Tag Archive: Google


Google Pixel 2 XL, one year later review: The most consistent flagship

A year old, and a year better.

The Pixel 2 phones were announced close to a year ago, with few substantial changes from the 2016 Pixels. Despite some early teething issues with the Pixel 2 XL’s screen, the phones have proven to be solid choices for anyone buying a phone in most of 2018. But competition hasn’t stood still in the last year, and we’re close to seeing the Pixel 3. How well have the phones stood  [Read More…]

Should you get Google Wifi or Plume for your mesh system?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We have a lot of connected devices in our homes, and we do our best to keep our home networks working in tip-top shape.

Google Wifi

No nonsense

$ 130+ at Amazon

Pros Easy installation. Can be placed on a shelf or desk. Cons Higher upfront costs. Less advanced features available.

Google’s Wifi system comes in single and three packs, and it’s  [Read More…]

With Google lurking, gaming has never been more critical to Microsoft

Google has been a gigantic thorn in Microsoft’s side for many, many years, but things are about to get a whole lot worse for Redmond.

Google has been chipping away at Microsoft’s software empire for many years now, with Android in particular exploding as a software ecosystem to rival Windows itself. Android handsets armed with Google Play are a dominating force on mobile devices, while Microsoft’s efforts in the space fell spectacularly flat.

Google has been leveraging  [Read More…]

Kotlin moving to Google Cloud Platform

Kotlin is the darling language for Android devs, and now it’s moving into the Cloud.

Android developers love Kotlin. Google can tell us that 27% of the top 1,000 Android apps are built using Kotlin or that developers who are using it have a 97% satisfaction rate and that’s great.

But we’ve also had developers tell us in person that they not only love it, but it’s also changed how much time they need to spend doing  [Read More…]

How is the Google Pixel XL holding up two years on?

How has the Pixel XL held up two years on from its release?

It’s been two years since Google shifted away from the Nexus line, ushering in a new era of Android flagships with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. With the latest iteration of the Pixel lineup soon to be revealed, let’s take a look at the handset that set the course for Google’s current hardware path.

I returned to using the Pixel XL as my  [Read More…]

Google Titan vs. Yubikey 5: What’s different and which should you use?

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Titan Security Key Bundle

Made by Google

$ 50 at Google

Pros Bluetooth capable Adapts for USB A and USB C Google Titan secure element Advanced phishing protection Cons Made in China Expensive NFC not enabled

Google’s Titan Security Key Bundle  [Read More…]

Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

Google on Wednesday introduced a new version of its Google Assistant app for mobile devices. The refreshed client, available for both Android and iPhone, combines voice and touch-based elements to deliver a more intuitive experience that also closely resembles the other apps getting UI overhauls.

Why It Matters

Google Assistant, first introduced with  [Read More…]

Google intros new Voice Access app to let you use your Android hands-free

Google this week introduced a new app called Voice Access. The search giant has been working on it for two years and now finally the app is available to download globally.

Voice Access is designed to offer hands-free support on your Android, but so far only works in English. Although, support for other languages in coming in the future.

New features available in Voice Access

One of the main features of this app is the option to scroll and navigate  [Read More…]

Google Home Mini gets a new Aqua color option

Ahead of the grand Pixel 3 unveil, Google announced its Home Mini speaker is getting a new color option in the US. Called Aqua, the new version will become available for purchase from the Google Store and Walmart later this month for $ 50.

However, you should know that the Google Home Mini is often offered for free if bundled with some other more expensive product. For example, right now if you buy an NVIDIA SHIELD TV (without controller) from  [Read More…]

Google finally gets it right with Wear OS 2.0

It’s not perfect yet, but it’s looking like Google finally got their UI right for wearables.

AC Score 4.5

Wear OS, Google’s smartwatch platform has not had an easy life. It’s been blasted and bemoaned for a clunky UI, and its watches — powered by long-outdated chipsets — have fallen further and further and further behind the Apple Watch, in performance, in style, and most  [Read More…]