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Google Fit gets a makeover to tempt you back into your exercise routine

Fitbit isn’t the only company making waves in the digital fitness community this week. Google has also redesigned its Google Fit app, the backbone of fitness tracking on Wear OS and on Android devices that aren’t Samsung. The new redesign was made with input from the American Heart Association and World Health Organization, so Google […]

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Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems

Google's data centers hold thousands of servers and they power everything from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube. But those data centers need to be kept cool in order for those servers to run reliably. A couple of years ago, Google began applying AI…
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WhatsApp chat backups won’t count towards your Google Drive storage anymore

WhatsApp offers a nifty little feature that allows users to back up their chats and image storage to Google Drive, which is very useful when changing devices. Whether you’re upgrading or you’ve accidentally lost your phone, it’s nice to have a backup so you don’t lose everything with an old device. What makes this feature […]

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Google opens up Google One to the general public

A few months ago Google started the process of transitioning Google Drive customers to their new Google One product. Google One is primarily a re-branding of Google Drive, though there are a couple new wrinkles involved with the revised platform. That stage of the transition appears to be complete as Google announced they are now […]

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Google may bring Windows 10 support to multiple Chromebooks

You might not have to splurge on a Pixelbook if you're pining after a Chromebook with Windows 10 support. XDA-Developers has learned through source code that Campfire, the feature that would let Chrome OS dual-boot Windows 10, would be available in…
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New images pop up of the Google Pixel 3 XL

Lots  of attention this week is focused on the launch of the Galaxy Note9 as sources try to get the scoop on the latest smartphone from Samsung. In the midst of that flurry of activity, others are looking a bit further down the road and managed to obtain some new images of the Google Pixel […]

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Google Pixel 3 XL shows up in benchmarks, likely with a Snapdragon 845 in tow

As we get closer and closer to an official launch of the Google Pixel 3 XL, we can expect more details to surface. Like, for instance, some benchmarks. In this case we’re getting a glimpse of what kind of performance we likely expect from Google’s 2018 flagship, assuming nobody faked any information here. You know […]

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Senators grill Google over rumored China search engine

Google refused to confirm if it's truly been developing a censored search engine for China after reports about the project's existence came out, but it might soon have no choice but to come clean. A group of six Democratic and Republican Senators led…
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Google Maps’ location sharing now includes your battery life

When you share your location with a friend through Google Maps, they'll now be able to see how much battery life you have left exactly. Android Police first discovered hints of the new feature in a Google Maps beta for Android earlier this year, and…
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Google Clock app integrates with Spotify for musical alarms, but where’s YouTube Music?

Google has updated its Clock application on the Play Store, which is honestly a pretty boring app that gets pretty boring updates. Normally, anyway. This time, though, the Clock app is getting Spotify integration. Weird? We’ll explain. Set your alarms with Spotify Songs Some people like to wake up to music by setting particular songs […]

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Google Station will bring tons of high-speed hotspots to Nigeria

Google has spent a ton of R&D effort into figuring out how to get everyone access to high-speed internet, especially in places where that’s not the norm. Things like Project Loon were bold ideas that were even used in the aftermath of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, but the latest trick in Google’s bag is called […]

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Routines can be scheduled in Google Home

Earlier this year Google rolled out the ability for users to setup routines using their Google Home devices. Using routines, users can create a single command that will trigger a whole bunch of actions without having to specify them one at a time. Initially, users had the option of picking from several canned routines for […]

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Demo video shows off some updated Google Material Design changes

Google has been slowly but surely making some changes to their Material Design specifications and guidelines for several months now. Unofficially dubbed Material Design 2, the updates are the first major ones since 2014 when Google initially launched Material Design. Besides bringing a fresh look to interfaces, the overhaul appears to be focused on improving […]

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Hey Google, Android actually does stifle competition

Sundar Pichai knows that the choice of mobile OS nowadays boils down to Android or iOS. He published a blog post yesterday in response to the European Commission's competition decision against Android, which opens saying, "If you buy an Android phone…
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Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development

Google snapped up a few Apple chip design talents over the past year to create its own processors, but now it has lost one of its own to another rival. According to Bloomberg, Facebook has hired Shahriar Rabii to head its silicon development efforts….
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Carrot Weather officially brings storms and earthquakes to the Google Play Store

A few weeks ago Carrot Weather launched into a quiet beta on the Play Store, finally giving Android users a taste of one of the best weather apps on iOS, which also happens to be one of my personal favorite apps, period. Today that app leaves its beta tag behind and is officially available for […]

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Google Pay redesigns its web app, rolling out now

Google Pay has had a pretty busy year, including a name change and some heavy redesigning, at least on the mobile side of things. The desktop site for Google Pay has been left behind, though, although it did keep the new branding instead of Android Pay. Google’s not that inconsistent, come on. Anyway, the website […]

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Google Duo gets some support for multiple devices including tablets

Lagging way behind most of the market, Google finally seems to figured out that users want to be able to send and receive messages from whatever screen they are viewing at the moment. Last month Google rolled out the ability for Android Messages users to sync text messages on the desktop, joining their Google Allo […]

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Google claims Gmail safe from their prying eyes

