Tuesday in CE: Google Pixel Billion Dollar Bet that it Can Out iPhone the iPhone
What did 2017 bring for smartphones? Well, it mainly saw smaller bezels, a step closer to the death of the headphone jack, and more camera gimmicks than you can shake a stick at.
It also exposed, for the first time, a few weak spots in the otherwise unstoppable force in Apple by way of the Google Pixel. Although subjective, Google's flagship Android phone went toe-to-toe with the Apple's iPhone X and held it's own, even taking a few wins.
It may not seem like a big deal but Apple has had a huge headstart and Google is already keeping pace.
Logically, Google, or rather parent company Alphabet, has closed a $1.1 billion deal to buy up the majority of HTC's mobile division. That gives Google roughly 2,000 of the same engineers that helped make three of the last four Pixels; LG made the larger Pixel 2 XL and HTC's version of the Pixel 2 XL later became the HTC U11 Plus.
With that acquisition, Google can start creating the same closed production ecosystem that has helped catapult Apple to the top of the food chain. Obviously, Google has had full control of the OS, but now they can start creating custom chipsets, just like Apple.
It's an obvious next move for Google, it's just unfortunate that they have decided to compete in the high-end arena and completely ditch the ultra-affordable Nexus line of phones.
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway Creating Healthcare Company
Want to know what billionaires talk about when they get together? Creating their own healthcare company apparently.
Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway have joined together to make their own fully independent employee health care company that will offer exclusive benefits and care to their respective employees and families.
It's really no surprise to see Amazon disrupting yet another market, but with such a philanthropic goal it's refreshing to see the likes of Warren Buffet and Jamie Dimon, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase respectively, getting involved.