Consider this one just a shadow of a whisper of a rumor, folks, but a recent video posted by Google indicates that at least someone in Mountain View is considering some major changes for the Play Store app. Take a gander at this Pixel Tips support video. Most of it is fairly obvious stuff meant for first-time users (perhaps including some of those iPhone owners that Google is so keen to convert), but at around the 1:40 mark the demonstrator opens the Play Store, and it's immediately clear that it's not the same one we have right now. Read More
Allo received a mixed response when it was released a little over a month ago. Trying to switch your friends and family to yet another messaging client, especially one lacking in features (even compared to Google's other services), is difficult. Not long after its introduction, Allo's ranking tanked on the Play Store and App Store.
Can the first major update, version 2.0, be enough to convince people to switch? I doubt it, but I have to give Google some credit for trying. Read More
Remember when HTC was the top Android OEM making devices like the EVO 4G and HTC Incredible? Those days are long gone as other device makers have risen to prominence, and HTC is struggling to stay afloat. There was some hope that its deal to manufacture the Pixel for Google would turn things around, but the newly released Q3 2016 results show another big loss. It's not as big as recent ones, though. Read More
If you follow some of the more popular YouTubers, you might have noticed some spiffy new screens at the end of their videos as of late. Those are video End Screens, and now they're available to everyone. End Screens provide a handy interface for linking to other videos and sites inside your video without all the clunky workarounds people were using before. Read More
The Google Pixel is a great phone—even David likes it, and David does not like things as a rule. It has the best smartphone camera Google has ever sold, but it's not without its problems. Users have been reporting a distracting halo lens flare in photos taken in bright light, but a fix is apparently on the way. Google says an upcoming OTA will address this issue with the power of math. Read More
Just as several new smartwatches make their debuts on the Google Store, two (and a Chromebook) say their goodbyes. The ASUS ZenWatch 2, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch (great name, right?), and the ASUS Chromebook Flip are now unavailable for purchase from Google's hardware shop; in fact, the links to their listings now automatically redirect to the Android Wear and Chromebook landing pages, respectively. Read More
If you didn't order a Pixel on launch day, you'll probably be waiting a while. Several versions of the phone are sold out, and those that aren't gone are showing shipping estimates of 3-4 weeks. Google has issued a short statement on the delays, and it blames you, the consumer. See, people are just buying so damn many Pixels, Google can't keep up. Read More
Google's latest hardware product is not a new Chromebook, or a phone, or a tablet. The company revealed the Jamboard in a blog post today, calling it, "the whiteboard, reimagined for collaboration in the cloud." No, this isn't April Fool's Day, Google did actually announce a whiteboard.
Designed for use with the recently-rebranded G Suite, the Jamboard can pull data from a variety of Google services. Users can add documents from Google Drive, video chat over Hangouts, and draw on it like a typical whiteboard - all at once. The board works like a Google Docs file - it can be edited by multiple people at once from a number of different devices. Read More
If you're a developer, you may have noticed one bug in the latest Android 7.0 and its various Developer Preview releases: the option to "Show CPU usage" under Developer Options in the settings only shows the com.android.systemui process.
This means that if you're using the CPU usage overlay to monitor whether any of your app's processes are waking up at the right time, and not waking up when they shouldn't, the overlay is pretty much useless to you now. All you see is the systemui process and its usage and there's no detailed list of all the running processes and their load like before. Read More
Android 7.1 is upon us – at least it is if you count the oddball mix-and-match of having an "official" version of 7.1 on Pixel phones and a "developer preview" for a few other Nexus devices. Now that the Pixels are out, source code has also been released for Android 7.1.0 on AOSP. It comes as little surprise that we don't have an official release of the 7.1.1 source code that went out to Nexus devices since they are still considered developer previews, but they're probably not terribly different. So now it's time to dig through for some interesting and unusual hints about what unusual changes have been made in this version that we didn't already know about. Read More