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Google has only casually mentioned the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6, a pair of upcoming handsets that will sport a new custom system-on-chip (SoC) that the company is calling Tensor, which is supposedly the "biggest innovation in Pixel to date." But in what can possibly be classified as an inadvertent leak, Google may have also confirmed an under-display fingerprint reader will adorn the Pixel 6 series as well. The Pixel 6 series is aiming for flagship status, as opposed to the Pixel 5a, which plants itself firmly into mid-range territory (it's a battery life beast, as we noted in our recent Pixel 5a review). You can pre-order the Pixel 5a right now, ahead of its August 26 release. Meanwhile, Google... Read more...
Google has a penchant for discontinuing its flagship Pixel smartphones long before its immediate successor is launched and established in the marketplace. Last year, the company discontinued the Pixel 4 nearly two months before the Pixel 5 was announced. Now, Google has announced that the Pixel 5 is being terminated prior to the Pixel 6 family's release this fall. A quick visit to the official Google Store shows that the Pixel 5 is currently out of stock. Unfortunately, the same is also true for the Pixel 4a 5G. However, we can understand the lack of inventory for the latter phone, as its replacement, the Pixel 5a 5G, has already been announced and is available for preorder. "With our current... Read more...
Earlier this week, a report surfaced that alleged that Google's new Pixel 5a mid-range smartphone has a serious problem. However, it isn't a case of falling behind in benchmarks or issues with build quality (as has been the case with previous Pixel devices) but instead deals with shooting 4K video at 60 fps. Android Police first picked up reports from Twitter concerning Pixel 5a review units that would overheat while shooting 4K video, resulting in the following error message: "Device is too hot. Close Camera until device cools off." Such a warning is quite peculiar for a device that hails 4K video recording as one of its selling points and is something that Pixel users will likely want to use... Read more...
After weeks of leaks and rumors, and a mere ten months since the original's launch, Google just revised its mid-range Pixel 4a 5G and lowered the price by $50. Behold the slightly larger and heavier Pixel 5a ($449), which bumps the display size from 6.2 to 6.34 inches, increases the battery capacity from 3,885 to 4680mAh, swaps the plastic body for a metal shell, and adds water resistance. The Pixel 4a 5G was arguably Google's best phone of 2020, striking the perfect balance between cost and specs. We're big fans, so there's nothing wrong with an update and price drop. In all, the Pixel 5a inherits its predecessor's overall design and layout, mid-range Snapdragon 765G SoC, and excellent camera... Read more...
Google is currently beta testing a nifty new facial expression feature in Android, that will allow uses to perform certain actions by doing things like smiling, raising their eyebrows, opening their mouth, and so forth. The feature is being added to Google's Android Accessibility Suite, which is a collection of apps that make Android easier to manage for people with disabilities. This particular feature has been dubbed "Camera Switch" and, assuming all goes to plan, it will release to the public with version 12 of the Android Accessibility Suite. The beta test coincides with the fourth beta drop for Android 12, the next major version of Google's popular mobile operating system for handsets and... Read more...
Google introduced Adaptive Charging in Android 11 for Pixel smartphones with the December Pixel Feature Drop, but it had several limitations and restrictions. For starters, Adaptive Charging was introduced to help preserve your battery health by preventing the phone from quickly reaching and staying at 100 percent charge. To enable Adaptive Charging, your phone must be placed on a charger after 9 pm, and an alarm must be set between the hours of 5 am and 10 am. In theory, Android 11 uses artificial intelligence to slowly charge your battery so that it would reach 100 percent just before your alarm goes off in the morning. However, in practice, many Pixel owners found that their battery was charging... Read more...
We’ve got another round of hot deals for you today, and they cover a rather eclectic range of tech products. You can find discounts on the latest M1 Mac Mini, Google’s venerable Pixel 3 XL, and Western Digital/SanDisk storage products. Apple M1 Mac Mini Up To $150 Off At Amazon The Mac mini was last refreshed in late October, and it received the highly acclaimed M1 (Apple Silicon) SoC at that time. This brain transplant gave the entry-level Mac a significant boost in performance over its Intel-based predecessor. Today, Amazon is discounting the base Mac mini (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) to $649 instead of the $699 MSRP. However, an additional $49.01 discount at checkout takes it down to just... Read more...
We guess it's better late than never, but OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T owners are finally gaining access to Android 11. The OnePlus 6 initially launched in early 2018 with Android 8.1 installed, while the OnePlus 6T debuted later that year with Android 9. OnePlus only released the third beta of its Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 earlier this week, but the final public software update is now available. Since Android 11 first launched in September 2020 and Android 12 is just weeks away, OnePlus sure did take its sweet time to update these older devices. OxygenOS 11, of course, brings updated visuals throughout the user interface and plenty of optimizations compared to OxygenOS 10. However, OnePlus warns... Read more...
