Google Allo to get audio message transcriptions, camera effects and more soon

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Google has started rolling out Allo V23 yesterday and there are plenty of features that got revealed in an APK teardown that will be rolling out in the future update that includes camera effects for selfies and selfie clips, a new type of attachment, custom support for contact cards shared between people, and more. Continue reading “Google Allo to get audio message transcriptions, camera effects and more soon”

Google Assistant gets ability to troubleshoot your phone

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Assistant is one such feature that Google constantly works on improving and with the new feature it is more powerful than ever. It can now change settings, initiate conversation with customer support and thanks to a Pixel user’s request, we now know about one more ability of Assistant phone.  Continue reading “Google Assistant gets ability to troubleshoot your phone”

Google Lens in Assistant rolling out to Pixel smartphones

Google Lens PreviewGoogle at the Pixel event back in October debuted the Google Lens feature in the photos app which uses the camera to scan the objects and landmarks in photos to provide more information about the same. Though it was only possible via Photos app, at the same event, Google mentioned that it would gradually roll out Lens in Assistant and it looks like the time has arrived.

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In Questions: Google Pixel Camera Q&A with Brian Rakowski & Tim Knight

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Here at FoneArena, we are big fans of the Pixel camera and all that Google has been able to accomplish using a mixture of computational photography and machine learning. That’s not to say that the camera is perfect of course. We recently got a chance to sit down for a group session with Brian Rakowski and Tim Knight from Google. Continue reading “In Questions: Google Pixel Camera Q&A with Brian Rakowski & Tim Knight”

OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 – What’s Different

OnePlus 5T

After lots of rumors and speculation, the Chinese upstart OnePlus has officially pulled off the wraps of OnePlus 5T at an event in Brooklyn, New York. The major change in OnePlus 5T, when compared to its predecessor, is its 6.01-inch 1080p 18:9 Optic AMOLED display with minimum bezels on the front. Alongside, the OnePlus 5T offers a change in camera and security features.  Continue reading “OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 – What’s Different”

Google Maps gets a new design to make it easier to see important details

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Google has updated Google Maps with a new design that makes it easier to find venues around you. It has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps that will subtly change based on what you’re doing. Google Maps will show the places scheduled on the calendar and will also show the location of a confirmed reservations from Gmail.

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Google Home App updated with refreshed new look, recommended content, better search and more

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Google has rolled an update to the Home App that brings a refreshed new look, better recommendations, meaning it is now easy to find movies, shows, music with better search and with more control over the Home device.For those on Android, can now cast movie trailers on to the connected TV while still browsing content on your phone. With advanced sound settings, you can control bass and treble on your Google Assistant supported speakers.

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Android 8.0 Oreo adoption rate climbs to 0.3%, Nougat hits 20.6%

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The latest Android distribution numbers for November are in, and they show that Android 8.0 Oreo is now on 0.3% devices, while Nougat retains to close to 17.6% devices. Though features wise Google is doing a great job, it is the adoption that is moving slow.

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Google Assistant can now broadcast messages through your Google Home speakers

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Last month Google announced that it will roll out broadcast messages capabilities to Google Assistant, it is finally rolling out the feature today. With the latest update that is rolling out, Google will let you use your home device to broadcast messages throughout your home.

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Google acknowledges Pixel 2 XL touchscreen unresponsiveness near the edges, will fix with software update

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Few users of the Pixel 2 XL on the Google Pixel community have reported that the touchscreen is being unresponsive near the edges of the screen. The original poster has noticed the lack of responsiveness of the touchscreen along with the curved edges of the Pixel 2 XL screen and has kick-started a discussion with a post and a display test video.

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Google Assistant on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL failing to detect voice input through Bluetooth headphones

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Problems for the latest and greatest Pixel 2 phones from Google aren’t stopping. The new to join the list is Assistant on both Pixel 2, and 2 XL is failing to detect voice input through Bluetooth headphones. This isn’t something new if you have used the original Pixel phones from last which also suffered poor Bluetooth performance.

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Google Pixel 2 Driving Do-Not-Disturb mode API to open up for developers

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Google recently launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones and they are now the latest and greatest from Google which gets its power from AI that is powering right from camera to the Driving Do-Not-Disturb mode. The company is using Activity Recognition AI for Driving Do-Not-Disturb mode API.

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Google Chrome to block annoying auto-redirect pop-ups for better user protection

Chrome logo withPop-up and page redirect ads are the most annoying part of the web browsing experience which no one has control over even with trusted ad networks. In order to tackle the same and provide better user protections, Google is rolling out three new features that will solve the issue at the browser level. Google already said that it will block autoplay videos in Chrome from 2018.

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Google ties up with B2X to offer after sales service for Pixel phones in India

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Google has partnered with B2X, leading provider of customer care for smartphones and IoT devices for after sales service for Pixel phones in India. As an exclusive “Google Authorized Service Partner” for India, B2X will offer highly convenient service for Pixel users at their doorsteps. B2X
service experts will diagnose device related issues in people’s homes and provide immediate help. Continue reading “Google ties up with B2X to offer after sales service for Pixel phones in India”

Google to add restaurant wait times on Search and Maps

Google Search and Maps Restaurant wait time

Google  has announced that it will show estimated wait times at restaurants soon on Google Search and to Map later. This lets you decide whether the food is really worth an hour wait or plan ahead to get your fix at a time when you can avoid a wait entirely. Continue reading “Google to add restaurant wait times on Search and Maps”