Over the past couple days, Google found itself embroiled in some new controversy regarding the company’s treatment of users’ email. This is not the first time Google has dealt with fears that their employees may be reading user email messages, but this time around access by third-party developers is thrown into the mix. Yesterday Google […]

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More rumors point to Google entering the video game market

If you’ve been keeping up, there have been several rumors that Google is getting into the gaming console market, at least indirectly. The Yeti streaming service, for example, was suggested to compete with GeForce Now and PlayStation Now, and recently some new interactions were tipped off for the Chromecast that would most likely be used […]

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New renders of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Earlier today, several new renders including both still shots and videos of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were revealed. The new images were created using factory CAD files to get dimensions and placement of different pieces in the correct locations. The renders do not really reveal any new information but they do align […]

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Continued Conversation launches for Google Home for better AI conversations

During Google I/O this year, Google showed off Continued Conversations for their Google Home devices, a new feature that will allow users to keep up a conversation with their virtual assistant without having to repeatedly say a hotword before every sentence. That feature is finally rolling out today to Google Home, Google Home Mini, and […]

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Google updates the TalkBack app and renames it to Android Accessibility Suite

Not everyone has 20/20 sight, those of us with impaired vision might be familiar with the TalkBack app that aids smartphone navigation with its spoken feedback. The app has just received an update, and as it so often does, Google has also decided to rename the TalkBack app to the Android Accessibility Suite in the […]

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Let your Google Home help you cook with Tasty recipes

Google is rolling out a new feature for the Google Home family that will pair the smart speaker with Tasty recipes, helping you to fully cook meals completely hands free. It’s a pretty literal take on the Assistant part of Google Assistant, but hey, you can use all the kitchen help you can get. Google […]

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Google backtracks on Wear OS’ battery-saving features

Smartwatches are struggling, and Google knows it needs to fix the things people dislike about Wear OS. At the top of the list is battery life, so during I/O, Google announced plans to boost that for Android P. While Qualcomm's new smartwatch-dedicate…
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Material Design update for Google Maps is beginning a staged rollout

Google has been slowly redesigning most of their core apps with updated Material Design interfaces, and Google Maps is next up on the list. There have been a few Maps tweaks over the last few months hinting at this coming, and Google I/O more or less confirmed it, but it’s finally happening. The update is […]

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Google is integrating Android Messages with Chrome OS

We’ve been waiting for Google to drop an iMessage killer for years now, and Android Messages is shaping up and potentially turning into that app. A new commit for in Chromium’s source code hints at Google integrating Android Messages with Chrome OS, which could mean tons of different things. Unfortunately, the commits don’t really clarify […]

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Update to Google News on the web starting to show up

At Google I/O 2018, one of the apps/services that Google mentioned as getting some significant attention is their Google News platform. The improvements mainly come in two different areas – increased use of AI to scour the web for content that may interest a user and a heavy revision to the interface to be consistent […]

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Several Google employees walk out over military work for the US Department of Defense

Google is, for the most part, a generally well-liked company, and they don’t tend to dabble in anything significantly controversial. They make free services, like Gmail and YouTube, then serve up ads to stay afloat, and aside from the minor privacy quirks here and there, they do pretty well in the court of public opinion. […]

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Pending Google Home Max update to improve use as a speaker

The Google Home Max enjoys a rather unique spot in the market in that it incorporates the benefits of a smart speaker with sound qualities – including a big sound – that are close enough to more dedicated devices like Sonos speakers. As good as that sound is, the Home Max has fallen short for […]

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Google will require regular security patches for smartphones going forward

Ask anyone what their biggest gripe with Android is, and one of the most common answers will likely be the updates. Or, rather, the lack of updates. Unless you’re rocking a flagship from a big manufacturer or a Google Pixel device, you’re probably not getting them as frequently as you’d like, and that includes monthly […]

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Google might announce a Pixel Watch alongside the next Pixel 3

Maybe it’s a little early to start talking about the Google Pixel 3, but that’s not going to stop the leaks. Evan Blass has dropped a pretty major hint about what Google is planning on announcing at their hardware event later this year, including a new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, plus a newer […]

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Project Treble to get boost from Google, Qualcomm joint efforts

With some of the changes to expand availability of the Android P Developer Preview 2 that were announced at Google I/O 2018, attention is once again drawn to the state of Android version distribution. Even though Android 8.0 Oreo has been around for several months, adoption is still at just 5% of the market and […]

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Volvo increases integration with Google apps in next generation infotainment system

Although almost all carmakers are now including support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in their vehicles to avoid locking out major segments of the buying public, some are being more aggressive in capitalizing on the technology Google makes available. One of those companies is Volvo which already had a strong partnership with Google. […]

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Google Maps will soon be your guide to food and entertainment around town

In the months ahead, Google Maps will be more than just turn-by-turn directions. It’ll be your one-stop virtual guide to the best places to eat and explore, anywhere in the world. Whether you’re meeting up with friends, hosting out-of-towners in your city or simply exploring someplace new, Google Maps will help you make quick decisions […]

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[Deal] Google Clips gets a $50 discount

Last fall during their big product announcements, one item that was a bit of a surprise was Google Clips. The small camera was designed to do just what its name suggests – grab short video clips that can then be uploaded to social media. It is hard to gauge whether Google Clips has been a […]

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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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