Android O Developer Preview Released and Now Available!

Google just released the first Android O Developer Preview! For real, though, it’s here!

Android O will introduce new features by way of background limits on apps (think battery life boost), notification channels (more control over notifications), picture-in-picture, adaptive icons, autofill in apps, and more. Full details on what’s new can be found here.

UPDATE: Want to see all of the little changes in Android O? We’re compiling those at this post. (more…)

Google Search’s Quick Shortcuts to Popular Tools Begin Rolling Out More Widely

This morning, Google announced that Google Search will soon (starting today) begin showing shortcuts to some of its most popular tools. This is the broader rollout of a feature that has been in testing for some time. In fact, we showed you these shortcuts back in early February.

The shortcuts, once they start showing on your device, will be found just under the search bar as you load up the Google app or swipe over into Google Now in the Now Launcher. You can see exactly what this looks like in the image above.  (more…)

Now Playing on Google Home: Beauty and the Beast Ads

Here’s an interesting story pulled from reddit today, important to take note of by all Google Home owners.

Apparently, an owner of a Google Home asked the standard, “OK Google, what’s my day like?,” which was met with the current weather and traffic conditions. All that is normal. However, at the end of that personalized snippet of info, what appears to be an audio advertisement for the new Beauty and the Beast movie began playing, and of course, people on the internet are upset.  (more…)

God Help Us: Googlers Made a Walkie Talkie App Fueled by Emoji

A new messaging app has hit Google Play, cooked up by the minds over at Google. The app is called Supersonic, an emoji-powered voice app that converts your speech into shareable emoji messages. Think of it as a walkie talkie app, but instead of realtime communication, the app listens to your message, uses its brain to change words into emoji characters, then shares the message with a single recipient or group of people.  (more…)

Google May Have Third, Larger Phone in the Works Under Codename “Taimen”

Yesterday, a report suggested that Google has codenamed the upcoming 2017 Pixel devices “muskie” and “walleye.” Today, I’d like to expand that conversation by tossing out a third device under codename “taimen.” The existence of the name and device comes to us via multiple sources, though the exact details of it are scarce.

Here is what we know.  (more…)