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When is Android Oreo coming to my phone?
When is Android Oreo coming to my phone? By Cam Bunton

Google releases a new version of Android each year. In 2017, it was Android 8.0 Oreo, the name revealed on 21 August during the solar eclipse in the US.Like 2016's Nougat update, Android Oreo was initially launched as a developer preview as Android O... Read more

Google just launched an AI-infused Podcasts app for Android
Google just launched an AI-infused Podcasts app for Android By Maggie Tillman

Are you an Android user who wants an easy way to find and listen to your favourite podcasts?Well, you're in luck. Until now, Google hasn't offered a Podcasts app. Apple, on the other hand, has long offered a dedicated Podcasts app. So, Android users had... Read more

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours
Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours By Britta O'Boyle

For Android fans there's little that's as exciting as the launch of a new Pixel. With Nexus now dead and buried, Pixel is more ambitious, seeing Google throw everything into its own phones.Things are hotting up for the 2018 Pixel models with a range of... Read more

Google Pixel 3 all but confirmed to keep single lens camera
Google Pixel 3 all but confirmed to keep single lens camera By Max Langridge

Yet more evidence has surfaced to suggest the Google Pixel 3 XL - and most likely it’s smaller Pocel 3 sibling - will retain their single lens rear cameras, instead of jumping up to two lenses. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours... Read more

Google to let Pixel owners toggle between dark or light launcher theme
Google to let Pixel owners toggle between dark or light launcher theme By Maggie Tillman

Google will soon let Pixel owners manually choose their Pixel launcher theme as either dark or light.When Google released the Pixel 2, it enabled an automatic dark theme in the Pixel Launcher and in quick settings. Currently, Google's devices automatically... Read more

How to set up Google Home with SmartThings
How to set up Google Home with SmartThings By Maggie Tillman

Did you know Samsung's SmartThings works with Google Assistant?You can use the SmartThings app and hub to connect different smart home devices from different brands (including sensors, locks, light switches, outlets, and thermostats) together. These devices... Read more

Google's AR Stickers come to first phone outside its own Pixel line
Google's AR Stickers come to first phone outside its own Pixel line By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who want to try Google's AR stickers but don't own a Pixel 2 are now in luck.Google offers AR sticker packs to all Pixel devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. For instance, last December, it rolled out packs that include characters from Star... Read more

All 4 now supports Google Assistant voice control
All 4 now supports Google Assistant voice control By Max Langridge

Channel 4 has announced that it has become the first UK broadcaster to partner with Google, to offer the first UK on-demand service to support voice control via Google Assistant on Chromecast. Google Chromecast: How to set up Chromecast and get started... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL flaunts every angle in revealing prototype leak
Google Pixel 3 XL flaunts every angle in revealing prototype leak By Chris Hall

Google's next smartphone - the Pixel 3 - has surfaced online in a series of photos showing the phone from all sides. Originally shared with XDA Developers, the website returned to the source of the original pictures and managed to coax out some more,... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL pictured with notch in new leaked images
Google Pixel 3 XL pictured with notch in new leaked images By Maggie Tillman

Want to see how the Pixel 3 XL will look?Google is quietly developing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and as a result, leaks and rumours are beginning to surface. The latest example are two images (via the XDA forums) that allegedly show the Pixel 3 XL.... Read more

Google Assistant adds new family features and games in the UK
Google Assistant adds new family features and games in the UK By Maggie Tillman

Google Assistant has been updated in the UK to be more family-friendly.Google announced it worked with the British Council, Aardman, and Harper Collins in order to launch new family-oriented features for Google Assistant in the UK. There are four partners,... Read more

Google Lens: What is it and how does it work?
Google Lens: What is it and how does it work? By Chris Hall

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. At Google... Read more

Still don't have Google Lens? Now you can download the new app
Still don't have Google Lens? Now you can download the new app By Maggie Tillman

It's now easier to find and use Google Lens.Google has released a standalone app for Lens via Google Play Store. With it, you have yet another way to access the smart camera feature. It's especially handy if your Android device doesn’t currently offer... Read more

