Who uses a paper clip 'for scale'? I assume they are available in different sizes in the US, just as they are in the UK.
Google today said the latest iteration of its Android smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are coming this fall. So far the internet advertising goliath has only offered a glimpse of the gear: no official specifications have been released. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro look like your standard high-end 6.ish-inch aluminium-framed …
It's like meeting your new handler, before you invite him/her to your pocket.
Jokes aside, crucial information is missing:
- Where the phone is going to be made? What are the countries of origin?
- This Tensor chip, will I be able to buy it on Mouser or Digi-key? Is documentation going to be available?
- What kind of telemetry it is going to be sending to Google and what this chip is going to be doing with it?
- Can I wipe the OS and install my own?
Google claimed its latest Pixels will have "the most layers of hardware security in any phone," and claims this has been checked by an independent third party.
Oh my sides. How independent that third party is? Are they "degoogled"? Does that _third_ party actually mean the three letter agency? ;-)
> crucial information is missing
It wasn't given, FWIW. We're not impressed by the info-lite approach to this launch.
> This Tensor chip, will I be able to buy it on Mouser or Digi-key? Is documentation going to be available?
Seriously doubt this all round. It's an SoC for this one product line.
> What kind of telemetry it is going to be sending to Google and what this chip is going to be doing with it?
The usual Android telemetry.
> How independent that third party is?
"AI acceleration engine" -> Deeply invasive behavioral monitoring and manipulation
"most layers of hardware security" -> Spyware can't be disabled with ADB
"Material You" -> Your life is our product
"upgraded the rear camera system" -> The camera lump grows like cancer but still no room for a headphone jack or modern quantities of storage.
"Pixels are also among the first in line to get Android security updates from Google"
Which will probably stop being released as soon as the Pixel 7 comes out!
I wish suppliers would guarantee security updates for at least 5-6 years from product launch date. We don't all have an urge to blow £500 every year on a new phone, just to get a slightly faster chip and an extra few pixels on the camera. I have a fully-functioning laptop, running Win 10, that is 10 years old now. Why can't I get a phone that lasts at least 5 years and can run the latest Android version?