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Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it

Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced a major development with ARCore.The company's augmented reality platform, which has been in testing and limited to a handful of devices and developers for the past year, is finally now out of beta. As a result of that, Google is launching... Read more

Google Lens comes to more Android devices and even iOS users

Google Lens comes to more Android devices and even iOS users

By Elyse Betters

Google's AI camera feature, Google Lens, is expanding to more devices.At launch, Google Lens was only live in the Photos app for Pixel phone users, and then it came to Google Assistant in late 2017. However, you still needed a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2,... Read more

Compare the best Google Pixel 2 XL deals

Compare the best Google Pixel 2 XL deals

By Hassan Mohammed

Here you can compare all the best deals currently for Google Pixel 2 XL using our comparison widget which updates in real time with the best prices available to you right now.Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones,... 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 Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

By Elyse Betters

If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search.Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the No. 1 site we all go to when we want to look up stuff. Heck, most people just say "Google it". Beyond search, we use Google brands for a range of... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
4.0 stars

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming

By Chris Hall

Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones, adopting the line of the previous Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C and presenting a Google-designed premium product.The Pixel 2 XL is the second-gen, looking to replace... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

By Elyse Betters

Google wants to embed itself in your home, to one-up Amazon.As a result, we have the Google Home family. Here's everything you know about it, including what it is, how the original Google Home works (especially Google Assistant), and where you can buy... Read more

Google Chrome built-in ad blocker imminent

Google Chrome built-in ad blocker imminent

By Rik Henderson

Google has been working on its own ad blocker to be built into its Chrome browser for the best part of a year. Now it's ready for release, with the software expected to appear in Chrome from tomorrow, 15 February.To date, third-party software, such as... Read more

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK

By Elyse Betters

Do you want a pair of headphones with built-in Google Assistant?Until recently, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, Google recently launched its own Pixel Buds, which allow you to speak... Read more

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant is everywhere - except for in Chromebooks, oddly.Technically, you could buy Google's own Pixelbook, which starts at £999/$999, if you want to have a laptop with built-in Google Assistant. Since 2011, Google has been developing its Chrome... 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

What is Google Yeti? Google's console and cloud gaming service explained

What is Google Yeti? Google's console and cloud gaming service explained

By Rik Henderson

Rumours of a Google games console and cloud gaming platform abound, with full details possibly to be unveiled within the next month.Yeti is said to be the company's "Netflix for games", with games hosted on remote servers and video streamed to dedicated... 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 Assistant Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Assistant commands

Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Assistant commands

By Elyse Betters

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

Google working on own games console and cloud gaming platform, "Yeti"

Google working on own games console and cloud gaming platform, "Yeti"

By Rik Henderson

Google is reportedly working on its own cloud-gaming platform, called Yeti, and an all-new games console to go with it.The Information claims that Yeti will be a subscription-based streaming service, although we're not yet sure whether the games will... Read more

What is Pixel Visual Core? Inside the new co-processor from Google

What is Pixel Visual Core? Inside the new co-processor from Google

By Dan Grabham

A few months back we reported that Google had put a special co-processing chip inside its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones but hadn’t turned it on.Well, Google has now turned on the chip via a new software update with the immediate benefit being the... 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 stylus move could mean just one pen needed for Pixel, Chrome OS and other devices

Google stylus move could mean just one pen needed for Pixel, Chrome OS and other devices

By Rik Henderson

Google has become a partner of the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) that could result in just one stylus being needed for all your touchscreen devices.At present, different manufacturers produce different electronic pens, such as the Samsung S Pen and... Read more

How to set up Google Home using your Android or iOS device

How to set up Google Home using your Android or iOS device

By Elyse Betters

You've bought a Google Home. That's great. Now, you got to set it up.Or, maybe you're interested in buying one, but first, you want to see how easy it is to get it up and running. You're in luck - because we've compiled a guide that breaks down the entire... 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

