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Android O official release is coming soon, as near-final beta rolls out

Android O official release is coming soon, as near-final beta rolls out

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EEEK! Android O is almost ready for an official release.We know this because Google has posted the fourth developer preview beta. It includes “near-final system images” for recent Pixel and Nexus devices. That means an official Android O release... >>

Google Pixel 2 could be first phone to pack Snapdragon 836 SoC

Google Pixel 2 could be first phone to pack Snapdragon 836 SoC

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Google's upcoming Pixel 2 flagships will likely be powered by Qualcomm's follow-up to the Snapdragon 835.The Pixel 2 will reportedly be the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836 system on a chip - a rumoured, high-end processor. Keep in... >>

Here's what is different in the Google app's new feed experience

Here's what is different in the Google app's new feed experience

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Google has announced some updates to the feed experience in the main Google app. Here's what you need to know.The company said the app now offers "improved machine learning to anticipate what’s of interest to each individual user," as well as "the option... >>

Amazing Google Pixel XL 2017 render shows a super sexy giant

Amazing Google Pixel XL 2017 render shows a super sexy giant

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Google is working on the next Pixel phones, and an image of the larger-sized phone has appeared.Android Police, which has a great track record when it comes to leaking Android mobile news, has created a render of the second-generation Pixel XL based... >>

What is two factor authentication and why should you use it?

What is two factor authentication and why should you use it?

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Over the past few years you may have heard a number of companies, app makers and service providers announce that they're launching two factor verification or two factor authentication, often abbreviated to 2FV. If you ever wondered what the heck it even... >>

Google Blocks is a new tool anyone can use to make 3D models in VR

Google Blocks is a new tool anyone can use to make 3D models in VR

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Google has a new virtual reality tool.This tool is really an app. It's unique in that it lets you create colourful 3D models in VR. Called Google Blocks, it's free and available now for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Tthe important thing to note about Google... >>

Google now lets anyone sign up to try experimental Area 120 products

Google now lets anyone sign up to try experimental Area 120 products

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Google has an incubator that develops interesting products, like the new Uptime app, but now it's allowing anyone to test those efforts.Called Area 120, the in-house unit not only developed Uptime but also Advr, an experimental project for advertising... >>

Will 'Eve' be the next high-end Chromebook made by Google?

Will 'Eve' be the next high-end Chromebook made by Google?

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Google might be working on new Chromebook features, and maybe even a new Chromebook to go with those features.First, the new features could be a fingerprint reader and a key specifically for bringing up Google Assistant. As for the new Chromebook, which... >>

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

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Google Home can now recognise each person in your household by their voice and smartly switch to their account and preferences.Those of you with a husband or kids or a roommate will appreciate Google Home's latest update. If you've ever said to the speaker... >>

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

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If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search. Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the number one site we all go to when we want to look up anything. Heck, most people just say "Google it".Beyond search we use Google brands for a... >>

Anyone can now try Uptime, the new YouTube party app from Google

Anyone can now try Uptime, the new YouTube party app from Google

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You no longer need an invite to try Google's YouTube parties app.Gogole's startup incubator, Area 120, allows employees to work on approved projects during their "20 per cent time". The latest project from that incubator is Uptime, a mobile app that... >>

More Google Pixel 2 details emerge, Pixel 2 XL to sport 5.99-inch OLED display

More Google Pixel 2 details emerge, Pixel 2 XL to sport 5.99-inch OLED display

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More details surrounding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have leaked to XDA-Developers by a "source familiar with the matter that spent time with at least one of the phones". The details suggest the two devices, currently codenamed Taimen and Walleye,... >>

Google just launched a new 180-degree VR format, plus cameras for it

Google just launched a new 180-degree VR format, plus cameras for it

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Google has announced a new 180-degree VR format, including third-party cameras that you can use to shoot in it. Called VR180, it's a collaboration, between YouTube and Google’s Daydream VR unit. It has been introduced alongside an announcement about... >>

Google Pixel 2 pops up in HTC U11's system files, confirms HTC involvement

Google Pixel 2 pops up in HTC U11's system files, confirms HTC involvement

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You never know what you might find in a phone's system files, if you dig deep enough. You might even find confirmation that a manufacturer is working on additional devices; even hugely-anticipated handsets for other, major companies.For example, we've... >>

We've reached peak fidget spinner, thanks to Google

We've reached peak fidget spinner, thanks to Google

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If you've managed to avoid fidget spinners thus far - whatever you do, don't Google the word "spinner".The fidget spinner craze, which swept the world this spring, may finally seem like its on the way out, but that doesn't mean it's too late for Google... >>

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?

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Apple is trying to streamline home automation.In other words: Apple wants to make it easier for smart accessories - like Philips Hue lights, Wink lights, and other smart speakers, thermostats, detectors, plugs, blinds, locks, sensors, etc - to communicate,... >>

Did Google hire Apple's chip designer to make chips for Pixel 2?

