Google's Assistant and Assistant-powered hardware are a huge convenience, but the limited markets and languages for both have been anything but convenient for many. While Google has been slowly rolling out new countries for Home hardware and more languages for the Assistant over the last year or so, it looks like the company is gearing up to expand its footprint significantly. In a leaked slide from a presentation at the DNI (Digital News Initiative) summit in Amsterdam, Google revealed a literal map of its upcoming plans. Read More
Amazon's paid music streaming service, Music Unlimited, has been live for a little over a year. Since its launch in the US, it has rolled to a few additional countries like the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan, but today marks its largest expansion to date: 28 countries are getting Amazon Music Unlimited. Read More
Samsung's controversially received assistant, Bixby, has rolled out its voice command features in Korea and the US, but if you've been just dying to try out in other countries, you're now in luck. Samsung says that the voice commands are available in 200+ countries worldwide including the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and more.
You will still be limited to speaking in US English and Korean — tough luck if you wanted to use it in other languages — and you will need to own a Galaxy S8 or S8+ to have Bixby in the first place, but once those requirements are met, you just have to press and hold the Bixby button to activate the feature. Read More
Residents in countries like Bangladesh and Macau can get used to seeing round numbers on their bank statements from Google Play. Google has just rolled out support for setting specific prices in local currencies for eight new countries. Keep in mind, these countries previously had Google Play, and purchases in them were still in their local currency. But, now developers can set specific prices in these places, if they choose to. Read More
Android Pay may not have had a massive launch, or has been as aggressively rolled out as Samsung Pay, but it is steadily setting up shop in more countries around the globe. If you don't happen to find yourself in one of the dozen countries that have either already seen a launch or at least have an official promise of one coming soon, you might be interested to know that Google has at least set its sights on a few other countries. Text in the latest update of the Android Pay app hints at four previously unannounced markets. There are also obvious signs Google is merging the recently closed Hands Free experiment into Android Pay and expanding it significantly. Read More
The Facebook app and Messenger are commonly criticized for being too large and consuming too many resources. For people in emerging markets with less powerful devices, that can be an issue, which led Facebook to develop Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite. Now, Messenger Lite will be available to download in 132 more countries. Not in 'Murica, though. Read More
I'm 99% sure I shouldn't be writing this article because it might be a bug and it's one I personally, really, really, really do not want Google to fix. But on the off-chance that it is indeed a new feature and for the sake of journalistic integrity (and at the expense of my own benefit), I'm going to tell you that something has changed in the Google Store recently and it's definitely for the better: you can now make purchases in any country's Google Store*. Read More
Remember the Nexus 6P? Do I even need to ask? Just two days ago, we got a glorious look at almost everything the phone is touting, from the 5.7" WQHD display, the camera, the 3450mAh battery, the dual front-facing speakers, and the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor. Hot? Maybe, a little bit.
What's even getting hotter is its pre-order date. According to our trusted sources, you should expect to give your Franklins to Google starting tomorrow, September 29th, the same day as the phone's announcement. How many Franklins exactly? Five. Well, minus a penny, but who's counting. That's for the 32GB version of the phone, but remember that this particular Nexus will come in 64GB and 128GB options too. Read More
By now, you know all there is to know about the Nexus 5X, don't you? You've seen it in leaked press renders and on Amazon India, you could recite its specs by heart — the 5.2" 1080p display, the Snapdragon 808 processor, the GSM and LTE bands in its FCC documents, and more.
What you really, really, really, really, really want to know is WHEN, GOOGLE, WHEN? And that answer is coming soon, sooner than you think. We've come across some information that we've no reason to doubt that tells us pre-orders should be open tomorrow, September 29th. You won't be waiting long after Google announces the phone to be able to start throwing money at your screen. Read More