Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones by Android. Photo by: Author Maurizio Pesce / Wikimedia Commons
Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones by Android. Photo by: Author Maurizio Pesce / Wikimedia Commons

Preview the Pixel, iPhone 7, Virtual Reality Gear and Updated Smartphone Trends

The smartphone market has plenty of options to review when looking for a new phone. Each holiday season, technology companies produce a new round of products that sometimes excel with demand, as well as sometimes fail to meet expectations.

The major smartphone manufacturers in the United States currently have Apple, Sony, Samsung and Google working to innovate new functionality.

Sony smartphone. Photo by:
Sony smartphone. Photo by:

The Android team has been busy with the recent Galaxy Note 7 hitting the cutting room floor after launch. Forbes reported that the Note 7 continued to have battery issues leading to overheating and the phone catching fire.

This is a major concern for the Android team with the Galaxy Note being the main product for the holiday season, and now in result, putting additional pressure on Android to make major upgrades to the upcoming Galaxy 8 due out in the Spring of 2017.

In addition to Android and Google products, we take a look at the recent Apple release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Scan over the following videos to find out more on smartphones and virtual reality gear.

Introducing Pixel, Phone by Google

Introducing Pixel, a new phone by Google. It has the highest rated smartphone camera. Ever. A battery that lasts all day. Unlimited storage for all your photos and videos.

DP Review reported that, ‘There is no optical image stabilization but Google has added a new gyroscope-based video stabilization system that reads gyro data 200 times a second for smoother panning and shake-free handheld recording.’ In addition, the stabilization controls have been in development. Review the clip below at the 28:00 minute mark with the #madebygoogle video to check out the stabilization controls with Google’s Pixel.

Introducing Daydream View, VR Headset by Google

Experience high quality, mobile virtual reality with Daydream View. The soft, lightweight headset keeps you comfortable and the simple, smart controller puts you in control of the action. Explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema, and play immersive games like never before. Just drop in Pixel, or any Daydream-ready phone, to get started. Learn more at

Apple – Introducing iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features: new camera systems with f 1.8 aperture, stereo speakers, the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, water resistant, and the overall best battery in an iPhone to date.

Samsung Gear 360: Freestyle Soccer in 360º

Samsung’s virtual reality feature can capture 360° videos and record freestyle soccer skills from all angles with Samsung Gear 360.

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Listen in to the product launch presentation that took place on October 4. Get in the know on more products from Google at:

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.