Posts tagged with: Google

Google was founded in 1996 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The company started off as a new search engine that became very popular and is the most commonly used to this day. Google began expanding its services by acquiring many companies such as Keyhole, Inc. and YouTube. In September 2008, the G1 was released, made by HTC the G1 was the first smartphone running Google's own Android operating system. Google continues to expand and innovate in several areas with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) being Google's first operating systems designed for tablet computers. Read on for the latest Google news, reviews and videos:

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    So, you're bumping up against your storage ceiling and want to install, say, a ridehailing app that you haven't used before for a free ride (because let's face it: you're also flat broke right at the moment). The Google Play Store's telling you, though, that you simply can't pack in another APK onto your poor, crammed device. Brothers and sisters of the 16GB clan, we feel ya. Well, the Play Store has a new wizard when you it detects you need some space. It gives you a list of apps you've left cobwebbed or don't use often and how much space they take. You can check them off the list and hit ...

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    The Amazon Echo uses its Alexa assistant software to help it talk to a whole bunch of things. From the interconnected lights to the interconnected thermostat in your home to the Amazon warehouses, it needs some language to talk about turning them on and off and it needs some range to reach those things. Similarly positioned Google Home will supposedly need the same, too. So, how will Google Assistant communicate with the whole house and web? The Information is reporting that the assistant hub will actually be comprised of a speaker, microphone, LEDs and the guts of a Chromecast. Hey, ...

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    If you're freaked out by the number of ways your activities can be tracked by our almighty digital overlords (and any despot hacker), you may have to start screaming with the addition of another method to Google Maps on Android. Actually, it's just a port-over from the web version of Maps. That feature and a few others have been picked up in an XDA code inspection of the app's version 9.26.1 APK. Keep in mind that these code strings can be changed or removed before any chance of activation. For one, you could soon be sharing when you're going to get "there" with all the people you need ...

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    If YouTube didn't show how deep Google's cloud bank has grown to be, bring on last year's I/O. The event brought on the free storage of lightly-processed images under 16 megapixels in resolution. Original quality photo uploads still count against users' Drive storage, but there's a hint coming through from the code compilation of the Google Photos app, version 1.21. // // // // Specifically, it's this string in the Android app that's getting all the attention: <string name="photos_onboarding_nexus_back_up_your_photos">With Nexus, back up all you want!</string> <string ...

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    Quick. Fast. Instant. But unlike noodles, news articles shouldn't take two minutes to load. That's why companies like Facebook and Google have been offering up speedy-loading optimizations to content providers — with a share of the click revenue, of course. Google has been keeping its Accelerated Mobile Pages to Android users, but not anymore — version 15.1 of its iOS search app now has it. Users just need to look out for that lightning bolt next certain "top stories" to get informed instantly. Google Now cards also serve up sports highlight videos, too. Restaurant entries get a ...

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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    Let's cap this comparison on price. We're still months away from new iPhones and Nexii, but what about folks who just need to buy a phone today? We're looking at the mid-pack offerings from Google and Apple, and we're staying just under a $400 limit. We're pitting the Nexus 5X against the iPhone SE, and these two compete fairly well on paper. Both have solid cameras. Both phones have fingerprint sensors. Both devices should receive timely updates from their respective manufacturers. Yet, these two are also VERY different animals in terms of screen size, screen resolution, and overall build ...

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    You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event. It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.” That’s ...

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    As part of its Axon 7 launch, ZTE also decided to throw along its new ZTE VR headset. Like most other basic headsets — ahem, Gear VR — you just plug your Axon 7 into the headset and you get up and running. The ZTE VR headset has a nine-axis gyroscope for a refined viewing experience. It also has a few buttons, a capacitive touch pad and all of this is supposedly Daydream-compatible, too. Perhaps as manufacturers are able to create a UI skin on top of Android, those same manufacturers are able to create their own experiences on top of Daydream. But that's just speculation on our part. ...

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    Google Play Music is probably not the world’s most popular online audio streaming service, and somehow, it doesn’t feel like a solid contender for second or third place either. But when it comes to bundle deals and free trials of its premium All Access subscription tier, the Android, iOS and Windows-compatible app often towers comfortably above both Spotify and Apple Music. Case in point, a new limited-time offer letting you enjoy the service’s full library of tracks and albums, as well as ad-free YouTube with offline viewing, at only 99 cents covering 90 whole days. It’s also ...

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    No matter how a bunch of lazy, complacent, greedy, user satisfaction-ignoring device manufacturers and wireless carriers will try to spin the Android numbers tale to make it seem like fragmentation isn’t such a big deal anymore, the cold, hard facts suggest otherwise. Marshmallow is growing at a slower pace than lethargic Lollipop, and with just 7.5 percent market share as of the beginning of May, OS version 6.0 still lags way behind 5.1, 5.0, 4.4, and even the November 2012-released 4.2 Jelly Bean. Together, builds 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop barely surpassed 4.4 KitKat back in March, a full ...

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    The old guard is going away. The Nexus Player just left the Google Store and the Nexus 9 left not long before that. Now we know that HTC is completely done with its own-made tablet as well. The company has said to CNET that it has ended its manufacturing run of the Nexus 9 and has a limited number available at its site. Indeed, all but the white 16GB version are still there on HTC's site as of this post. After several Hot Deal Tuesdays that had the slab discounted by hundreds of dollars, you'll still have to pay full price for these products. Will this clear the way for HTC to possibly ...

