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

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

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Google is looking to embed itself in your home, in a bid to one-up Amazon.Amazon announced its Echo speaker, complete with its voice-controlled personal assistant called Alexa, back in 2014. Google followed with Home in 2016 - its hands-free smart speaker... >>

Google Photos tips and tricks: Store and edit your photos like a pro

Google Photos tips and tricks: Store and edit your photos like a pro

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Google Photos has been around for a couple years now and is a go-to service for many people looking to store their photos and videos.Google Photos not only lets you save personal media to a virtual locker but also makes that media available across all... >>

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

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Every year a major update to Android is released. 2016's update is called Android Nougat, following the theme of dessert-inspired names.Unlike previous updates, Nougat was first released to developers with a public preview beta programme, meaning early... >>

OK Google, tell Neato robot to start cleaning

OK Google, tell Neato robot to start cleaning

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Neato has announced Google Home support on all its connected robot vacuum cleaners, including the Botvac D3 Connected, Botvac D5 Connected and Botvac Connected.Users with a Google Home device will therefore be able to ask Google Assistant to tell Neato... >>

What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work?

What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work?

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If you have kids, you probably care about they do on a mobile device.Don't get us wrong. You want them to explore, tinker around, and aspire to be Mark Zuckerberg 2.0, but at the same time, there are just some things kids maybe shouldn't do on an internet-connected... >>

Google's next Pixel phones have the codenames 'Walleye' and 'Muskie'

Google's next Pixel phones have the codenames 'Walleye' and 'Muskie'

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The codenames for Google's Pixel 2 phones have been revealed.Little is known about the next Pixel flagship smartphones, but based on a few reports so far, we know that Google plans to launch them this year and that they will be premium devices with high-end... >>

This Google test helps change the look and feel of your Android phone

This Google test helps change the look and feel of your Android phone

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Once you decide to buy a specific smartphone, the hardest part is deciding how to set it up.When it comes to Android phones, there are so many launchers, icon packs, and wallpapers to choose from. We at Pocket-lint play with new Androids on a sometimes... >>

Nest might soon launch a cheaper thermostat and new security system

Nest might soon launch a cheaper thermostat and new security system

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Nest practically disappeared after it became an Alphabet company, but a new report has suggested it's coming back in full force.A report from Bloomberg claimed Nest is working on new connected products, including a home security system, a smart doorbell,... >>

Google Pixel 2 might copy iPhone 7 and ditch the headphone jack

Google Pixel 2 might copy iPhone 7 and ditch the headphone jack

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A new rumour about Google's next Pixel flagship is floating around, and it suggests the 2017 phone will drop the headphone jack.Taking a page from Apple's playbook, the second-generation Pixel (also called Pixel 2) may not offer a standard 3.5mm headphone... >>

LG G6 vs Google Pixel XL vs Pixel: What's the difference?

LG G6 vs Google Pixel XL vs Pixel: What's the difference?

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LG announced its latest flagship smartphone on 26 February 2017 in the form of the G6. The new device brings some exciting features with it, including a huge HDR display in a small premium and waterproof body.It seems to right the wrongs of the G5, at... >>

Google Pixel 2 due in 2017, will once again be a premium handset

Google Pixel 2 due in 2017, will once again be a premium handset

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There's a certain predictability to smartphone releases and we never really doubted that the Google Pixel would get a 2017 update, but now we have more concrete clarification, thanks to brief interview with Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware... >>

Google Home may add multiple-user support and voice recognition

Google Home may add multiple-user support and voice recognition

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Google Home may soon get a lot more useful for the entire family.One of the most annoying things about Google Home and similar smart speakers is that they only work with a single account. So all the services and integrations and features are tied to one... >>

Google just made Assistant a much more prominent feature in Allo

Google just made Assistant a much more prominent feature in Allo

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Google Assistant just became a core, easily accessible feature in Allo.On the same day that Google announced it has begun rolling out Google Assistant via an update to more devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the company also... >>

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

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Google Assistant is finally here, and it's more integrated on Pixel than any other assistant you've ever used on another device.With the launch of Google's Pixel-branded smartphones, Google unleashed Assistant in full form, now extending that to a wider... >>

Google quietly kills its high-end Pixel Chromebook laptop line

Google quietly kills its high-end Pixel Chromebook laptop line

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Farewell, Pixel.No, not the Pixel phones. We're talking about Google's high-end, $1,299 Pixel Chromebooks. Long before Google started shipping flagship phones under the Pixel brand, it offered Pixel laptops. But, according to TechCrunch, which spoke to... >>

Boston Dynamics officially shows off 'nightmare-inducing' Handle robot

Boston Dynamics officially shows off 'nightmare-inducing' Handle robot

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Although the world already got a glimpse of Boston Dynamic's Handle, the company has officially introduced the creepy bot.Google-owned Boston Dynamics makes several bipedal and quadrupedal robots, most of which look creepy (see this one and this one and... >>

Google Assistant is coming to a Nougat or Marshmallow handset near you

Google Assistant is coming to a Nougat or Marshmallow handset near you

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Google has confirmed it will begin rolling out an update this week for Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow phones, that will see Google Assistant be installed. What is Google Assistant, how does it work and which devices offer it? Google's Siri and... >>

