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Forget the Pixel 2’s display problems, Google’s new flagships are far too fragile

Pixel 2 Bend Test

O... M... G. Google really can’t make a high-end phone quite like smartphone industry veterans can. And that’s so sad, to quote the sitting president.

Forget about the Pixel 2 XL’s screen issues, which may be fixed via a software update in the future. Not to mention that LG will certainly improve the quality of its OLED displays in the coming years if it truly is fighting for Apple's business. The Pixel 2 has much worse problems, in my opinion, when it comes to overall quality. A new test shows that the phone will scratch quite easily... and it bends!

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Google Follows Apple’s Lead By Reducing Play Store Fee for App Subscriptions

Google revealed on Thursday that it would follow Apple's lead in lowering the amount of money app developers must pay for mobile subscriptions processed through the company's Play Store (via The Verge).

Adoption of the subscription model by iOS developers has increased over recent months, causing some controversy within the app-using community. Apple incentivized developers to sell their apps for a recurring fee instead of a one-time cost when it made changes to its App Store subscription policies in September of last year.

Usually, Apple takes 30 percent of app revenue, but developers who are able to maintain a subscription with a customer longer than a year see Apple's cut drop down to 15 percent.

Google is adopting the same policy for subscriptions in its Play Store – an Android developer selling a subscription service will be eligible for the cut if the customer in question has been subscribed for more than a year. The company plans to bring the change into effect starting January 2018.

As The Verge notes, Google is trying to stay competitive with Apple by offering a reduction in its fees. This way the company ensures that subscription services like Spotify don't try to bypass the Play Store in an effort to avoid paying the fee. But it also encourages developers to work harder to keep users subscribed for longer, given that the free reduction doesn't take effect until 12 months into the initial subscription.

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Google will reimburse you for the Pixel 2 if you overpaid at its pop-up store

Pixel 2 Price

Google launched the first-gen Pixel last year, killing the Nexus family in the process, in a bid to reinvent its smartphones and focus on premium products. A year later, the Pixel 2 models are still high-end Android handsets running the latest version of Android and selling for iPhone-like prices.

For some inexplicable reason, Google started selling the phones on Thursday at pop-up stores for an extra $30 on top of the sticker price. That’s simply unacceptable for consumers, but Google will fix it.

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Google Chrome for iOS Updated With Drag and Drop Support, New Today Widgets

Google yesterday updated its Chrome for iOS app, which serves as an alternate browser option for those who would prefer to use Chrome instead of the default Safari browser.

The latest version of Chrome includes support for the iOS 11 Drag and Drop feature on the iPad, allowing iPad users to drag a URL from Chrome into another app or vice versa.

Also included in the update are new Today widgets, which can be accessed by swiping right on an iPhone or iPad to get to the Today view and then choosing "Edit" to access available widgets.

The two new widgets are "Quick Actions" and Suggested Sites." Quick Actions offers access to a new search, an incognito search, a voice search, or an option to scan a QR code, plus it includes an area that lists your most recently copied link. Suggested Sites offers site suggestions based on browsing habits.
What's New in Version 62.0.3202.60
- Check out Chrome's two new Today widgets. You will need to add them by tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the iOS Search screen

- On iOS 11 iPads, you can now drag a URL from another app and drop it into Chrome's omnibox or the tab strip, or from Chrome's content area to another app
Chrome can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Tags: Google, Chrome

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The Pixel 2 is $30 more expensive at Google’s own stores

Pixel 2 price: Verizon vs Google

I'm starting to think that Google really doesn't understand how to sell a phone. Not only does the new Pixel XL come with a laundry list of problems that shouldn't be in a cheap Chinese knockoff, let alone a $850, but Google's charging extra if you want to buy the phone at Google's own retail stores.

The Verge visited Google's pop-up store in NYC, and found that the phones had all been marked up by $30. That's right: Go to Google, rather than Best Buy, and Google itself will charge you $30 for the privilege of buying its brand-new phone. That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.

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