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How to stop Google from tracking you on the web
How to stop Google from tracking you on the web By Maggie Tillman

Google is apparently very sneaky.If you turn off Google’s Location History option (see how, from here), you probably assume the places you go are no longer stored, or that Google is no longer tracking your movements. Wrong. Google still collects location... Read more

Google Pixel watch specs, release date, news and features
Google Pixel watch specs, release date, news and features By Dan Grabham

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

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

For Android fans there's little that's as exciting as the launch of a new Pixel with pure, unadulterated Android software. And leaks are hotting up for the 2018 Pixel models with a range of rumours already feeding the fire of speculation.  The best... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL fully revealed in hands-on pics and video
Google Pixel 3 XL fully revealed in hands-on pics and video By Rik Henderson

While there have been plenty of renders and images that reportedly show the forthcoming Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, few are as detailed as the latest batch to hit the 'net.That's because they are hands-on shots of an alleged full production... Read more

Want Google ARCore on a tablet? This is the first tablet to support it
Want Google ARCore on a tablet? This is the first tablet to support it By Maggie Tillman

Google is bringing its augmented reality platform, ARCore, to a tablet.The company, which just detailed new features for its Classroom app, has revealed that the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet to run Chrome OS, will soon support ARCore. That... Read more

How to install Android Pie on your phone right now
How to install Android Pie on your phone right now By Dan Grabham

A release version of Android Pie is now available to download for Google Pixel phones.Google originally showcased some interesting Android Pie features at its Google I/O developer event back in May and the version of Android Pie that is rolling out... Read more

Android Pie tips: How to activate and use the gesture navigation
Android Pie tips: 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 Pie. For the first time, it opened up the beta software to users with devices other than Nexus and/or Pixel phones. At the beginning of August, however, it started... Read more

Android 9 Pie: Release date, features, and everything you need to know
Android 9 Pie: Release date, features, and everything you need to know By Dan Grabham

Google's Android Oreo operating system has been a faithful servant, but now Android 9 Pie is here.That's right. Google has announced the official name for Android P. The company first detailed Android P and its headlining features - such as a "Digital... Read more

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

The annual cycle of Android rolls on, with the latest version of the Google mobile software being called Android 9 Pie.Android P was first revealed at Google I/O 2018 on 8 May 2018, and like previous versions, it was launched as a public beta shortly... Read more

Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak
Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak By Rik Henderson

It's no secret that Google will launch Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in the coming months, but the exact release date has proved elusive. Until now.A massive leak has revealed that the Google Pixel 3 (and its larger sibling, undoubtedly) will be... Read more

Google Maps update brings a nifty feature to location tracking
Google Maps update brings a nifty feature to location tracking By Adrian Willings

You might already be aware of the ability within Google Maps to actively share your location with loved ones, friends and family members.This is not only a great way to keep an eye on your favourite people when they're out and about, but also serves to... Read more

Android P release date could have just been confirmed
Android P release date could have just been confirmed By Chris Hall

Google has been very open about future versions of Android software recently, not only opening up the software to developers, but publicly releasing a beta so that those with compatible phones can have a play.The aim, it seems, is to speed up the adoption... Read more

Sonos says Google Assistant will come to speakers this holiday season
Sonos says Google Assistant will come to speakers this holiday season By Maggie Tillman

Sonos has finally given a more concrete timeline on when we can expect Google Assistant integration with Sonos speakers. Mind you, integration with the Sonos One speaker has been teased since last year. But it has yet to happen. However, Google Assistant could... Read more

You can now order JBL's Link View Google Assistant smart display
You can now order JBL's Link View Google Assistant smart display By Maggie Tillman

Do you want an Echo Show, but with Google Assistant instead of Alexa?The very first "Google Smart Display", which is, essentially, a Google Home with a screen, launched last week via Lenovo. Now, JBL is accepting preorders for its own smart display. Called... Read more

Google declares its official stance on notches
Google declares its official stance on notches By Adrian Willings

Google has announced its guidelines on notches and just how many cutouts Android devices can include. Many modern flagship smartphones are moving towards bigger screens, smaller bezels and larger aspect ratios.Notches have become a necessary evil of this... Read more

How to set Spotify music as your alarm in Google Clock
How to set Spotify music as your alarm in Google Clock By Maggie Tillman

Want to wake up with a music alarm? Now, you can more easily, with Google Clock.Google is updating its Clock app so that you can connect your Spotify account and use your favourite playlists and songs as alarms. This new feature will be available to all... Read more

Waze tips and tricks: Navigating the Waze way
Waze tips and tricks: Navigating the Waze way By Chris Hall

