Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Scanner Slower After Android 8.1 Update? Here's A Workaround While Google Investigates

Some Pixel 2 XL owners reported that their smartphone's fingerprint scanner takes longer to respond after installing the Android 8.1 update. Google is looking into the matter, but there's a workaround that should fix things in the meantime.

Google December 18, 2017

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Now Sold At Up To $75 Discount: Is It The Best Time To Buy?

The Google Store is offering up to $75 discounts for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This is perfect for customers who have been thinking about buying Google's smartphones, but they should also know the issues surrounding the devices.

Google December 17, 2017

Autoplay Videos Not Your Thing? You Can Mute Them On The Google Chrome Beta: Here's How

Google is cracking down on unwanted contents that pester users of the Chrome web browser. By January 2018, irritating autoplay videos will inch closer to extinction.

Google December 16, 2017

RIP, Project Tango: Google To Shut Down AR Tech In Favor Of ARCore

It's official: Project Tango is shutting down on March 1. Google is putting an end to the old AR technology to focus efforts on the new ARCore.

Google December 16, 2017

Google X To Bring Rural India Online Via FSOC Light Beams

Google's X plans to bring parts of rural India online via FSOC light beams, starting in 2018. The company already teamed up with a telecom operator in Andhra Pradesh and has big plans for the region.

Google December 17, 2017

Google Assistant Availability Expands To Smartphones And Tablets On Older Android Versions

Google Assistant is rolling out to tablets on Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow and smartphones on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, about 20 percent of Android users will still not be able to use Google's digital assistant.

Google December 13, 2017

Google Year In Search: Here's What People Most Googled In 2017

Google's 2017 Year in Search revealed the most prominent searches of the year and it has been a tough one. However, people searched for 'how to help' more than ever.

Google December 13, 2017

Google's 'Appsperiments' Take Smartphone Photography To The Next Level

Google released a trio of 'appsperiments' that'll let users have more fun with their photos and videos. These experimental apps are Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies.

Google December 12, 2017

Pixel, Pixel 2 Owners Get 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things' AR Stickers

'Star Wars' characters and the 'Stranger Things' kids are making their way to the Pixel and Pixel 2 in the form of augmented reality stickers. This is all made possible by Google's AR Stickers app.

Google December 12, 2017

Google Project Zero To Unleash iPhone Exploit That Will Enable iOS 11 Jailbreak

Google Project Zero's Ian Beer will soon release an iOS 11.1.2 exploit that will enable the fabled iOS 11 jailbreak. There is a high chance that an iPhone X jailbreak will arrive soon.

Google December 9, 2017

New Google Search Feature Has Celebs Answering Your Burning Questions

Celebrities will now answer your questions about them directly on Google mobile search. Can Will Ferrell really play the drums? Just ask Google and Ferrell himself will answer.

Google December 8, 2017

Google's New Android Oreo Go Will Work Even On Low-End Phones

Google has a new OS version called Android Oreo Go, specifically designed to play nice with low-end devices. It will work even on handsets with 512MB of RAM and will offer special features to enhance the overall experience.

Google December 5, 2017

Get $300 Off The Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL From Verizon

Verizon is offering both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for $300 less than their original retail prices. However, you’ll be required to stick with Verizon for two years.

Google December 2, 2017

Google Trains Home How To Multitask, Teaches Assistant How To Contact Local Home Services

Google Assistant just keeps getting better by the day. On Home, the virtual assistant can now take two commands at a time, and on every platform, it can connect you with local home service providers, such as plumbers and electricians.

Google December 1, 2017

New Google App Helps Monitor Your Data Usage: Meet Datally

Google just released a data-saving app called Datally, which has been tested since this summer. Basically, the app helps users find ways to cut down on their mobile data usage as much as possible.

Google November 30, 2017

You Can Call Santa On Your Google Home: Here's What Happens When You Do

Thanks to Google Assistant, you can fire up your Google Home and call Santa Claus. St. Nick will even play you and your kids some holiday songs and make the magic of Christmas even more amazing.

