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Surprise! Google is working on Chat, another solution for messaging on Android

Google’s attempt at making a unified messaging platform is probably one of the longest running jokes in the tech space, and as much as I love Google, there’s really no excusing how poorly they’ve handled the situation in the past few years. They almost had something with Google Hangouts, but not before half-abandoning it and trying to […]

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Google updates Photos with improved movie editor

A new update to the Google Photos app on Android was spotted rolling out a few hours ago and reports indicate a new movie editor is now included in the app. Many thought this move was close to happening based on some earlier teardowns of the Google Photos app. Those who have been waiting patiently […]

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Sprint and Google Voice will go their separate ways this June

Way back in Android’s lifespan (seriously, 2011 kind of wayback) Sprint and Google teamed up to integrate the carrier’s service with Google Voice services. It was a pretty nifty partnership and really the only one of its kind, but up until now, it’s worked without a hitch. Sprint users could take advantage of all the […]

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Google and Netflix team up for a “Lost in Space” game on Google Home

Google likes to create fun experiences on Google Home, adding to the little gadget’s highly functional approach. This time around they’ve partnered with Netflix to craft a game based on the streaming service’s new show, Lost in Space.  There’s only so much you can do with a game where the only feedback is sound, so it […]

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Google is bringing a new history feature to Google Chrome on Android

Google is testing out a new feature for the mobile version of its Chrome web browser that should make your browsing experience a bit better. Currently accessing your recent web history involves a few taps behind some settings menus, but a new feature in the works will allow you to long press the back button […]

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Google employees petition CEO to drop out of Pentagon AI project

Over 3,100 Google employees have signed a petition opposing the company's part in a Pentagon AI program. The letter asked CEO Sundar Pichai to pull Google out of the project, which harnesses artificial intelligence to analyze video and could improve…
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Google posts April Security update for Pixel/Nexus devices – factory images and OTA files are live

It’s that time of the month again if you own a Pixel or Nexus device when Google rolls out the new Security Bulletin to help make the Android OS more secure. Both factory images and OTA files for April are available and contain a bunch of fixes for vulnerabilities ranging from moderate to critical. Join […]

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Google Home’s multi-room audio will now play through other Bluetooth speakers

It’s fair to say that smart speakers such as the Google Home and Home Mini have taken off in a big way in the last year or so, but there are still some notable frustrations to be experienced. One of these niggles was the inability to pair your Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max […]

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Owe someone money? Need to collect? Google Assistant can now handle IOUs

It’s not hard to find yourself owing a friend or family member some cash. Maybe they covered a movie ticket. Perhaps they paid for drinks on a Saturday night. And what if it’s the other way around? Maybe someone owes you for gas on a road trip. Whatever the case, Google Assistant can now handle […]

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Manage your podcasts directly inside the Google Search app

There are tons of different ways to listen to podcasts on your Android device, whether you’re using a third-party application or even Google’s own music streaming service. But for many people, something without a subscription or service attached to it is a more attractive option, and it can be even more appealing when it’s built […]

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Google rebrands Android Wear as Wear OS for all new smartwatches

Android Wear is in a pretty awkward spot as a product line for Google, with tons of smartwatches either failing or getting pulled off the market after lackluster sales. What’s the panacea for a flailing product? Rebranding! Say goodbye to Android Wear, as Google is now referring to the smartwatch software as Wear OS. Pretty […]

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Tech giants like Google and Alibaba are working to save endangered species

Google, eBay and other technology leaders are aiming to protect the world's animals. Why? In a widely unregulated social-media world, many tech platforms have become a haven for the wildlife black market, a $ 20 billion industry. The sale of illegal…
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Google working on allowing the Allo web client to work without your phone

Google recently released the web version of Allo, but the desktop client comes with a huge caveat; you have to keep your phone on and connected to the internet to actually use it. That pretty much completely defeats the point of a desktop chat client, but hey, it’s Google. Don’t worry, though! Google is working […]

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Google to enable password downloads for Chrome browser

If you are a regular user of Chrome, Google’ web browser, you have likely seen boxes pop up on a regular basis asking if you would like Chrome to save the username and password combination for sites you log in to. Depending on how paranoid you are about a company like Google having your passwords […]

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A new feature has popped up in Google Photos showing locations next to date dividers

Google Photos is among the most popular of Google’s apps and it continues to evolve and improve. The latest feature adds location data to the right of date dividers as you scroll through your photos. Photos on the web has been doing this for a few months, but the feature is new to Android. This […]

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Google won’t be announcing new YouTube Music service in March

Rumors have been swirling around about a new YouTube Music streaming service for quite some time, and we’ve been hearing that Google would officially announce the service in March, probably at SXSW. Now it turns out that might not have been completely accurate. YouTube’s head of music, Lyor Cohen, will definitely still be speaking at […]

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Google wants native support for iris scanning in Android

Biometric security has been evolving pretty rapidly over the past few years, especially with Samsung debuting their version of iris scanning on the Galaxy Note 7 and following through with the Galaxy S8 and now Galaxy S9. It hasn’t completely replaced the fingerprint scanner as the default biometric lock screen, but we’re moving in that […]