Sick of saying 'OK Google'? Google might let you set custom hotwords

Sick of saying 'OK Google'? Google might let you set custom hotwords

By Elyse Betters

A Google app teardown has revealed a new feature possibly coming to Google's AI-based assistant.The Google app 7.20 APK has coding that suggests custom hotwords and the ability to choose a primary and secondary language for Google Assistant are on the... Read more

Google Pixel 2 review: Clean, speedy Android in a minimal can
4.5 stars

Google Pixel 2 review: Clean, speedy Android in a minimal can

By Cam Bunton

In 2016, for the first time, Made by Google phones hit store shelves with a fresh look and new name to replace the aging Nexus. While Nexus represented pure Android for the nerds, Pixel was about making something truly great for everyone. And it was.... Read more

Google completes HTC hardware acquisition and staff to build new Pixel phones

Google completes HTC hardware acquisition and staff to build new Pixel phones

By Rik Henderson

Google has announced the completion of its acquisition of a major part HTC's hardware division.The $1.1 billion deal was formally revealed last September and effectively means Google will design and build its own Pixel smartphones in future. The Pixel... Read more

Google starts selling its Clips AI camera on Google Store... sort of

Google starts selling its Clips AI camera on Google Store... sort of

By Elyse Betters

Do you remember Google's Clips camera?Right after announcing the new Home Max and Home Mini speakers, as well as the new Pixel phones last autumn, Google brought out a camera that uses artificial intelligence to capture moments you might otherwise miss.... 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

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.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 and then Android Wear... Read more

Google I/O 2018: How to watch and what to expect

Google I/O 2018: How to watch and what to expect

By Elyse Betters

Google's next I/O developer conference is around the corner.Google holds a multi-day event every year in order to get its developer community up to speed with any new hardware it is developing and all the software or updates it plans to push out to products.... Read more

It's about time: Google's Clips AI camera might finally launch soon

It's about time: Google's Clips AI camera might finally launch soon

By Elyse Betters

Do you remember Google's Clips camera?Shortly after announcing the new Home Max and Home Mini speakers, as well as the new Pixel phones last autumn, Google brought out a camera that uses artificial intelligence to capture moments you might otherwise miss.... Read more

Google Home Max review: Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11
4.0 stars

Google Home Max review: Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11

By Elyse Betters

Google has a difficult task: it needs to steal your attention - or rather, your ears and voice - from the competition, as the world of smart home and voice-controlled tech products continues to hot up. These days it's not just Amazon with its Echo line... 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

Bang & Olufsen will launch devices with Google Assistant this year

Bang & Olufsen will launch devices with Google Assistant this year

By Dan Grabham

Bang & Olufsen will launch devices including headphones with Google Assistant this year and says it will also support other voice assistants as and when they become available to third parties (Siri) or support multiroom for third-party devices (Alexa). B&O... Read more

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

By Mike Lowe

As virtual reality (VR) gets more and more popular, the ways in which such content can be captured and experienced begins to change.VR180: What is it?You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers... Read more

Klipsch Three and One speakers combine old school looks with modern Google Assistant control

Klipsch Three and One speakers combine old school looks with modern Google Assistant control

By Rik Henderson

There are multiple manufacturers adding Google Assistant to their speaker systems, but most prefer a more futuristic look to go with the modern day control methods.Klipsch, on the other hand, has announced Google Assistant is coming to two speakers that... Read more

Google Assistant on smart displays: What devices are there and what will they offer?

Google Assistant on smart displays: What devices are there and what will they offer?

By Cam Bunton

The race to be everywhere in your home is on, and as it stands, the competition is between Google and Amazon. With Echo and Google Home, smart speakers are starting to make their way into people's homes.That's not the only way these two companies want... 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 Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

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

By Elyse Betters

Google seems to be developing an entirely new operating system.But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is for, including what devices it might power. Here's everything we know so far about the project, which is currently... Read more

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for just £99

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for just £99

By Adrian Willings

Christmas may have come and gone, but if you're sad you didn't get the Google Home device you were hoping for under your Christmas tree then worry no more. There are deals to be had still, so why not treat yourself? Online retailer Currys/PC World currently... Read more

Google Home bargains: Unmissable Google Home and Google Home Mini deals

Google Home bargains: Unmissable Google Home and Google Home Mini deals

By Chris Hall

Google is keeping the Christmas deals going until 2018. Not only is the company offering movie rentals from 99p, it's also carrying on the device discounts too. The Google Home smart speaker is currently discounted to £89 (or $79) from the original... Read more

Norad Tracks Santa vs Google Santa Tracker: Which tracks Father Christmas best?