Google November 29, 2017

Google Clears Up The Cheeseburger Emoji Debate And Then Some With Android 8.1 Oreo

Google has concluded the big cheeseburger emoji debate, putting the slice of cheese on top of the patty instead of on the bottom bun. This highly anticipated fix is coming in Android 8.1 Oreo.

Google November 29, 2017

YouTube Has A Real Problem With Child Predators And It Removed More Than 150,000 Videos Because Of It

YouTube's child predator problem is bigger than initially thought. The platform has removed more than 150,000 videos, disabled comments in more than 625,000 videos, closed hundreds of accounts, and removed ads from millions of videos and thousands of channels.

Google November 28, 2017

Google Docs, Slides, And Sheets Updated For iPhone X And iPad Owners: Here's What's New

Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets have been updated to make the interface of the apps work properly with the iPhone X. The updated apps also enable the drag-and-drop feature for the iPad.

Google November 28, 2017

YouTube Looking Into 'Disturbing' Autofill Results With Child Sex Suggestions: Is Someone Trying To Troll YouTube?

YouTube is facing a weird issue as some autofill search suggestions are about child sex. The spelling of the suggestions indicates that it's a deliberate campaign, and Google has launched an investigation into the matter.

Google November 28, 2017

Google Pixel 2 Bootloader Unlock Fix Now Available

Having trouble with the Google Pixel 2's bootloader unlock option? Google has just issued a remote fix, and users report that it does the trick.

Google November 23, 2017

Google’s Black Friday Deals: Home Mini Down To $29 And Other Deals You Shouldn’t Miss

Google’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are up. You won’t find any discounts for its latest flagship phones, but you can get its smart speakers for incredibly low prices.

Google November 23, 2017

Google Admits Collecting Android Users' Location Data, Even When You Don't Want To Be Tracked

An investigation revealed that Google has been collecting information on the locations of Android devices through nearby cellular towers. The tracking happens even when users made the usual steps to prevent it.

Google November 22, 2017

Google Fuschia Might Be Able To Run Swift Apps

Google is apparently working to add Swift support to Fuchsia, its highly mysterious operating system. Does this mean it’ll be able to run iOS apps written in Swift?

Google November 21, 2017

Google Lens Now Available On Google Assistant For Some Pixel, Pixel 2 Owners

Visual search feature Google Lens is now available through Google Assistant for some owners of the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones. Previously, the feature was only accessible through Google Photos.

Google November 20, 2017

Need Help Troubleshooting Your Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL? Ask Google Assistant

If you're having some minor problems with your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, then you'll be glad to know that you can soon ask Google Assistant to troubleshoot your phone.

Google November 18, 2017

Google Pixel Buds Receive Mixed To Negative Reviews: Critics Call It Complicated, Unintuitive And Underwhelming

The Pixel Buds are Google’s answer to Apple’s AirPods and also a logical supplementary accessory to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which don't have headphone jacks. The problem is that reviews say they’re kind of terrible.

Google November 16, 2017

Google Will Help You Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic: Check Out The Mapping Thanksgiving Page

Google Maps and Google News Lab teamed up to create the Mapping Thanksgiving page, which includes a tool to help families avoid Thanksgiving traffic. The page also includes some interesting information on what users search for during the holiday.

Google November 15, 2017

Over 100,000 People In Hurricane-Struck Puerto Rico Can Now Access The Internet, Thanks To Project Loon

Three weeks after Project Loon was deployed, more than 100,000 people in Puerto Rico have been able to connect to the internet. The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, but Project Loon is definitely helping.

Google November 10, 2017

More Google Pixel 2 XL Display Issues Surface: Fingerprint Smudges And Flashing Screens

More problems on the Google Pixel 2 XL display have surfaced, involving fingerprint smudges and flashing screens. The issues add to the already long list of complaints against the smartphone.

Google November 9, 2017

Google Chrome Will Soon Prevent Websites From Redirecting You To Ads

Ever experienced websites redirecting you to ads? Well, they might not ever occur again on Chrome. Google is introducing several new protections that will make browsing a more pleasant experience, including blocking websites that redirect users.