Google to launch mid-range Pixel phone in 2019?
Google to launch mid-range Pixel phone in 2019? By Max Langridge

Google may add a mid-range Pixel smartphone to its roster sometime in 2019, according to Twitter tipster Roland Quandt, who has so often been a reliable source for various leaks and rumours.  Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours Best... Read more

Top phone photography tips from the team responsible for the Google Pixel camera
Top phone photography tips from the team responsible for the Google Pixel camera By Chris Hall

When it comes to smartphones, all the talk is about cameras. No manufacturer is immune from talking-up the prowess of its phone camera, from Apple to ZTE, it's the part of a phone launch that garners the most attention.Some great things have been achieved... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL might arrive in October with a dual camera notch
Google Pixel 3 XL might arrive in October with a dual camera notch By Maggie Tillman

Google is working on two new Pixel smartphones as well as an AI-infused upgrade to Android.According to Bloomberg, the larger Pixel will have a nearly edge-to-edge screen, with a thicker bezel at the bottom of the phone and a notch at the top, while... Read more

Google Pixel 3 renders and screens show notch just for 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 renders and screens show notch just for 3 XL By Max Langridge

A recent Android P beta was thought to have given away the design of the upcoming Google Pixel 3, showing slim bezels but no notch. Those images may in fact be of the Pixel 3 XL if some new renders and leaked screen parts are real. Google Pixel 3 specs,... Read more

Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android P?
Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android P? By Max Langridge

Google may have just leaked the design of the upcoming Pixel 3 smartphone within its latest Android P beta, and boy does it look gorgeous, not to mention ambitious. Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours Android P release date, rumours,... Read more

Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices
Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices By Adrian Willings

Although perhaps not currently popular as the Amazon Echo line-up, Google's smart AI-assistant speakers should not be overlooked as they're backed by Google's powerful search algorithms and ecosystem. These intelligent devices are a great addition to... Read more

Google might be making a HoloLens-like AR headset called A65
Google might be making a HoloLens-like AR headset called A65 By Elyse Betters

Google is developing a standalone HoloLens-like headset.The company is reportedly making a new headset that will use Qualcomm chips, and it will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta, according to WinFuture. The project, which is internally called... Read more

Android P release date, rumours, news and features: Will the next Android be called Pistachio Ice Cream?
Android P release date, rumours, news and features: Will the next Android be called Pistachio Ice Cream? By Dan Grabham

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is still rolling out to various Android phones, but that doesn't stop us talking about the next big update of Android, known as Android P.There's now an Android P public preview available, too. We've mused below... Read more

Alexa and Google Assistant go Royal Wedding crazy, loads of new commands to try
Alexa and Google Assistant go Royal Wedding crazy, loads of new commands to try By Rik Henderson

Google and Amazon are getting in the Royal Wedding spirit by offering all-new, unique Easter Eggs and commands to try on Google Assistant and Alexa respectively.If you have a Google Home smart speaker, Google Home Mini or use Google Assistant on another... Read more

When is Android P coming to my phone?
When is Android P coming to my phone? By Chris Hall

The annual cycle of Android rolls on, with the latest version of the Google mobile software not yet getting fully named: it's simply called Android P or Android 9.0. Android P was revealed at Google I/O 2018 on 8 May and like previous versions, it was... Read more

Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures
Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures By Elyse Betters

Google just updated its Pixel Buds so that they respond to more gestures.When you use Pixel Buds with your Pixel phone, or any other Android device with the Assistant, you can touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favourite playlist, make a... Read more

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 Pixel Watch tipped to launch alongside Pixel 3
Google Pixel Watch tipped to launch alongside Pixel 3 By Rik Henderson

Google will allegedly announce and launch its own-branded Wear OS smartwatch this fall. And it will fall under the Pixel umbrella.The Google Pixel Watch - as it could be called - will reportedly be unveiled during Google's fall hardware event, alongside... Read more

Android P beta: How to activate and use the gesture navigation
Android P beta: How to activate and use the gesture navigation By Cam Bunton