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    It's not as good as free, but if you're new to the whole anti-advertising sentiment of content consumption and want to get started into it, you can do so for just 99 cents. It's the price for three months of YouTube Red, YouTube's new service that not only removes ads from the viewing experience, but gives you access to exclusive original episodic content from viral video stars. Other features like the ability to keep videos running in the background, a Google Play Music subscription and video downloads are also bundled in. After the three-month trial, it reverts to the regular fee scheme ...

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    The Nexus Player is done. It's been done at many retailers for the past few months, but it's especially done now as the Google Store has stopped selling it. In fact, the product page doesn't exist anymore — the link that would take you there redirects to the Google Store's TV & Audio section. Ironically, the Nexus Player remains on the header image for the page as of this post. The Nexus Player was Google's first start into its Android TV system that allowed content to be played on a larger screen without relying heavily on an Android phone's resources. A few TV and set-top box ...

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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    While it was fairly easy to overlook some of Google’s lower-key I/O 2016 announcements and demos of experimental technologies not yet ready for primetime during the actual jam-packed conference, now that the event is in the past we almost have to talk about things like Project Soli and Abacus. Abacus, as some of you might recall, is the provisional name given to an Android security-modifying initiative that’s both captivating and controversial, getting its first public showing at last year’s I/O, and evolving greatly in the past 12 months. In fact, this “project” is so close to ...

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    It’s practically impossible to keep count of Google’s innumerable groundbreaking, sometimes weird, sometimes downright nutty “projects”, especially as they often evolve and unite towards a common goal. Of course, you also have the occasional nonstarter, but in recent years, we’ve seen Aura, Ara, Tango and Loon, to only name a few, capture the imagination of the tech world and press on very close to the mass production phase. Well, you can now add Project Soli to that list, although the wide commercial release of gadgets endowed with a new sensing technology that uses miniature ...

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    Now that Google I/O has come and gone again, it’s time to focus our attention about 9 miles to the south to Cupertino. At I/O, Google revealed quite a few nice things and also left some questions unanswered. But it’s the nice things we want to talk about today, and specifically the nice things that Google now has, and Apple does not. Because like the Joneses with the spiffy new riding mower, Google now has the shiny on the other side of the fence, and you have to wonder if Apple is cowering behind the curtains grasping its binoculars and cursing. All metaphors aside, Apple is the other ...

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    Who says we don't cover pockets at Pocketnow? Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit — you know, the one that'll make sure Project Ara gets out to consumers next year — is working on another little ditty called "Project Jacquard". It is essentially trying to work with denim crafting company Levi's to make one of its signature Commuter trucker jackets, but with a cuff woven with touch sensors and a Bluetooth-enabled band embedded within. The band connects with your phone and allows you to swipe up or down on calls and notifications and even trigger actions — if third-party ...

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    Rick Osterloh came to Google as its head of hardware and he came at a very pivotal time. We're finally seeing and hearing good news from Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product that has raised expectations and broken promises for over a year now. One of Project Ara's chiefs said that developer kits for the the smartphone and modules will ship later this year. Consumer editions will debut next year. According to WIRED, about 30 people in the Ara group have a prototype as a daily driver. Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the ...

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    Following up on Google's Benson Leung's skepticism of the LG G5 and HTC 10 for likely being non-compliant with specifications for USB Type-C for charging, the engineer has become a little less wary of the G5. A GTrusted test of the device's charging practices when connected to Google's universal 60W USB-C adapter showed that the G5 follows USB Power Delivery protocol at 5V, 3A or 9V, 2A. This means that the phone may also support DisplayPort routing. The LG G5 and HTC 10 claim to support both the USB Power Delivery charging standard — which makes it possible to use DisplayPort — and ...

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    The Wednesday morning keynote that brought us the Google Assistant-based Google Home Echo rival, as well as the first details on the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear’s biggest update yet, Android Instant Apps, and Allo and Duo communication services was just the beginning of the 2016 I/O celebrations. The software developer-focused conference will only wrap up later today, and since the opening keynote, we also heard word of the imminent arrival of Android apps to Chromebooks, Family Library sharing for Play Store purchases, and seamless updates (or lack thereof) for existing Nexus ...

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    Google didn’t really go into as much detail about Android N as we’d have liked during its big I/O 2016 keynote, leaving the dessert name decision (partially) up to us, only hinting at the version number, and vaguely bringing up performance, productivity and security improvements developers can sample and help shape up in the latest OS preview. But one of the arguably coolest new features is unavailable for beta tests just yet, as it concerns the often lengthy and burdensome update process. In short, the goal is to make applying patches, especially small maintenance ones, easier and ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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    We've known that PCs have been flagging down in sales for a long time, but what's also been a growing thought among market analysts is that they are due for a resurgence. Convertibles (or "detachables") were thought to be the largest engine for it, but now we're hearing from IDC that it Chromebooks are up on their way, too. The research firm reported that the market saw 13.6 million shipments in the US PC market in Q1, down 5.8 percent annually. The global market saw a 11.5 percent dip to 60.6 million units. Consumer demand continued to dwindle while enterprise were still putting Windows ...

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