Sachin’s Favourite Things of 2015

This is a list of some of my favourite things of 2015. It ranges from smartphone and video game consoles to tv shows and movies.

And if you haven’t already checked out my Favourite Apps of 2015.

Update (1.20.2016): Disney has pushed back the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII by seven months from May 26th 2017 to December 15th 2017, this post has been reflected to show that

Nexus 6P

Graphite (aka black)
Graphite (aka black)

The Huawei Nexus 6P quickly became my favourite Android device of the year. It had a great camera, a improved version of Android that brought great battery life, and to round it off it was wrapped up in a solid metal body.

Related: Nexus 6P Review: The Best of Android 

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Google September 29th 2015 Event: Everything you need to know

Google made a lot of announcements today (some of which were leaked earlier) from two new Nexus phones to brand new Chromecasts.

For those of you who missed the event, here you go:

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Google got a new logo

Google has unveiled a new and updated logo after 17 years of using a serif font for their logo. The company choose to go with a san-serif font this time so then it is more inline with their parent company, Alphabet.

Google’s logo has evolved over the years since the company first launched in 1998 but the iconic blue, red, yellow and green has not.

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Old Google logo to the new “evolved” logo

In addition to the logo change (or some call it a wordmark), Google is changing the tiny “g” (aka the favicon) that you would see in your browser tab or as the icon for the Google app. It is being replaced by a uppercase “G” that has all four of Google’s colours intact.

Google's logo over the years.
Google’s logo over the years.

From Google:

Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!

Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).

It doesn’t simply tell you that you’re using Google, but also shows you how Google is working for you. For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you’re talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we’re bidding adieu to the little blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo.

You’ll soon see Google’s new logo and designs come to all of Google’s products very soon. The new logo should make it easier for those who visit Google’s homepage or products via a smartphone or tablet instead of a computer.

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Google’s products with the new logo intact

Google’s new logo is a welcomed change and makes it easier that this is the start of Sundar Pichai’s Google.

Source: Google, Google Logo (Wikipedia)

 

OnePlus 2 Event: Everything you need to know

On July 27th 2015, OnePlus held their own event for the successor to 2014’s OnePlus One. However, OnePlus didn’t do it in the traditional press event way.

They did the whole announcement via virtual reality. OnePlus released their own app on Google Play so then you could feel like you were actually there. You could watch the event with or without a Google Cardboard headset. I watched the event without a Google Cardboard headset and it still worked out well and it did feel like I was actually there at OnePlus’ office.

For those of you who missed the VR event, OnePlus put the entire announcement video on their YouTube channel.

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Motorola July 28th 2015 Event: Everything you need to know

Motorola made a couple of announcements at their event on July 28th 2015. They announced a new Moto G and two new versions of the Moto X for 2015.

For those who missed Motorola’s event, you can watch it here:

Moto G (2015)

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The updated Moto G for 2015, now has a 5″ HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 294 ppi with Coring Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it. It is being powered by the1.4 Ghz quad-cord Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.

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Sony PlayStation E3 Experience 2015: Everything you need to know

Sony made a couple of announcements at their PlayStation E3 Experience 2015. From a release date (more like just a year) for the long-awaited The Last Guardian to a new game from the developer behind the Killzone series.

For those of you who missed the press conference or just want to re-watch it, here it is below.

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