Google Maps Wi-Fi Only

Google Maps is getting the visual makeover you’ve been waiting for

By on July 26, 2016 at 10:59 AM.

Google Maps is getting the visual makeover you’ve been waiting for

Google about to roll out a cleaner look for Google Maps across desktop, Android and iOS devices – that much Google has already confirmed. But what might be more exciting for Google Maps fans is a new Wi-Fi only mode feature that’s supposed to cut down the use of cellular data.

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Android Features iOS Doesn't Have

As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature

As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature

By on July 26, 2016 at 10:07 AM.

Apple’s iPhone has been my main cell phone ever since just after the first model was released back in 2007. To be honest, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. While it was a bit rough around the edges in the early days, Android has grown into a refined and stable mobile platform. It also continues to be more versatile than iOS will ever be, and Android phone makers have come out with some gorgeous hardware that matches or even bests Apple’s iPhones in many ways. But iOS still offers a user experience and a third-party app ecosystem that are both vastly superior to Android in my opinion, and the hardware isn’t half bad either — especially with the new and improved iPhone 7 on the horizon.

That said, there are still plenty of Android features that make me jealous, and that rings especially true for the newest Android feature Google just introduced. More →

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Google Nexus 2016 HTC Sailfish Specs

Latest leak confirms key details surrounding Google’s next-gen Nexus phones

By on July 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Latest leak confirms key details surrounding Google’s next-gen Nexus phones

It was a few months ago that we first heard that HTC might make not one but two 2016 Nexus devices from Google. More rumors emerged since then, including a few reports from trustworthy sources, providing design details and specs list for the HTC Sailfish and Marlin, the upcoming 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch new Nexus devices. A fresh leak seems to confirm some of these reports, indicating that the Sailfish will have the high-end specs you expect. More →

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Android 7.0 Nougat Allo Duo

This is how Google might fix its messaging system

By on July 22, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

This is how Google might fix its messaging system

You might not remember them if you don’t follow Android news closely, but Allo and Duo are Google’s latest messaging and video chatting apps. Introduced at Google I/O in May, the two apps are supposed to launch at some point in the future, and they’ll be available on Android and iPhone. Google did not fully explain what’s in store for the Android versions of the apps, but an alleged beta tester revealed on Reddit how these apps should work inside Android 7.0 Nougat. More →

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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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