Top Stories: Pixel Watch leaks, Motorola MA1 review, and more
In this week’s top stories: Pixel Watch leaks show off the watch’s seemingly final design, we review the Motorola MA1 Android Auto wireless dongle, and more.
It’s been a week full of news for those eagerly awaiting Google’s first Wear OS device. Along with trademark documents confirming the “Pixel Watch” name, a seemingly official render of the expected smartwatch has been shared by leaker Evan Blass.
The screen is probably just the flat surface you see, but Google has gone to great lengths with the glass to extend the curvature to the back piece (which we can’t even see in this image). The crown also helps emphasize this seamless design by prominently protruding the stem from the glass at a three o’clock position.
Over the weekend, this render was actually confirmed when a Pixel Watch prototype was allegedly left in a restaurant and discovered. Although the leaked Pixel Watch couldn’t fully boot up, preventing a closer look at the smartwatch’s software, we still learned a lot more about the hardware, including the buttons, charging port, and strap connector. .
The very bulbous rear is defined by a pill with four horizontally aligned square cutouts. They’re probably for the heart rate sensor and other health features. Zoomed out, the two halves suggest ECG (electrocardiogram) capability.
This week we shared our review of the Motorola MA1 dongle, one of the competing gadgets that promises to make wireless Android Auto possible on many, many more cars. On paper, what sets Motorola’s version apart is that it’s the first to be certified by Google for use with Android Auto. Our Ben Schoon used one for a few months and shared his experiences.
At this point, we are still at the beginning of wireless dongles for Android Auto. Motorola MA1 is the “easy” option, but in my experience it’s not the option better a. When it works, it works brilliantly, but the initial shine has worn off. AAWireless, the crowdfunded dongle that launched this form factor, has been stable longer and has a brighter future in my book since the developers behind it actually have the ability to update the software over time.
After an unfortunate drop incident, one of our team’s Pixel 6 Pro units had to be repaired. This allowed testing of the services of uBreakiFix, Google’s longtime partner for in-person repairs.
“Are you breaking stuff over there?” my wife said, seconds after my phone hit the ground. Unfortunately, I was. My Pixel 6 Pro screen had died, and for the first time in years, it was time to figure out how much and how long it would take to fix my daily driver. Here’s how it happened.
According to multiple sources, Google intended the Pixel 6 Pro to feature Face Unlock when it launched last October. However, a last-minute decision was made to cancel or delay the feature before launch. Luckily, there’s still a chance that Face Unlock will come to the Pixel 6 Pro.
One of the sources told us that Google is still working to add face unlock to the Pixel 6 Pro, and that it’s targeted for Android’s next major quarterly update, though plans could still change. If so, it’s pretty exciting for Google to update the Pixel 6 Pro with a major new feature so close to the end of its annual product cycle.
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