Right after its opening I/O 2018 keynote, Google launched the first public beta of Android P. For the first time, it opened up the beta software to users with devices other than Nexus and/or Pixel phones. If you haven't signed up to the beta program yet,... 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 and what can it do?
What is Google Assistant and what can it do? 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

4K Android TV dongle does exist, but you're unlikely to get one
4K Android TV dongle does exist, but you're unlikely to get one By Rik Henderson

During its Google I/O developers conference, Google announced a new Amazon Fire TV 4K-style device which it currently calls the ADT-2.Like the Fire TV, it is a 4K-enabled streaming dongle with TV apps, games and other Android TV features. Nice.The only... 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

How to get Android P on your phone right now
How to get Android P on your phone right now By Dan Grabham

Google I/O 2018 has kicked off, with the company revealing a public beta for the upcoming Android P, otherwise known as Android 9.0.The final version of the operating system will be with us in the autumn, probably alongside some new Pixel phones.  As... Read more

Android P beta available today; OS will introduce some serious battery life savings
Android P beta available today; OS will introduce some serious battery life savings By Dan Grabham

As well as announcing Android P will be with us in the Autumn, with a beta available now, Google also showcased some interesting new features at its Google I/O developer event, too. The Android P Beta is available today on Google Pixel, Essential Phone,... 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 Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you
Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you By Elyse Betters

Google is at Google I/O 2018, where it just announced Google Duplex.It essentially improves Assistant so that it can book your appointments for you. Through two demos on stage, Assistant was shown calling a hair salon to make an appointment and then getting... 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

JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar
JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar By Elyse Betters

Google has shown off a JBL Link Bar at Google I/O. During the demo, it revealed new Android TV and Assistant features.This new soundbar features built-in Android TV and Google Home capabilities. But, according to Android Police, which saw the unit during... Read more

Future Volvos will be voice controlled through Google Assistant
Future Volvos will be voice controlled through Google Assistant By Max Langridge

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has today come through on its promise to embed Android within its next generation Sensus infotainment system. The new version of Sensus will have Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store all embedded within... Read more

Wear OS: Your complete guide to Google's smartwatch OS
Wear OS: Your complete guide to Google's smartwatch OS By Elyse Betters

Four years after launching Android Wear, Google has renamed it to Wear OS and given the operating system new branding.That means Android Wear is no more. From now on, all existing and future Android Wear smartwatches will be known as Wear OS watches.... Read more

Google Assistant now works with 5,000 devices, will add more soon
Google Assistant now works with 5,000 devices, will add more soon By Elyse Betters

Days ahead of its I/O developer conference, Google has provided an update about how far Assistant has come since debuting two years ago.The company's voice helper debuted at Google I/O 2016 and can now be found in Google's own smart speakers, as well... Read more

Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès
Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès By Max Langridge

If you head to the Google homepage today, Thursday 3 May, you will see a new Google Doodle. However, today's is the first to compatible with VR headsets, or can be watched in a 360-degree interactive video if viewing on a regular web browser. The best... 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

Android P might introduce gesture-controlled navigation
Android P might introduce gesture-controlled navigation By Max Langridge

We're not expecting Android P, Google's next iteration of its operating system, to be formally announced until 8 May at the company's I/O conference, but until then, we can get a rough idea of what to expect based on various leaks. Android P release date,... Read more

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

Google has been developing an entirely new operating system that's currently capable of running on its high-end Pixelbook.But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is intended for, including what devices it might one... Read more

Will Google launch this Android TV dongle and Assistant remote in May?
Will Google launch this Android TV dongle and Assistant remote in May? By Elyse Betters

Google might launch an Android TV player that you can control by voice.When Google shut down Google TV a few years ago, it replaced the platform with something completely different: Android TV. It is easy to operate, can be controlled via voice, and has... Read more

Google might launch a budget Pixel 3 smartphone this summer
Google might launch a budget Pixel 3 smartphone this summer By Elyse Betters

Google is developing a new Pixel phone, but it isn't a premium device.According to The Economic Times, the new model will be a mid-range smartphone. The paper cited "four senior industry executives" and said that Google’s "top brass shared details of... 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