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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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Giveaway: Join Synology Online Quiz to win Google Pixel 4A 5G

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Synology is having a campaign in the form of an online quiz.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you participate in an online quiz by Synology. Link here.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you participate in an online quiz by Synology. Link here.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you complete an online questionnaire by Synology.

Campaign ends 31 May 2021.

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 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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Google Doodles Celebrates Hand Washing for COVID-19

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Hand washing is one of the most effective preventive measures against COVID-19 – the disease ravaging the world now. Google Doodles is recognising Ignaz Semmelweis – the Hungarian physician who discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital 173 years ago in 1847, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Semmelweis had noticed that a mysterious and poorly understood infection known as “childbed fever” was leading to high mortality rates in new mothers in maternity wards across Europe in the mid-19th century.

Semmelweis deduced that the doctors were transmitting infectious material from prior operations and autopsies to susceptible mothers through their hands.

He required doctors to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water before examining pregnant women.

As a result, the documented mortality rate plunged from 18% to 2.2% over a period of a year.

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