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What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper?
What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper? By Elyse Betters

Google has reduced the cost of Google Drive and is promising to add some really neat features to the online storage service.Drive has been around for years now but has changed relatively little since launch; it lets you upload files, create files, share... Read more

Google Duplex: Is it really OK to get calls made for you by AI?
Google Duplex: Is it really OK to get calls made for you by AI? By Dan Grabham

Since Google demonstrated its Google Duplex capability yesterday, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive in terms of the technology and the possibilities for it as a feature within Google Assistant.“Allowing people to interact with technology as naturally... Read more

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?
What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it? By Elyse Betters

Google is taking on Alexa, Siri and Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant. It has made incredible progress thus far and it's probably the most advanced of the assistants out there.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May... Read more

Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter
Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

Google's developer conference has kicked off.The keynote speech is where we learn what the company has planned for the next version of Android and Google Assistant. The main idea is that Google can get the developer community up to speed with any new... Read more

What is Google Lens, how does it work, and which devices have it?
What is Google Lens, how does it work, and which devices have it? By Elyse Betters

Google Lens was one of Google's biggest announcements in 2017.But it was a primarily a Google Pixel-exclusive feature at launch. If you've been waiting for Google Lens to come to more phones, you'll be glad to know that day has finally arrived. You see,... Read more

Google Maps could get AR walking navigation in future
Google Maps could get AR walking navigation in future By Rik Henderson

Google has shown a prospective new augmented reality feature it could add to Google Maps in future.During its Google I/O keynote at the start of its developers conference, the company demonstrated the ability to use AR in order to navigate around a city... Read more

Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please'
Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please' By Elyse Betters

Google is demoing a bunch of new features at Google I/O 2018, including that it's going to teach your children to use 'the magic word'.A new Pretty Please mode for Google Assistant will help ensure everyone in your household is saying "please" and "thank... Read more

New Google Assistant voices coming this year - and you can skip saying 'Hey Google' every time
New Google Assistant voices coming this year - and you can skip saying 'Hey Google' every time By Dan Grabham

Google has said that six new voices are coming to Google Assistant this year. One of the voices is singer-songwriter John Legend.Also announced at Google I/O is a feature called Continued Conversation that means you don't have to say "Hey Google" for... Read more

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

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 some things children shouldn't do on an internet-connected... Read more

Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails
Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails By Elyse Betters

Google's annual developer conference is underway, with company executives currently on stage announcing new products, including that Gmail is getting another update soon.You see, drafting an email takes time. You need to think about what to say, then... Read more

Gmail 2018 update: All the new features and how to get them now
Gmail 2018 update: All the new features and how to get them now By Elyse Betters

Google has rolled out a massive update to Gmail.The update, which is primarily for the web version of Google's email service, brings new security and artificial intelligence features. Here's everything that's new, and if you want to start playing with... Read more

Google Assistant tips and tricks: How to master your Android assistant
Google Assistant tips and tricks: How to master your Android assistant By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant challenges Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. You can ask Assistant almost anything, and it will understand your words in context and serve up relevant results in a conversational manner.Assistant has a voice, meaning... Read more

Google Play Movies now lets you search across all streaming services
Google Play Movies now lets you search across all streaming services By Elyse Betters

Google has updated Google Play Movies & TV with a new search feature.It essentially makes it easier to find where and how to watch your favourite TV shows and movies, as it allows you to see which streaming app has a specific show or movie. It also helps... Read more

Google Assistant can now instantly send and request money for free
Google Assistant can now instantly send and request money for free By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just killed Venmo.OK, that's an exaggeration. However, Google has rolled out a new feature to Google Assistant that essentially replicates the core functionality of Venmo: the ability to easily send or request money from friends, for... Read more

This Google app lets you doodle white lines in augmented reality
This Google app lets you doodle white lines in augmented reality By Elyse Betters

Google has just released its own augmented reality app.Called Just a Line, the app essentially lets you draw white lines in the air and then share your creation with a short video. It comes from Google's Creative Lab unit, and it's being marketed as an... Read more

Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know about Google's latest OS
Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know about Google's latest OS By Elyse Betters

Google updates its Android mobile operating system every year and Android O, or Android Oreo, is the latest version which is baked into the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While there's not a whole lot new visually in Android Oreo, there's plenty that will help... Read more

Google launches Shopping Actions to help retailers compete against Amazon
Google launches Shopping Actions to help retailers compete against Amazon By Max Langridge

