Tag Archive: Google


From the Editor’s Desk: HTC x Google

Is HTC on an inevitable path towards acquisition? And how might a Google buyout in 2017 look different to the Motorola deal of 2012?

So, Google might buy HTC’s smartphone business — or at least make a sizeable investment in the struggling phone maker. This story from the Taiwanese press, which broke on Thursday, has understandably invited rampant speculation around the future of what was once one of the biggest names in mobile.

To recap:

Chinese-language publication  [Read More…]

Google testing a new design for the Google Play Store

Google frequently rolls out A/B testing for some new designs that may or may not make it into the final versions of apps. The latest test that Google is trying out is that of a new design to the Google Play Store. As shown in the screenshot below, the text that previously was in a scrollable […]

Google Drive returns after outage [Update]

It’s not just you: Google Drive is down for everyone.

Update, 12:30pm ET: Google Drive appears to be up again. Continue uploading those “documents“.

We rely on a lot of Google services here at Android Central, and Google Drive is among them. So when we found out it’s down this morning (Thursday, September 7 around 11:00am ET), we decided to pack up for the day and head to the beach.

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Why Google acquiring HTC would be a great thing

One of the latest and juicy reports to drop from the tech rumor mill is that Google may be in the ‘final stage of negotiation’ to purchase HTC‘s smartphone business (via digitimes). This would certainly be a huge development, and I’m sure that it has resulted in many different feelings in the Android community. HTC’s lengthy struggle is not […]

Google reportedly in talks to buy HTC smartphone business

Taiwanese press reports Google is in the ‘final stage’ of negotiations which could see it become a ‘strategic partner’ for HTC — or buy the struggling phone biz in its entirety.

Following a dire financial performance in August, resulting in the manufacturer’s lowest monthly revenue figures in 13 years, the Taiwanese press is reporting that HTC is in the “final stage” of talks with Google around a possible sale of the former’s struggling smartphone business.

Digitimes reports  [Read More…]

Xiaomi teams up with Google to launch its first Android One phone, the $230 Mi A1

Android One reboot kicks off with the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Late last week, Xiaomi said that it would launch a phone in a brand-new series, and that the device would make its debut in India. At a media event in New Delhi, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi A1, its first Android One phone. The device is a variant of the Mi 5X, which was unveiled in China back in July. What makes the Mi A1 particularly interesting is  [Read More…]

Google Camera HDR+ Port APK updated with Zero Shutter Lag

The Google Camera app found on the Pixel devices was ported with working HDR+ mode earlier this month to pretty much any device that ran on a Snapdragon 820/821 or 835 chip to install the APK. The problem was that although the functionality reflected that found on the Pixel devices, the experience was somewhat lacking. […]

HARMAN’s new speakers work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

HARMAN has announced new speakers featuring Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

At IFA 2017, HARMAN has announced new speakers for its own brand and for the JBL sub brand. The speakers are part of the growing list of gadgets to feature Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. First is the Harmon Allure, an intelligent speaker powered by Alexa. Harman says the speaker includes 4 microphones for far-field voice recognition, 360-degree sound and lighting to complement any decor, and Bluetooth streaming  [Read More…]

Sony launches LF-S50G smart speaker with Google Assistant

Sony has taken a leap into the connected speaker market with the LF-S50G and has turned to Google Assistant for some help making it smart. Think of the speaker as a Google Home with better audio. Sony’s speaker has a 360-degree speaker array, a downward woofer, and an upward tweeter encased in a splash-proof case. […]

Google breathes new life into old Android Wear watches with new Play Store policies

Changes will promote standalone apps for your watch.

Google has announced two major changes for Android Wear apps: Multi-APK apps are now supported for Android Wear 1.0 watches and requirements for the “Enhanced for Android Wear” Play Store badge have changed.

Multi-APK apps are apps hosted in Google Play that have separate files for your phone and your watch. Previously, only Android Wear 2.0 watches supported multi-APK apps, but now users with older watches like the Samsung  [Read More…]