” epitomizes so many things that are good (and bad) about Google’s hardware efforts, so I wanted to dwell on it for a moment today. First and foremost, saying that these features were “released” yesterday is only vaguely accurate. Instead, the rollout began yesterday and should theoretically be completed for all users in a couple of weeks. That’s significantly better than the last (and first) feature drop, which trickled out to Pixel owners much more slowly. Google has very reasonable reasons for not distributing its updates to everybody on day one, but they undercut whatever excitement people may feel when they hear about them — since there’s an indeterminate wait. I covered all this in the newsletter last December with the first feature drop. You are reading Processor, a newsletter about computers by Dieter Bohn. Dieter writes about consumer tech, software, and the most important news of the day from… Read full this story
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