Google has introduced Shopping Actions, a new service that retailers can use to help increase sales and compete with the sheer dominance of Amazon. Shopping Actions lets retailers list their products on Google, Google Express (Google's shopping service)... Read more

How to access Android easter eggs: Oreo, Nougat and more
How to access Android easter eggs: Oreo, Nougat and more By Cam Bunton

Google is well known for throwing easter eggs in to its software, particularly with Android versions. For the past two years, there's been a hidden Flappy Bird-style game which you access by heading in to Settings > About Phone then tapping multiple times... Read more

Mario in Google Maps: How to find Mario Time and its Easter egg
Mario in Google Maps: How to find Mario Time and its Easter egg By Elyse Betters

Mario Day is 10 March. Get it? MAR10... for March 10.Google is celebrating the 'holiday', which honors the mustachioed plumber from the popular Nintendo game, by partnering with Nintendo on an all-new experience called Mario Time. Essentially, starting... Read more

Google Lens goes live for all Android phones via Google Photos app
Google Lens goes live for all Android phones via Google Photos app By Elyse Betters

Starting today, Google has enabled Google Lens in the Google Photos app for all Android users.Technically, last week, Google announced its AI camera feature would soon arrive for owners of Android devices via the Google Photos app. However, we didn’t... Read more

This Google experiment lets you make songs in your Chrome browser
This Google experiment lets you make songs in your Chrome browser By Elyse Betters

Google has come up with another Chrome browser-based web experiment - and this one let's anyone try their hand at music-making.Google's Creative Lab launched a series of web experiments in 2016 that let you easily play around with music. Called Chrome... Read more

What is Google Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?
What is Google Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it? By Elyse Betters

While iPhone users have Apple Pay, Android users have Google Pay.Technically, it was first called Android Pay. Google launched that mobile wallet in September 2015 in the US and May 2016 in the UK. But times are a changing, and Google wants to streamline... Read more

Google Photos: How to create themed movies of your cat, dog or loved ones
Google Photos: How to create themed movies of your cat, dog or loved ones By Chris Hall

Google Photos is one of the best photo apps out there for managing and sharing your photos. It's a dream on Android - and standard - but you can also download it on iPhone to take advantage of Google power.Making custom movies has been something that... Read more

Google Pixel Visual Core brings Pixel 2 camera performance to Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat
Google Pixel Visual Core brings Pixel 2 camera performance to Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat By Cam Bunton

Google has announced that it is bringing its impressive Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera performance to third party apps.By switching on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor, third party apps installed on the new Pixel devices will be able to take advantage... Read more

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

Thanks to a new standalone app available on Apple's App Store, you can take full advantage of Google Assistant and start barking commands at it like you can with Siri.But can it replace Apple's default voice assistant? We'll explain all.  What is Google... Read more

What is Google Bulletin, how does it work, and when can you try it?
What is Google Bulletin, how does it work, and when can you try it? By Elyse Betters

Let's say there is a fire on your street right at this very moment.You might share the news by tweeting about it, posting about it on your personal blog, or sharing a photo through a Facebook post. Going one step further, let's say there is a community... Read more

How to use Google's art app to find your face in famous artworks
How to use Google's art app to find your face in famous artworks By Elyse Betters

Everyone is using a new feature in one of Google's little-known apps.Over the past weekend, if you were on Twitter or Facebook at all, you might've noticed friends sharing comparisons of their selfies to famous pieces of art. That's because Google's Arts... Read more

Google takes aim at Apple Pay with its all-encompassing Google Pay service
Google takes aim at Apple Pay with its all-encompassing Google Pay service By Cam Bunton

Google has announced today that it's reorganizing all of its web and mobile based payments systems and bringing them into one, simple and far-reaching product: Google Pay. Like Apple Pay this isn't going to just include contactless NFC-based mobile payments,... Read more

Google Play Christmas deals give you movie rentals for 99p, 80% off games and much more
Google Play Christmas deals give you movie rentals for 99p, 80% off games and much more By Rik Henderson

Google has started its annual sales across the Google Play store. There are thousands of amazing deals, including any movie rental for just 99p (or 99 cents in the US), £3 off any book priced over £3, an extended trial period for Google Music of 4-months... Read more

Google reveals the best Android apps of 2017, did your favourites make the list?
Google reveals the best Android apps of 2017, did your favourites make the list? By Max Langridge

