Google I/O

‘Pay with Google’ arrives to speed up checkout

No more laborious forms<p>Today Google is making good on its May promise to ease the purchasing process on Android devices with the launch of Pay with Google. Now you simply choose the preferred credit or debit card you gave Google when setting up products like Google Play, YouTube, Chrome, or Android …

Google

Pay with Google connects your online purchases right to your Google account

The service is rolling out now with promising merchant support.<p>It's hard to believe that Google I/O was already more than four months ago, but time …

Android News

Google now lets you try out apps before downloading them in the Play Store

An unexpected, but welcome, move.<p>Back at Google I/O 2016, Google announced something called "Android Instant Apps." Android Instant Apps is a system …

Android News

Google announces 'Instant Apps' availability on the Play Store, improved developer console and new homepage for games

The <b>Google Play Playtime event</b> has kicked off in Berlin and San Francisco, and the first major announcement at the event is the fact that Instant Apps …

Google

Google brings Instant Apps to the Play Store

Back at Google I/O 2016, Google introduced Instant Apps, a feature that allows Android users to try out select apps without first installing them. …

Google

Google brings select Android Instant Apps to the Play Store

Today, Google announced some changes to its Google Play Store. The biggest of which will add a new method for people to try apps without going through the process of installing them first. The new feature leverages Google’s Android Instant Apps functionality that was introduced last year.<p>Editor's …

Google

Samsung Leads Developer Conference With Voice Assistant Bixby 2.0

Samsung is taking another shot at AI.<p>When the company’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8, was introduced several months back, Samsung’s voice …

Automation

What’s keeping Xiaomi from the US?

Xiaomi is a fun company. Its phones are great to play with. They’re powerful, innovative, and for the most part, cheap. My biggest problem with their phones is that I can’t get them; they’re not available in the United States.<p>Xiaomi is a China-first affair, with precious few exceptions. Despite …

Set-Top Boxes

Kotlin Expected to Surpass Java as Android Default Programming Language for Apps

A new report released earlier this week estimates that Kotlin will surpass Java as the primary programming language used for Android apps by December …

Programming

Project Treble in Action: Google Pixel 2’s Graphics Drivers come Pre-Installed as an App

One of the biggest new Android-related features announced this year wasn’t even announced at one of Google’s traditional hardware or software events. …

Google

Facebook launches lower-cost VR headset

Facebook has shown off a new low-cost virtual reality headset, Oculus Go, as it tries to broaden the appeal of VR to the mass market. However, the …

Virtual Reality

Google is adding Duo video calling to the dialer and SMS app of Pixel, Android One phones

A step in the right direction for seamless video calling.<p>Remember Google Duo? That's the company's person-to-person mobile video calling solution, …

Android News

Google CEO: 'The bigger you are, the more you may be at a disadvantage'

Google's CEO is well aware that being one of the world's biggest companies makes it a take-down target.<p>"You always think there is someone in the …

Google

Kotlin's killin' Java among Android devs

By the end of 2018, says Realm, Kotlin will overtake Java for Android appsJava on Android is dying, and before long will be dominated by Kotlin, or …

Programming

What the Heck Is Google's Plan for Android Wear?

Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You’ll see beautiful photos of every product announced yesterday, and if you click on the …

Google

Apple Trumps Android in OS Upgrades: Edison | Investopedia

The low number of installations of Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOG) new Android operating system, 8.9 Oreo, compared to Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) new iOS 11, …

Android Oreo

Google is giving Pixel owners a preview of Lens

Google today gave us a peek behind the curtain of “Lens,” the new image recognition AI inside the Pixel 2.<p>Lens uses sophisticated image recognition and tools like Google Translate to interpret what it sees into meaningful data for the user. When you use Google Lens — which they referred to as …

Google

Google had more female presenters at this year's Pixel event

There were noticeably more women on stage during the company's Wednesday product launch.<p>If you watched Google's Pixel 2 event, you may have noticed something other than just the launch of several new gadgets: the presence of more female presenters.<p>Four, to be exact.<p>That's not to say the bar was set …

Google

Google debuts the updated Daydream View VR headset

Google today announced its updated VR headset, the Daydream View.<p>The Daydream works with the new Google Pixel 2, using the phone’s front-facing stereo speakers and powerful cameras. It also has high-performance lenses and a wider field of view.<p>The new Daydream is coming with 250 VR titles, and will …

Virtual Reality

Google takes on Amazon with 2 new smart home speakers

Google now has not one but two new entrants to its smart home speaker family. If you want music and Google smarts in your living room, you can soon …

Gear & Gadgets

Google's AI still isn't smarter than a first grader

Measuring Intelligence<p>Apple fans who make use of the iPhone’s famous virtual assistant, Siri, were probably elated to hear a more human-sounding …

Artificial Intelligence

Pixel 2: 5-inch display, front-facing speakers, Oreo, and massive bezels for $649

After a few weeks of rumors and leaks, Google has announced the Pixel 2 family. Last year’s Pixel family brought us two nearly identical phones in different sizes, but this time around there are some pretty stark differences between the two. While the Pixel 2 XL certainly seems like it’ll be the …

Tablets

Pixel 2, XL hands-on: Squeezable sides and a souped-up camera

Google's next-gen Pixels are here, with a single rear camera and no headphone jack.<p>Google's new Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are ready to square off against the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30.<p>The smaller-sized Pixel 2 has a 5-inch OLED screen, while the larger Pixel 2 XL …

Technology

Google, Facebook and Twitter spent millions lobbying congress this past quarter

Some of the biggest names in technology have been lavishing millions on Congress during the third quarter, according to government documents — at a …

Federal Election Commission

Apple: So Much Better Than Google, But You Shouldn’t Buy Either

New operating systems from both Apple (AAPL), iOS11, and Google's (GOOGL) Android, 8.9 Oreo, have been available for a few weeks, and according to …

Android Oreo

[Update: More details] Google Home can now use your own phone number for calls

• Update 1: 2017/10/04 11:55am PDT A Google support page has gone live, explaining the process for setting this up. Once you enter the phone number you …

Android News

Google Announces New Android Wear Beta

Google has announced a new Android Wear beta, the software is based on the latest release of Android, Android 8.0 Oreo.<p>The new Android Wear beta will …

Google

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News (U.S.)

Google launches beta of next Android Wear update

At Google I/O 2017, the company announced that it would be rolling out an update to Android Wear this fall. Now that the season is upon us, Google …

Android News

Google's A.I. has nearly twice the IQ of Siri, study says — but a six-year-old child is smarter than both

Google's artificial intelligence technology has a considerably higher I.Q. than Apple's Siri virtual assistant, according to a new academic paper …

Artificial Intelligence