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We know that Google has a hardware event coming up next month, but what exactly will the company introduce? One of the items is rumored to be a new mesh router system, presumably built around the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard. Assuming the info is accurate, it will be sold as a "Nest Wifi" system with accompanying beacons. Google already sells a mesh router called Google Wifi. Pricing starts at $99, which gets you the main router, which is covers up to 1,500 square feet. There is also a 3-pack available for $259. By the power of mesh networking, the 3-pack covers larger spaces, up to 4,500 square feet. Citing sources who are apparently familiar with the matter, 9To5Google says a refreshed... Read more...
Most people have probably never heard of the International Broadcasting Convention that is held in Amsterdam each year. This convention is along the lines of CES or MWC, but the International Broadcasting Convention focuses on the TV industry. Google has attended the conference for years and was there again this year to talk about its Android TV ecosystem for 2019 and beyond. Some of the items that the roadmap lists are good things and others sound like annoyances that Android TV device users won't appreciate. For Android 10 this year, the roadmap lists things like an Assistant for operators EAP, or early access program, that is a place that allows companies to customize the Assistant with new... Read more...
At this point, nearly everything about the upcoming Google Pixel 4 family has been revealed. We know pretty much all of the hardware specs including the SoC that will be used, screen dimensions, battery capacities and even have official confirmation of Project Soli gesture recognition. Now we're learning when Google's actual hardware event for the devices will take place. According to an invite that Google sent to us this afternoon, the big day for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is October 15th. Google doesn't give away any new details on the smartphones, only stating via its invite, "Come see a few new things Made by Google". The event will be held in New York City, and for those that won't... Read more...
Another leak of the Google Pixel 4 smartphone has happened, and this one comes out of Vietnam. Somehow a store called D Store Mobile has laid hands on a Pixel 4 XL and shared images of the device from just about every angle, and importantly shared images of the hardware device info screens on board the smartphone. As for how an unknown small store in Vietnam came to have one of the devices in hand, there is no word. We do know that Google makes Pixel devices in Vietnam, so presumably, a source in the supply chain gave the device away. The leaker has stated that the Pixel 4 XL that is being shown off isn't a final unit and is said to be a test model. Test model or not, it gives another good look... Read more...
There has been yet another leak of Google's Pixel 4 family, this latest one focused on what appears to be an actual Pixel 4 XL handset. Assuming the leak is legitimate, we get a clear view of the upcoming phone, along with a meaty rundown of the specs, settings, and various features, including the triple-camera arrangement and face unlock function. Google has not yet launched its Pixel 4 family, though that is expected to happen within the several weeks. In the meantime, a supposed Pixel 4 XL has been spotted in Vietnam. It's the white version with black trim. One of the things that immediately stands out to me is the square-shaped camera cutout. Like the iPhone 11 Pro, the Pixel 4 XL will wield... Read more...
There are plenty of leaks related to Google's unreleased Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4 handsets, and even Google has gotten in on the action—the company teased an image of the devices and posted a short clip briefly demonstrating the face unlock feature and Motion Sense gesture controls. As it relates to the latter, there's a video (not by Google) that shows some of the settings and specific gesture controls users will have at their disposal. The gesture controls appear to be born out of Google's Project Soli platform, which it has been developing for the past few years. If so, the Pixel 4 series will have advanced object recognition capabilities. It's not clear to what extent accurate 3D imaging... Read more...
Google continues its steady march forward with the advancement of the world's most popular web browser: Chrome. The company this week launched the latest release with Chrome 77. Chrome 77 is available for all major computing platforms including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS. One of the biggest features is the addition of tab sharing, which will allow you to send pages to multiple devices. While you have the ability to browse open tabs on your other signed-in devices, this new feature makes it a bit easier to send over tabs if you want to switch from your desktop to say, your tablet for lounging on the sofa. The feature can be invoked by clicking/tapping on the menu button and selecting... Read more...
In the infinite wisdom of Facebook, the world's largest social network felt it necessary to put a call out to Android and iOS users—practically every person with a mobile phone—to pay attention to new location controls being rolled out to their devices from Google and Apple, respectively, because simply put, "Facebook is better with location" tracking. The rather blunt blog post by Facebook explains some of the ways users might benefit when allowing Facebook to track their location, including the background when not actively using the Facebook application. "It powers features like check-ins and makes planning events easier. It helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community... Read more...
Computer users looking for an alternative browser to Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Chrome might be familiar with Vivaldi. The big claim to fame for Vivaldi is that the browser is very customizable. Its feature set has carved it out a niche on desktop systems, but there was no version for mobile devices until now. Vivaldi has now launched for Android. Vivaldi for Android is in beta and bills itself as a fully-featured browser for Android; the company's first foray into the mobile browser world. The mobile browser looks just like the regular browser and has the same set of tools integrated. The tools include Panels, Speed Dials, Notes, and Capture. The mobile browser launches in the speed dials section,... Read more...
It looks as though Google will be offering its upcoming Pixel 4 family in at least three color options, including black, white, and a newly leaked "coral" variant (we think it resembles an orange Creamsicle). For reference, the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 are offered in Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink color options, but not orange (or coral or Creamsicle). Twitter user Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) spotted the somewhat grainy photo on Weibo. While there is also the possibility of the leaked photo being a fake, the design is consistent with images Google has already teased earlier this summer, when it essentially confirmed black variants of the Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4, both with a square-shaped camera... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet has confirmed that it is under investigation by the United States Department of Justice. Specifically, the DOJ suspects Alphabet of antitrust practices, and is demanding all information and documents related to prior antitrust investigations involving the company around the globe. While the DOJ stated that it was just beginning to investigate major tech companies back in July 2019, we now know the department's efforts have kicked into high gear. Alphabet and Google aren't the only major tech companies under the crosshair right now. Apple, Facebook, and Amazon are all known to be under investigation as well, and we wouldn't be surprised if other platforms... Read more...
Google's Pixel 4 family of smartphones is shaping up to have quite a compelling assortment of high-tech hardware to keep users happy including a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, dual cameras on the rear, and gesture tracking with Project Soli. However, equally as important as a competent hardware platform is the software that layers on top. The Pixel 4 will be running Google's newly released Android 10 operating system, and a new report suggests that the phones will also gain an exclusive extension of the Google Assistant. We've all had the experience where we've been put on hold by a business that we've called, and we just sit there waiting, and waiting... and waiting for a human... Read more...
New details on Google's next generation Pixel 4 smartphone have leaked, and some details of its camera configuration appear to be rather impressive. Details on the camera include a Motion Mode supporting high speed action shots. Motion Mode is rumored to be one of the camera's significant features. The rumor also claims that the Pixel 4 camera will have improvements to Night Sight mode as well. Motion Mode will allow images to be taken of fast-moving subjects that will render the shot target clear in the foreground while the background will be captured with the attractive blurred, bokeh effect that many people are fond of. Improvements to Night Sight include speed-related improvements and general... Read more...
A week ago, Google disclosed findings from its Project Zero Threat Analysis Group, which discovered 14 vulnerability in iOS that were used across five exploit chains. According to Google, the exploits were used over a period of more than two years in a "sustained effort to hack the users of iPhones" by monitoring their private data and location information in real-time. It was later learned that the Chinese government was at least using some of these vulnerabilities to spy on Muslim minority groups in its Xinjiang territory. At the time, Apple didn't make any public statements about Project Zero's findings in part because it released an iOS security fix within two weeks of being... Read more...
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