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Dropbox is getting integrated into Google Docs and Gmail

Dropbox is a pretty fierce competitor to Google Drive and was arguably the first big name to bring mass cloud storage into the mainstream. Despite that, Google and Dropbox have managed to come to an agreement that will see the cloud company merge its products into Google Drive and Gmail. They’re still working out details, […]

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Expanded support for Google Assistant added to August Smart Locks

Support between smart speakers or virtual assistants like the Google Assistant used on Google Home devices and the variety of home automation devices on the market continues to expand and become more intuitive. This week August announced they made some changes to their August Smart Lock devices and how they interact with the Google Assistant […]

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Google I/O 2018 signups are open!

Google I/O 2018 takes place in May this year, and Google has just opened up signups for the event to the general public. There are a few steps to take and entry isn’t guaranteed, but we’ll walk you through it if you’re interested. First up, you’ll have to sign up at Google’s website with your […]

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Android Pay officially becomes Google Pay

The day is finally here, and Google is dropping the Android Pay brand for Google Pay. The new service keeps pretty much all of the features of the older Android Pay platform, but long term will also integrate Google Wallet features. There are still some things in the pipeline, but we’ll go over what you […]

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How to set up your Google Home device

Whether you own the regular sized Google Home or the diminutive Google Home Mini, setting the smart speakers up is as straight-forward as A-B-C. Almost all the setup can be done in the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet, and it just takes a couple of minutes to complete. Join us after the break where […]

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Official Pixelbook Sleeve is now available from the Google Store for ‘just’ $100

When Google launched the Pixelbook back in October, there was no denying that it was the Chromebook to beat all other Chromebooks. With such a high level of specification and the unquestionably slick design, though, it could only be one thing – hellishly expensive. Which, with a starting price of $ 999, it was. An official sleeve […]

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Best 5 mounts for the Google Home Mini

Many of us either bought or received the Google Home Mini as a gift over Christmas and while it’s a nifty device that offers great value for money, finding space for it on a flat surface near a plug isn’t the easiest thing to do. Luckily, the Google Home Mini doesn’t have to lay flat […]

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Google Play expands 4K and HDR movies to more countries around the world

Google brought 4K movie rentals and purchases to Google Play Movies late last year, but like most of Google’s brand new features, it was limited in rollout to just a few countries. In this case, only the US and Canada had access to Google’s full selection of digital 4K content. That’s apparently changing as of […]

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Google facing a lawsuit over original Pixel microphone issues

The original Google Pixel was a pretty fantastic phone, and one Google should be proud of. However, it wasn’t without its flaws, including a few isolated problems for some users. One of those problems, however, happened enough that now Google is facing a class-action lawsuit over the defect. Yikes. That class action complaint was filed […]

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Google doesn’t use Pixel Visual Core for its own camera app, but Snapchat does

When the Pixel 2 was announced, Google trumpeted how great its camera was, but they conveniently forgot to mention that a dormant Image Processing Unit called the Pixel Visual Core was inside the phone. It wasn’t active after the Pixel launched but was reportedly made available to other apps in Android 8.1. The biggest difference […]

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Google contemplates a GeForce Now streaming competitor with Yeti service

Google is considering testing the streaming gaming market and jumping directly into competition with NVIDIA and Sony, according to a new report. It would function like GeForce Now or PlayStation Now, but instead use a Chromecast or Google home console as a delivery device. Details are scarce, but the service is internally referred to as […]

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Google Assistant learns a few new tricks for media lovers

Google Assistant is an always-growing product, and whether you’re using it on your phone or with one of Google’s smart speakers, that means you’re constantly getting new features added to the platform. The latest set of new things your personal assistant can do will make it just a little bit easier to wake up in […]

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Google sets records in fighting bad apps during 2017

Earlier this week Google’s Andrew Ahn, Product Manager for Google Play, released the latest information describing Google’s efforts to slow or stop the spread of malicious apps via the Google Play Store. As the official source for apps for Android devices, Google goes to great lengths to try to keep bad apps out of the […]

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Pinterest hires Google computer vision expert to sort your Pins

Pinterest is very committed to improving its search technology through AI — so committed, in fact, that it just hired one of the foremost experts in the field. The social network has announced that it's recruiting Chuck Rosenberg, Google's AI visio…
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Google announces new Bulletin hyperlocal citizen news platform

Google announced a new platform they are working to roll out soon that will provide a source for “hyperlocal” news stories. The platform is called Bulletin and will enable people to “put  spotlight on inspiring stories that aren’t being told.” Google has things constructed at present to drive the new platform via a smartphone app. […]

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You can now buy your audiobooks directly on Google Play

Last week’s leak took the surprise out of audiobooks making their way to the Google Play Store, but at least now it’s official. Google has posted a blog detailing the new section of their digital storefront, and everyone can grab a 50% discount on their first audiobook purchase. Unlike other services, Google is touting this […]

