Woot sells some junky stuff on occasion, but it also offers some really excellent deals just as often. Today is the latter; Woot has the Pixel and Pixel XL (both refurbs) on sale for very competitive prices. The Pixel starts at $349.99 and the XL starts at $399.99. You even have the option of stepping up to the 128GB version. Read More
We first learned about a possible trade-in program that Google was running with the launch of the Moto X4 on Android One. But at that time, we only knew that Nexus devices would be eligible for offers up to $165, and that trade-ins before October 5th would get an additional $50 of Fi credit. The Google Store's trade-in program has now gone live ahead of the Pixel 2 launch, and the offers are unsurprisingly low. Read More
If you use Google Finance to keep track of your investments using the portfolio feature, you're soon going to be disappointed. The platform is under renovation and will presumably get a number of design and functional changes. The only thing we know for sure, however, is that the My Portfolio page will no longer be available come mid-November. Read More
LG announced its Google Home integration back in May, but at the time only a few models from its Signature line of appliances was compatible with the Assistant. LG is expanding this list now to 87 WiFi-connected refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, vacuums, air purifiers, A/Cs, and more.
The integration first requires your appliance to be set up through the LG SmartThinQ app (wow, terrible ratings), and then you have to link that to your Assistant. LG isn't a first-party partner yet (it's not in the Home Control section like Hue and Nest), so you'll have to search through Assistant's integrations (blue icon on the top right when launching Assistant on a phone) to find it. Read More
Google added an experimental version of WebVR to Chrome as far back as version 56 earlier in the year, and there were a handful of sample web pages you could take a look at to test out the various features. Since then, more demos have been added and other uses have also been toyed with, including the interesting VR short-film, Tabel. In a recent AMA, the Chrome team said they were re-working WebVR, and it seems as though that job is done. Read More
Ding! Ding! D-D-D-D-D-Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! D-D-D-Ding! Ding!
That's the sound you will hear every morning if you're on Android Oreo and you use Do Not Disturb during the night. For some reason, DND and notifications work differently since the latest update to Oreo: when your phone exits DND, it will proceed to play the sound or do the vibration of every notification that was received during the time it was stuck in DND.
We're not sure if this is a bug or an intended behavior, though the latter doesn't make a lot of sense. Previously, when your phone exited DND, whether at a set time or on an alarm, it was happy to just display the notifications so you'd see them when you picked it up. Read More
Do you remember the NEXT Live EMEA 2017 G Suite product roadmap talk where we discovered a small line of text telling us Calendar would get a new web interface in Q4 2017? As it turns out, there's more to that presentation, but we're so perpetually busy here that we couldn't check out the video in its entirety. If we did, we would have spotted something else, just as interesting.
At about 31" into the video, we get introduced to several new features that the G Suite team is working on implementing in Gmail: smart reply, smart groupings, and snooze. Read More
Google has followed the same device support pattern for years - two years of major Android OS updates, and three years of security updates. You might get Android updates after that, and you might get further security updates, but it's not guaranteed. Seemingly out of nowhere, Google has extended the security update period for the Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018. Read More
Since its release nearly a year ago, Google has continued to add more functionality to the Google Home smart speaker. Some of the new features include voice calling in the US and Canada, user-definable shortcuts, and automatic audio ducking on casted content when responding to questions. But all this time, the ability to set reminders has been missing, despite it being promised at Google I/O 2017. Read More