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If you're a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ owner and have been looking longingly from the sidelines as Google Pixel and Nexus users are chomping down on crunchy Android 8.0 Oreo goodness, your time will soon come. Samsung just recently updated its license agreement and FAQ for the Galaxy Beta Program, both of which reference Android 8.0 Oreo. For U.S. users, in order to participate in the Galaxy Beta Program, you will need to download the Samsung Plus app. You will need to register for or sign-in to your Samsung account in order to complete this process. According to Samsung, both the Galaxy S8... Read more...
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both equipped a custom-designed co-processor that enables advanced image processing and machine learning capabilities. Called "Pixel Visual Core," this is one of the selling points of Google's newest phones, only it is not yet enabled. Google originally planned to flip the switch in its Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview 1 (DP1), and while that did not happen, developers will be able to try it out with the next preview release. "If your app uses the camera APIs and you have a Pixel 2 device, you'll be able try an early version of Pixel Visual Core starting in Developer... Read more...
Google has come up with a way to make pairing Bluetooth headphones and speakers with an Android phone or tablet much faster and easier than it has been. The new syncing specification is called Fast Pair, and it uses Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) in conjunction with an Android device's location to automatically discover Bluetooth gear in close proximity, which users can sync with a single tap. Fast Pair gives Google an answer to the easy and seamless pairing that exists with Apple's AirPods and iPhone handsets, though the technologies work in different ways. Apple put a small chip inside the AirPods... Read more...
Given how expensive flagship smartphones are becoming these days, more users are trying to find ways to protect their purchase. While many people like to "go naked" without a case so that they can appreciate the sleek lines of their smartphone in daily use, the thought of being stuck with a $279 repair can give some users pause. For these people, there's another option: a factory-backed extended warranty. For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners, Google's Preferred Care service is getting a significant upgrade. For those that don't know, Preferred Care is very similar to AppleCare+ for Apple devices.... Read more...
YouTube TV launched earlier this year as the latest in a long list of streaming services aimed at people looking to cut the cord. However, the launch was limited by the fact that the service was primarily focused on watching content from a smartphone or tablet. While that may be OK for people that want to watch TV shows while on-the-go, it didn't specially address the market for people that primarily watch content in front of a big screen television. Well, that all changes today, as Google just announced the YouTube TV app is coming to a host of devices specifically designed to provide a big screen... Read more...
When it comes to covering the tech industry, we're usually tasked with covering topics that are for the most part serious topics. Be it Apple’s iPhone X or NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 Ti or perceived shortcomings with Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. However, Google came under fire for something this weekend that to many is likely downright silly. The discussion kicked off this weekend with the following tweet regarding Google's cheeseburger emoji: I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top... Read more...
There is something to be said from ordering an Android device with Google's own branding. For one, you do not have to worry about a bunch of third-party junk being pre-installed and custom overlays—Google phones deliver an unadulterated Android experience. You also get immediate access to new Android builds. Those perks help to drive sales of Google's Pixel handsets, and its second generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are selling especially well with twice as many pre-orders. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated during an earnings call for Google's parent company Alphabet that pre-orders for the Pixel... Read more...
Google's response to its investigation into reported screen burn in issues with the Pixel 2 XL most certainly won't make owners happy. If you were expecting a fix for the issue, sadly one may not be coming. Google has published an update on the Pixel 2 XL to its product forums and has basically said the burn-in issue is normal. Google says that burn-in (differential aging in Google parlance) of the Pixel 2 XL is similar to what happens on OLED panels used in comparable products. In other words, Google is saying every OLED panel does this and that what people are seeing with burn in is normal for... Read more...
Google launched Android 8.0 Oreo over the summer, but chances are pretty slim that your device has received the update unless you have a supported Pixel or Nexus device in-hand. Smartphone OEMs are notoriously slow to release major Android updates, but that isn't stopping Google from moving on to the next branch of Oreo: Android 8.1. Android 8.1 is now available as a Developer Preview, and brings with a number of optimizations to make this tasty operating system even sweeter. For starters, Google has made optimizations for Android Go, which is a fork of Android that is geared towards devices with... Read more...
Here is some good news for Gmail users—living up to its promise earlier this year, Google today expanded the potential capabilities of Gmail by launching native support for third-party add-ons. Now users can tap into services such as Asana, Dialpad, Hire, Intuit QuickBooks Invoicing, and others right from within their inbox, negating the need to toggle between the inbox and other apps. "With Gmail Add-ons, your inbox can contextually surface your go-to app based on messages you receive to help you get things done faster. And because add-ons work the same across web and Android, you only need to... Read more...
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (read the HotHardware review here) are no doubt highly attractive devices from Google that feature great all-around performance, a clean Android Oreo interface unencumbered by superfluous UI junk, and stunning cameras that are backed by the Pixel Visual Core AI chip. However, now that the phones are starting to make their way to customers, quality control issues are starting to crop up. The latest issue to plague Google's new flagships involves high-pitched whining and clicking sounds emanating from the devices. While most of the complaints about unwanted sounds... Read more...
In an effort to boost security on Android devices, Google is testing a feature called DNS (Domain Name Server) over TLS (Transport Layer Security) to protect users from hackers who might be spying on a site's traffic, according to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This experimental feature is currently fielding comments at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). an Internet standards group.The DNS over TLS protocol encrypts DNS inquiries to same level as HTTPS, effectively blocking cyber snoops from logging or otherwise seeing the websites that users visit. HTTPS alone does not offer... Read more...
One of the potential downsides to the OLED screens that are making their way into high-end smartphones is screen burn-in. This is something that happens when you have the same items on the screen for extended periods of time, like navigation buttons. Essentially, you end up with ghost images left behind on the screen. Normally this is something that happens over an extended period of time, but there are reports of burn-in happening on Pixel 2 XL smartphones only days after purchase.  Google has announced that it is looking into these problems for owners of the smartphone. The tweet embedded... Read more...
Google is working hard to make the web a more secure place and with its Chrome browser being the most popular browser on the market by most accounts, that was a good place to start. Google says that security has always been one of the core principles of Chrome and points out that it was found to be the most secure browser in two recent studies when looking at multiple aspects of security. Google promised about a year back that it would start marking all websites that aren't encrypted with HTTPS security as "not secure" in Chrome. Google's Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Manager, wrote, "We wanted... Read more...
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