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Google’s long rumored Pixel Watch may finally be coming next year

Google could finally be launching a Pixel Watch after years of speculation. It may even come as early as next spring.
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Google’s Pixel 6 Pro has quickly usurped the iPhone 13 Pro as my go-to camera

I’ve been using the Google Pixel 6 Pro for around a month alongside the iPhone 13 Pro, and the Pixel has proven to be a software and a camera winner.
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The Moto Watch 100 might skip out on Google’s Wear OS entirely for a custom OS

Motorola’s next cheap smartwatch might not be running Wear OS after all as another smartwatch maker opts to go its own way.
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How Google’s Magic Eraser changes history, one small human at a time

Google’s Magic Eraser tool on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro removes unwanted elements from photos, but is it any good? We take a close look at its ability.
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It’s a case of “Oh Dear” as Google’s Pixel 6 Pro maxes out at 22W charging and not 30W as implied

When does a phone with 30W charging not charge at 30W? When it’s a Pixel 6 Pro apparently. In the run-up to the phone’s launch just 2 weeks ago it seemed that Google would finally upgrade the charging rate from a miserable 18W to 30W on the Pixel 6 Pro, but it seems that this […]

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Google’s rumored Pixel Fold could have same camera hardware as the Pixel 5

Google’s Pixel Fold seems like it could come with weaker cameras than the Pixel 6 and use the old Pixel 5 sensors instead.
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You can now move WhatsApp messages between Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Pixels

Google just made switching to Android easier with a new tool that brings your WhatsApp messages along for the ride.
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Google’s 3-year update promise for the Pixel 6 is disappointing but predictable

The Pixel 6 might be coming with a new Tensor chip, but Google isn’t extending the software upgrade timeline past the current three-year mark.
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Walk the Great Wall of China in Google’s latest virtual tour

Check out Google’s latest virtual tour that lets you walk China’s Great Wall and also offers lots of interesting information on the famous structure.
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What is Android TV? Google’s smart TV platform fully explained

Android TV may not have as many users as Apple TV or Roku, but that’s changing fast. What can it do, and how can you get it? Here’s everything you need to know.
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Google’s newest Android updates bring accessibility changes and emoji updates

Google has rolled out its latest Android feature drop with updates hitting everything from accessibility and Google Photos to Gboard’s emoji kitchen.
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Next up on Google’s kill list is Android Things

Having killed off Google Play Music and preparing to kick Cloud Print to the curb by December 31st, Google has found time to announce the upcoming demise of Android Things, its lightweight OS for smart displays and speakers that launched as Brillo back in 2015. Google will begin shutting down Android Things from January 5th, […]

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Google’s Chrome 87 release brings a much-needed performance boost and optimizations

Having begun life as the speedy alternative to the lumbering Internet Explorer, Chrome has become bloated and resource hungry as the years have passed, so much so that the new Chromium-based Edge browser from Microsoft is a worthy alternative. It seems that Google’s engineers have realized this because Chrome 87 brings with it a number […]

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Pre-orders are live for Google’s Pixel 4a 5G but you still have a long wait before it ships

With Pixel 5 orders finally shipping out in the US it’s the turn of the middle sibling to become available to pre-order, almost a month since it was first announced. At $ 499, the Pixel 4a 5G sits between the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 5 in terms of hardware and price and is powered by […]

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The Morning After: We reviewed Google’s new Nest Audio smart speaker

It’s finally time for Apple to unveil this year’s new iPhones. Invitations have gone out for the “Hi, Speed” event on Tuesday, October 13th at 1PM ET where we expect to see Apple introduce its first new devices with 5G and the A14 Bionic chipset. Ch…
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Google’s updated WiFi router starts at $99, or $199 for a 3-pack

Just because Google released a Nest WiFi router last year doesn’t mean it’s retiring the one it launched back in 2016. In fact, the tech giant has given the original Google WiFi router a refresh and a new price point for those looking to boost their…
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Google’s Android dongle may be called ‘Chromecast with Google TV’

Over the past few months, leaked renders and internal listings pretty much confirmed that Google is working on an Android TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina.” Now, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has discovered a listing on Target’s retail system that…
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Google’s fall Wear OS update brings a speed boost and a “beautiful new weather experience”

A lot has been said about Wear OS but it’s likely that no one has ever said it offered a slick experience. This is something that just might change though thanks to the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset and the newly announced Wear OS update that will be rolling out this fall. Unlike the current […]

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After Fortnite is removed from Apple and Google’s app stores, an Epic lawsuit is launched

It was a relatively slow week in the tech world until Epic Games came along with its Mega Drop 20% discount that passed along the saving on V-Bucks and real-money offers to players that chose to pay via Epic Direct payments. Those who chose to pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay were left to […]

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COVIDWISE COVID-19 exposure tracking app released by Virginia Department of Health, utilizing Apple and Google’s contact tracing technology

COVIDWISE, the first US COVID-19 exposure tracking app that fully utilizes Apple and Google’s contact tracking technology, has just released by the Virginia Department of Health. The app places anonymity and privacy high on the agenda and is free to download. Virginia is the first US state to release an app that fully uses the […]

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Google’s Shoploop is a new way of being influenced to buy things you probably don’t need.

