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New Arrival: Google Brings Pixel 7 & Pixel 7 Pro to Singapore

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Google is bringing the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to Singapore. The phones will hit the shelves on 13 October, with pre-orders beginning today (6 October 2022). Prices below.

Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro comes in three colours for their 128GB versions. Both will come in Snow and Obsidian. The Pixel 7 will have its unique colour of Lemongrass while the Pixel 7 Pro will feature its unique colour of Hazel. For the 256GB version, both phones will only come in Obsidian. Cases are available for the Pixel 7 (Licorice, Limoncello, Marble Gray) and Pixel 7 Pro (Licorice, Hazel, Marble Grey) at S$49.99.

Both the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro comes in three colours for their 128GB versions. Both will come in Snow and Obsidian. The Pixel 7 will have its unique colour of Lemongrass while the Pixel 7 Pro will feature its unique colour of Hazel. For the 256GB version, both phones will only come in Obsidian. Cases are available for the Pixel 7 (Licorice, Limoncello, Marble Gray) and Pixel 7 Pro (Licorice, Hazel, Marble Grey) at S$49.99.

Google has just announced the launch of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at the global Made by Google event.

Both will ship with 128GB or 256GB memory. The 512GB version of the Pixel 7 Pro is not available in Singapore.

The Pixel 7 will come with 8GB RAM while the Pixel 7 Pro will ship with 12GB memory.

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Review: Google Pixel 6a Mid-Tier Android Smartphone with Tensor

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

The Google Pixel 6a (S$749) and Pixel Buds Pro (S$299) are now available for pre-orders in Singapore. Both will physically hit the shelves on 28 July 2022. Thanks to Google Singapore, I have been trying out the Pixel 6a for the past month. Here’s a quick 5-min review of its highlights.

The Google Pixel 6a and case freshly unboxed. I like the sage colour and glass back although none of that is visible once you slap on the phone case.

The Google Pixel 6a and case freshly unboxed. I like the sage colour and glass back although none of that is visible once you slap on the phone case.

The Google Pixel 6a ships with Android 12 and is positioned as a premium phone at a more affordable price.

It is priced higher than the previous mid-tier Pixel “a”-subseries phones (eg. the launch price for the Pixel 4a was only S$499) and sits at the top of the mid-range market in terms of price tag.

Google Pixel 6a coming to Singapore.

Google Pixel 6a coming to Singapore.

The Pixel 6a is powered by Google Tensor – the same chip behind Google’s flagship Pixel 6 phones.

Some of the features that the Pixel 6a shares with the flagship Pixel 6 Pro include Magic Eraser, Real Tone, Night Sight and live translation.

So in a sense the Pixel 6a can be also seen as Pixel 6 “Lite” ie. the starting model of a flagship model.

In reality, it straddles the gap between the flagship phone segment and the mid-range segment.

For those hesitant to purchase the Google 6 series, you can consider the Pixel 6a with slightly lower feature set, at a correspondingly lower price.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro in Singapore

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

Starting TODAY, the Google Pixel 6a (S$749) and Pixel Buds Pro (S$299) are available for pre-orders in Singapore. They will physically hit the shelves on 28 July 2022.

 

The Google Pixel 6a (128GB, S$749) is available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage while the Google Pixel Buds Pro (S$299) is available in Charcoal.

The Google Pixel 6a (128GB, S$749) is available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage while the Google Pixel Buds Pro (S$299) is available in Charcoal.

First unveiled globally during Google I/O 2022 in May, online pre-orders for the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro begin today on the Google Store, Amazon SG, Courts Online, Challenger Online, and Shopee.

They will be available online and in-stores from 28 July 2022.

Pixel 6a is positioned as a premium phone at a more affordable price.

The mid-tiered phone is powered by Google Tensor – the same brain behind Google’s flagship Pixel 6 phones – and offers the same features in the flagship.

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New Arrival and Review: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Google Pixel 6 (S$999) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) have arrived in Singapore. They are now available exclusively on the Google Store online, together with a selection of phone cases and accessories.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ship with Android 12 installed and come with 128GB storage.

Powered by Android 12, Google has given the new phones a new user interface (UI) they call “Material Me”, which provides themed UI skins and widgets that are supposed to be highly customised to your you needs.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The phones are powered by Google Tensor, the company’s first processor that’s basically a mobile system on a chip designed specifically around Google’s AI engine.

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Review: Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) Speaker Display

Friday, December 24th, 2021

The second-generation Google Nest Hub (S$139) goes beyond being a speaker and display to monitoring your sleep with Sleep Sensing to help you get a better night’s sleep.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is available online for S$139 on Google Store, as well as Courts, Challenger, and Shopee.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is available online for S$139 on Google Store, as well as Courts, Challenger, and Shopee.

I’ve been using the first generation Google Nest Hub at home for years, and it’s brought hours of entertainment to the family.

The second-generation Google Nest Hub reprises many of these same functionalities.

 

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Unboxing the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen).

It is a speaker/display to stream music/videos from music services such as Spotify and YouTube Music, and shows from Netflix and Disney+ etc; or to cast music/videos from the smartphone.

