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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

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 3 specs, release date, news and rumours

Google Pixel 3 specs, release date, news and rumours

By Britta O'Boyle

Google's Pixel phones traditionally arrive in the latter half of the year, normally around October when the next version of Android also arrives. In this case it's Android P. There has been a report to suggest we might see a mid-range Pixel appear in... 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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to make Google Home play music through a Bluetooth speaker

How to make Google Home play music through a Bluetooth speaker

By Elyse Betters

Google has rolled out a new feature to its Google Home lineup that allows you it to play music on other Bluetooth speakers in your house.The feature, which works on Google’s Home, Home Max, and Home Mini speakers, is particularly useful if you own the... 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

Google Home Mini bargain: Add Google Assistant to your home for £34

Google Home Mini bargain: Add Google Assistant to your home for £34

By Chris Hall

Google has knocked £15 off the Home Mini smart assistant until 4 April, so you can add Google Assistant to your home for less this Easter. The nationwide discount means the Google Home Mini can now be had for a very reasonable £34.The Home Mini deal... 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

Google Play Instant launches in beta form, play games before fully downloading them

Google Play Instant launches in beta form, play games before fully downloading them

By Rik Henderson

Google has soft launched a version of its Instant Apps service but for games.Google Play Instant gives you the ability to try certain games out before having to download and install the full version.It effectively downloads part of a game and gives you... Read more

Ikea’s augmented reality ‘try before you buy’ app comes to Android thanks to ARCore

Ikea’s augmented reality ‘try before you buy’ app comes to Android thanks to ARCore

By Dan Grabham

Ikea’s augmented reality “try before you buy” app has just launched on Android. Ikea Place enables you to virtually try out furnishings from the Ikea repertoire in your own home.The idea is that you get an accurate 3D impression how furniture and... 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

When is Google Wear OS coming to my smartwatch?

When is Google Wear OS coming to my smartwatch?

By Rik Henderson

After almost four years in existence, Android Wear is no more. Google has decided to rebrand its smartwatch operating system as Wear OS by Google, and given it a funky new logo.This is partly thanks to the fact that a third of Android Wear smartwatches... Read more

Goodbye Android Wear: Google hits reset with new Wear OS name

Goodbye Android Wear: Google hits reset with new Wear OS name

By Elyse Betters

Google introduced Android Wear in 2014, but now, it's ditching the software's name and branding. Although partner manufacturers have launched a bunch of Android Wear devices since 2014, some critics could argue that the software isn't as ubiquitous as... Read more

Google has opened the floodgate to Pokemon Go-like AR games

Google has opened the floodgate to Pokemon Go-like AR games

By Elyse Betters

You can thank Google for that upcoming Ghostbusters augmented reality game, as well as the Jurassic Park one and new The Walking Dead title.You see, it's been two years since Pokemon Go became an international success. But, oddly, it hasn't inspired a... Read more

Google Assistant routines: How to do multiple actions with one command

Google Assistant routines: How to do multiple actions with one command

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant now supports multi-step routines.Copying Amazon, Google first announced it would add multistep smart home routines last October. The feature allows you to do several actions, such as turn off the lights and change the temperature on... Read more

Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display

Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display

By Max Langridge

Google will unveil a new 4.3-inch, 18-megapixel VR headset screen at Display Week 2018. The screen will have a wide field-of-view, use OLED display technology and have a 1,443ppi rating. Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what... Read more

Android Wear rebranding underway it seems, get ready for Wear OS

Android Wear rebranding underway it seems, get ready for Wear OS

By Rik Henderson

It looks like Google is rebranding Android Wear, its smartwatch operating system.Not only has a new logo popped up online, but reports suggest the name is changing too.Reddit user H3x0n noticed that a completely different logo appeared on a set-up screen... Read more

Google Wifi three-pack comes to UK, great coverage for large homes

Google Wifi three-pack comes to UK, great coverage for large homes

By Rik Henderson

Google has announced that it will be selling its mesh Wi-Fi system in a new three-pack from tomorrow, 13 March.Already available in the US, the Google Wifi three-pack is a cost effective way of ensuring decent Wi-fi coverage in a large home.A single Google... Read more