When the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro arrive, they’ll be the first to ship with Google’s own Tensor processor. What they won’t be shipping with is a USB charger.

The recently-launched Pixel 5a, it seems, will be the last in the line to package a charger. Google mentions a couple of reasons for the move including reduced environmental impact (somewhat tricky to confirm since third-party manufacturers will happily make up the difference) and the fact that most people already have a charger or nine.

Samsung, meanwhile, will also stop shipping something with some of its phones: advertisements. The company announced this week that it will stop showings ads in its stock apps. In an internal meeting, new smartphone boss TM Roh said that Samsung’s priority “is to deliver innovative mobile experiences for our consumers based on their needs and wants,” adding that user feedback contributed to the move.

The update will roll out later this year, so enjoy your cleaner weather forecasts and Samsung Pay home screens, Samsung users!

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

3 replies on “Lilbits: the Pixel 6 won’t ship with a charger in the box and Samsung ditches in-app ads”

  1. I’m interested to see what AI apps Google will have available at Pixel 6 release. I’m hoping for an AR demo of some sort.

    1. No doubt they’ll be jumping on the Apple CSAM bandwagon at some point, along with everyone else. It’s only a matter of time before everyone else follows suit.

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