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Google Maps Now Shows Which Locations Are Accessible By Wheelchair: Feature Is Still Incomplete, But Very Much Welcome

Google Maps has a new feature that displays information on whether a location is accessible by wheelchair. The feature is the latest product of Google's famous '20 percent time' policy.

Google December 19, 2016

Google Home Gets New Tricks And You Can Even Order Pizza Now

Google Home got a slew of new conversation actions, allowing users to accomplish more by conversing with the smart speaker. Users can now order pizza, get the latest news, search WebMD, play trivia, get recipes and more.

Google December 17, 2016

Google To Hand Out Free Pixel: Smartphone? Nope. Holiday Sweater? Yes

Google has opened a Made by Google store in New York where a Pixel sweater workshop is on display. If you show up from Dec. 17 to 23, you will get a chance to have a Pixel-sized sweater, a human-sized version of it, a Pixel phone or all of these for free.

Google December 17, 2016

Powerball, Donald Trump And 'Pokémon GO' Are What People Searched For Most In 2016, Google Reveals

Google released its Year in Search 2016 stats, showing the top trending searches of the year. In the United States, Powerball, Donald Trump and 'Pokémon GO' led the charge, but we've also had interesting searches on slime, snow cream and more.

Google December 14, 2016

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4 Adds Single Sign-On, In-App Billing And Reinstates Wear 1.0 Functions

Google released the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4, adding new features such as single sign-on and in-app billing. At the same time, the latest beta also reinstates features from earlier versions of the platform, based on developer feedback.

Google December 14, 2016

Google Wants iPhone Users To Switch To Pixel Or Any Other Android As Drive For iOS Gets Update

Google updates Drive for iOS to get more iPhone users to make the big OS switch to Pixel, Pixel XL, or any other Android device.

Google December 13, 2016

Google's Self-Driving Car Project Becomes Stand-Alone Unit, Gets New Name: Meet Waymo

Alphabet announced that its self-driving car will now have its own standalone business unit, graduating from the so-called Google X, the super secret research and development unit based a few miles away from Google's Mountain View headquarters.

Google December 13, 2016

Google Store Drops Google Pixel C Prices: $100 Off Tablet, $50 Discount On Pixel C Keyboard

Google has slashed the prices of its Pixel C Tablet and Keyboard, offering notable discounts for a limited time only. The slate is now $100 off, while the Pixel C Keyboard is $50 off.

Google December 13, 2016

Pixel XL Stock Refilled At Google Store: Order One Now Before They Run Out Again

Stocks of the Pixel XL smartphone have been refilled at the Google Store. Customers who are thinking about purchasing the larger variant of the Pixel might want to place their orders now before the device is sold out once again.

Google December 13, 2016

Alphabet Lowers Goals For Google Self-Driving Car Project: Plan For No Steering Wheels And Pedals In Vehicles Put On Hold

Alphabet is lowering its goals for Google's self-driving car project, according to a report from The Information. The team is said to be dropping its plan of developing fully self-driving vehicles that will not come with steering wheels and pedals.

Google December 13, 2016

This Redditor Was Able To Get Google's Daydream VR Platform Working On His Nexus 5X: Here's How He Did It

Redditor CharaNalaar was able to get the Daydream VR platform running on his Nexus 5X through a relatively simple process. It looks like the same method can be applied to all Android 7.0 Nougat smartphones, but should you do it?

Google December 13, 2016

Gboard Comes To Android, Takes Place Of Google Keyboard: Here's What's New

The new Gboard keyboard is set to replace the default keyboard in stock Android OS. It not only allows easier and faster typing, but it also integrates Google Search so information can be pulled from the web without leaving an app to open the dedicated Search app.

Google December 12, 2016

Google Home Starts Getting Netflix, Photos Integration: How To Check If You Can Link Your Accounts

Netflix and Photos are now integrated into the Google Home platform and can be enabled through the Google Home app settings. Netflix content, however, are still not playable despite a successful linking process.

Google December 12, 2016

Google Home Now Open To Developers: More Conversation Actions For Assistant Soon

Google Home begins its campaign against Amazon's Alexa with an invitation for developers to begin creating 'conversation actions.' These are claimed to be more sophisticated alternative to Alexa skills as they allow users to converse with bots when accessing a service.

Google December 9, 2016

Google Puts Fake iPhone 8 And Samsung Galaxy S8 News At The Top Of Its Search Results

Searching for 'iPhone 8 price' or 'Galaxy S8 price' on Google yields convincing top results with one major issue: they're fake. Presented in a specially formatted table and seemingly legitimate, the top results are as bogus as they come.

