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  1. Rrik

    Google finally talks Fuchsia OS - not as ambitious as we thought

    Remember Fuchsia OS? Granted, there's not really that much to remember, since Google has mostly been keeping the project under wraps. Well, senior vice president of Android and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer finally broke the silence at the last Google I/O. We'll admit that's a bit of a bummer and...
  2. Meet Singh

    Chrome on Android to get HDR video support

    Google Chrome for Android is likely to get HDR video support very soon. This can be presumed from two commits made recently on Chromium Gerrit spotted by XDA. One is to set color space and HDR metadeta in android.media.MediaFormat and the other to extract VP9 HDR metadeta from the video...
  3. M0YAL

    “Hey Google” wakeup command slowly rolling out to phones

    Currently, you can use either ‘Ok, Google’ or ‘Hey, Google’ to initiate a voice command with Google Home devices. The latter wake command has never worked on the mobile version of Google, until now that is. Google is now rolling out the ability to activate Google Assistant by saying “Hey...
  4. M0YAL

    Google is offering Pixel XL as replacement for defective Nexus 6P units

    Google is offering users with defective Nexus 6P units (purchased directly from the company's online store) a brand new Pixel XL smartphone as replacement. This has been reportedly going on for some time now, but came to light recently. Even units out of the original 1-year warranty are eligible...
  5. Alaina

    Google Home can now stream to Bluetooth devices and connect to free Spotify accounts

    If you thought Google would sit around and wait for competitors like Spotify, Apple and Amazon to carve up the multimedia market one way or the other, think again. The web giant is constantly improving and restructuring its offers, services and platforms and the intentions and plans are finally...
  6. Alexa

    Google hops on 'lite' apps bandwagon with Search Lite

    After companies like Facebook and Microsoft, Google has also jumped on the 'lite' apps bandwagon by outing a new, Search Lite app. The app - as the name suggests - is aimed at providing a comparatively faster Google search experience while also being data-friendly. In addition to search, the...
  7. M0YAL

    Allo for Web coming soon, confirms Google

    Google has confirmed that Allo for Web will be released soon. The confirmation came in the form of a tweet from Amit Fulay, who is Head of Product (Allo and Duo) at Google. Specifically, he said the application will be made available in a "few more weeks." Back in February this year, Google’s...
  8. Alexa

    European Commision fines Google €2.4B for breaking antitrust law

    Google has been slapped with a €2.42 billion fine ($2.7 billion) for tampering with results on Google Shopping. The decision comes after seven years of investigation, which concluded with ruling that Google abused its dominant market position and fixed search algorithms. According to the...
  9. Lilly

    Google has sold around 1 million Pixel smartphones

    Google doesn't officially disclose the number of units sold and in the case of the Pixel smartphones that's particularly irksome. However the company's Play Store gives us a pretty accurate estimate of how many Pixel and Pixel XL phones Google has sold. See Google's Play Store gives a range...
  10. M0YAL

    Google posts Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory images

    Not too long after Google began rolling out the newest (though incremental) Android 7.1.2 Nougat update, Google has gone all out and posted the official factory images for various Nexus and Pixel devices. This all happens only a couple of weeks after Google began pushing the final 7.1.2 Beta...
  11. M0YAL

    Google Home and Amazon Echo might support voice calls soon

    The Google Assistant inside the Google Home device and Alexa from Amazon's Echo line of smart speakers may soon be able to make and take phone calls for you. This information comes from a new report allegedly originating with "people familiar with the matter". They say that by the end of this...
  12. M0YAL

    Google makes it easier to share original URL in AMP links

    Google announced Accelerated Mobile Pages or AMP as a way to speed up loading results in search pages. This involved caching the most popular responses to common terms, preloading them in the background and then serving them instantly when you clicked on them on the search page. AMP'd links are...
  13. Anup Krsna

    Chrome and Firefox will now tell you about insecure HTTP connections

    Google and Mozilla kick it up a notch warning you about sites vulnerable to hacking. Coming with the latest updates of Chrome v56 and Firefox v51 web broswers, you’ll know when you are submitting sensitive information over insecure HTTP connections. Warnings like that were a thing before, but...
  14. M0YAL

    Google begins real-world testing of Instant Apps

    At Google I/O last year, Google announced the concept of something called “Instant Apps”. This is meant for those cases where you may want to use an app for a single session without needing to install the full app from the Play Store. Upon clicking on a link from a Google search result from...
  15. M0YAL

    Google says device makers must support Nougat's new notification features

    Earlier this week, Google released a new version of its Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android. The CDD outlines things that device makers must do, and others that are merely optional, in order to pass Google certification and be allowed to ship phones and tablets with Google...
  16. Meet Singh

    5 Google websites you must know for better online experience

    Google is the largest software firm in the world. One can say Google owns the internet. It has the most used search engine across the globe; which is also the #1 ranking website on the internet. Google acquired the most sought after video service called YouTube back in 2006. The tech giant also...
  17. M0YAL

    Google makes it simpler to switch from iOS to Android with Google Drive

    If you recall a few months ago, Google had updated its ‘Switch [to android]’ page with more Google apps. This was only a placeholder, seeing as every method detailed on the website basically told you to download the respective app for iOS, and backing up the respective content to the app. Google...
  18. Fariza

    Google Android-powered Smartwatch

    Google acqui-hired the Cronologics team to bolster its Android Wear smartwatch OS. The company was founded by former Google employees and recently launched its first (and only) product - the Cronologics CoWatch. The watch was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo and runs a customized Android with Amazon...
  19. Alexa

    Global VR Association formed by Samsung, Sony, HTC, Google, others

    There are many companies bringing VR to the marketplace but they are no longer in direct competition - instead they’ve banded together to form the Global Virtual Reality Association, GVRA. Members include Facebook (Oculus), HTC (Vive), Google (Daydream), Sony (PS VR), Samsung (Gear VR) and Acer...
  20. M0YAL

    Plex's Cloud Sync feature now supports Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive

    Media Streaming Company Plex has announced that their Cloud Sync feature - that allows you to sync content from your library to a cloud storage provider - now supports Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive. The announcement came in the form of a Reddit post from the Plex Cloud team...
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