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Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds
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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

Wow! £100 off Google Pixel 2 this Christmas

Wow! £100 off Google Pixel 2 this Christmas

By Hassan Mohammed

Welcome to Pocket-lint deals of the day where we scour the internet to find you the very best Christmas deals that are available in the UK today.Looking for a Christmas or birthday gift? check out Amazon's curated list here.We will be regularly updating... 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

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for £89

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for £89

By Max Langridge

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have come and gone, and served up some tantalising deals in the process, but that hasn't stopped Google's official eBay store from carrying on with some super discounts. See the Google Home Mini 3 pack at eBay Right now... 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

Google made a computer vision kit so your Raspberry Pi devices can see

Google made a computer vision kit so your Raspberry Pi devices can see

By Elyse Betters

Google has unveiled a new add-on for Raspberry Pi.At Google I/O earlier this year, Google wasn't shy about discussing technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning and how it is committed to integrating them into its products and services.... 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

Grab a Google Chromecast for £19 in the Black Friday sales

Grab a Google Chromecast for £19 in the Black Friday sales

By Max Langridge

The Google Chromecast is a fantastic media streaming device. It connects to your TV and can be setup in minutes, so you can stream all manner of video content to the big screen.Better yet, you can get one for just £19 this Black Friday, with many retailers... Read more

Google starts rolling out Google Lens to Pixel devices

Google starts rolling out Google Lens to Pixel devices

By Max Langridge

Google has announced that its new Google Lens AI-based recognition software will begin rolling out to English-based Pixel phones in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore over the coming weeks. What is Google Lens and how do you use it? Google... Read more

Google Home price slashed by £50 for Black Friday, across loads of retailers

Google Home price slashed by £50 for Black Friday, across loads of retailers

By Chris Hall

Google has made the surprise move of slashing the price of Google Home and the Google Home Mini as we ramp up towards Black Friday.The huge discount to Google Home brings the price in line with Amazon's new second-gen Echo, while the new Google Home Mini... Read more

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook

By Max Langridge

To coincide with the debut of Moz the Monster, the star of John Lewis' Christmas campaign, the retail giant has released a storybook for children. The story reveals how Moz is discovered by a young boy named Joe, hiding under his bed. The book, and Moz,... Read more

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant

By Elyse Betters

Ecobee's smart home devices just got, well, smarter, thanks to Google.The company makes things like thermostats, such as the Ecobee 3, Ecobee3 Lite, and Ecobee 4, and now, it has announced that those very devices can now be controlled through Goole Home... Read more

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

By Elyse Betters

You can now use your Google Home speakers as an intercom system.Google has updated its Google Home speaker lineup so that you can easily send a message to everyone in your home or office. It's basically pushed a Google Assistant upgrade that lets you... 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

YouTube TV streaming service is coming to Apple TV, Xbox, and more

YouTube TV streaming service is coming to Apple TV, Xbox, and more

By Elyse Betters

You can soon watch Google's YouTube TV streaming service through your set-top box or streaming media device.YouTube TV launched in April, allowing you to stream live sports, local and national news, and more on your phone, tablet, and computer. Now,... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
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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

Google will boost the Pixel 2 XL display's colour via an update

Google will boost the Pixel 2 XL display's colour via an update

By Chris Hall

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll know that Displaygate has been tearing holes in the new Google Pixel 2 XL.The criticisms are numerous, but the biggest is that the colours appear dull and lifeless compared to some... Read more

Google Pixelbook review: Is a £1000 Chromebook truly worth it?
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Google Pixelbook review: Is a £1000 Chromebook truly worth it?

By Elyse Betters

Chromebooks have come a long way in the past seven years.We remember when they began as clunky laptops, running a very early version of Chrome OS, which left users without basic apps to complete even everyday tasks, such as a Skype call. Despite decidedly-meh... Read more

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more fun for kids.Google has added more than 50 games and activities to its assistant. It includes experiences like musical chairs, trivia, Disney-themed games, and original stories for children. They’ll work via Google Assistant... Read more

Google is looking into the Pixel 2 XL's screen burn-in problem

Google is looking into the Pixel 2 XL's screen burn-in problem

By Elyse Betters

OK, so the Pixel 2 XL might have a display problem.First, there was an issue about its colour vibrancy, which, honestly, we think might be like the great blue/gold dress debate. Either you think the latest Pixels have dim, muddy displays that look gross... Read more

Echo Show-like Google Home touch device spotted in Google app code

Echo Show-like Google Home touch device spotted in Google app code

By Elyse Betters

Google needs to catch up to Amazon.At least when it comes to smart speakers, anyway. Amazon has several Echo-branded smart speakers, while Google only recently announced two more on top of its original Google Home. However, it might introduce a new product... 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