If you love watching influencers using and recommending products on Instagram or YouTube and then searching an online shop for that specific item, Google’s new Shoploop service aims to simplify the multitasking process by bringing it all together in a single app. Shoploop, from Google’s Area 120 section, is a video shopping platform for discovering, […]

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Group Calling Now Available on Google’s Nest Hub Max

You may remember that nearly a year ago, Google began closing the gap between Google and Nest, presenting it as one solid brand to consumers. Shortly thereafter, Google released the Nest Hub Max, a smart home device designed to perform a number of functions, including a home security camera, digital picture frame, Chromecasting, and more.  […]

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Google’s little-known Pigeon app is shutting down on June 24th

Google is killing off another one of their smaller projects later this month. Surprised? No, probably not. To be fair, they probably deserve a pass for this one. Pigeon shuts down June 24th Pigeon is a crowd-sourced transit app from Google that had very limited availability. It only worked in select cities, and the app […]

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Here’s Google’s upcoming Android TV dongle with an overhauled interface

We’ve been hearing some rumors about an overhauled Android TV experience coming from Google, including an Android TV dongle that’s kind of a Chromecast, but kind of not. Now we’re getting our first look at the device, codenamed Sabrina. There’s a lot to unpack here, but cord-cutters should be excited. New Android TV The device […]

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Google’s Pixel 4a will reportedly ditch squeeze-based Google Assistant activation

It’s been a feature of Google smartphones since the days of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL but it seems that the upcoming Pixel 4a will launch without the ability to squeeze its sides to activate Google Assistant. It’s a feature that used to annoy the heck out of me until I disabled it, but […]

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Google’s Phone app expanding support beyond Nexus and Pixel devices

Google has begun allowing select devices from other OEMs to install their Phone dialer app from the Play Store, the latest service they have slowly started opening up. At this point the release cadence for new smart services that Google develops seems pretty clear – they announce and typically launch their new Assistant feature, or […]

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Google’s $800 million COVID-19 relief effort includes 2 million face masks

Google's support for the fight against COVID-19 includes more than advisories and a search hub. The internet firm is making a $ 800 million-plus investment in multiple areas to aid treatment, support businesses and keep the public informed. This inc…
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Google’s wireless gigabit internet is now called Fiber Webpass

Google Webpass is now known as Google Fiber Webpass in all the cities where the wireless gigabit internet service is available. The tech giant first used the Fiber Webpass name when it deployed both its Fiber and Webpass internet connection services…
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Android 11 features: here’s what new in Google’s latest OS

Interested in setting up the early Android 11 developer preview, but want to see if it’s worth going through the hassle first? We’ve got you covered. We’ll go over some of the new Android 11 features and what Google’s added to our favorite operating system so far, at least until Google I/O kicks off. New […]

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Nearby Sharing is Google’s AirDrop competitor: here are the details

Google’s AirDrop clone has been in the works for a while, with several rumors popping up every few months. The feature seems to have progressed pretty steadily since it was originally leaked awhile back, and now it seems like the official release is pretty close. While it was originally called Fast Share, it looks like […]

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These are the winners of Google’s Android search auction in the EU; Bing didn’t fare very well

After taking a hefty fine from the EU, Google was also forced to open up Android’s search engine and include other options for users to pick from. They went about it in a very weird way by offering up a paid auction, but regardless, those results are in. Here’s what users in other countries will […]

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Google’s EU Android search choice is good for DuckDuckGo, bad for Bing

Last year — following an antitrust ruling by the European Union — Google announced it would start offering a choice of search providers to Android users. The "choice screen" set to appear on Android devices shipped in Europe from March 1st is desig…
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Google’s Messages could soon get floating conversation heads

We’re all familiar with the floating conversation heads in Facebook Messenger, but now it seems that Google’s Messages app is testing something similar for its own texting conversations. It’s being developed in the back-end as the Bubbles API. It hasn’t made it into a stable release of Android 10 yet, but it is expected to […]

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Google’s Fitbit acquisition is official for $2.1 billion

Despite being one of the first in the wearable game and buying up Pebble, Fitbit is going to fold under Alphabet’s wing. Google’s parent company was reportedly trying to buy them earlier this week, and that deal has now closed. It’s worth $ 2.1 billion, too, so some serious money was spent. What’s Google going to […]

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Google’s new emulator makes Android Automotive development easier

With both the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 set to launch sometime in 2020, there's still sometime before the first slate of Android Automotive cars make their way to consumers. Thankfully, Google is making it easier for developers to create apps for the…
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Celebrate Google’s 21st Birthday with a 21% discount from its European stores