Google December 8, 2016

Google Play Movies & TV Now Offers 4K Content For Sale Or Rent

You can now purchase 4K videos at Google Play Movies & TV if you live in the United States or Canada. You will be able to enjoy more than 125 movies but only if you presently satisfy specific system requirements.

Google December 7, 2016

Google App Update Splits It In Two: 'Feed' And 'Upcoming' Sections

Google app has been refreshed with new features to push it further into your life. It becomes more useful by displaying personal content pulled from other Google services separate from the news feed.

Google December 7, 2016

Google Wifi Review Roundup: Does It Really Eliminate Wi-Fi Dead Zones In Homes?

Google started shipping the Google Wifi mesh router along with a promise that it can eliminate any dead spot at home. As the product got subjected to actual performance and endurance tests, did it live up to the hype?

Google December 6, 2016

Google Going Green To Fight Climate Change: Powering Data Centers With 100 Percent Renewable Energy In 2017

Google plans to go greener in 2017, aiming to fight climate change by using clean energy to power its data centers and offices worldwide. Google pledged to fuel its global operations on 100 percent renewable energy.

Google December 6, 2016

Google Trusted Contacts Safety App Lets You Share Your Location And Track Loved Ones In An Emergency

Google has released a new safety app called Trusted Contacts, allowing users to share their location or track their loved ones in case of an emergency. The app is easy to use and works even if the phone you're trying to reach is offline.

Google December 5, 2016

Google Pixel Really Blue Model Now Available Again Via Google Store

The Google Store has the 5-inch Google Pixel smartphone's Really Blue color back in stock again after the limited edition hue was sold out within hours of being made available. The 32 GB Google Pixel in Really Blue is now available for purchase for $649.

Google December 5, 2016

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Stable Version Starts Rolling Out Early: Here's A List Of Devices That Will Be Getting The Update Very Soon

The stable version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat was expected to launch on Dec. 6. It seems that the operating system update has started rolling out early, with smartphones under Google's Android One project already receiving the upgrade.

Google December 5, 2016

Google Pixel Camera Issues: Google Is Aware Of The Problem And Is Working On A Fix

Google Pixel owners have been experiencing camera freezing issues, as well as pink and purple lines on images. Google is reportedly aware of the issues and is 'actively working' on a fix.

Google December 2, 2016

Google's Daydream View VR Headsets Now Up For Preorder In Crimson And Snow Color Options

Google adds two new colors to the Daydream View VR several weeks after the standard Slate's rollout. The device itself is still 'dumb,' which means it has no electronics component except for the NFC chip.

Google December 3, 2016

Android Auto Gets 'OK Google' Support: Hands-Free Voice Option Finally Coming

Google dropped the OK Google voice command feature on Android Auto without any fan fare. A Reddit user was able to spot the hotword support in his dashboard after updating the driving app to its latest version.

Google December 2, 2016

Santa Tracker 2016: Santa Village Goes Live With Neat Redesign And Pokémon Go-Like 'Present Quest'

Google's Santa Tracker is right on track, and on Dec. 1, the Santa Village goes live with a slew of fun games to count down the days until Christmas. A new 'Present Quest' feature brings Pokémon GO-like action, but there are plenty of other games if you don't want to brave the cold weather.

Google December 1, 2016

Google Pixel And Pixel XL On Verizon Shipping Date Pushed Back To 2017

Google Pixel XL orders placed today will now have a January 2017 shipping date. While the delay is attributed to high demand, some are citing the weakness in Google's distribution system, which also manifested during the sale of its old Nexus line.

Google November 30, 2016

Google Pixel Issue: Users Report Seeing Bugs On Screenshots Sent From iPhones

Google Pixel users who have upgraded their devices to Android 7.1 are getting distorted screenshots sent from iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. No one one knows why this is happening as Google and Apple have not released any statement about the issue yet.

Google November 28, 2016

Google Stripping Away 'Cast' Branding To Help Users Identify The Technology More Easily

Google is bringing back the Chromecast branding to the Chromecast ecosystem. Recently, the streaming media platform has been renamed to Google Cast for improved branding purposes.

Google November 24, 2016

Google Pixel Update Brings Double-Tap And Raise-To-Wake Moves To The Mix

A new update now equips Google Pixel and Pixel XL with double-tap and raise-to-wake features. It is currently only available to Canadian users but there is a way to get it if one lives elsewhere.

