Tag Archive: Google


Google Play will stop offering 32-bit apps to some phones in 2021

Google’s pushing for 64-bit compatible phones to only use 64-bit apps.

On Wednesday, January 16, Google published a post to the Android Developers Blog to announce a few new requirements that app developers will need to follow in the near future regarding 64-bit applications and games.

Beginning August 1, 2019:

All new apps and app updates that include native code are required to provide 64-bit versions in addition to 32-bit versions when publishing to Google Play.

On  [Read More…]

Google Wifi vs Netgear Orbi: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. The majority of our work is also done from a home office, where great Wi-Fi is a must. We’ve tried all these products and know what works best.

Google Wifi

The name you know

$ 249 at Amazon

Pros Whole-house coverage Easy setup Inexpensive App-based administration Secure Cons Google collects data Can’t change settings when the internet is down No dedicated wireless backhaul  [Read More…]

A power bank for your Google Pixel Slate needs USB PD — and these have it

The Google Pixel Slate’s battery can run up to 12 hours, but some days, that just won’t be enough. Any power bank worth buying for the Pixel Slate needs USB Power Delivery in order to charge it at a reasonable speed. The maximum USB-PD charging speed supported by the Pixel is 45W, and if you’re looking to travel with this battery pack — really, why else would you have one — 100Wh is the largest capacity you can legally bring  [Read More…]

Google Fi now supports RCS messaging

Google’s own carrier offering definitely has appealing features.

If you’re an Android enthusiast, you likely know about Google Fi (formerly Project Fi). But that doesn’t mean you necessarily know everything about it. And now that the service has opened up to everyone with an unlocked phone, there’s a lot to get caught up on. So we’re here to give you the high-level view at the carrier option that comes directly from Google. Namely, just what the heck  [Read More…]

It’s not just you: Google Photos is down and photo backups are, too

Google Photos website and automatic photo backups are on the fritz right now.

Google Photos is one of the unsung heroes of the Google ecosystem, and its free, fast photo backups are a godsend for shutterbugs and screenshot over-sharers like me. Unfortunately, it seems they’re not working tonight for a large number of users around the world.

If you open the Google Photos website right now, you either get a totally blank photo feed  [Read More…]

These are the best smart plugs that work with Alexa and Google Home

Amazon Echo and Google Home have crossed over from the early adopter phase to each finding a place within the mainstream culture. Both are functional, but if you’re like me, you still might not be convinced which assistant is right for you — that’s why I’ve got both Alexa and Google Assistant speakers set up in my home. If you find yourself in the same boat, it may be important to buy smart home accessories that are compatible with both  [Read More…]

Funai shows off Philips 24-inch Kitchen Android TV with Google Assistant

Funai Corporation this week showed off the Philips 24-inch Kitchen Android TV with built-in Google Assistant.

Built with kitchens in mind, the Google Assistant software gives users the same experience they might find with a Home Hub or other smart display. Android 8.0 Oreo software powers the unit, providing the full Android TV experience, making it a more robust device.

The 24-inch LCD screen is wrapped by a thin white bezel and a woven gray mesh cloth covers a pair  [Read More…]

Philips debuts 4K Android TVs with Google Assistant with pricing as low as $350

Funai this week showed off the first Philips 4K UHD Android TV models with integrated Google Assistant for the US market. The two lines (5704 and 5904 series) are offered in five display sizes, ranging from 43-inches up to 75-inches.

The Philips 4K UHD Android TV models are powered Android 8.0 and provide easy access to streaming services and personalized recommendations from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, and more. Additionally, the televisions include access to Google Play.

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Sonos One and Sonos Beam are finally getting Google Assistant support……soon

Sonos is one of the most synonymous names in high quality connected audio but has been a little late in adding support for digital assistants. While Alexa support has already been added, fans of Google Assistant have been left waiting. The good news is the wait is almost over as Sonos has finally confirmed Assistant support is almost completed.

There is no official date for the launch as of yet but we do know Sonos has been privately beta testing the  [Read More…]

Google Assistant on Sonos is just as good as you hoped it would be

Every CES, there are the announcements you expect from companies that put together big, splashy keynotes and ornate, over-the-top booths on the Convention Center floor, and then there are companies like Sonos with nothing new to announce but everything to gain from being here.

To wit, when Sonos invited me to spend some time with their director of global product marketing, Dane Estes, I wasn’t expecting much — merely an overview of the company’s existing products and perhaps  [Read More…]