Google Nexus 2016 HTC Marlin Photo

Leaked photo might be our first look at Google’s next-gen Nexus phone

By on July 22, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Leaked photo might be our first look at Google’s next-gen Nexus phone

Google is going to launch two new Nexus smartphones this year, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. The company has yet to make them official, but a variety of reports from solid sources have revealed just about everything there is to know about them. The phones are supposed to share the same set of high-end hardware, which could make the 2016 Nexus handsets real flagship killers, and they’re expected to share the same design as well.

While we did see renders based on some of the recent leaks, actual photos of the smartphones were not featured in previous reports. However, that’s about to change, as a new image might show us one of the upcoming smartphones for the first time. More →

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Self-driving Cars Laws

Federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles due this summer

By on July 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles due this summer

There are two key elements required for a driverless car to operate. One is a robust software and hardware package that can safely steer a car in any traffic conditions and deliver the passengers to the destination without any input from the driver.

The second is a legal framework that would make AI-powered cars legal. After all, carmakers can simply launch entirely or partially autonomous cars whenever they feel like it, and there are many legal conundrums to address, especially since these self-driving cars will coexist with regular cars – that means accidents won’t go away for good anytime soon.

While Tesla, Google, and a myriad of other carmakers are working on driverless platforms, lawmakers are devising the federal guidelines this new type of transportation system will require. And the first set of rules is due this summer. More →

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Google Android VR Daydream

Forget Daydream, Google might be working on high-end mixed reality headset

By on July 18, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Forget Daydream, Google might be working on high-end mixed reality headset

Google wanted to create a high-end virtual reality headset to compete directly against HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus, but some sources say the company abandoned the plans to focus on creating more affordable mixed reality experiences that combine VR with AR, or augmented reality.

Or did it? Conflicting reports paint two different pictures of Google’s plans for the future of, uh, reality.  More →

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Android N Release Date

The final Android N preview is out, and it’s hiding a neat Easter Egg

By on July 18, 2016 at 3:50 PM.

The final Android N preview is out, and it’s hiding a neat Easter Egg

This is more or less what Android Nougat, the latest and greatest version of Android, is going to look like. Google released Developer Preview 5 earlier today, the final beta version of the software before the expected launch later this summer.

The latest version of the preview doesn’t bring too much by way of new features, but there are a handful of bug fixes, and also a cool Easter Egg for bored beta testers to play with.

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Google Nexus 2016 Marlin Sailfish Pictures

Google’s new Nexus phones may look unbelievably good

By on July 15, 2016 at 2:55 PM.

Google’s new Nexus phones may look unbelievably good

Google is expected to launch two new Nexus devices that will offer users a better experience than any other Nexus smartphone to date. Sure, they’re supposed to be better than last year’s smartphones because they’ll feature better hardware and run a brand new operating system out of the box.

But unlike previous Nexus handsets, the HTC-made Marlin and Sailfish are expected to be faster than same year Android flagships. Moreover, both devices are tipped to feature the same internal configuration, meaning that the smaller phone won’t be inferior when it comes to overall performance.

A concept video recreated using existing rumors and leaks shows us what we can expect from the Marlin and Sailfish’s design.

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Google EU Antitrust

The EU proves it doesn’t like Google, hits it with more antitrust charges

By on July 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

The EU proves it doesn’t like Google, hits it with more antitrust charges

It’s no secret that Google and the EU’s anti-competitive practices department have a rocky relationship. Google has been accused of abusing its monopoly power to keep competitors out of the business in the past, and now regulators are doubling down.

The European Commission today issued a “statement of objections” against Alphabet, Google’s parent company. The main complaint is the contract Google signs with third-party websites that use its advertising service, which forces websites to put Google’s ads front and center, and prevents them from using ads from non-Google services.

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Google Nexus 2016 Snapdragon 821

Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are probably going to be flagship killers

By on July 13, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are probably going to be flagship killers

Google is widely expected to launch two new Nexus smartphones in the coming months, and unlike last year, the 2016 HTC-made devices will be identical when it comes to hardware. What’s more interesting is that both Sailfish and Marlin should be faster than any of the existing flagship Android devices, which isn’t something you could always say about a Nexus-branded smartphone.

This year, however, the new Nexus handsets might be real flagship killers, to paraphrase the former motto of a certain smartphone maker, and could offer a better overall performance than the Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5, and most other 2016 flagships from competing phone makers.
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Google Play Family Library

Google Play Family Library lets you share movies, books, apps and more

By on July 12, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Google Play Family Library lets you share movies, books, apps and more

If you’re a member of an Android family, your life just got a whole lot easier. After unveiling the Family Library earlier this summer, Google officially launched the feature this week, allowing up to six family members to share a single Google account, including any movies, shows, books, apps or games on that account.

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Pokemon Go Google Account Security

Pokémon Go doesn’t actually have complete control over your Google account

By on July 12, 2016 at 11:24 AM.

Pokémon Go doesn’t actually have complete control over your Google account

Following a security scare regarding the access that Pokémon Go had to the Google accounts of its users, developer Niantic Labs has published an official response on its website, quelling the fears of trainers everywhere.

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Google Nexus 2016 Smartwatches

These might be Google’s first Nexus smartwatches

By on July 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

These might be Google’s first Nexus smartwatches

A few days ago, a report said that Google is working on two Nexus-branded smartwatches that will come with Google Assistant support. Google apparently needs such devices to highlight remind everyone that Android Wear exists, and it’s a viable platform for wearable devices. After all, it’s not like anyone else is building hot Android Wear gadgets, ready to take advantage of the next-gen features of the wearable platform. The previous report did not include images showing these purported Nexus smartwatches, but the source is back with renders showing the wrist gadgets. More →

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Pokemon Go Security Risk

PSA: Pokémon Go may have full access to your Google account

By on July 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM.

PSA: Pokémon Go may have full access to your Google account

You might want to think twice before you log back into Pokémon Go.

If you’ve spent any time with the app, you already know that you either have to log in with a Google account or a Pokémon Trainer Club account. Considering the Trainer Club is not currently accepting new applicants, chances are you went with your Google account. Here’s where things get dicey.

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Galaxy Note 7 Google Nexus 2016

Meet Snapdragon 821, the processor that will be inside 2017’s best Android phones

By on July 11, 2016 at 3:05 PM.

Meet Snapdragon 821, the processor that will be inside 2017’s best Android phones

We’ve got at least three hot Android smartphones launching in the coming months, including the new Galaxy Note 7 and two differently sized but otherwise similar 2016 Nexus handsets made by HTC. They might not be official just yet, but we pretty much know what to expect from both the Galaxy Note 7 and the new Nexus models. In fact, a series of rumors said these devices will all pack a new, supposedly better processor… and Qualcomm just made that particular processor official.

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