Google app v7.18 beta hints at image donations to Google Lens, Quartz screen resolutions and more

Google app is the first to receive an update after the holidays season, and the V7.18 beta doesn’t bring many changes to the table. However, a quick teardown by Android Police have revealed hints at image donations to Google Lens, Quartz Google Home device with a screen gets its resolutions leaked and more.  Continue reading “Google app v7.18 beta hints at image donations to Google Lens, Quartz screen resolutions and more”

Google rolls out January 2018 Android security update for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google has started rolling out new over-the-air (OTA) update for Pixel and Nexus devices and also posted factory images as part of monthly Android Security release. The  update for this month fixes several critical issues in  Media framework, System and Qualcomm closed-source components. Continue reading “Google rolls out January 2018 Android security update for Pixel and Nexus devices”

Chrome OS 64 beta lets you run Android apps in parallel

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With Chrome OS 64 beta, Google is about to bring in a new desktop-friendly feature that will let you run Android apps in parallel. The feature is found in Chrome OS 64 in the developer menu in Android preferences which on enabling lets Android apps behave like full-fledged desktop apps.  Continue reading “Chrome OS 64 beta lets you run Android apps in parallel”

Google stops selling Pixel C tablet, to focus on Pixelbook

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After selling the tablet for more than two-years, Google has silently dropped the Pixel C tablet from its Google Store to focus on Pixelbook entirely. The Pixel C went on for sale in December 2015 for a price of $499 for the base model. Even though the pricing was a little high, the tablet itself was a good offering.  Continue reading “Google stops selling Pixel C tablet, to focus on Pixelbook”

Google said to open stores in India to boost sales of Pixel phones

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Google is said to be planning on opening brick-and-mortar stores in India to scale up sales of Pixel phones where the company is lagging behind in the competition according to a report from the Economic Times. Continue reading “Google said to open stores in India to boost sales of Pixel phones”

Google hires key Apple chip designer John Bruno, likely to build custom chipset

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As a part of its aim to create custom processors for its upcoming flagships; Google is said to have hired John Bruno, a designer who founded and ran Apple’s silicon competitive analysis group and the chips that were used in iPhones and iPads. However, what he will be doing at Google is unknown at the moment. Continue reading “Google hires key Apple chip designer John Bruno, likely to build custom chipset”

Chrome Dev and Canary for Android get a new video player with YouTube-style media controls

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Video player on Chrome did not have many features, except for play/pause button, a timeline of the video and other controls that the website has included. However, a brand new video player has appeared in in Chrome Dev and Canary that brings YouTube-like double-tap to fast-forward/rewind controls.  Continue reading “Chrome Dev and Canary for Android get a new video player with YouTube-style media controls”

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get a limited period price cut in India

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Google introduced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in India at a starting price of Rs. 61,000 and Rs. 73,000, respectively. During its sale earlier this month Flipkart offered the Pixel 2 for as low as Rs. 39,999 by offering Rs.11,001 flat discount and Rs. 10,000 on all debit and credit cards. Now Google has announced a temporary price cut for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones during festive sales both online and offline.

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Eric Schmidt to step down as Alphabet’s executive chairman, will continue as technical advisor

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Alphabet Inc. today announced that Eric Schmidt, the current executive chairman as of the next regular board meeting in January 2018 will be stepping down and will continue to serve the board of directors as technical advisor. Continue reading “Eric Schmidt to step down as Alphabet’s executive chairman, will continue as technical advisor”

Google Chrome to block annoying ads from February 15

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Coalition for Better Ads, a group that focuses on improving online ads yesterday has announced Better Ads Experience Program; a voluntary initiative for improving online ads and certify web publishers that agree not to use the most disruptive ads identified in the Standards.  Continue reading “Google Chrome to block annoying ads from February 15”

Google Play Store to require apps to target recent Android API level, 64-bit support must from August 2019

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Google today announced three major changes to the Play Store that will require new apps and app updates targeting a recent Android API level, native apps 64-bit support and security metadata to APKs for verification purposes.  Continue reading “Google Play Store to require apps to target recent Android API level, 64-bit support must from August 2019”

Google looking into reports of Pixel 2 XL slower fingerprint unlock after Android 8.1 update

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Few users have started reporting that the Pixel 2 XL after the Android 8.1 Oreo update is facing slower Fingerprint sensor unlocking. Reports regarding the issue have been growing larger in the past couple of days. Continue reading “Google looking into reports of Pixel 2 XL slower fingerprint unlock after Android 8.1 update”

Google rolls out ‘Hey Google’ hotword to more phones

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‘OK Google’ is a very popular hotword that we use to communicate with Google Search app and Assistant as well recently. While it’s a hotword that we have become familiar with, it has quite aged now. With the launch of Home speaker, Google introduced ‘Hey Google’ hotword along with the old phrase and this new hotword is now finding its way to phones as well.  Continue reading “Google rolls out ‘Hey Google’ hotword to more phones”

Alphabet’s X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra Pradesh for high-speed internet connectivity

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Andhra Pradesh Information and Technology Minister Nara Lokesh on Friday during a visit to X’s Headquarters in Mountain View has said that the state government in collaboration with the Google’s Alphabet Inc’s X to deploy Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) links in Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading “Alphabet’s X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra Pradesh for high-speed internet connectivity”

Google to officially shutdown Tango support in March 2018 to focus on ARCore

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Google today has announced that it is shutting down the support for project Tango officially on March 1st, 2018. Project Tango was Google’s first ever attempt on augmented reality and it required special hardware in the form of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas which in turn made the phones expensive.

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