Tag Archive: Google


Google Pixel Slate now up for pre-order at Best Buy

It’s a laptop. It’s a tablet. It’s the Google Pixel Slate!

Alongside the Pixel 3, Google announced its new detachable: the Pixel Slate. The Pixel Slate builds on what made the Pixelbook great: a premium design, high-end specs and the latest features of Chrome OS. The Pixel Slate will be available later in 2018, so stay tuned for more!

The latest Pixel Slate news November 6, 2018 — Google Pixel Slate now up for pre-order at Best  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 3 vs. Google Pixel 2: Should you upgrade?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. With years of experience testing hundreds of Android phones, we’re here to help you make an informed decision when considering an upgrade.

Google Pixel 3

Compact powerhouse

$ 799 at Google Store

Pros Fantastic cameras Gorgeous OLED display Wireless charging Cons No headphone jack Average battery life

Google hasn’t changed a lot of hardware elements on the Pixel 3, opting instead to  [Read More…]

OnePlus 6T vs. Google Pixel 3 XL: Which should you buy?

If you’re looking for a high-end phone with minimal bloat, your choices are limited to OnePlus and Google. We’ve used the OnePlus 6T and the Pixel 3 XL extensively and are here to help you choose the ideal phone for your needs.

OnePlus 6T

Great value

$ 549 at OnePlus

Pros Large AMOLED display Waterdrop notch isn’t annoying Top-notch performance 128GB storage as standard Cons No headphone jack In-display sensor is slow No IP rating  [Read More…]

Ingress has a huge Google+ problem

Niantic might need to run its own social systems if it wants to communicate with its audience.

If you ask Niantic CEO John Hanke what surprised him most about building his first augmented reality game, Ingress, he’ll tell you a great story about the way people started forming what he calls “IRL Guilds” to approach the game on a wider scale. Ingress came with its own chat interface at launch, but for for involved planning sessions there  [Read More…]

Should you use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa routines?

Here at Android Central, we’re big into connected home products that are designed to make life easier. If you’re trying to pick between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, we’re here to help you determine which offers the features and services you need most!

Amazon Alexa Routines w/ Amazon Echo Plus

Best for smart home

$ 150 at Amazon

Pros Easy to create custom routines Great for smart home control and automation Benefited by Amazon’s growing Echo  [Read More…]

New Curry’s ad summons Christmas music on Google Homes

“Hey, Google…. play some Christmas music.”

Curry’s new Christmas ad upgrades the idyllic, Dickensian scenes of the season with some high-tech toys, and it’s quite a cute ad to my holiday-happy mind. However, many users likely aren’t getting to actually watch the ad as they scramble to shut up their Google Homes and Google Assistant-enabled devices after the ad’s first words start summoning holiday playlists.

Our new 2018 Christmas TV advert is here! The Magic of  [Read More…]

How to change the Google Keyboard theme on your phone

Since day one Android has been about choice. The platform gives control to users that other, previous software didn’t. Don’t like the way your phone dialer looks? Swap it out for something else. Not a fan of Chrome? Say goodbye and install another browser.

One of the more fundamental apps in your phone also happens to be one of the most overlooked. What’s more, it’s one you use more than any other app. We’re talking, of course, about the keyboard.

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Can a Google Home stand up to kitchen spills and bathroom sprays?

Best answer: Nope, the Google Home is many things, but waterproof is not one of them. If you want a Google Home you can use in water-prone areas like your shower singalongs or poolside parties, grab a waterproof Google Assistant-powered speaker like the JBL Link 20 instead.

Best Buy: JBL Link 20 ($ 150)

Drowning on dry land: The abusive history of my Google Home

When the original Google Home was announced back in 2016, I  [Read More…]

Your Google Home Hub won’t get hacked, but it may be rebooted

Users on the same local network can “talk” to a Google Home Hub using the same API that the Google Home app is using.

Hackers aren’t going to brick your new Google Home Hub, but Google does need to fix a few things when it comes to the smart display’s network security settings. Kind of.

It started when security advocate Jerry Gamblin did what a security advocate does and scanned his local network after he hooked up  [Read More…]

Employees walk out of Google offices around the world in protest

Even as Google claims to have made changes, hundreds and hundreds of Googlers walked out asking for more.

It’s a cold morning outside most Google offices today, but that did not stop hundreds from walking out to protest the way Google has handled sexual misconduct in the past — and the way they’re still being handled today. A New York Times article recently reported on Google’s cover-up of sexual misconduct accusations against Andy Rubin the company found “credible”, as  [Read More…]