Norad Tracks Santa vs Google Santa Tracker: Which tracks Father Christmas best?

By Elyse Betters

Christmas Eve is this weekend, and that means the big man is almost here to deliver presents. There are two really good options for the young and old to keep abreast of the movements of Father Christmas online.One is from NORAD and Microsoft combined,... 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

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

Not to be left behind, Google is pushing hard with the company's various smart home speaker devices - the Home, Mini and Max. Although perhaps not currently popular as the Amazon Echo line-up, these are smart AI-assistant devices that should not be overlooked... Read more

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds
3.0 stars

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds

By Elyse Betters

Google devices are usually hit or miss. The company has a long history of launching its own hardware, but many of those products have gone nowhere, such as the Nexus Q streaming media device, Google Glass wearable, Nexus 7 tablet, and Pixel C convertible.... Read more

Google Tango explained: What could it do and why was it shut down?

Google Tango explained: What could it do and why was it shut down?

By Elyse Betters

Google is well-known for working on exploratory products and services.From internet-carrying balloons to cars that drive themselves, and everything in between. One such innovation was Project Tango - which was rebranded to just Tango. It was part of the... Read more

Goodbye Google Tango: We hardly knew... Oh wait, we have ARCore now

Goodbye Google Tango: We hardly knew... Oh wait, we have ARCore now

By Elyse Betters

RIP Tango.Google has announced it is shutting down Tango on 1 March 2018. The project was one of Google's first attempts at making augmented reality possible on mobile phones. It was introduced in 2014, then became available through developer kits, and... Read more

Google Assistant comes to Android L phones and Android M and N tablets

Google Assistant comes to Android L phones and Android M and N tablets

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced it is expanding its Google Assistant service so that it will be available on more mobile devices.It's coming to Android Lollipop phones as well as Android Marshmallow and Nougat tablets. It'll launch on Android Lollipop phones where... 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 Max Langridge

After releasing a lone Home smart speaker in 2016, Google added two new products to the mix in 2017 in the form of the Home Mini and the Home Max. The first two - Google Home and Google Home Mini - have had prices slashed for Black Friday to compete... Read more

Google releases AR sticker packs for Pixel phones, have a selfie with a Stormtrooper

Google releases AR sticker packs for Pixel phones, have a selfie with a Stormtrooper

By Max Langridge

Google has begun rolling out new AR sticker packs to all Pixel devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. The sticker packs include characters from the upcoming Star Wars film Episode VI: The Last Jedi and Netflix's Stranger Things, as well as foodmoji, 3D text... Read more

Google Home Max is now available to buy in the US, but you'll have to join a waiting list

Google Home Max is now available to buy in the US, but you'll have to join a waiting list

By Max Langridge

Google's high-end version of its Home smart speaker with Assistant built-in, the Google Home Max, is now available to buy in the US.  Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: What Google Home speaker should you buy? It's the company's big... Read more

Android Oreo rolling out to Android Wear devices now, full list of supported watches revealed

Android Oreo rolling out to Android Wear devices now, full list of supported watches revealed

By Max Langridge

Google announced late last week that Android Oreo is now rolling out to Android Wear devices, bringing with it various new features and more supported languages. At the time, it wasn't clear which Android Wear watches would be in line to receive the update,... Read more

Google Chromecast tips and tricks: 15 ways to enhance your streaming experience

Google Chromecast tips and tricks: 15 ways to enhance your streaming experience

By Elyse Betters

You're probably reading this because you own a Chromecast but don't know what to do with it beyond casting YouTube or Netflix videos from your device to a TV. Well, Pocket-lint is here to help.You can use Chromecast to magically turn on your TV, play... Read more