Tom Rodman

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Google Pay Send v22 rolls out with branding changes and enables payment reminders [APK Download]

Article Contents<p>1 What's New<p>1.1 Google Pay rebranding<br>• 1.2 Reminders<br>• 1.3 Notification channel<p>2 Download<p>If you were around for yesterday's activities, …

Apps

Google is improving Progressive Web Apps on Chrome and Chrome OS

Near the end of last year, Google told developers that it was working to phase out apps in the Chrome Web Store, in favor of platform-independent …

Software

Google launches Android Enterprise Recommended program

+1<p>Tweet<p>Share<p>Share<p>Stumble<p>Pin<p>While there are more than a few Android smartphones that are suitable for business use due to extra security features or …

Mobile Technology

Google launches enterprise Android device recommendation program, omits Samsung

Google's Android Enterprise Recommended program includes a big chunk of the Android device field, but omits Samsung. Here's a look at Google's …

Android News

YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too

In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. And while both have made efforts recently to stem the spread of misinformation on their platforms, they've each had some major missteps.<p>YouTube is …

Internet

Google Looks To Be Heavily Investing In PWAs For Chromebooks

The death of the packaged Chrome OS app felt like quite the blow back in August of 2016. Since that time, Chrome Apps have gone away on all platforms …

Web Development

How Google Travel Is Changing the Game with Google Flights, Google Trips, and More

Eight years ago, Google took a major step into the travel space by acquiring ITA Matrix Software, a travel industry software company best known for its Matrix flight search. After using that acquisition to launch Google Flights, the company has continued expanding into increasingly varied sections …

Maps

Google To Port All Old Search Console Features To New Version

On a daily basis I see complaints around the new beta Search Console which began rolling out recently about how it is missing many of the features …

Google+

Google's Reply app is shaping up to be the messaging assistant of my dreams

Last week, we heard that Google was working on Reply, an AI-powered app that lets you reply to texts from various messaging apps by tapping on contextually meaningful replies right in your notifications. I just sideloaded a beta version of it earlier today, and it already looks pretty promising as …

Apps

Hands-on: Google's 'Reply' gives other apps concise Smart Replies - when it isn't throwing shade

Around a week ago we heard that Google was going to test a new app called Reply, which allegedly ports Allo's Smart Reply functionality over to a …

Apps

New and expanding locations across America

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Hands on: Google’s ‘Reply’ app uses AI for quick responses and automatic replies in your notifications [Video]

We all get a ton of notifications every day, and a vast majority of them come from messaging apps. In the past year or so, Google has made strides in making it easier to reply to emails with “Smart Replies,” and made that same tech available to the likes of Android Messages. Now, after being …

Apps

Reply, Area 120’s smart quick response application, is available to download

Earlier this month, Area 120, Google’s in-house incubator, sent out an email asking for beta testers for a new app called ‘Reply.’ Now, just a week later, the smart quick response app’s APK has leaked online for all to enjoy…<p>When we first got wind of Reply it appeared as though it was primarily to …

Apps

Gboard v7.0 adds email auto-completion, Chinese and Korean language support, universal media search, and more [APK Download]

Article Contents<p>1 What's New<p>1.1 Email auto-complete<br>• 1.2 Chinese and Korean<br>• 1.3 Enhancements to language and keyboard management<br>• 1.4 Universal media …

Google

Google Pay v1.53 rolls out major redesign, prepares transit tickets and custom card art [APK Teardown]

Article Contents<p>1 What's New<p>2 Teardown<p>2.1 Tickets and passes (Transit, for now)<br>• 2.2 Custom card art<p>3 Download<p>Google announced earlier today that it's …

Google

Google is tempting Italian university students with cryptocurrency lectures

Google has cooked up an interesting new strategy to lure talent in to its university recruitment events: talking to students about cryptocurrency and blockchain.<p>The search engine titan will be hosting a talk on the “Fundamentals and Some Recent Innovations in Crypto-Currencies” at the Polytechnic …