As 2017 comes to an end, Google has announced the most downloaded Android apps of the year, along with various other 'top five' lists. But have your favourites made the cut?The most downloaded list only takes into account new apps that were released on... Read more

YouTube Reels explained: How the Snapchat Stories-like tool works
YouTube Reels explained: How the Snapchat Stories-like tool works By Elyse Betters

YouTube has announced a new feature: Reels.The Google-owned video platform revealed in a blog post, which mostly discussed the expansion of the Community tab, that it is introducing Reels as a way of giving its users the ability to share content in the... Read more

What is Google Files Go, how does it work, and do you need it?
What is Google Files Go, how does it work, and do you need it? By Elyse Betters

Google has launched a new Android app. It's called Files Go.Technically, right now, the app is available as a beta, but it seems like anyone with a device running Android (5.0 and up) can download it from the Google Play Store and test it out. The primary... Read more

What is Pay with Google, where can it be used and how do you use it?
What is Pay with Google, where can it be used and how do you use it? By Max Langridge

Google has announced a brand new way of paying for items via your Android smartphone or Chrome browser, called Pay with Google. What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it? The feature was first teased back in May, but it's now ready... Read more

How to add non-Google accounts to the official Gmail for iOS app
How to add non-Google accounts to the official Gmail for iOS app By Elyse Betters

It's hard to find the perfect iOS app for email, right?Although Apple restricts you from changing the default mail app for anything on iOS, there are a few decent email apps in the App Store, such as Spark, Airmail, Alto, and Edison Mail. Google's official... Read more

Move over, Siri: Google Assistant app for iOS has arrived in the UK
Move over, Siri: Google Assistant app for iOS has arrived in the UK By Elyse Betters

Three months after launching Google Assistant for iOS in the US, Google has brought the app to the UK.Assistant has truly become a multi-platform assistant at this point, though it does have some restrictions on non-Android devices. For instance, when... Read more

Google is working on a set of smart headphones with Assistant built-in
Google is working on a set of smart headphones with Assistant built-in By Max Langridge

It seems Google is ramping up its hardware efforts. Following the news that the company is working on a new Chromebook Pixel and a smaller version of the Google Home smart speaker - along with two new Pixel phones of course, fresh evidence suggests a... Read more

Android O has finally been named: Watch the full reveal here
Android O has finally been named: Watch the full reveal here By Elyse Betters

The next version of Android is officially known as Android Oreo.Android O has been in developer beta for a while, with the final version expected to launch soon, but now, we finally know its official name. We know this because Google just announced it... Read more

The wait is over: Android O is officially called Android Oreo
The wait is over: Android O is officially called Android Oreo By Elyse Betters

Google has announced the official name of Android O.During a live-streamed event on 21 August, the company announced Android O will be called Android Oreo. The "event", which was scheduled around the same time as the 2017 solar eclipse, consisted of... Read more

Google Allo for web finally goes live: How to set it up and get started
Google Allo for web finally goes live: How to set it up and get started By Elyse Betters

Google Allo can now be accessed through your web browser.Google first teased that Allo, its messenger app with built-in Google Assistant, would come to the desktop last February. Many expected the company to launch the web version at Google I/O in May,... Read more

Your Android might soon show battery life for Bluetooth devices
Your Android might soon show battery life for Bluetooth devices By Elyse Betters

Ever wish you could check the battery life of a Bluetooth device connected to your phone?Well, if you own an Android, such a feature is likely coming your way. As discovered by XDA Developers, the Android Open Source Project has added support for retrieving... Read more

Google wants to merge Play Music and YouTube Red into a new service
Google wants to merge Play Music and YouTube Red into a new service By Elyse Betters

Google's music-streaming service strategy is confusing, but it shouldn't be for long.Google offers YouTube Music, as well as YouTube Red and Google Play Music. You might use one or all three for your music-streaming needs. Or maybe you avoid them all,... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Cameramaker RED just announced a phone with a holographic display
Cameramaker RED just announced a phone with a holographic display By Elyse Betters

RED, the high-end camera manufacturer, makes a phone now.Called Hydrogen One, its stand-out feature is a “holographic display", which is described as a 5.7-inch screen that apparently uses nanotechnology to toggle "between traditional 2D content, holographic... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

We've reached peak fidget spinner, thanks to Google
We've reached peak fidget spinner, thanks to Google By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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? By Elyse Betters

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... Read more