Wi-Fi Assistant

Google just made public Wi-Fi suck a little bit less

By on August 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Google just made public Wi-Fi suck a little bit less

Wi-Fi Assistant is a feature that Google has been offering to Project Fi users for a year. The optional setting will connect your device to over a million public Wi-Fi hotspots that Google has verified as being fast and reliable, giving you more seamless connections in places where the cell service is lacking.

Starting today, the option is rolling out to anyone using a Nexus device in the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries. For anyone eligible, this is an upgrade well worth taking.

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Google Nexus 2016 Marlin Sailfish Nougat 7.1

Google’s next-gen Nexus will come with new Nougat features that aren’t available yet

By on August 24, 2016 at 10:58 AM.

Google’s next-gen Nexus will come with new Nougat features that aren’t available yet

Google just released the Android 7.0 Nougat update but this year’s Nexus devices are yet to become official. Even if you don’t plan on buying an HTC Nexus model this year, you should still be excited about the phones because the two devices will run Android 7.1, a Nougat upgrade that will bring with it two exciting new features. More →

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Chrome Web Store Apps

The latest change in Google’s Chrome browser is infuriating, but we’ll show you how to undo it

By on August 23, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

The latest change in Google’s Chrome browser is infuriating, but we’ll show you how to undo it

Google’s Chrome web browser is a resource hog. Because of that, it’s also often a battery hog. It doesn’t have a few of the cool new features rival browsers have such as built-in free VPN, and it doesn’t look quite as sleek as other options out there like Safari. But Chrome is lightning-fast and its user interface is slick and minimalistic. It also offers fantastic tie-ins with other Google services and a catalog of third-party extensions that no other browser can touch. Those are just some of the reasons it’s the most popular web browser in the world, and why I have no plans to switch away from it despite the fact that one of Google’s changes in the latest Chrome update is driving me insane. More →

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Android Nougat Release Date

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, but when will your phone get it?

By on August 23, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, but when will your phone get it?

Android 7.0 Nougat is here! It’s finally here! But, well, not really…

Last year, Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow and as of Google’s latest Android version distribution numbers, it’s only installed on 15.2% of active Android devices. To quote a certain presidential candidate, sad! Despite the fact that Android update adoption continues to mosey along at a dreadfully slow pace, the company on Monday released yet another new version of Android.

If history has taught us anything — and it has — Android Nougat will become the most popular version of Android sometime in 2018. But don’t worry, because you likely won’t have to wait quite that long to get it on your Android smartphone. More →

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Google Nexus 2016 Storage

Google’s new Nexus phones might have an Android Nougat feature no other devices get

By on August 23, 2016 at 1:49 PM.

Google’s new Nexus phones might have an Android Nougat feature no other devices get

Google is expected to unveil two new Nexus devices this year, both made by HTC with similar high-end designs and flagship hardware. The phones will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, meaning buyers will get to experience all the cool features in the new Android OS, including one cool feature that’s not available on any other Nexus handsets. However, it might not actually be a feature you want. More →

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Android Nougat Features

5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat

5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat

By on August 23, 2016 at 9:58 AM.

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here! Well, sort of… Nougat has indeed finally been released to the public, but it’s only available on a handful of Google’s Nexus-branded devices. If you own anything else — and odds are very good that you do — you’re in for a bit of a wait before an Android 7.0 update is made available for your smartphone. Owners of the latest and greatest flagships can likely expect an update to roll out sometime in the next few months, maybe even before the New Year rolls around if you’re lucky.

The good news, Android fans, is that Android 7.0 Nougat is worth the wait. It might not seem like the new update has much flash and flair on its surface, but the truth is that Android N is a massive update packed full of terrific new features. In this post, we’ll cover the five best additions to Google’s brand new version of Android. More →

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Android 7.0 Nougat Download Install

How to install Nougat on your Nexus right now without waiting

By on August 23, 2016 at 9:06 AM.

How to install Nougat on your Nexus right now without waiting

You’ve been waiting for it, and Google finally delivered it: Android 7.0 Nougat is here, which means you can install the first stable release version on your Nexus device, provided it’s still supported. We already told you how to do it, but what if the update isn’t available for you yet as an OTA download? There are things you can do to grab the download right away, rather than waiting for Google to push it out to your device. More →

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Free Uber Self-Driving Rides

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

By on August 18, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick infamously said in mid-2014 during an interview. The statement may have seemed overly insensitive for that other dude in the car that made Uber a hit service. But Kalanick was also right. And it looks like Uber will be the first company in the world that will make self-driving rides available to the public. They’ll be available in Pittsburgh this summer, and they’ll be free of charge. Oh, and to make it all happen, Uber is putting two other dudes in the car with you. More →

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Google Nexus 2016: Marlin vs. Galaxy Note 7

Brand new leak says Google phone will be as powerful as top Android flagships

By on August 17, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Brand new leak says Google phone will be as powerful as top Android flagships

Google is expected to release two new Android phones in the coming weeks. Most reports refer to them as 2016 Nexus devices, while a fresh rumor claims Google will go for Google branding instead. The company is supposedly looking to better position its devices to fight against the iPhone, and the rumored device will have high-end specs and high-quality design. A brand new leak indicates that the phones will indeed have top hardware, matching the specs of some of the hottest smartphones out there, including the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 series.
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Google Nexus vs. Google Phone: Release Date

Google will fight the iPhone 7 with phones of its own, but don’t call them Nexuses

By on August 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM.

Google will fight the iPhone 7 with phones of its own, but don’t call them Nexuses

The iPhone 7 isn’t the only hot new smartphone coming to town this year. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Google has two new HTC-made smartphones in the pipeline and they’re rumored to launch in early October. But a new report says that rather than including them in the Nexus family, Google will do something entirely different: It’ll launch its first ever Google-branded smartphones this year.

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Google Duo iPhone Android

Google’s FaceTime killer ‘Duo’ is now available for iPhone and Android

By on August 16, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Google’s FaceTime killer ‘Duo’ is now available for iPhone and Android

Google unveiled two new communications apps at Google I/O this year, including messaging app Allo and video calling app Duo. The apps can be seen as great alternatives to Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, respectively, as they’ll also going to work on iPhone, not just Android.

Meanwhile, Google finally released one of them, Duo, which is available for download right away from the App Store and the Google Play store. More →

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Google Nexus 2016 HTC

HTC documents confirm new Nexus devices coming for Google

By on August 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

HTC documents confirm new Nexus devices coming for Google

No, HTC did not come out with any official announcement that would prove what all Nexus rumors say – that HTC is making the Sailfish and Marlin for Google. However, official HTC documents spotted at the FCC are very clear. The struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker has been working on Nexus-branded devices for Google. More →

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