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Samsung August 2021 security update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices
Android updates are still not perfect, but we’re seeing things improve year over year. Samsung has accumulated a stellar update track record as of late and is now among the best in the business when it comes to rolling out Android updates. Now, the company is rolling out the August 2021 security u
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Android TV 11 comes to Walmart Onn, ADT-3 w/ LineageOS, Google Chromecast next in line
Android TV is based on the same OS on your smartphone, but generally speaking, major updates are far and few in between. Most devices today are based on Android 10, with very few on 11. Now, though, the custom ROM LineageOS is bringing Android TV 11 to some devices, including possibly Google’s Chr
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Google Assistant adds Accessibility settings for ‘mic notification’ on Android
Similar to Smart Displays and speakers, Google is adding Accessibility settings for Assistant on Android. However, the exact functionality remains unclear at the moment. Heading into Assistant settings (via the Google app) today reveals the addition of an “Accessibility” menu just under “Hey
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Rick Osterloh believes smart glasses will be ‘very useful’ as Google Tensor chip has AR implications
Google sharing some details on Tensor, its “first custom-built SoC,” was as important as today’s tease of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. In an interview, Rick Osterloh was asked about Google Tensor in the context of AR, and the hardware boss shared some rare thoughts on smart glasses. After the very
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Gboard getting dedicated settings to control ‘Emojis, Stickers & GIFs’
Besides the Material You redesign becoming more widely available on Android 12 today, Gboard introduced new settings for “Emojis, Stickers & GIFs” that provide better control over related suggestions and the appearance of expressive media.  “Emojis, Stickers & GIFs” replaces “Search”
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Qualcomm stock dips following Pixel 6 ‘Tensor’ reveal, teases future collaboration w/ Google
The Android smartphone market, especially in the US, has long been dominated by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. As Google confirmed that its next flagship Pixel would use its own “Tensor” chipsets, Qualcomm was quick to confirm it wasn’t done working on Pixels. Just after Google’s announcem
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Google’s redesigned emoji rolling out to Chat for Android
Last month, Google announced a revamp of all its emoji — nearly 1,000 characters — coming to Android 12 this fall and Chrome OS 92. These new emoji designs are also set to arrive in Google Chat over the coming weeks. Google set out to make its emoji more “globally relevant” to ensure that
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Comment: Samsung take Note, Pixel 6 is here to rock the boat
I’ve been covering Google and the Pixel series for a long time. While most people get caught in the trees and love to compare the Pixel against the other smartphones on performance and specs, one of my favorite past times is trying to zoom out, look at the forest, and create a narrative around wha
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PUBG officially leaves Stadia Pro as the record holder for longest claimable game
Google’s Stadia Pro subscription may not include every game on the service, but it’s made nearly 100 titles available to subscribers since its 2019 launch. This month, though, the record holder for the longest-claimable Stadia Pro title, PUBG, has left the subscription. PlayerUnknown’s Battl
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New Google Keep widget w/ Material You design teased on Pixel 6
In teasing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google has shown off what looks to be a new homescreen widget for Google Keep, complete with a Material You design. As it stands today, Google Keep has only two options for Android homescreen widgets: a short “Quick Capture” widget with shortcuts to addi
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Best Android app deals of the day: Hidden Through Time, 3D EARTH PRO, more
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Chrome OS 92 rolling out: Redesigned emoji & picker, eSIM support, pre-installed Meet PWA
Following the desktop update two weeks ago, Chrome OS 92 is beginning to roll out today. There’s a handful of big additions and other enhancements in this release that will be available over the coming days. Chrome OS 92 introduces nearly 1,000 redesigned — as part of Unicode 13.1 — Google e
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The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro confirmed to launch in these 8 countries
While you can’t actually go out and buy or even pre-order the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, we do know the eight countries in which the device will likely be available at launch. Last year’s Pixel 5 saw a launch in nine regions, and while many of those countries are accounted for, the Republic of Ireland
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Google’s new Pixel wallpapers are paintings inspired by the nature of Australia [Download]
After officially releasing new backgrounds to mark International Friendship Day last week, Google has released new Pixel wallpapers for August that celebrate Australia’s natural beauty.  This month’s trio, following the August security patch, is paintings (versus digital artwork) of Gudanji,
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‘Google Tensor’ is the official name of the Made by Google ‘Whitechapel’ processor
Earlier this year, we leaked that Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, would run on a Made by Google ‘Whitechapel’ chip instead of one made by Qualcomm. Today, Google has formally unveiled its first Whitechapel hardware as the “Google Tensor” chip. For every Pixel
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Google Pixel 6 specs: ‘Tensor’ chip, 120Hz display, 4x zoom, under-display fingerprint
Seemingly to outdo itself from two years ago, Google today announced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in an early teaser well ahead of the formal launch later this year. While Google is keeping some specifics close to its chest, we’re getting a pretty good idea of what the Pixel 6 specs will bring to t
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Yes, you heard right — the Pixel 6 series looks to restore a ‘real’ earpiece speaker
We’ve had a good look at what the Pixel 6 will look like and what it’s packing, but one thing that nobody seems to be talking about is the return of a proper earpiece or speaker at the top of the phone. For anyone that has used the Pixel 5 for any extended periods of time, if it’s one thing
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Google will spend more on marketing the Pixel 6 series than any Made by Google phone to date
The poor market penetration for Pixel devices since launching in 2016 could be set to change in 2021, with Google’s Rick Osterloh confirming a large marketing push for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Speaking to the Verge, Osterloh stated that Google will “invest a lot in marketing,” and that despite
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August security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live
While the Android 12 Beta has improved in stability over recent releases, Android 11 still provides the most reliable experience. Google is now rolling out the August security patch for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5. There are 12 issues resolved in the August
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Google Pixel 6 applies HDR to each frame of video, apparently gives an edge over the iPhone
While Google’s Pixel phones have been famous for their killer cameras, video has always been a sore point for the lineup. Today, Google has confirmed that its new “Tensor” chip will make some big improvements to video on Pixel 6. Google shot a demo video on the Pixel 6 to compare it to the P
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