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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

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 has taken on Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Microsoft Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May 2016, launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, brought it to Google Home... 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 Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

Google Assistant tips and tricks: 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 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

What is Google Lens and how do you use it?

What is Google Lens and how do you use it?

By Britta O'Boyle

Google announced Google Lens at I/O 2017, giving us a preview of the new software, before rolling into the announcement of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, its new handsets launched in October 2017.Google Lens is an AI-powered technology that uses your smartphone... 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 just some things kids maybe shouldn't do on an internet-connected... 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 8.0 Oreo: Features, release date and everything you need to know

Android 8.0 Oreo: Features, release date and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Following its initial announcements of updates to Photos, Home and Assistant, Google finally got around to Android Oreo at its main I/O 2017 keynote. While there's not a whole lot new visually in Android Oreo, there's plenty that will help improve it... 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

Essential Phone: Price, release date, and everything you need to know

Essential Phone: Price, release date, and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Essential, the company set up by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has unveiled the Essential Phone.This Android-powered smartphone is going after the major flagships. It has a high-end price tag with top-of-the-line specs and features, such as an edge-to-edge... 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

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

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

By Max Langridge

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.... Read more

Android's co-founder might unveil his new Essential phone next week

Android's co-founder might unveil his new Essential phone next week

By Elyse Betters

Andy Rubin is getting ready to unveil a phone from his new company.Here's the situation: Rubin is a former Google executive who once oversaw the development of Android. He left Google in 2014. In January, he started a new company, called Essential, and... 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

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... Read more

Google I/O 2017: All the announcements that matter

Google I/O 2017: All the announcements that matter

By Elyse Betters

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,... Read more

What is Android Go and why does it matter?

What is Android Go and why does it matter?

By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

Google Photos gets better at sharing, creates actual photo books

Google Photos gets better at sharing, creates actual photo books

By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Forget Bitmoji: Allo uses neural networks to personalise emoji

Forget Bitmoji: Allo uses neural networks to personalise emoji

By Elyse Betters

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,... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Google Chrome tips and tricks: Master your web browser

Google Chrome tips and tricks: Master your web browser

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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,... Read more

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

By Max Langridge

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?... Read more

Android Pay opens up to everyone with PayPal integration

Android Pay opens up to everyone with PayPal integration

By Max Langridge

Google has just made Android Pay a much viable mobile payment service by announcing you can now connect your PayPal account. By integrating with PayPal, it opens up Android Pay to a lot more UK banks and building societies than are currently available... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Google Maps is a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game for April Fools’ Day

Google Maps is a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game for April Fools’ Day

By Elyse Betters

It's that goofy time of year again: April Fools' Day.That means tech companies are briefly turning their apps and services into something lighthearted for the silly holiday. And for the last few years, Google has transformed its Maps app and web service... Read more

Google Duo video call app: How does it work and does it offer voice calls?

Google Duo video call app: How does it work and does it offer voice calls?

By Elyse Betters

Google is going after FaceTime and WhatsApp and other video-calling apps with its own solution called Duo.Duo is free to use and enables 1-to-1 video and voice calls. It relies on your number, lets you reach people in your phone’s contacts list, offers... Read more

Is the co-founder of Android about to announce this new smartphone?

Is the co-founder of Android about to announce this new smartphone?

By Elyse Betters

Andy Rubin - a former Google executive who once oversaw the development of Android - just teased an unknown device.Here's the situation: Rubin, who left Google in 2014 after nine years, announced in January that he was starting a new company, called Essential,... Read more

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

What is Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, how do they work, and when can you use them?

What is Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, how do they work, and when can you use them?

By Elyse Betters

Days after Microsoft announced a release date for its Slack competitor, Teams, Google has introduced its own workplace chat offering.Companies are increasingly taking an enterprise focus when it comes to chat services. Facebook, for instance, offers... Read more