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

Last year, 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 Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals, prices and where to get them

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals, prices and where to get them

By Rik Henderson

Google has started to release its 2017 smartphones in the shape of the Google Pixel 2 first hitting the streets, then the Pixel 2 XL.The Pixel 2 is a 5-inch handset while the larger of the two devices has a 6-inch screen. They both have the exact same... Read more

Google might add more colour options to resolve the Pixel 2 XL's display problem

Google might add more colour options to resolve the Pixel 2 XL's display problem

By Chris Hall

The Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch problem on the front of it which you've probably heard about. It's currently the subject of a great deal of discussion among smartphone fans, in a stand-off that has "it's terrible for an £800 phone" on one side to "you probably... 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

Google hid a custom image processor inside Pixel 2 and didn't turn it on

Google hid a custom image processor inside Pixel 2 and didn't turn it on

By Elyse Betters

Google just revealed a surprise, cool feature that is oddly still laying dormant in its latest Pixel 2 smartphones.Called the Pixel Visual Core, it is Google’s first custom system-on-a-chip (SOC) for consumer devices. The company described it as a "fully... Read more

Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks
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Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks

By Elyse Betters

Mobile VR is the most affordable way to experience virtual reality.You can go ultra cheap with the £15 Google Cardboard headset, which works with most iOS and Android phones, or you can spend a little more on the £80 Samsung Gear VR, which works with... Read more

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

By Elyse Betters

Google has updated Google Wifi with a new tool that gives you more control over the types of sites your kids can visit.The popular mesh Wi-Fi router system now offers a tool called Site Blocking. It is rolling out so that you can block more than eight... Read more

You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more useful for mobile device owners.Google's digital assistant has always been able to control a Chromecast, but only from a Google Home speaker. Now, for the first time, Google Assistant on Android phones can do the same thing,... Read more

Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Google announced two new Pixel phones at its event on 4 October. The two new smartphones were revealed alongside a new Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, new Daydream and a new Pixelbook.Naturally, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL differ in physical size... Read more

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android

By Elyse Betters

Remember Duo?Last year, Google launched the video calling app, and now, it's integrating Duo directly into Android. According to a Google blog post, the company wants to roll out simpler video calling to Android users, so, going forward, they'll bein... Read more

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

By Max Langridge

Google has rolled out an update to all Google Home Mini devices (currently in the hands on reviewers) that removes the top touch functionality of the device. When you tap on the top of the Home Mini it can play and pause music, while a long touch will... Read more

Google Play and Disney's Movies Anywhere join forces, get 5 top blockbusters for free

Google Play and Disney's Movies Anywhere join forces, get 5 top blockbusters for free

By Rik Henderson

Disney's Movies Anywhere digital library service is expanding. Not only will it now include films from rival studios Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros, it has joined forces with Google so you can watch your Movies Anywhere content on Google... Read more

Fantastic Pixel 2 photos show how good this camera will be

Fantastic Pixel 2 photos show how good this camera will be

By Max Langridge

When Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it shouted loudly about its camera performance. Taking a clear swipe at Apple and the Portrait mode introduced with iOS 11 on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus, Google said the Pixel 2 smartphones could... Read more

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants female voices at launch, rather than male ones. And while that makes it seem like they are actively... 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 Earth VR review: Now with virtual reality Street View
4.0 stars

Google Earth VR review: Now with virtual reality Street View

By Adrian Willings

We've always been big fans of Google Earth. It's just so incredible to be able to virtually go anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home.So when we discovered that Google Earth had a VR version - including Street View - that was compatible... Read more

Best UK contract deals: Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL

Best UK contract deals: Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL

By Hassan Mohammed

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL are now available to pre-order in the UK. Google announced the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL during their Google Pixel 2 event on October 4. You can pre-order the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL right now, with shipping starting... 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

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker
4.0 stars

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker

By Cam Bunton

The home smart speaker war is on. Some might say Amazon has already won it, with its Alexa voice-assistant Echo range and third-party support in other respected brand speakers. Amazon has competition though, predominantly from Google.The original Google... Read more

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

By Elyse Betters

Google's October 2017 event is done and dusted. Google Pixel XL under £400 today Hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement, Google has announced its own flagship devices, as well as new smart speakers, a new VR headset, a new hands-free... Read more

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel and Pixel XL: What's the difference?

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel and Pixel XL: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Google has announced the new Pixels at an event on 4 October, with the two new smartphones succeeding the Pixel and Pixel XL.There were plenty of rumours surrounding the two devices but now all the details are finally official so here is how the Pixel... Read more