Google Photos Gets Faster Sharing, More Creative Automated Movies

An update is rolling out today to Google Photos on all platforms, one that will make it even easier to share photos with friends and put together more creative automated movies.

In the new update, which you will see in the video above, Google has turned the sharing functionality into a people-sharer, instead of an app-sharer. That make sense? In other words, instead of tapping the share button and then choosing apps to share through, you now get to choose people to share photos with. Google says they will then “take care of the rest,” which would mean Google deciding how to share with those people, be it though a phone number, email, or something else.  (more…)

Terra Collection Brings You More of Those Google-Esque Satellite Wallpapers

In recent years, Google has really stepped up its wallpaper game on Nexus devices with the use of satellite imagery. The images are both beautiful and interesting, but if you don’t own a Nexus, miss out when we post them up for download, or simply need more of them in your life, consider taking a look at Terra Collection, a free wallpaper pack filled with even more satellite stunners.

In Terra Collection, you’ll find dozens of wallpapers, most of which are of the satellite variety. The collection also includes Google’s most recent Nexus wallpaper releases, as well as some from OSX and iOS too, in case you want those.  (more…)

Google Publishes Duo Commercials Instead of Releasing Allo

Google has posted five 30-second spots for Duo up on YouTube, time and money that could have gone towards getting Allo into the hands of users. Wow, am I that bitter? Anyway, the commercials feature classic partnerships, such as coffee and cream, peanut butter and jelly, toothbrush and toothpaste, plus salt and pepper. These are apparently all items you could picture having a video chat with each other.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for September 2016 – Still More Kit Kat Than Marshmallow

The latest Android OS distribution numbers have been made available from Google, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, Marshmallow has not grown by leaps or bounds. As of September, 2016, Marshmallow sits at 18.7 percent, up from last month’s 15.2 percent.

For those wondering about Android 7.0 “Nougat,” given the public release has happened, it hasn’t quite hit the chart yet. Expect to see it make its first appearance next month.  (more…)

Google Cast Has a Preview Program You Can Enter Right Now (Updated)

Seemingly just introduced into the Google Cast application, Google is looking for folks to enter a Preview Program for the Chromecast. What will you receive for entering? According to an enrollment email received after signing up, you will get sneak peeks at new updates (new features, device enhancements), and will have direct access to send feedback right back to the Chromecast team.  (more…)

Video: Pixel Launcher First Look and Tour!

With the Pixel Launcher floating around for sideloading fun (download here), we installed it on a couple of devices and decided to take it for a quick spin on camera. This version feels quite final and polished and completely worth a deeper look now that it has changed names from Nexus to Pixel. For those who missed out on previous Nexus Launcher coverage, now would be a good time to catch up with the name change going forward and new phones from Google under the Pixel name hopefully on the horizon.  (more…)