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…)
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 that Google Voice is all new and cool, it seems that Google might stick to updating it and improving the experience. That’s a good thing. In line with that, an update is rolling out today, bringing a few new features for desktop and Android users. (more…)
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…)
Google confirmed this week that Android tablets won’t receive support for Google Assistant. With all the excitement taking place around many Marshmallow and Nougat-sporting smartphones, it seems no one really took the time to ask about Android tablets. Gee, shocker. (more…)
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…)
For anyone who has kids, you may know the struggle that is keeping your children in line with their smart device usage. With tablets and smartphones, kids can access any number of naughty things, but Google’s new Family Link would to like to solve potential issues. (more…)
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…)