If you’ve been hankering for a Pixel 3 XL or maybe a Google Nest Hub, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Why? because it’s Google’s 21st anniversary, and to celebrate the search giant is offering a very handy discount of 21% on almost every item available from its European stores. There are […]

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Google’s search results will highlight original reporting

Google has updated its search algorithm to give more prominence to original reporting. The company's vice president of news, Richard Gingras, wrote in a blog post that it should be easier for people to find the origins of a news story.
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You’re more likely to get help from Reddit than Google’s official support channels

If you’ve bought anything from Google directly, you might have had a bad customer service experience, especially if you had any issues that you needed resolved. Unfortunately, Google kinda sorta sucks at fixing issues, as we’ve noted before with a Google Fi nightmare. But that’s not the only instance of people having serious issues after […]

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Google’s Titan Security Bundle is now available in the UK, Canada, Japan, and France

After rolling out in the US almost a year ago, Google’s Titan Security Key Bundle is finally becoming available in other regions. Used for two-factor authentications, the bundle includes both USB and Bluetooth hardware keys built to FIDO security standards. The Titan Security Bundle retails for $ 50 in the US and is now available to […]

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Google’s going to give Apple Arcade some competition with Google Play Pass, a subscription service for games

Subscription game services are all the rage lately. The concept goes all the way back to Gamefly with physical discs, but it’s changed more recently to accommodate digital delivery. PlayStation Now was the first major entry into the space, but was plagued with connection issues since many users didn’t have internet fast enough to handle […]

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Pixel 3a put some life back in Google’s smartphone business, doubling total Pixel sales year-over-year

Google’s Pixel sales since inception have been pretty lackluster. It’s not that the Pixels aren’t great phones, especially when it comes to camera quality and software updates, but they’ve just never really managed to take a bite out of the market, especially not without insane carrier promotions. But it looks like the Pixel 3a might […]

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Google’s hardware division is recovering from slow Pixel 3 sales

Just over a year ago, Google parent company Alphabet was hit with a $ 5 billion fine from the European Union for antitrust violations. As you might have expected, that put a dent in the company's profits — but this year, there's no such issue to worr…
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DxOMark rates the Pixel 3a a flat 100, only 1 point below Google’s own flagship

Nobody should take DxOMark’s word as gospel on camera quality, however their testing has ranked Google’s popular mid-range Pixel 3a with a camera arguably tied as leading the industry. Google turned heads when they launched their mid-ranging Pixel 3a and 3a XL offering hardware – in particular camera hardware – nearly on par with their […]

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Google’s Chromebook App Hub for students and teachers is live

We can argue about the merits and flaws of Chromebooks all day long, but one thing is clear: They've found a strong foothold in the education market. Indeed, today Google is announcing that more than 30 million Chromebooks are in use by students arou…
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Huawei Mate 20 reinstated in Google’s Android Q beta program

In a turnaround on the USA’s ongoing Huawei ban the company has been restored to Google’s Android Q Beta program after the companies’ relationship was severed two weeks ago. Things have been looking pretty grim for Huawei’s global smartphone business after the company’s working relationship with Android’s owner Google broke down a couple weeks ago, […]

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Google’s Android Q Beta 3 rolls out with 53 gender-neutral emoji

While much of the fuss about the Android Q Beta 3 has centered around the number of handsets participating in the beta program, the new navigation gestures, and the presence of a system-wide dark mode, there is also 230 new emoji present in Emoji 12.0. This new batch of emoji includes a yawning face, a […]

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Google’s AR tools make it easier for apps to apply face filters

Augmented reality experiences are still in their relative infancy, but because Android runs on so many devices, it can't always assume they'll have dedicated hardware to create extra effects. While Apple is already pushing ahead with AR and packed an…
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Google I/O 2019 will be May 7th through 9th at Google’s typically Shoreline Amphitheater spot

We’re a few months away from Google’s annual developer conference, and the dates and location have been confirmed for the event. Google’s sticking with their plan from the last few years and will be holding the multi-day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater from May 7th to May 9th. All of this info came from one […]

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Google Assistant Connect is Google’s answer to a smart, connected device ecosystem

Google Assistant is one of Google’s biggest focuses right now, which is pretty evident if you’ve seen how many Google Assistant compatible devices have been announced at CES this year. But to really grow and permeate every connected device around a home, Google’s going to need to tackle the smaller gadgets, too. Google Assistant Connect […]

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Google’s Fuchsia OS will support Android apps, and that’s a big deal.

In a small update to part of their Android Open Source Project repository, Google has quietly confirmed that their up-and-coming Fuchsia operating system will be able to run Android apps, and that’s a big deal. Fuchsia was first incepted over two years ago in August 2016, at least in a public Github repository, and it immediately lit […]

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