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Google Pixel 2 leak shows new design and slimmer bezelsAlso, Android Police reveals the first renders of what's believed to be the second-generation Google Pixel XL, and it looks good. Samsung is still forcing you to use the Bixby button for Bixby, and Louis Vuitton drops its luxury Android Wear watch.
[MUSIC] What's happening? Brian Tong here and welcome to Googilicious for all the Google you can think of. The big drop this week comes from Android police who posted the first renders of what's believed to be the 2017 Pixel XL It's the larger of the two Pixel phones codenamed Timon. Now, the rear edges are still curved. The fingerprint sensor sits below the glass window and the front features a six inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels and rounded corners. It's also believed to have a squeezable frame similar to the HTCU 11. That will allow you to interact with the Google Assistant. Now this Pixel XL render based on their information clearly looks like a modern designed phone. Throw in pure Android, the Google assistant. And if they can maintain their status as best camera come on you've got another great phone by Google here. So wait for the official announcement when this can be taken seriously. With Android polices track record. All right the Galaxy S 8 is arguably the best Android phone at the moment, but according to the [UNKNOWN] Harold, in the first two months, the S 8 sold roughly 9.8 million units compared to 12 units in that same time. For the Galaxy S7. See, that's about a 20% drop. Now, there's a lot of factors here. One of the big ones, increased competition from Chinese Brands. And people even waiting on the iPhone 8 as an option. But, remember, Samsung was bragging about it's record pre-orders before the phone went on sale. Now they are trying to hail that the SA started selling in three-key markets compared to the S7 that sold globally so they won't compare the two, and in case you found the workaround on how to use the S8's big speed button to launch an app, because that is really what everyone wants to do with it, Samsung has released their latest update That shuts down any of those methods now, including even the Bixby Button Remapper app. Now Bixby Voice is set to come out in a few more weeks, but imagine if they got the software right from the start, didn't delay it at launch, and it was actually an assistant that people wanted to use. Instead, they're blocking people from using the button they put on their own phone. Phone, and you know what that gets, c'mon sung, and the first commercial for the S8's Dex desktop dock is adding the S. We have seen similar things like other phones in the past for an example the Motorola HX, and even recently the Windows Continuum phones, the first mainstream push that is getting an actual TV ad. But how many people are really going to do this right now? Not that many just not yet. All right, Google is launching a brand new initiative called PAIR which stands for People-plus-Al-Research, get it? P-A-I-R. Now their goal is to study and redesign the ways people interact with AI systems. And if there's any company that can do this right, it's Google with all of their knowledge and their expertise in AI. For example the Google Assistant, and Google Lens is just the start. Their goal is to also build an AI that benefits and empowers everyone And treats users equally without prejudices. Now this sounds like a huge undertaking, but I've gotta give props to a company that actually identifies this as important with AI being the next platform in the tech world. Okay, Google's Project Loon hit a speed bump after a key patent was cancelled By the US Patent and Trademark Office. Project Loon is their free floating Wi-Fi balloon project to deliver Wi-Fi in remote areas from the sky. Google's patent was for increasing or decreasing the altitude of their balloons until they hit wind travelling the direction they wanted to go. The balloons themselves. Have no form of propulsion and this method would help keep them hovering in one place. Now [UNKNOWN] reports another company called space data say they came up with it first and the [UNKNOWN] even had acquisition talks with that company back in 2007. Now the Pan has been cancelled, and a trial is set for 2019 between the two. So yeah, that sounds like fun. And finally, Android Wear users now have a luxury option. Thanks to Louis Vuitton's first Android Wear watch. The Tambour Horizon. It's rocking a Snapdragon Wear 2100, 512 megs of RAM with 4 gigs of storage. There's no heart rate monitor, but a 1.2 inch round AMOLED display. Isn't that so pretty? Now gray and brown models start at $2,450. And a black model The common universal color starts at $2,900, and i dug around their website to find this fancy charger, which will most definitely cost more than $30. All right, that's gonna do it for this week. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @briantong. Thanks so much for watching, and we'll catch you all next time for some more of the Googlicious. [MUSIC]