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Google Unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Phones

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

After months of leaks and teasers, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Featuring Google’s custom-developed Tensor chip, both versions will come to Singapore early next year. Details TBA.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

Even though the launch price of the Pixel 6 is US$100 lower than the Pixel 5, it features top-notch hardware compared to the mid-range offering of its predecessor.

The new Tensor chip is a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores, as well as two mid-level cores and four power-efficient ones.

I’m excited that the custom image processor will bring the computational photography on the Pixel to greater levels.

Camera smarts include Magic Eraser (for removing unwanted distractions from a photo) and Face Unblur (which selects a sharp face from a few photos and puts it onto an action shot.

Portrait Mode offers better subject separation and improved skin tone rendering.

Night Mode and Astrophotography have also been enhanced.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2021

Friday, January 1st, 2021

It’s 2021. Happy New Year!

Photo credit: Justin Tan @_incognito08_. Sunrise at Mirissa in a whale-watching boat off the coast of Sri Lanka. Circa 2018.

Photo credit: Justin Tan @_incognito08_. Sunrise at Mirissa in a whale-watching boat off the coast of Sri Lanka. Circa 2018.

It’s a new day, new year, with new beginnings.

Let’s hope the new year brings better times and leave behind the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May the new decade begin!

 

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Closer to home in Singapore, the skies opened up today to usher in the new decade. Video shot with Google Pixel 4 XL.

New Arrival: Google Pixel 4a [and Pixel 4a (5G) & Pixel 5]

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Google has launched the Pixel 4a (S$499) which will be available online from 10 September. Pre-orders for the mid-tier smartphone in Singapore begins tomorrow.

The Pixel 4a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with an even bigger battery that lasts all day. To the right is a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with an even bigger battery that lasts all day. To the right is a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a comes in Just Black with a 5.8-inch bezel-less, OLED display, with a 3.5mm headphone jack, increased storage space of 128GB and 6GB of RAM.

The Google Pixel 4a will ship with the following key features.

  • The same camera features from the Pixel 4 – including Live HDR+ Night Sight with astrophotography, Portrait Mode, and Top Shot.
  • Note that the Pixel 4a will not have the rear telephoto lens in the Pixel 4.
  • A Recorder app which automatically transcribes speech and lets you search across your audio recordings.
  • Longer battery life based on Adaptive Battery that adapts to the way users use their apps, and reduces power to apps that are rarely used.
  • Live Caption for phone calls.

Together with the launch of the Pixel 4a comes the Pixel 4a knit fabric cases, which combine beauty, lightweight protection and recycled materials.

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Google Pay Singapore Adds Food Discovery & Ordering To App

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Google Pay supports Singapore food establishments amid the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak – by offering a free menu discovery feature for food establishments; and enabling patrons to discover eateries by cuisine, browse menus and contact merchants to place orders from over 250 eateries.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

To help Singaporeans and the local food services industry during the circuit breaker period, Google has launched a new feature to discover food pick-up and delivery options on the new Google Pay Singapore app.

“Quick food pick-ups and door-to-door deliveries are now a necessity, as Singaporeans stay home during this critical period. Like several others in Singapore, we too were sharing food menus among family and friends. So we thought, what if we could scale this and make this easier for consumers and restaurants? We rallied our employees to come together quickly and discussed ways in which we could offer a solution,” said Patrick Teo, Director of Engineering for Payments and Engineering Site Lead at Google Singapore.

Many food establishments had to pause their dine-in services and rely on informal methods to share their menu and publicise their pick-up or delivery options.

Developed specifically for Singapore, this new menu discovery experience brings a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and hawker stalls online starting with over 100 businesses in addition to existing restaurants like Burger King, Canadian Pizza, Cedele, Da Paolo Group, The Daily Cut and Tuk Tuk Cha, giving patrons over 250 eateries to order from.

With the new Menu Discovery feature, Singaporeans will now be able to get family meals from Kok Sen, O Banh Mi, and Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha or order restaurant-style spreads at home from Blue Ginger, O.BBa BBQ Jjajang and NUDE Seafood.

With the new menu discovery feature, customers can browse menus, select items, and contact the food establishment to place their order and pay.

Depending on the eatery, customers can choose to pick up their order or have it delivered.

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Google Meet Video Conferencing Solution To Become Free

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Google Cloud will be making Google Meet, Google’s video-conferencing solution, free for everyone with availability starting in early May.

The new expanded tiled view in Google Meet.

The new expanded tiled view in Google Meet.

Anyone with an email address will be able to sign up for Google Meet to enjoy many of the same features available to G Suite’s business and education users.

These include features such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including the expanded tiled view.

Google Meet operates on a secure foundation, keeping users safe, data secure, and information private—including between patients and caregivers in a TELEHEALTH environment.

Google Meet operates on a secure foundation, keeping users safe, data secure, and information private—including between patients and caregivers in a TELEHEALTH environment.

Starting in May, Google will be gradually expanding Meet’s availability to more and more people over the following weeks.

While users might not be able to create meetings at meet.google.com right away, they can sign up to be notified when it’s available .

More details below from Google.

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