Google November 23, 2016

Google Maps To Show How Busy An Area Is In Real-Time

Google introduced its 'Popular Times' feature for Google Maps last year, letting users know how busy places typically are at different times. A recent update of Google Maps now updates users with real-time data on how busy an area is.

Google November 24, 2016

Google Maps Can Now Help You Steer Clear Of Black Friday Mobs Via Popular Times

Google has introduced a very important feature to Google Maps in time for Black Friday and Thanksgiving. It is going to let you know how many people are in one place and how long they are staying there so you can plan the best time to go or avoid it entirely.

Google November 22, 2016

Google Pixel Sound And Vision Explained: How The Phone By Google Delivers A 'Confidently Minimal Experience'

In the Pixel smartphones, Google aims to deliver simplicity and quality that also reflect Google's values. The implementation of user experience has been complemented by elements that establish the Pixel identity.

Google November 21, 2016

Here's How To Fix The Google Pixel And Pixel XL Lens Flare Issue

Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners have recently reported extreme lens flaring in the pictures that they take. Here are some methods that users can try to avoid experiencing the problem.

Google November 19, 2016

Google Suspended Then Restored Pixel Resellers' Accounts: How To Download Your Google Data Via Takeout In Case You Get Banned

Can you imagine a world without Google services? If you can't, here's a detailed guide on how to back up your data with Google Takeout, in case Google includes you in its recent account suspension spree.

Google November 19, 2016

Google Play Starts Adding 4K Movies But Those Extra Pixels Won't Come Cheap

Google has quietly started adding 4K movies to Google Play, but some titles cost nearly double their HD versions. The rollout is not official yet, but some titles are reportedly up for grabs already.

Google November 19, 2016

Google Blocks Pixel Resellers From Email, Photo And Document Services: 'Digital Death Penalty' Hits More Than 200 People

Pixel resellers have been blocked from Google's services for violating the terms of service of the company. More than 200 users were initially banned, but Google is now 'restoring access to genuine accounts.'

Google November 17, 2016

Google Allo Ups Emoji Game: Update Brings Smart Emoji Button, Fantastic Beasts Stickers And Chat Themes

Google has added a new update to Allo, its smart messaging app for Android and iOS. Users can now enjoy a smart emoji button that offers emoji and sticker predictions, as well as new chat themes to spice things up.

Google November 16, 2016

Google 'Quick, Draw!' Game Shows The Power Of Neural Networks: AI Can Guess What You Doodle

Google has released several AI experiments that users can try out online, one of which is the game 'Quick, Draw!' The game allows players to teach a neural network on recognizing images and see how it learns.

Google November 17, 2016

Google Translate Gets Neural Machine Translation To Deliver More Natural Answers

Google is introducing Neural Machine Translation (NMT) to Google Translate, improving its translation system with end-to-end learning. The NMT will initially be available on 8 languages but Google wants all 103 languages to support it in the future.

Google November 16, 2016

Google Taps Former Snapchat Research Chief, Stanford University AI Lab Director To Head Machine Learning Unit Of Cloud Business

Google believes that artificial intelligence will propel its cloud services into a lucrative business. To achieve it, it has hired two AI researchers, Fei-Fei Li and Jia Li to helm the machine learning unit of its Google Cloud platform.

Google November 15, 2016

Google Wifi Preorders Now Open: $129, Shipping In December

Google has finally started taking preorders for its powerful Google Wifi router, with shipping set for next month. A single Google Wifi costs $129, but you can also get a three-pack at an attractive price to cover a larger surface.

Google November 16, 2016

Google Launches PhotoScan App To Easily Digitize Old Photos: Features, Tradeoffs And How It Works [Video]

Google launched a new Android and iOS app called PhotoScan, aiming to digitize old photo prints with ease, without buying a scanner. The app comes from the same team behind Google Photos, so here's what it has to offer.

Google November 15, 2016

Google Pixel Hacked In Under 60 Seconds: Is Your Smartphone Safe From The Exploit?

A team of Chinese hackers were able to hack the Google Pixel in less than 60 seconds, allowing them access to remote code execution. Are owners of the smartphone safe from the exploit?

Google November 13, 2016

128 GB Google Pixel XL On Verizon Gets Delayed: Shipping Date Now Moved To Nov. 26

After delaying the rollout of the 128 GB Google Pixel XL to its retail stores, Verizon is also extending delivery schedules for preordered devices. Consumers are now being asked to wait as much as two more weeks.

Google November 12, 2016

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