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It's starting to look like Google's upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones could become some of the most alluring Android phones the company - or any company, for that matter - have released in a long time. A couple of weeks ago, we pored over the details of what was believed to be an accurate render, and today, we see another collection of renders from a party that seems to agree on most of the devices' visual cues. Credit: MySmartPrice In the aforementioned post, the design seen was believed to be the XL model, but based on these new renders, it would have actually been the non-XL. The... Read more...
If you are a fan of Google’s crowdsourced Waze navigation app and have a vehicle that supports Android Auto, you have up to this point been able to pair the two together. That, however, all changes today. Google has just released the Android Auto version of Waze to Google Play, meaning that you will be able to enjoy most of the fruits of the regular smartphone app. When you fire up Waze for Android Auto, the interface should be instantly familiar, but Google has made some changes to make the app less distraction for drivers (something that regulators and automakers have been harping on with system... Read more...
iRobot might not be a familiar name to you, but surely you have heard of the company’s Roomba robot vacuums (and the parodies that go along with it). The autonomous vacuum cleaners are capable of navigating rooms in your house, avoid obstacles and clean both hardwoods floors and carpet without you even lifting a finger. However, iRobot’s CEO Colin Angle raised some eyebrows earlier this week in an interview that he gave with Reuters. In effort to add a new revenue stream for the company, Angle talked about a way that mapping data that Roombas gather while cleaning your home could be beneficial... Read more...
About a month ago, Google was hit with a massive fine by the EU that totaled $2.7 billion. That fine was levied against Google for breaching EU antitrust law and was more than twice as much as the second largest penalty the EU ever handed out for such a violation. That previous record high fine was leveled against Intel back in 2014. Understandably, the massive fine hit Google's parent company, Alphabet, hard in its recent quarterly earnings. The fine pushed Alphabet's bottom line down 27.7% for the quarter and was handed down after EU regulators found that Google was giving its own shopping service... Read more...
Android is the most popular operating system in the world, and any new release is met with much fanfare. That will certainly be the case with Android O, which is the latest in a long line of mobile operating systems from Google (and is still unnamed). Google today announced that Android O Developer Preview 4 is now rolling out to supported devices. Developer Preview 3 brought us finalized APIs, while Developer Preview 4 is being billed as a release candidate version of the operating system. Like the previous build, it also includes finalized system behaviors, along with the latest bug fixes and... Read more...
You may have found yourself cursing the smartphone gods if you picked up a Nexus 6P handset only to have it eventually develop an annoying habit of endlessly rebooting. Known as the Bootloop of Death, users tried in vain to find a solution, but no amount of flashing, re-flashing, and wiping affected handsets seemed to cure whatever was ailing the phone. That led to the belief that a hardware issue was the culprit, not software, and there is now (finally) a fix in place.The random reboot issue popped up around the end of 2016, with users taking to forums and social media to complain about the issue.... Read more...
Do you want to keep your private conversations, well, private? The beta of Briar, a darknet messaging system for Android was just released today. The messaging app is intended for users like activists and journalists who need a safe and secure form of communication. Briar does not require servers to function, but instead utilizes a peer-to-peer network. The “messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices” and can sync through Bluetooth, WiFi, or the Tor network. Briar also encrypts all data end-to-end and hides metadata. Overall, Briar promises that identity of the users as well... Read more...
In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
When Apple introduced Live Photos with its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets, it also opened the door for developers to think of creative ways of tapping into the feature. It did not take long for Google to jump on board with Motion Stills, an app that stabilizes Live Photos and lets users view and share them as looping GIFs and and videos. Now that same functionality is available on Android. "From its initial release, the community has been asking us to also make Motion Stills available for Android. We listened to your feedback and today, we're excited to announce that we’re bringing this... Read more...
It seems as though Google is constantly changing the way it delivers news to users, and that's because it is. And like many technology companies, Google is invested in machine learning technology with sophisticated algorithms to better anticipate what is most interesting to you. Taking things a step further, Google has tweaked its feed, which it introduced last December to its Google app, to not only display information based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what's trending in your specific area and around the world. Short and to the point, Google says the more you use its app,... Read more...
While the history books are still being written, we may one day look back on Google Glass and determine that it was ahead of its time. That will depend on how the next few years play out, especially now that companies are making a major push into virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality hardware and experiences. Glass was one of the first to get there before Google changed directions and took aim at the enterprise market. Now nearly two years later, Glass is back. Image Source: Alphabet (X-company) This newest version of Glass is dubbed "Enterprise Edition" and it is now available... Read more...
We talked yesterday of an example of how deep learning and artificial intelligence can be used to put words in people's mouths, creating video proof of something someone said, even if they didn't really say it. Prospects like that are downright scary, but so too are the realities of the jobs AI will be able to take away from humans. Case in point: professional photography editing. This is a bit of an odd one, as most photographers will edit their own photos, so maybe we should consider this an example of how AI could help someone get through their workflow more efficiently. And perhaps even... Read more...
Do you backup your files and photos on a regular basis? Most of us know that we should be backing up our data, but for one reason or another—usually the inconvenience of it all—we don't. That is like playing with fire, especially if you have important files that you either cannot afford to lose, or would strongly prefer you didn't. Well, Google is making things easier with a new app for both PC and Mac systems. It is called Backup and Sync and it works with both Google Drive and Google Photos. This is something Google aimed to release last month but was delayed for some last minute tweaking. It... Read more...
When it comes to Google’s next generation Android flagships, we’ve covered plenty of leaks on the devices’ rumored specs and features, but we haven’t seen much with regards to what the actual smartphones will look like. Thankfully, a new leak is giving us our first look at the overall design language of the upcoming devices. Android Police has just posted a speculative render of the second-generation Pixel XL (which we’ll simply call Pixel 2 XL from here on out) based on information received from its sources. While the Pixel 2 XL (codename Taimen) might not come out looking 100 percent identical... Read more...
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