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Many reports have stated that in terms of best-selling phones, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL are right up there, they were even crowned the best phones of the second half of 2016 (online of course).

You'd think this will mean that they will be everywhere since everyone wants to buy it, but no, they're actually pretty rare. After nearly five months on sale, the Pixel just went out of stock on the Google Store yet again.



Go on, try it, Head to the Google Store, click on the Pixel, and see. All you get is a waitlist. There's not a single version of either size in stock. So, you can't even buy a Pixel with a multi-week shipping timeline right now. 


READ: PIXEL 2 MIGHT BE GOING THE SAME ROUTE AS APPLE


Now it's not uncommon for a popular phone to be scarce when first launched as demand usually outweighs supply. What makes the case of Google so perplexing is that it's a continuous situation that has yet to let up. There always some versions out of stock.


It might be a weird marketing strategy to get people to keep buying and make it kind of like a 'cool' phone that not just anyone can have. Whether that's a good business practise, i don't know especially when you consider that the Google Pixel is not a luxury phone, high end, yes, but certainly not luxury. 

Or maybe Google is frustrated because HTC doesn't have the necessary capacity. Who knows?

But it's certainly something we'll like to see fixed.







I know, I didn't believe it either, but it's totally a thing. There is an iPhone accessory that's practically an Android device.

It's called the Esti Eye and it's on Kickstarter. It's practically an Android phone of its own. It just happens to snap onto the back of an iPhone. (6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus), you know, like a weird chameleon villain.


So details yeah? Well the Esti Eye has a second screen, which you look at when you're not looking at your iPhone screen. It can take selfies with your rear camera lens, it's...it's...well, weird.








It features, A 2,800mAh battery, Two extra SIM slots, An always-on 5-inch AMOLED screen, Wireless charging, A car-mount metal tag, Up to 256GB of extra storage, Infrared, A 3.5mm headphone jack, "Pure Android" (no version mentioned), with a promised two years of update support.


It's available on Kickstarter and it's expected to retail for $189 or $229 for the 4G LTE version, both shipping in August.

How well will it work...err, we'll have to wait and see i guess.

An Android iPhone case though...dear me.







With the coming of the Galaxy S8 in just about two weeks the anticipation is high, but Android fanboys might have to temper their claims of a Samsung phone that will rival iPhone as a new report says iPhone 8 might have something that'll blow Samsung out of the water.




The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a large display that would occupy almost the entire available space on the front side of the handset. Apple would kill the home button, without killing any of its features, reports said, including the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that would be embedded in the display.



The Galaxy S8 rumors that followed indicated that Samsung would take a similar approach, and actually beat Apple to market with an all-screen phone design that whose screen would also incorporate a fingerprint sensor.

However, the closer we got to MWC, it became clear that the Galaxy S8’s screen would not have fingerprint-reading powers. Instead, Samsung chose to place the sensor on the back side, next to the camera.

According to a new report, Samsung was really going for that feature, but had to ditch it as it ran out of time.

Apparently, Samsung partnered with Synaptics, but the latter was not able to complete the technology in time.

“Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ fledgling technology last year, but the results were frustrating,” a source familiar with the matter revealed.

“With the production imminent, the company had to decide to relocate the fingerprint scanning home button to the back of the device at the last minute.”

Apple, on the other hand seemed to through patents show that it had been discovering different solutions that could add fingerprint-sensing features to any screen, without affecting the screen’s main purpose, which is to display various UI elements while the phone is in operation. Reports also claimed that Apple is developing its own touchscreen-based fingerprint sensor, without outside help.


The Galaxy S8 is expected to come with an iris sensor thought which will advance facial recognition and let users unlock the device in less than a tenth of a second.
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