Tag Archive: Google


Google offering back-to-school deals on Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home

A great way to gear up for a new school year.

It’s already August, and that means people are well in the swing of buying the tech necessary for the upcoming school year. No matter the grade level, it’s basically a requirement that you have some sort of phone and/or laptop to get the most work done — and Google’s latest products are a great place to start.

To make the purchases a little bit more palatable,  [Read More…]

The Pixel 3 XL may be the first phone from Google I don’t want

“Stock” Android is what I want, but not like this.

People who know me also know that I’m a fan of Android the way Google builds it on its own phones. Anyone can build Android and is free to add or take away whatever parts they like, but the small additions that Google adds make Android something unique and awesome.

But later this year, I may not want to use a phone from Google.

It’s not the  [Read More…]

Google Play Store shrunk down app size by up to 65%, so you can install more on your device

You’ve might have noticed there’s a trend of Lite apps for Android devices. In recent times, a handful of major apps have released stripped-down, barebones alternatives to their original apps. These Lite versions allow users to save space on your phone because they weight next to nothing. They are also a lot faster to download.

At the same time, Google is also striving to cut the size of regular apps, in order to allow users to keep more on their  [Read More…]

Google Contacts 3.0 adds new Material Theme UI

The update is rolling out to the Play Store now.

Thanks to apps like Google News and Tasks, we’ve steadily been seeing Google’s new design language — Material Theme — come to life. Material Theme is slowly replacing the Material Design standard that was introduced with Lolipop in 2014, and the latest app to adopt the upgraded aesthetic is Google Contacts.

Google Contacts 3.0

Version 3.0 of the Contacts app is rolling  [Read More…]

Google ‘inadvertently’ added a government helpline number to contact lists of all Android phones in India

Google apologizes for coding a government agency’s number into all Android phones in India.

Over the course of this week, several Android users in India took to Twitter over the mysterious appearance of a government helpline number on their devices. The number in question is the toll-free helpline (1-800-300-1947) for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency that oversees the Aadhaar biometric identity program.

The agency’s number seemingly popped up on all Android phones  [Read More…]

Sonos speakers may finally get Google Assistant this holiday season

There’s still no specific date, but this is better than nothing — right?

As much as we love Sonos speakers, there’s one big feature that’s been noticeably absent for quite some time — the Google Assistant. The company’s first Alexa-powered speaker (the Sonos One) has proven to be a truly excellent gadget, and while Alexa works great, Assistant users have been left out in the cold for nearly a year.

Sonos has continued to promise that it’s  [Read More…]

What is Alexa Cast, and how does it compare to Google Cast?

It’s everything you loved about Google Cast… except for Amazon Alexa.

Android users have enjoyed the ability to cast media from their phones using Google Cast and Chromecast products and apps since 2013, and now Amazon is adding a new feature for it’s Echo speakers called Alexa Cast.

Currently exclusive to Amazon Music, the new feature lets you cast music to your Echo speakers and control everything from your smartphone.

How does it stack up against Google  [Read More…]

The JBL Link View is the next Google Assistant smart display you can pre-order starting now

It’s only been days since the first Google Assistant enabled smart display went up for order from Lenovo and now we have another contender from JBL. The JBL Link view can be pre-ordered starting today from JBL’s site for $ 250. It comes with an 8-inch screen and two 10w speakers on either side of the display.

Music your way

Considering the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display are both Google Assistant speakers, they will both have similar features.  [Read More…]

Best Smart Plugs for Google Home in 2018

Turn your traditional gadget into a smart one with a smart plug.

Smart home devices are great — I’ve been obsessing over them since recently moving into a century-old house — and they all work together to make life a little easier and more convenient. It isn’t always about being too lazy to reach for the light switch; most smart gadgets allow you to access and control the various appliances in your house remotely so that you  [Read More…]

Google is reportedly planning to launch a censored search app in China

This would mark the first time Google Search has been in China since 2010.

While going to Google to search for virtually anything is a common practice for many of us, the same isn’t true for people in China. The Chinese government’s strict censorship rules ban a regular version of Google Search from operating in the country, and while that won’t be changing anytime soon, a new report from The Intercept claims that Google’s working with the  [Read More…]