The world is talking about Waze, a quirky driving app that will help you get to your destination on time, avoiding traffic, with really easy sharing so that people know where you are and when you'll arrive.If you've not yet joined the Waze revolution,... Read more

Surf in VR: Chrome officially launches for Daydream VR headsets
Surf in VR: Chrome officially launches for Daydream VR headsets By Maggie Tillman

Chrome browsing in VR has finally arrived.Google is adding the Chrome browser to Daydream, its virtual reality platform. That means anyone with a mobile-based Daydream View headset (or standalone Lenovo Mirage Solo) will be able to access and use Google's... Read more

Pixel Stand: Google Assistant-enabled wireless charging stand for Pixel 3 leaks
Pixel Stand: Google Assistant-enabled wireless charging stand for Pixel 3 leaks By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers have been embracing wireless charging recently, Google hasn't been one of them. That could all change with the reveal that code for a wireless charging dock called Pixel Stand has been uncovered.There are a number of pieces that... Read more

Leaked Google Pixel 3 XL in white looks mighty fine
Leaked Google Pixel 3 XL in white looks mighty fine By Dan Grabham

We know quite a bit about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that will probably appear in October. But new leaked forum photos have appeared of a 3 XL prototype with a completely white back and it looks pretty desirable if we're honest. What's more, the... Read more

The EU just fined Google £3.9 billion. Why? And what does it mean?
The EU just fined Google £3.9 billion. Why? And what does it mean? By Dan Grabham

We've known for a couple of years that the European Union (or, more specifically, the European Commission, EC) has been investigating Google for anticompetitive practices concerning Android.Now, it has concluded that Google has been acting uncompetitively... Read more

Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: Which Google Home speaker should you buy?
Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: Which Google Home speaker should you buy? By Adrian Willings

If you're looking for an intelligent smart home speaker, then one powered by Google is likely to be a good alternative to the Amazon Echo range. Like the Amazon Echo smart speakers, Google Home devices are available in a range of sizes. While they all... Read more

Google's Gboard keyboard now offers Morse code input because why not
Google's Gboard keyboard now offers Morse code input because why not By Maggie Tillman

Google added Morse code as an input method to its Gboard keyboard.The company already offers Morse code in the Android version of Gboard (in beta). Now, it's debuting in the iOS version. While this may sound like a gimmicky tool for people to play with,... Read more

Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Google knows it's coming home
Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Google knows it's coming home By Maggie Tillman

Google Assistant can not only get things done but also entertain you.It is loaded with hilarious responses for all sorts of hidden commands. These are Easter Eggs - an unexpected feature in software - and they range from Assistant's deepest, darkest thoughts... Read more

Android vs iPhone: Which is best for you?
Android vs iPhone: Which is best for you? By David Nield

Few match-ups in tech get bigger than this – the one involving that indispensable gadget you carry around in your pocket every day. Should your smartphone be running Android? Or is the iPhone the smarter choice? Which is the best mid-range phone? On... Read more

Save up to £130 on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse
Save up to £130 on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse By Dan Grabham

Carphone Warehouse has some cracking deals on at the moment - but hurry; the offers only last until 11 July. If you want a SIM-free phone, you can save a whopping £130 on the Google Pixel 2. It's available from £499, or get the Pixel 2 XL at the reduced... Read more

Compare the best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals for July 2018
Compare the best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals for July 2018 By Hassan Mohammed

Want to buy a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL? We'll help you find the best deals using our comparison widget which updates in real time.Google stepped away from the Nexus phone family in 2016 and launched the Pixel taking inspiration from the Chromebook... Read more

Google Home or Chromecast not working? Here's how to fix them
Google Home or Chromecast not working? Here's how to fix them By Dan Grabham

Google Home and Chromecast users have been experiencing problems with their devices over the last day or so and Google has now issued a fix for the problem. It should download automatically to your device, but if not then you need to reset. With Chromecast,... Read more

Fresh renders confirm notch for Pixel 3 XL, chunky bezels for Pixel 3
Fresh renders confirm notch for Pixel 3 XL, chunky bezels for Pixel 3 By Max Langridge

Some new renders of Google's upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have appeared online, courtesy of usually reliable leaker @OnLeaks.  Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours Bezel-less and notch-free Google Pixel 3 leaked in Android... Read more

How to make Google Assistant listen for your string of follow-up questions
How to make Google Assistant listen for your string of follow-up questions By Maggie Tillman

Google buried a little switch in the Google Assistant app that allows its AI to be a lot more conversational.The new feature is called Continued Conversations. When it's turned on, you can make additional requests without having to repeat wake words.... 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

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 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 Pixel 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

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