Did Google hire Apple's chip designer to make chips for Pixel 2?

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Future Pixel phones might feature custom, Google-designed chips.According to Variety, Google has hired Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect. He worked at Apple on chip development for about eight years, but his LinkedIn profile shows he just joined... >>

Google may only release two Pixel phones, one possibly made by LG

Google may only release two Pixel phones, one possibly made by LG

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Reports have recently surfaced to suggest that Google will in fact only release two Pixel devices later this year and not three, as was previously thought. The manufacturer of said two Pixel devices is also up for question, with LG now entering the picture.... >>

Waymo killed its adorable self-driving cars to focus on minivans

Waymo killed its adorable self-driving cars to focus on minivans

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You know those cute Waymo cars - the ones that are the size of golf carts? Well, don't expect to see them on the road again.Waymo is a self-driving car company that began at Google but was recently spun off by Google's parent company, Alphabet. The unit... >>

Google Pixel 2 could come with an 18:9 display

Google Pixel 2 could come with an 18:9 display

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Google has yet to make any sort of official announcement about the existence of the second-generation Pixel smartphone, but a recent GFXBench listing for a device called the Pixel XL2 suggests one is on the horizon. Google Pixel 2: What do we want to... >>

Google Pixel phones could get Android O in August, earlier than usual

Google Pixel phones could get Android O in August, earlier than usual

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After detailing the next version of of its mobile operating system, Android O, during its developers conference in May, the next question facing Google was when?Yes, Android O will come with a raft of exciting new features, but when will it actually appear... >>

Google Chrome to get own built-in ad blocker

Google Chrome to get own built-in ad blocker

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Google is working on its own ad blocker, that it will build into future versions of its Chrome browser.At present, the AdBlock Chrome plug-in is one of the most popular downloads for the browser by far, but it has a cavalier approach to blocking advertising,... >>

What is Google Jamboard, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

What is Google Jamboard, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

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Google has announced you can now pick up its new Jamboard.You probably won't need this thing unless you're a teacher or a company executive, as it's a powerful collaboration tool used to enhance meetings or presentations. It provides a 4K whiteboard... >>

Google Assistant on iPhone: What can it do that Siri can't?

Google Assistant on iPhone: What can it do that Siri can't?

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Google Assistant has arrived on the iPhone.Sure, technically, the AI-powered assistant was already available in a limited fashion through the Google Allo messaging app, but now, thanks to a new standalone app available on Apple's App Store (US-only for... >>

Google I/O 2017: All the announcements that matter

Google I/O 2017: All the announcements that matter

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Google I/O 2017 is done and dusted.Google holds an annual developers conference in order to get its developer community up to speed with all the updates it plans to push out to its products. Doing so gives developers a chance to get all their apps, services,... >>

What is Android Go and why does it matter?

What is Android Go and why does it matter?

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Google's I/O developer conference kicked off on 17 May with the company announcing several new features and functions across its range of products from Android O to Google Home.Among the new announcements was Android Go, a new version of Android that... >>

Android Go is Google's latest attempt at optimising budget Android phones

Android Go is Google's latest attempt at optimising budget Android phones

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Google has introduced a new type of Android.It's not like the Android OS you'd find on a high-end smartphone such as the Google Pixel. The important thing to realise here is that Android Go is basically a light version of Android O that's meant for budget,... >>

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard

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Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset. Google and Qualcomm have partnered on a standalone Daydream VR headset.Building on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform,... >>

Google Photos gets better at sharing, creates actual photo books

Google Photos gets better at sharing, creates actual photo books

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Google Photos is easily one of the best ways to store and organise your best camera shots in the cloud. It's free, smart, and completely cross-platform. Today, the company announced updates coming to the service, which take the cloud photo storage product... >>

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

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Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the screens around your house. Not only can you use services like YouTube and Netflix via Chromecast,... >>

Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O?

Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O?

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Variety has learned from various sources that Google may unveil a standalone virtual reality headset at its annual I/O conference later today. Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch and what to expect? Google's standalone VR/AR headset: What's the... >>

Google Assistant might hit iPhone, Photos, and your kitchen this week

Google Assistant might hit iPhone, Photos, and your kitchen this week

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Google Assistant is coming to the iPhone, the Google Photos app, and GE home appliances like refrigerators, a new report has claimed. According to Bloomberg, Google will announce an expansion of its voice assistant during the Google I/O developers conference... >>

Forget Bitmoji: Allo uses neural networks to personalise emoji

Forget Bitmoji: Allo uses neural networks to personalise emoji

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Google really wants people to use its Allo chat app.The company has just introduced a new feature that's super reminicscent of Bitmoji, the personalised emoji service that Snap bought and integrated into Snapchat. Google's feature is a little different,... >>