Cryptocurrency

Google's Gboard can now search emoji, stickers and GIFs at once

Gboard is making it easier to look for the perfect emoji, sticker and GIF in one go -- at least for beta testers on Android. As <i>9to5google</i> reports, the keyboard's latest beta update adds a "Search all media" option that surfaces all the results it has on offer that corresponds to your query. So, if …

Google

Android Wear will add support for an unread notification indicator in v2.9

We haven’t seen any meaningful development on Android Wear in ages, but Google is still giving its users attention with new features added now and again. Recently, Google revealed that it is bringing support for an unread notification indicator.<p>Android Wear v2.9 doesn’t change a ton when it comes …

Android News

If you're not using night mode on Google Home, you're doing it wrong

When you think of "night mode" on a device, you think of a dimmed screen and muted notifications. I'd never really thought about it on something that …

Death Metal

Second Google Home visualization shows up: get multiple YouTube video results on your Chromecast

Back at I/O 2017, we were promised visual responses from Google Home on a Chromecast and we've been waiting for months for them to show up. A few …

Google

Google Home v1.27 includes several cosmetic changes and shortcuts, smaller APK, and hints at new devices and reversible controls [APK Teardown]

Article Contents<p>1 What's New<p>1.1 Smaller APK<br>• 1.2 Shopping List dropped from nav drawer<br>• 1.3 Redesign of default output devices<br>• 1.4 Voice Match in Device …

Google

Google Home Max’s silicon pad is also leaving marks on wood, in at least one case

Last week, customers who purchased Apple’s HomePod were rightfully upset to find out that the speaker’s silicon feet left white marks on wood surfaces. Now, it looks like there’s at least one case of the Home Max’s silicon pad leaving a similar mark…<p>The folks over at <i>Tom’s Guide</i> did an extensive …

Woodworking

Google exposes security flaw in Microsoft Edge, no ETA on patch 90 days after discovery

Google has discovered security flaws in competitors products several times in the past, and those discoveries have become the source of some friction. In recent years, that’s included Microsoft, and now Google has discovered yet another issue.<p>Apparently, Google discovered a security flaw in …

Microsoft Edge

How these Olympians ended up at Google

SAN FRANCISCO—The Silicon Valley set is a notoriously eclectic bunch, so it may come as no surprise that among the ranks of techies are a number of former Olympians. But for some of these elite athletes, scoring a job at Google required almost as much training as winning a much-coveted …

Figure Skating

Google's latest beta hints at what should be a key Android P feature

I don't know about you, but oftentimes, I find the headlining features of a new OS release have less impact on my day-to-day life than the random …

Android News

Android Pay bites the dust as Google Pay rollout begins w/ new app design, ‘Google Pay Send’ replaces Google Wallet

Following the debut of its Pixel lineup, Google has really started to place more emphasis on its own name in branding. Recently, the company announced that it would be merging its payment options under the same roof with “Google Pay,” and that officially starts today.<p>We’ve seen little tidbits of …

Android Pay

Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to …

Google Pay

YouTube Outlines New Official Punishments For 'Egregious Cases'

After mounting pressure from the public, advertisers and its users, YouTube has formally announced new punishments that go beyond their existing community and copyright policies. In a Creator Blog announcement titled ‘Preventing Harm to the Broader YouTube Community‘, Vice President of Product …

Internet

Google is testing a splitscreen view for Android apps on Chromebooks

The latest update to Chrome OS' Canary test channel should make multitasking on a Chromebook easier. Now, in addition to split-screening two native Chrome OS apps on your machine, you can run a Chrome OS app and an Android app side-by-side or two Android apps. It should be mentioned that Canary is …

Google

Chrome cleans up messy URLs when you share from your phone

Google keeps making the web easier to use with its Chrome browser, from filtering ads on the desktop to getting rid of pop-ups and redirects on Android. The company just made sharing messy URLs nicer, too, thanks to the latest version of Chrome on mobile, v64. Now when you grab a long, complicated …

AOL