Google is making a desktop version of its Allo chat app - see it here

Google is making a desktop version of its Allo chat app - see it here

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Last year, Google launched Allo, a WhatsApp-like app with built-in Google Assistant, and now, it's readying a version for desktops.Google's Nick Fox revealed in a tweet on Friday that a desktop web client for the service is coming. That'll help Allo... >>

FCC filings reveal Google is working on a wireless 4K set-top box

FCC filings reveal Google is working on a wireless 4K set-top box

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Google has applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop and launch a '4K wireless TV box', which will likely be a successor to the company's Nexus Player.A search for the official filing reveals that Google's 4K box will support both... >>

Best Android Wear 2.0 apps for your watch: Google Fit, Uber, and more

Best Android Wear 2.0 apps for your watch: Google Fit, Uber, and more

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Android Wear 2.0 is finally here, and that means apps can now be directly installed on your watch and run without your phone.You will longer need your phone nearby to use apps on your Android Wear device, because instead of requiring a tethered connection... >>

What is Android TV, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

What is Android TV, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

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When Google shut down Google TV a few years ago, it replaced the platform with something completely different: Android TV.It seems to be doing reasonably well, having been well-received by both developers and manufacturers alike. Google TV had a lack... >>

You can now get the Google Pixel in 'Really Blue' colour finish, pre-order yours now

You can now get the Google Pixel in 'Really Blue' colour finish, pre-order yours now

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Google has announced the Pixel and Pixel XL will be available in the 'Really Blue' colour finish announced last Autumn, exclusively on EE through Carphone Warehouse. It joins the current Quite Black and Very Silver colours options. Google Pixel and Pixel... >>

How to play the Pangolin Love Valentine's Google Doodle

How to play the Pangolin Love Valentine's Google Doodle

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Love is in the air at Google, as it's Valentine's Day on the 14 February. To mark the occasion, Google has come up with another one of its fun Doodle games. This year's one sees you play as a Pangolin, a mammal native to Africa and Asia, on his quest... >>

Google Assistant: How to use your Pixel to control smart home devices

Google Assistant: How to use your Pixel to control smart home devices

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The battle for the smart home is on, with dozens (if not hundreds) of companies launching light bulbs, thermostats, fridges, garage door openers and a plethora of other gizmos you can control from your smartphone. The real important battle however is... >>

Daydream VR is coming to a Chrome browser near you

Daydream VR is coming to a Chrome browser near you

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Google has announced it has begun rolling out an update for its Chrome web browser on Daydream-ready Android smartphones, that will let you access WebVR-formatted web pages with a Daydream View VR headset. What is Google Daydream and what devices support... >>

What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

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While you have Apple Pay for the iPhone, Google's system is called Android Pay. Android Pay launched on 11 September 2015 in the US and has been growing in supported banks State-side since launch. The service launched in the UK on 18 May 2016, but other... >>

LG Watch Sport vs LG Watch Style: What’s the difference?

LG Watch Sport vs LG Watch Style: What’s the difference?

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LG has announced two new smartwatches, designed in collaboration with Google. The two devices will be the poster boys for Android Wear 2.0, which launches at the same time, bringing some excellent new features.As their names suggest, the LG Watch Style... >>

iPhone owners to benefit from Android Wear 2.0, thanks to standalone apps

iPhone owners to benefit from Android Wear 2.0, thanks to standalone apps

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Android Wear has supported the iPhone for a while, but the experience has been rather jilted. Unlike the Apple Watch, the experience didn't "just work", it was more a case of "barely worked".There are a lot of reasons why, not least because of the approach... >>

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

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Google has confirmed that the update to Android Wear 2.0 will be rolling-out on 15 February, following its announcement with the launch of the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style on 8 February. The new software is a step-change for Android Wear, bring... >>

Official: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are Google's first Android Wear 2.0 watches

Official: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are Google's first Android Wear 2.0 watches

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Google and LG have officially announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, a pair of new devices designed in collaboration to showcase Android Wear 2.0.Android Wear 2.0 was first announced at Google I/O in May 2016, but its official announcement... >>

Android Wear 2.0: What's new in the major software update for watches?

Android Wear 2.0: What's new in the major software update for watches?

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Android Wear 2.0 has been formally and officially launched, with Google pulling the covers off the new smartwatch software along with two new devices built in partnership with LG - the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style. Android Wear 2.0 has been... >>

Android Pay confirmed to come to Android Wear 2.0 following official leaked screenshots

Android Pay confirmed to come to Android Wear 2.0 following official leaked screenshots

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Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be officially unveiled until tomorrow, 9 February, along with the first two watches to feature the software, the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport. However, usually reliable Twitter tipster @evleaks has said both the watches... >>

YouTube launches live mobile streaming: Here's how it works

YouTube launches live mobile streaming: Here's how it works

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Google-owned YouTube is trying to catch up with Facebook Live and Twitter-owned Periscope. It's finally adding a live-stream button to the YouTube mobile app, even though it's already offered the feature in a limited capacity for about 5 years.YouTube... >>

Can Boston Dynamics' new wheeled robot look any creepier?

