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*Puts tinfoil hat on…
I’m sensing a patern here. Yesterday, before the Macs unveiling, the Verge put up an article that was basically a hit piece saying the M1 chip saved the Mac, but now Apple had to prove to the Pros it still cared. Of course fans went crazy saying the Verge was being to harsh on Apple and multiple article clicks ensued.
Then, mere minutes after they were presented, we had articles saying the new Macs were awesome.
Now we have an article saying Google has a lot to prove with Pixels, and implying some things in a negative light (pricing, cuting corners?).
Something tells that, as soon as they officially presented, we’ll immediately have a huge, in-depth article by Dieter saying he’s been trying the Pixels for days now and they’re awesome…
*Takes tinfoil hat off…
There have been rumours that Youtubers, like mrwhosetheboss, have had the phone for weeks, but we’ll see later today if that pans out.
Apple laptops are often rated the best Windows laptops (via bootcamp) for years.
I think you meant were and that’s because PCs stopped being the generic, bland laptops they were years ago. Now you have PCs that go toe-to-toe with Macs on build quality, while offering touchscreens and other perks like discrete GPUs for gaming. And that has nothing to do with chip inside.
And Microsoft’s Surface, IMHO, as quietly become a flagship, aspirational line, even if it’s not a bestseller.
But going back to the chip, apart from some good marketing stats on commercials, does the average (non-techy user) user care? Is the M1 chip the reason an average person is going to ditch Windows and go for a Macbook?
Because in terms of market share things have been pretty static. People buy the machine that runs the apps they want and/or the ecosystem they’re most comfortable with, and a few may switch here and there.
So, IMO, the Mac didn’t need saving and the M1 chip did not perform some kind of miracle in boosting Mac sales.
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The M1 chip saved the MacBook
Seriously!? The Mac was that bad, huh? And its market share has exploded since then, I guess?
There’s something about shameless hyperbole that really irks me…
Apples and oranges.
The Apple Watch is a smartwatch, the Amazfit is, basically, a watch-shapped smartband.
And Amazfit may not be well known in the US, but they’re a subbrand/affiliate of Xiaomi, which is huge is Asia and Europe, so they’re pretty well known in many parts of the world.
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Yeah, I see some people (mainly Apple Fanboys) saying that Google is going to drop Material Deisgn completly and go for an "Apple-y" look.
I understood this as they’re going keep their design (which may evolve over time), but they’re to start using "default" system components to achieve that result, instead of having to create new ones from scratch.
The icons are part of the workspace branding (GMail, Docs, Meet, Chat, Keep, Calendar, etc) and are the same in Android and the Web.
They are not changing them anytime soon.
But new games ARE still coming every week for Stadia.
Again, I think is all just a matter of perception. A Stadia Premiere Pack costs about 80$, that’s it.
Last-gen consoles used be discounted more than that all the time. It hasn’t happened in the PS5/XB Series era because there’s a massive hardware shortage (though I have seen promotions on the Series S here and there).
Or when they bundle one or two games with a system, without raising the price. That’s the same level of "loss".
which really seems like it won’t be very long at all
LOL, we’ll see. There were people predicting the end of Stadia as early as 6 months and we’re almost at the 2 year mark.
I do think it would be a good idea to create a bundle of services like Drive Storage, YT Premium, Google Play Pass and Stadia Pro.
Or, maybe, a discounted yearly subscription, like they already do with Play Pass.
Netflix really is a sore spot.
Youtube recently unveilled a new experimental feature for Premium members where you can download videos to play offline right from the web app.
My first thought when I heard this was precisely about Netflix. If they put the Netflix web app on the Play Store (like they’ve done with twitter, Google News and Pinterest) and add offline capabilities it would solve the problem.
Apart from that, though, I generally like using Android apps on Chrome OS. I have a Lenovo Flex 5, which is already running Android 11, and haven’t noticed any performance problems compared to Android 9.
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Yes, it’s like PS+/Live Gold. You have access to your games as long as you’re subscribed.
When I said "permanent" it was in comparison with PS Now and Game Pass, where games can be rotated out of the lineup.
I personally view Stadia Pro as a kind of Gold+/Game Pass Mini.
For example, at the moment there are 35+ Pro games available to claim for new users. That’s a lot less than Game Pass, but a lot more than the 3 or 4 given by Gold. Next month a few may rotated out of the lineup, but, as long as already claimed them, you can still play them.
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Well this one in particular is very basic and will never be confused for a "Pro" tablet, but there are other options out there.
Samsung has always made pretty good tablets, and many people like Dex. Lenovo and Xiaomi have also launched pretty good options lately.
If you’re looking for something that can also handle working like a laptop, you could check out something like the HP X2 11. ChromeOS has really come a long way as a tablet OS.
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People are acting like Google is offering a 500$ console…
It’s a controller and a CCU and if gets people in the door it will be worth it for Google.
Stadia is a new service competing with companies that have been in gaming for decades, it has to lower the barrier of entry as much as it can and promote service.
You think this is any different than companies selling consoles at a loss, as they have been since, well, ever…
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I just commmented on this on 9to5google. They’re calling it the "Pixel Fall Launch", not "Made by Google" as they usually do…
Pretty much the only thing I’m still curious about at this point, besides the final Pixel 6 pricing, is if we’re getting something ELSE besides besides the phones.
Pixel Watch? New Pixelbook? Pixel buds 3? ANYTHING at all?
At this point point I think we would have probably heard something by now.
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Overall I really like Stadia, having played and finished quite a few games on it.
I works very well for me, with a CCU + Stadia controller combo providing an experience that’s very on par with local gameplay.
Stadia’s biggest weakness is its game lineup, but, for a service that’s less than 2 years old, it’s pretty decent, with more than 200 games available overall (although a bit inde-heavy, I’ll admit).
And Pro sometimes gets a bad rep, IMO. At any given moment Pro offers 30+ games to claim immediately (and it’s inching closer to 40 at the moment), which are then part permanently of your library, not suffering the danger of being rotated out of the lineup.
And Pro games are usually available for at least 2 or 3 months initially, so you don’t need to subscribe every month. I’ve been subscribing on and off since December 2019 and have more than 100 games on my library.
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I played and finished CP2077 using a Stadia + CCU combo and it worked pretty much flawlessly, with only very seldom frame skips (surelly not every minute, sometimes on after 2 or 3 hours of continuous gameplay).