LG to make Google Pixel 3 is 'pure speculation' at present

LG to make Google Pixel 3 is 'pure speculation' at present

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Even though the 2017 versions of Google Pixel phones are yet to be revealed, even confirmed, there has been plenty of speculation flying around that the company has chosen LG to make their 2018 replacements.The Google Pixel 3, it is said, will be made... >>

Google Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

Google Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

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Google is developing an entirely new operating system.But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is for, including what devices it might power. Here's everything we know so far about the project, which is currently going... >>

This is what Google's new Fuchsia operating system looks like

This is what Google's new Fuchsia operating system looks like

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Google is developing an entirely new operating system, and we now know what the interface looks like thanks to fresh leaks.It was first revealed last year that Google has a new operating system in the works. It's called Fuchsia. And Fuchsia has already... >>

This new kit from Google adds voice commands to your Raspberry Pi

This new kit from Google adds voice commands to your Raspberry Pi

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Google and the creators of the Raspberry Pi have teamed up, and the result is you now can say "OK, Google" to your home-made computer.The companies have released a hardware accessory, a Voice HAT (Hardware Accessory on Top), which can turn a Raspberry... >>

Google Chrome tips and tricks: Master your web browser

Google Chrome tips and tricks: Master your web browser

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Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world, and yet, because we use it so often, we often forget what it can do.Chrome will let you browse pages, obviously, but it's also loaded with hidden hacks that can essentially streamline your... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8 Plus vs Pixel vs Pixel XL: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8 Plus vs Pixel vs Pixel XL: What's the difference?

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Samsung's next Galaxy S devices are bow available in the form of the S8 and the S8+. The big question is, how do they compare to their competition?Here is the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus stacked up against the Pixel and Pixel XL. You can also read... >>

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

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Google Home now serves up numerous guided recipe instructions.Anyone who owns a voice-activated smart speaker, including Amazon Echo, knows it's perfect for the kitchen. Don't know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Ask your speaker. Want to set... >>

Will Google launch its own Bluetooth headphones soon? (Probably not)

Will Google launch its own Bluetooth headphones soon? (Probably not)

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The internet lit up this afternoon at the thought of new hardware from Google, but unfortunately, things are not what they seem.Liliputing spotted a new product that recently passed through the Federal Communication Commission: a pair of Google-branded,... >>

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right
4.5 stars

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right

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Having spent some time over the pond in the US market, Google's smart home networking system has now landed in the UK.It's not the only Wi-Fi-extending product of its kind available (and there are lesser alternatives, like powerline extenders), but it's... >>

Google Waymo offers self-driving car rides to public for first time

Google Waymo offers self-driving car rides to public for first time

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Remember Waymo? Well, for the first time, it is offering ride services to members of the public.Waymo is a startup that Google created for its self-driving car project late last year. Now, Waymo is launching an “early rider program” in the state of... >>

Google may release three Pixel devices this year, all to use Snapdragon 835 chip

Google may release three Pixel devices this year, all to use Snapdragon 835 chip

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We already know that Google will release second-generation Pixel phones sometime this year, to improve upon the rather excellent Pixel and Pixel XL. But there may be a third, as yet unknown device on the way too. Google Pixel 2: What do we want to see?... >>

Google teams up with Yi to launch new Jump VR camera rig for pros

Google teams up with Yi to launch new Jump VR camera rig for pros

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Remember Google's Jump VR platform? Well, it has a new camera rig.When Google introduced Jump, which uses cloud-based software and algorithms to stitch together 360-degree videos, it announced a partnership with GoPro. The action-cam maker in partnership... >>

Google's AutoDraw uses machine learning to turn your doodles into art

Google's AutoDraw uses machine learning to turn your doodles into art

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Google's latest tool can turn your doodles into works of art.It's launched AutoDraw, a web-based app powered by machine learning. With that technology, AutoDraw can recognise your crude drawings, whether it's a flower or a cake or a smiley face, and it... >>

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

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Google Home is about to get a lot more useful for the entire family.A new update to the Google Home app is alerting people that “multiple users are now supported”. Except, the message appears to be popping up by accident, because the functionality... >>

Google wants its next Pixel phone to feature LG's flexible OLED displays

Google wants its next Pixel phone to feature LG's flexible OLED displays

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Google is already working on its next Pixel, and as part of that process, it's talking to LG's display division.The company has reportedly offered to invest around $880 million in LG Display, in an effort to make sure the next Pixel has an adequate supply... >>

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

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What would make Google Home better?This is a question Google has been apparently asking itself, especially since the market is currently exploding with Alexa-powered devices from not only Amazon but just about every other third-party manufacturer out... >>

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

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Google has updated its Wi-Fi router so that you can annoy your kids."Wi-Fi at home helps with special everyday moments," Google announced on Monday. "But as we all know, sometimes these moments can turn into hours spent watching videos or browsing photos.... >>