Android O Developer Preview 2 Factory Images Available

If you didn’t join the Android Beta program (which is rolling out now) and update your Pixel or Nexus device to Android O because you were waiting for the factory images of Preview 2 to arrive, that time has come. Google posted the images shortly after the Google I/O keynote wrapped.

This is technically Android O Developer Preview 2, but it’s also the first that’s a part of the Android Beta program. The build for this is listed as OPP2 and we have files for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C.  (more…)

Google Assistant Gets Typing, History, and Google Lens, Comes to the iPhone

Along with Google Home, Google Assistant will soon get some new features worth talking about. During the I/O keynote, Google introduced Google Lens to Assistant, as well as the option to type. They are also bringing Assistant to the iPhone.

With Google Lens, Google is essentially doing what Samsung tried to do with Bixby, except Google will probably get it right. Lens uses your phone’s camera and looks at images to help you get things done. So you could use Lens to help get you concert tickets just by pointing your camera at a concert billboard or find reviews about a book you are holding. It even works in Google Photos, should you forget about monuments or other locations and want Google Lens to help you remember them.  (more…)

Android Now has 2 Billion Monthly Active Users

You know what’s cooler than a billion monthly active Android users? 2 billion monthly active Android users. That’s the number Google crossed, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

During his opening at the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Pichai ran through all sorts of numbers, but this number stands out the most to us little Android bloggers. Like, 2 billion is ummm…a lot. Sure, a ton of those are lower-tier devices and others that are probably running Ice Cream Sandwich, but still.  (more…)