Tag Archive: Google

How to customize Active Edge on the Google Pixel 3

One of the Google Pixel 3’s fun and interesting hardware features is one you can’t even see. “Active Edge” lets you squeeze your phone to launch Google Assistant or silence incoming calls and notifications. It’s a pretty neat trick that accomplishes a simple set of features; and if you want to turn it off, you aren’t stuck with a useless button on your phone as is the case with the competition. Here’s how you can set up and  [Read More…]

Should you buy the Google Pixel 3 XL?

Best answer: Google’s Pixel 3 XL is an amazing phone that everyone should have on their list if they’re shopping for a flagship smartphone. It doesn’t have every feature or the same bells and whistles that the competition does, but this is a phone that’s far greater than the sum of its parts. The Pixel 3 XL has excellent hardware, easy-to-use software, and the best camera of any smartphone available today.

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How to control Roku with Google Assistant

Google Assistant is kinda everywhere as of late. We’ve seen Google heavily invested in the voice-enabled platform over the last few years and now they’ve partnered with Roku to where you can shout all your favorite commands at your connected TV. With a few short steps, we are going to show you how to make this new magic happen.

What’s it do?

Once enabled you should be able to control your Roku, or Roku TV, with commands like these:

“Hey  [Read More…]

Voting opens for Fan Favorites of 2018 on Google Play

Google Play’s year-end awards are getting interactive this year!

Google Play has given out “Best of” awards at the end of the year for the most-streamed songs, the most-purchased movies, and the best apps from a variety of categories. This year, however, Google is adding new categories to the Best App, Best Game, and Best Movie categories: Fan Favorite.

Voting is now open on the Google Play Store, and will remain open for the next two weeks. Results of  [Read More…]

Fixing Android’s share menu is a ‘priority’ for Google

Android’s share menu is bad. Google knows that and is fixing it.

The latest update to Android — 9 Pie — has been a real treat to use. It’s been fun learning how to use the new gesture navigation, the subtle UI tweaks look great, and the improved notifications are a dream come true. Unfortunately, one thing that wasn’t addressed with the Pie update is Android’s share menu.

The share menu in Android has been a slow,  [Read More…]

Google CEO announces new action plan following Andy Rubin fiasco

Google says it’ll be more transparent and responsible going forward.

The last couple of weeks haven’t been great ones for Google. A New York Times report in late October claimed that Google had paid Andy Rubin $ 90 million as an “exit package” following reports of sexual harassment from 2013. This was followed by a company-wide walkout earlier in the month, and following all of that, CEO Sundar Pichai is finally responding.

Pichai sent out an email  [Read More…]

How to make your Google Home multilingual

Google Home picked up bilingual support earlier this year, allowing you to converse with Google Assistant in two languages. The Assistant works with any pairing of English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Japanese, and you can switch between either language on the fly and the Assistant will understand your query.

Products used in this guide Best Buy: Google Home ($ 129) Best Buy: Google Home Mini ($ 49) How to make your Google Home multilingual Open Google  [Read More…]

Win a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from Android Central!

We love the new Pixel 3, and we know you will, too. Especially if you win one in this giveaway!

This year’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL aren’t drastically different compared to their predecessors, but improved displays, a faster processor, wireless charging, and more all result in a well fleshed-out package, making for what could be some of the best smartphones in 2018. But who wants to BUY a phone when you could WIN a phone?

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Mount Genie offers a variety of accessories for Google Home, Echo Dot, and other devices

If you own a smart device from Google or Amazon, you might find that as awesome as it is, things could be a little more convenient. Not so much in what they can do, but where and how they can be placed, physically.

Let’s say, for instance, that you have a Google Home Mini that you’d like to put in your kitchen. The problem? You don’t have any counter space near the open outlets. That’s where something from Mount Genie  [Read More…]

Google details the latest state of Android security, and it looks great

If you install from Google Play, your chances of being compromised are steadily approaching zero.

In the name of transparency, Google has released another Android security report (officially, the Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report) that details many aspects of exactly how secure different parts of the Android ecosystem are, and how often they’re being exploited in the real world. The goal is of course to show that Android is very secure purely based on the numbers Google  [Read More…]