Can Boston Dynamics' new wheeled robot look any creepier?

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Google-owned Boston Dynamics makes several bipedal and quadrupedal robots, most of which look really creepy.Don't believe us? See this one and this one and this one. Oh, and look at the robot above too. The company apparently has been testing wheel technology... >>

HTC Vive's VR headset designer is now working on Google Daydream

HTC Vive's VR headset designer is now working on Google Daydream

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The same day it was revealed Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi to head up Facebook-Oculus' virtual reality efforts, HTC's now-former design lead announced he is begun working on the Google Daydream platform.Claude Zellweger, according to his Twitter (where... >>

Google Pixel 2 flagship and Pixel 2B budget phone details leak out

Google Pixel 2 flagship and Pixel 2B budget phone details leak out

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Not wanting to miss out on what seems to be the official phone leak week, Google Pixel has popped up with its own set of rumours.9to5Google has shared some details about the next-generation "Pixel 2". It's supposed to feature waterproofing with a "decent... >>

Google I/O 2017 developer event will be held on 17-19 May

Google I/O 2017 developer event will be held on 17-19 May

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Google has announced, rather cryptically, the location and dates for its annual I/O event. This year's convention will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, the same location as 2016. It's a space that's basically in Google's... >>

You can now use Google Home to control Belkin and Honeywell devices

You can now use Google Home to control Belkin and Honeywell devices

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Google Home is slowly adding more partners.At launch, you could use the voice-activated speaker to control connected devices from Philips Hue, Nest, and Samsung Smart Things. You could also control services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and... >>

Good news, all 2017 Chromebooks will support Android apps

Good news, all 2017 Chromebooks will support Android apps

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Chromebooks have always been a decent, affordable laptop alternative. Yes, you need a constant internet connection for them to work, but if you do, you gain access to all things Google. Well, nearly all things Google. Until now, only select Chromebooks... >>

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

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Google Home isn't just a speaker with built-in Google Search.With it, you can control your smart home devices, cue up a movie on your TV, replace your desktop speakers, and more. To get the most out of your Goole Home, you really need to do a deep-dive... >>

LG G6 might come with Google Assistant (and maybe even Alexa)

LG G6 might come with Google Assistant (and maybe even Alexa)

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LG's next flagship could be getting a coveted feature: Google Assistant.Oh, and maybe Amazon Alexa.Currently, the only phones with Google Assistant are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. If LG were add Assistant to the upcoming LG G6, it would make LG the... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content having launched throughout 2016, with many more expected for 2017.The idea of VR isn't new. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently,... >>

Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips and tricks: Getting to grips with Google's phone

Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips and tricks: Getting to grips with Google's phone

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With the Pixel and the Pixel XL, Google has taken a step away from the Nexus programme. While it's still committed to delivering updates to the previous pure Android devices, and while Android Nougat will have many similar features on the Pixel, there... >>

LG's Music Flow speakers will soon be Google Home speakers

LG's Music Flow speakers will soon be Google Home speakers

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Forget about Alexa. Google's Assistant is going to be everywhere soon.With Amazon's Alexa appearing in every other gadget these days, it's no surprise to see Google is allowing third-party device makers to integrate its Google Home assistant into their... >>

Google's two LG-made Android Wear 2.0 watches revealed, coming 9 Feb

Google's two LG-made Android Wear 2.0 watches revealed, coming 9 Feb

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New information has surfaced on Google's upcoming pair of Android Wear 2.0 watches, including the name of the manufacturer.According to Venture Beat's Evan Blass, a usually reliable leaker, Google will unveil its much-rumoured smartwatches on 9 February... >>

HTC U Ultra vs Google Pixel XL: What's the difference?

HTC U Ultra vs Google Pixel XL: What's the difference?

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HTC has announced a new family of smartphones in the U range, designed to focus on delivering smartphones that serve you better, as their names suggest.The U Ultra debuted alongside the mid-range U Play, and although the U Ultra isn't HTC's 2017 flagship,... >>

Google reveals when Android Wear 2.0 will arrive - and it's soon

Google reveals when Android Wear 2.0 will arrive - and it's soon

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You'll soon have new Android Wear software goodies to keep you busy.It's been eight months since Google announced the Android Wear 2.0 update for Android Wear devices, and a few months since it confirmed the software was delayed but would arrive by early... >>

Google shuts down Titan drone program in favour of Project Loon

Google shuts down Titan drone program in favour of Project Loon

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Technology is an ever-changing industry -- just look at Google.Startups are founded and collapse on a seemingly daily basis -- and Google's moonshots are no different. Alphabet confirmed to Business Insider it is killing its solar-powered drone project. 9to5Google first... >>

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

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As the battle of the machines rages on, Google has confirmed that Google Assistant is coming to Android TV, both on compatible televisions as well as set-top boxes. Making the announcement at CES 2017, Google gave the timeline of "the coming months",... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

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Google's phones have always been dependable for one thing: giving you the best of Android. With the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google shifted the goalposts slightly, so that might not be the case anymore.The Nexus devices aren't Google phones,... >>