Discord was undoubtedly popular pre-pandemic, but in the time since, it's become a go-to application for virtual hangout sessions among friends who can't get together in person. One of the things that makes the app stand above similar services is third-party bots, which add new features to your servers to enhance your time in the app. Groovy and Rythm were two of the most popular bots online until they were killed by YouTube a few weeks ago, and now the video giant has returned with a "replacement" of its own.
Google Photos has always been about giving users a reliable resource for storing all their memories, special pictures, and videos in the cloud. And to that effect, it has worked amazingly — your pics in Photos are easily accessible from any device, anytime you want. But if you're more into having non-digital memories, Google has also offered the option to have your pictures printed out in a book and sent to you, or get individual prints through partners like CVS. Now Google's joining them with à la carte photo prints of its own, including ones in some new size options.
One of the headline features of Android 12, at least on Pixel phones, is the new Material You design language and its core component, the "Monet" theming system. It takes a quite unconventional approach to Android theming, automatically assembling a color palette based on a user's wallpaper and applying it all over the UI. That's fine for Google's own phones, but what about those from other manufacturers? Although this theming system won't hit AOSP in time for Android 12, it now looks like Google is planning to make dynamic theming open-source for a future Android release.
Cable companies are doing their best to keep up with the switch to streaming media. Considering most traditional TV subscriptions also double as ISPs, though, it's been a fairly smooth transition. As services like YouTube TV flourish, companies like Comcast aren't ignoring modern ways to watch television. It wants to keep users consuming media through its own branded devices, and that effort starts with an all-new streaming box.
We're sure we don't need to tell you why seeing "Google" and "messaging" in a single sentence will make some people cringe a bit. Google has always had problems when it comes to streamlining its messaging solutions — big problems, to be fair. And ever since it started trying to get rid of Google Hangouts, those problems have only gotten worse — Google hasn't even managed to stick to a unified messaging solution, with services like Google Photos and Google Docs all having their own internal ones. Now in the latest twist of events, Google Calendar is actually adding integration for an existing messaging service: Google Chat.
Today might be a good day to finally cater to the wireless charging capabilities your phone, tablet, or watch has. Or it might just be time to upgrade your existing pad. Samsung's got a whole bunch of its Qi pads for sale today.
As unfortunate as it might be, most of our devices no longer have headphone jacks. Whether it's Google's upcoming Pixel 6 or Samsung's latest Android tablet, countless gadgets have lost what used to be an essential port. Thankfully, Bluetooth earbuds have become surprisingly great — even in the mid-range market. If you still don't want to spend nearly $100 on a pair of headphones, Anker's Soundcore lineup contains some great buds at fair prices, and you can save even more on two of its best pairs with today's deal.
As we get closer to the official launch of Android 12, Google is updating more of its apps to support all of its new Material You themes. Gboard was one of the first to receive a makeover, with its fresh color scheme now available to anyone running the latest Android beta. However, it seems like the look isn't quite complete yet, as new Material You elements are on the way in an upcoming release.
In February 2020, Google introduced chips, enhancing search options within Gmail to make it easier to filter your emails and find what you're looking for. Closely following the release of chips on Android, Google is improving the way they work overall.