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Google hires former Xbox, PlayStation exec Phil Harrison

Phil Harrison followed up almost two decades as an executive for both Sony and Microsoft as an investor in computer and video game companies. But he's moving back to the tech world with a new role as Vice President and GM of Google, Harrison announce…
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Google Play services update fixes Chromecast Wi-Fi bug

Google is now rolling out a promised fix for Chromecast built-in devices, such as Google Home, Android TV, Chromecast, etc., to kill a bug wreaking havoc on Wi-Fi connections with slowdowns and even outages. Affected routers include those from TP-Link, ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Synology. The issue was described as one that in certain situations, a […]

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Google denies launching optimized version of Maps for China

Google's presence in China has increased marginally in recent times, but those excited about a rumoured optimized version of Maps for the country will be disappointed to learn the claims are untrue. Earlier this week Japan news site Nikkei reported t…
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Google freezes addiction center ads after word of sketchy referrals

Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services…
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Anker announces the ZOLO Model Zero speaker with Google Assistant

Known primarily for their charging solutions,at CES 2018 Anker Innovations announced their entry into the smart speaker market with the ZOLO Model Zero. The new device is scheduled to be available in the latter part of 2018. Anker is stressing the design aesthetics of the new device. According to Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations: “Speakers […]

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LG puts Google Assistant in its own touchscreen-equipped speaker

Google Assistant's fingerprints are all over the CES 2018 show floor, but it's especially easy to see on a few new Android Things-powered devices. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it…
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JBL joins the Google Smart Display platform with the JBL Link View

We’re incredibly excited about Google’s Smart Display platform, and it looks like other manufacturers are, too. Lenovo is likely the most high profile name making a device for the platform, but JBL is throwing their hat in the ring, too. Called the JBL Link View, the device sports a high-resolution 8-inch display with stereo speakers. […]

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Lenovo’s Smart Display comes with 8 or 10-inch HD displays and Google Assistant baked in

It’s long been rumored that Google has plans to release a Google Home device with a built-in display. Indeed, it’s perhaps one of the reasons that the search giant pulled YouTube support for Amazon’s Echo Show, a direct competitor. One such product is the Lenovo Smart Display, developed in partnership with Google. The Smart Display features […]

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Google and Amazon likely lost money on smart speakers this year

Amazon and Google were extremely aggressive with their small smart speakers this holiday season, cutting the price on both the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini to just $ 29 for months. That was down from a $ 50 price point on both units before Q4. That move was great for customers, and I’m sure both Google […]

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Amazon yields some ground in growing battle with Google

Over the last few months, a rift between Google and Amazon started to expand. Caught in the crosshairs are owners of Echo Show and Fire TV devices who found themselves with no access to YouTube after Google cut off the service on those Amazon devices. Possibly underestimating consumer backlash, Amazon is moving to start selling Google […]

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Google Inbox will remind you to unsubscribe from unread promo emails

Google has made email a much less tedious, junky affair for a lot of us, and it's about to take another step to helping us clean out our inboxes. According to a report over at Android Police, users of Google's Inbox app will start seeing new tips tha…
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December is here and with it comes the expanded Santa Tracker from Google

The ability to track Santa may exist in a place where Moore’s Law applies when one looks at how Google continues to expand their Santa Tracker platform each year. What started out as an online replication of the local TV news “tracking” Santa with the help of NORAD each year has blossomed into a month […]

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The most popular apps, games, and movies of 2017 according to Google

We’ve somehow made it to the last month of the year without the world ending, which means it’s time for Google to reveal its Best of 2017 list for the years’ most popular apps, games, movies, books, and TV Shows. It should come as no surprise that Game of Thrones held off all comers to retain […]

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Andy Rubin takes a leave of absence after accusations of an “inappropriate relationship” while at Google

2017 has been a crazy year, and unfortunately, we’re starting to see it bleed into the tech industry before it’s over. Andy Rubin is the next in the headlines, and he’s officially taking a leave of absence from Essential after some new accusations. According to The Information, a report surfaced about an “inappropriate relationship” between […]

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Google exploring concept of a dedicated YouTube Edition Android phone

According to a report of a survey currently underway by Google, the company is exploring a unique specialization for a smartphone. The survey seeks input on what would be considered a “YouTube Edition” of an Android smartphone. The concepts described in the survey cover software, interface and even potential hardware. For consumers of content, the […]

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Google has been tracking your phone’s location, even with location turned off

Going into settings and turning off your phone’s location will stop all apps and services from tracking your whereabouts. That’s a simple, easy to remember privacy concept. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem. Google has been tracking you anyway. You can take more drastic steps like turning off cellular data or even removing the SIM card […]

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Google Maps has an improved color scheme and new icons for easier navigation

Google Maps has a fresh coat of paint that makes navigation even easier. The driving, navigation, transit and explore maps now highlight relevant information in a clearer way. For example, gas stations will be better marked for navigation as will train stations for transit and so on. An updated color scheme and new icons will […]

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