Chrome App Updated With Article Suggestions, Background Media Playback

An update for Chrome is headed out, available for download now on Google Play. Inside Chrome 54, users can expect to see a few changes, such as the ability to view article suggestions from inside a new tab page.

Also listed in the changelog is support for background media playback, but only for sites that support it, as well as a feature for updating saved passwords when you change or reset them on Chrome.  (more…)

Video: What’s New in Android 7.1.1 on Nexus

Moments after Google released factory images and OTA .zip files of the Android 7.1.1 developer preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C, we flashed it and accepted the over-the-air beta to see what other kinds of goodies were baked in that didn’t make the 7.1 announcement. We posted a few of the changes to Twitter, but figured a short video was needed for the others.

So far, we’ve found the new 24/7 support tab that we thought might be a Pixel-only feature, new Moves section (think Moto Actions), the restart option in the power menu, slight tweak to quick toggles, Smart Storage settings, and more. We haven’t yet found Night Light, which appears to have been left out. (Sad face)

What else are you seeing in the newest Android beta?  (more…)

Chrome Canary Lands on Android With Its “Unstable” Self

Chrome, the browser you probably use on both your phone and desktop, comes in a variety forms. You have the stable channel – also known as Chrome – that is ready for widespread use. You have a beta channel – also known as Chrome Beta – which is somewhat experimental and often gets new features before stable, but could be somewhat unreliable at times. You have the dev channel – known as Chrome Dev – which is pre-beta, almost an alpha, and is certainly not-all-that-stable, but is a good place to look for upcoming Chrome features. And then you have Canary, which is for the most part unstable and untested and lives on the “bleeding edge” of browser innovation. Canary is now available on Android.  (more…)

Quick Look at Android 7.1 App Shortcuts on the Pixel

Within the next week or two, Android 7.1 will move outside of the Pixel phones and onto the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, through the Android Beta program. Google is calling the update “incremental,” which is an accurate way to describe it since there aren’t any massive changes. Still, there is at least one new feature included that adds some new functionality – App Shortcuts. Let’s take a look at them. (more…)

Video: Google Assistant on the Pixel

Google is really going to push the Google Assistant on its Pixel phones. You know that already, of course, because Google started off its October 4 Pixel event by talking about the Assistant and AI for a good 15 minutes before ever announcing a thing. This is the future of Google’s software advancements and with it front and center on their new phones (soon Google Home too), it’ll only get better, smarter, and more valuable the more you use it.  (more…)