Google November 9, 2017

Another Google Pixel 2 XL Problem: Slow Charging Time For A Supposedly Fast Charging Device

Google Pixel 2 XL owners have reported another problem with the smartphone, this time complaining of slow charging times. An analysis revealed that the Pixel 2 XL is not fully utilizing the power provided by its charger.

Google November 6, 2017

Google Finally Explains Why Some People Were Locked Out Of Google Docs

Google Docs users got a bit of a spook on Halloween, but not from ghosts. Google locked them out of their documents for some reason, but it has now clarified exactly what happened.

Google November 3, 2017

Google Will No Longer Give Third Parties Airfare Data Via QPX Express: How This Affects You

Google is shutting down QPX Express, which travel websites and apps use to provide users information on airfare and flights. The shutdown roots to a low usage issue, but some think this could be an antitrust disaster waiting to happen.

Google November 3, 2017

Google Issues Fix For Locked Docs Files, But Mishap Leaves Privacy Concerns

Google Docs locked out some users from their files, which is caused by a glitch. The company already rolled out a fix, but nonetheless, the issue raised some privacy concerns.

Google November 1, 2017

Fast Pair Will Quickly Connect Bluetooth Devices To Android Smartphones: Here's How It Works

The new Fast Pair feature will allow users to quickly connect Bluetooth devices to their Android smartphones. It currently has limitations, but the feature is very similar to how Apple's AirPods work when pairing with iPhones.

Google November 1, 2017

Google Doesn’t Care What Domain You’re Searching From, It’ll Give You Local Search Results Anyway

Google announced that it has optimized the way search results work. Now, the search engine automatically determines the whereabouts of its user, delivering more relevant localized search results depending on where they are at any given moment.

Google October 30, 2017

Google Pixel 2 Problems Continue With Android Auto Crashing Randomly: Here's What You Can Do

Another Google Pixel 2 problem has surfaced, this time involving the Android Auto platform. Reports claim that the system keeps crashing randomly when the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL is connected to a vehicle.

Google October 30, 2017

The Google Cheeseburger Emoji Debate Is Ripping Up The Internet: Here's What It's All About

A debate involving the Google cheeseburger emoji has started ripping up the internet. Here's what the fuss is all about, and how you can join in on the fun like Google CEO Sundar Pichai did.

Google October 29, 2017

Google Rolls Out Native Add-Ons For Gmail: Here Are The Best Ones, Plus How To Use Them

Native add-ons are now available inside Gmail, and users won’t have to install them again if they use the add-ons in other platforms. It’s only live for the web version of Gmail and on Android devices for now, though.

Google October 25, 2017

Google Assistant Learns Over 50 New Games, Stories, And Activities For Family-Friendly Fun Powered By AI

Google just taught Assistant more than 50 new games, stories, and activities that can provide some family-fun entertainment for hours on end. The new actions are already available but only to U.S. residents.

Google October 25, 2017

The Pixel 2 Has Something That’s Been Missing On Android For Years: Bluetooth Battery Levels

Stock Android offers no option to know if your Bluetooth device is running low on battery. That changes now, as the the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL finally shows battery percentage levels of select Bluetooth devices.

Google October 24, 2017

Google's Parent Alphabet Deploys Project Loon, Brings Internet Service To Puerto Rico

Alphabet is partnering up with AT&T and other authorities to bring internet access and cellular connectivity to Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Google October 21, 2017

Google Pixel 2 Squeeze Function Can Now Be Remapped: Here's How To Do It

The Google Pixel 2 squeezable frame, known as Active Edge, is dedicated to activating Google Assistant. Users, however, can now remap the feature through the Button Mapper app, and here's how to do it.

Google October 21, 2017

Google Outs ‘Try It Now’ Button On Play Store For Instant Apps: Here’s How To Use Them

Google is rolling out a new feature called ‘Try it Now,’ which brings Instant Apps on Android closer to a wide audience. There are several changes to the Play Store as well.

Google October 20, 2017

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