Tag Archive: Google


Samsung Gear VR vs Google Daydream View: Which should you buy?

Which is better, Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream View?

Discovering that your phone can act as the brain for a VR headset is pretty great. You drop the phone into a headset, strap that headset to your face, and suddenly you have access to hundreds of apps and videos all uniquely built for virtual reality. Transforming your phone into a pocket theater on the Moon, an arcade full of unique games, and a portal to see  [Read More…]

The Pixel is selling out because Google finally got its ads right

The Pixel is off to a good, if not great, start.

Google’s Pixels made up 12.3% of activations at Verizon stores during the holiday quarter, a number that should make both companies very happy in the quest to unseat the dominance of Samsung and Apple.

According to data captured by several research firms and compiled by Bloomberg, Google reportedly sold 552,000 Pixels in the fourth quarter, which was higher than the company anticipated, and has made  [Read More…]

New Sonos CEO wants integrations with Google Assistant, Alexa

Ok, Google, crank up the tunes on Sonos.

Patrick Spence took the reins at Sonos weeks ago, and a memo obtained by The Verge he sent out to the company when he did makes it no secret where he wants Sonos to expand in the face of increased competition: digital assistant integration.

Many digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa directly compete with Sonos, and it’s not hard to see them chipping away at the  [Read More…]

Google aims to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world

Safer apps make for a safer phone.

Google’s new Security for Android Developers page has a pretty bold statement as it’s tagline:

Our goal is to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world. That’s why we consistently invest in technologies that bolster the security of the platform, its applications, and the global Android ecosystem.

Google is pretty transparent when it comes to Android security, and the past year or so has seen media outlets pick  [Read More…]

How to clear your Google Play search history

We all have searches we’d rather forget.

We all go on app kicks that could skew our future search results. We may need to cover our tracks after searching for certain kinds of apps) on Google Play. We need to clean things up after our stupid friend/coworker/kid brother searches for apps on our phone as a joke. And when it comes to cleaning our Google Play search history, things are blissfully simple.

Open Google Play. Tap  [Read More…]

Would you be willing to pay double for a Google Pixel XL 128GB?

How badly do you want to get your hands on the Google Pixel XL with 128GB storage? The phone is quite a rare piece of gadgetry not many people own. As we told you before, customers who have ordered one from Verizon have to wait until March to actually get their hands on the device,

Google Pixel, three months later: Still going strong, still the best

Oh my, how time flies.

Somehow it has already been three months since we published our Google Pixel and Pixel XL review. Not only has time simply passed since we wrote that review, but I’ve also been actively using the Pixel as a primary phone since the review period. That gives a ton of extra perspective on a phone that’s at the top of people’s minds nowadays, regardless of whether they’re enthusiasts or just casual buyers.

Even  [Read More…]

How to stop Google Play from automatically adding new icons to your home screen

App shortcuts are great, but can quickly overwhelm your home screens.

There’s nothing worse than getting overwhelmed on a new device, but thanks to one pesky setting in Google Play Store, while you’re installing all your apps on your new Android phone you might go into Google Play with an empty home screen and come out to find it completely covered with apps. It’s a bit annoying if you’re not the type to put every app you  [Read More…]

Google details its malware squashing strategy

You might not know this but Android has an embedded security feature called “Verify apps” which routinely scans newly installed apps to see if they are secure or not. However, there are certain instances when Verify apps is rendered useless. Some users, for example choose to disable this feature. Therefore, Google has had to get

Google explains how Android detects malware before it gets out of hand

Hummingbad, Ghost Push, and Googligan — malware that didn’t stand a chance against Google’s DOI metric.

Security! No, really, security. That word is practically synonymous with the Android operating system, which is why the Android Developers Blog is always taking about it. In today’s installation, Megan Ruthven, Software Engineer for Android, writes about how the development team developed a metric to help identify Dead or Insecure (DOI) apps floating around in the Play Store.

If you remember  [Read More…]