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Google Maps updated with Material Design changes

June 13, 2018 Doug Demagistris

There have been many updates to go around in the Google ecosystem over the last several weeks. One service that continues to receive treatment is Google Maps. The super popular mapping service isn’t just for navigation anymore, and that became clear at this year’s Google I/O having learned about location suggestions and lots more features. Some of these have already begun to roll out, but not everything is coming at once. This week, some users are receiving a chunk update [Read More]

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A comprehensive look at Google’s Android P Beta 2 or Developer Preview 3

June 9, 2018 Doug Demagistris

At Google I/O 2018 in May, Google introduced the Android Beta program with Android P Developer Preview 2. Developers, manufacturers and enthusiasts have been actively testing the software ever since to eliminate bugs and issues. This week, Google released a platform upgrade of the next mobile OS overhaul in Android P Developer Preview 3 and the first update to the beta. Here’s everything to know.

General News

Google Assistant and Amazon Echo are on their way to Microsoft’s Xbox One

June 6, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Earlier this week, it was reported by Windows Central that new digital assistants will arrive on Microsoft’s Xbox One devices. We’re talking about the people’s favorites, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. If you own an Xbox One, this should come across as great news.

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Google Lens starts appearing as a standalone app

June 6, 2018 Doug Demagistris

The last time we reported on Google Lens, Google had begun rolling out features to random users. Most of these were announced last month at the company’s developer conference. The latest update does not entail any feature roll out, but is good news and a sign of progress.

Gadgets

Deal: Purchase certain smart home gear at Best Buy and get Google Home Mini for free

June 5, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Best Buy wants you to transition your home into a smart home with its latest set of deals. Purchasing any item or item(s) the retailer has marked as “smart” will get you another smart device for free. The free smart device is a smart speaker in that of the Google Home Mini and will act as the hub of which connects your smart home gear together.

Rumors, leaks, teasers

Report: Upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL will use OLED display

May 31, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Google is expected to announce Pixel 2 successors this fall. Two unconfirmed devices, a Pixel 3 and a larger Pixel 3 XL, are just beginning to hit the rumor mill as we dive into June. It’s going to be a summer full of leaks and reports, and after seeing screen protectors in the wild earlier this week, there’s now reason to believe that Google’s Pixel 3 XL will boost an OLED display.

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Real-time Google Lens features begin reaching smartphone owners

May 30, 2018 Doug Demagistris

At I/O 2018, Google demonstrated new functions that would soon come to Google Lens. Not all devices would receive the updates, and not all updates were said to roll out right away, but the first batch just reached my phone and many other handhelds as well.

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