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Google is very much a participant in the smartphone wars even if it does not go blazing into battle with the biggest, baddest artillery. That is okay, because one of the draws of its own phones is they are among the first to receive new builds of Android. They also lack third-party skins and other bloat. All that said, Google fans are looking forward to the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, both of which have been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors in recent weeks. The latest leak provides details on what is allegedly a finalized spec sheet.Let's start with the larger of the two, Google's Pixel XL... Read more...
Here’s the thing about most types of mobile malware in the wild; they’re avoidable. That doesn’t mean, however, if you’re not paying attention--and especially if you’re the type that likes to customize things as the Android platform is so capable of--that you might not stumble into some nasty code deplorables. Such is the case with a new, very sneaky strain of Android ad malware that has been downloaded to literally millions of devices globally, though predominantly in Southeast Asia. AndroidOS_Xavier_AXM, or Xavier for short, as it is more commonly known, is a tricky little payload that has been... Read more...
Have you ever noticed that if you mention a product in email, it has a way of translating over to ads? In some cases, it might be a coincidence. But if you use Gmail, there is a much higher chance that Google scanned the contents of your email, picked up on a keyword, and delivered a targeted ad based on what you wrote. Oh, you didn't know? Google does in fact sift through the contents of your Gmail, though starting soon, it will stop doing that. Google is looking to bring its consumer-based Gmail service in line with its G Suite for businesses, the latter of which includes a version of Gmail that... Read more...
VidCon is rocking and rolling in Anaheim, California, and with it has come a number of announcements from Google. Google most notably just announced VR180 video format that will enable content creators to develop VR-friendly content. They also just revealed that they are working with manufacturers to bring new affordable VR180-friendly cameras to market. VR videos are one of the most popular ways to experience VR, however, they can be tricky for everyday creators to make in 360 degrees. Google’s solution was to work with their Daydream team in order to develop the VR180 format. According to Frank... Read more...
While nothing is yet official, there is some evidence to suggest that HTC will be building Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 handsets, which are due out later this year. That would not be shocking—HTC built Google's original Pixel and Pixel XL phones last year and the two have been partners in the hardware space for quite some time, as Google does not currently manufacture its own hardware.The latest news comes from a Japanese-language blog that took a peek inside HTC's U11 system files. Inside the blog found entries pointing to international versions of the Ocean, which is the codename... Read more...
It looks as though Google is trying to unload any remaining Pixel XL handsets it still has before launching its next generation of Pixel phones. Or the Mountain View company finds itself in a giving mood. Either way, you can score a Google Home smart speaker for free with the purchase of a Pixel XL smartphone, though you will have to act fast—the offer is good while supplies last.The Google Home speaker is a $129 value. It is similar to Amazon's Echo products, in that it listens for a wake phrase ("OK Google") and can respond to various commands. The speaker's built-in Google Assistant can provide... Read more...
Google wants to help put you to work. Through changes Google has made to its advanced search engine, you can now look for job openings simply by searching for them and receive more detailed results than before. The new ability is part of the "Google for Jobs" initiative that was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, whereby Google committed to working with both job seekers and employers to bring suitable candidates together. The ability to search for jobs is now available in English on desktop and mobile. How it works is you can search for "jobs near me," "teaching jobs," or plug in some other... Read more...
Terrorist organizations like ISIS often use social media services to deliver messages of hate and to recruit new members. To counter this, Google and its YouTube division have worked for years identifying videos that fall outside of the confines of YouTube's terms of service, but in acknowledging an "uncomfortable truth," Google said that "more needs to be done. Now." Following up on that sentiment, Google outlined a number of steps it is taking to identify and remove violent extremist videos. The effort starts with Google's underlying technology and presumably its fancy algorithms. Google vowed... Read more...
There is only so much top-level talent to go around in Silicon Valley. That is part of the reason why engineers and technology bigwigs make obscene amounts of money. It is also why poaching employees from competitors is so common. This happened yet again with Google convincing Manu Gulati, a veteran chip architect who had been in charge of Apple's chip development efforts for nearly a decade. to jump ship.According to Gulati's updated LinkedIn profile page, he now carries the title of Lead SoC Architect at Google. It is the latest title in what is an impressive resume that includes being a member... Read more...
Benchmarking sites continue to hint at what Google has in store for its second generation Pixel handsets. Just a few weeks ago, what is believed to be one of Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 devices landed on Geekbench, giving us a glimpse of the phone's performance. Now there is GFXBench entry that lists the "Pixel XL2" as toting a 5.6-inch display with a 2560x1312 resolution.That works out to around an 18:9 aspect ratio. And if the listing is indeed indicative of the final model, it also means the Pixel XL2 will carry fewer pixels than its predecessor, which featured a 2560x1440 resolution and 16:9... Read more...
Are you tired of the current smartphone offerings from the Apple-Samsung duopoly? Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android, may have the right product for you. His startup just introduced its new premium-tier device, the Essential Phone. Rubin recently remarked at the Wired conference, “I think when there's this duopoly with these two guys owning 40 percent of the market, this complacency sets in. And that's the perfect time to start a company with this. Some people are complacent and it needs to be disrupted.” Much like third-place U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile and its brash CEO John Legere... Read more...
Now three weeks removed from when the second Android O developer preview graduated to the beta branch, Google has made available a third preview build for early adopters and with it comes a series of finalized APIs. That is a big deal for developers, as it means they can code and enhance their apps with little-to-no tweaking required when Android O goes gold several weeks from now. "With the consumer launch approaching in the coming months, a critical first step is making your current app compatible with Android O. This will give your users a seamless transition to the new platform as it arrives... Read more...
SoftBank has made yet another notable purchase in the land of tech, this time for Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company that has built some eerily lifelike robots. Google's parent company Alphabet had been shopping the robotics firm for more than a year after acquiring the company in 2013 and has now found a buyer. Boston Dynamics gained notoriety on the Internet by posting videos of its various robots, including Atlas, a human-like contraption that stands 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Armed with sensors in its body, legs to balance, and both LIDAR and stereo... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now it’s time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesn’t have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience even better. The biggest change is that pages will now load even faster, while using less memory, thanks to a revamped JavaScript engine. Chrome’s penchant for devouring memory is well documented, so it’s good to see that Google is continually tackling these... Read more...
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