Google is trucking along with the development of its Android 12 operating system, and today it released the Beta 4 update. According to the Android 12 release schedule posted below, this month's release is the first that puts the mobile operating system in the "platform stability" phase. In other words, Google is no longer focused on adding new features to Android 12 and is instead working to make sure that outstanding bugs are squashed as we move on to release candidate/final public builds. However, we should back up the statement slightly by mentioning that Google did one add one minor update to user Ad IDs in Google Play services. "Android 12 includes behavior changes to help improve performance,... Read more...
Late last month, Epic Games submitted an amended complaint against Google, which ended up being heavily redacted. However, it appears that Google has lifted some of the redactions, giving us a better insight into the arguments at hand, though much has still been left out. In the filing, submitted on August 5th, Epic claims that Google felt threatened by any app store other than Google Play. It was written that “Google has deliberately changed its course of conduct, erecting contractual and technological barriers that foreclose competing ways of distributing apps to Android users.” One such example of this is when Epic struck a deal with OEM OnePlus to make its games available through... Read more...
Google is looking to make home security cheaper and easier to setup using wire-free options, smart alerts, and enhanced privacy via a line of new next-generation of Nest Cams and Doorbell. With these new products, Google is taking a hard swing at Amazon with its Ring family of products. Google Nest Cam Kicking things off is the next-generation Nest Cam, an indoor or outdoor camera that comes with a rechargeable battery. This wire-free solution allows you to put the camera wherever you may need it at a moment's notice. From keeping an eye on the kids inside or watching the front door for a delivery while you are away, you can move the camera by simply pulling it off the base and attaching... Read more...
Data misuse and abuse of company tools is a prevalent problem in the tech industry, as we saw when an Apple tech posted a customer’s explicit images on Facebook. However, this problem is not relegated to people lower in the food chain as Google fired dozens of employees between 2018 and 2020 for abusing their level of access to customer and company data. Yesterday, Motherboard, got its hands on an internal Google document that provided “concrete figures on an often delicate part of a tech giant's operations: investigations into how the company's own employees leverage their positions to steal, leak, or abuse data they may have access to.” The document noted that Google... Read more...
Google yesterday made a surprise announcement of its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. In a market where most smartphones are all starting to look alike, Google's new Pixel 6 family charts a different design course -- at least from the back -- with its wide camera pod and two-tone finishes. However, that fresh design and the advanced hardware lurking underneath won't come cheap. On two separate occasions, Google confirmed that the Pixel 6 smartphones would carry premium pricing, making them far more expensive than the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. "We've definitively not been in the flagship tier for the past couple years, this will be different," said Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh... Read more...
At some point, legacy Android device owners need to let go of their old devices or eventually cybersecurity issues and data loss will become a problem. It seems Google is trying to give the people still holding out a gentle nudge, as it has been disclosed that the company will be disabling Google account sign-in on devices running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or lower come September 27th. Meanwhile, Google is working on a new security feature for Google Chrome which offers two-factor authentication within the browser. Discovered over the weekend, that users on the nearly decade-old Android version 2.3.7 and older versions are effectively being kicked out. In an email sent to customers... Read more...
Google today announced its Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, which are the latest flagship Android devices to come from the search giant. Interestingly enough, the leaked renders that have flooded the internet over the past few months were incredibly accurate, as what you see in this article is matches up precisely with what was previously presented. The design of the Pixel 6 family is a break from traditional smartphone design, with a black horizontal band going across the upper back of the smartphone that houses the cameras. The black bar bisects a two-tone colored finish on the back, which is a nice break from the monotony that has encompassed smartphone design in recent years. Google's... Read more...
YouTube is home to over 2 billion monthly active users, who collective peruse 1 billion videos each day. It's a massive streaming service. There is also a Premium tier that costs $11.99/€11.99 per month, but for people who want to get rid of ads without paying full price, Google may launch a Premium Lite tier soon. As it stands right now, a YouTube Premium Lite trial is taking place in Europe. The trial is available to people in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. The Premium Lite tier runs €6.99 (and will likely be $6.99 in the US when/if it arrives) and trades a few features for a lower price tag. Namely, the Premium Lite tier does not come... Read more...
With the current supply issues surrounding computer parts, building a PC may be out of the question for a little while; but people still want to game. Thankfully, subscription cloud-based gaming is becoming a more viable option as time goes on, and Google is now trying to bolster that with a new Chromecast bundle to bring Google TV and Stadia into people’s homes. Stepping above the now-discounted Stadia “Premiere” bundle, the new “Play and Watch” bundle comes with a Chromecast featuring Google TV as well as a Stadia controller for an all-in-one gaming and TV-watching experience. If you want to grab this bundle, it will cost you $99, equating to 17% savings over buying... Read more...
Some vultures prey on dead animals, other Vulturs prey on banking information entered on Android devices. In late March of this year, ThreatFabric detected an Android-based remote access trojan (RAT) malware, dubbed Vultur, collecting login credentials. However, the threat actors took a different approach to the thievery by simply recording what is shown on a screen through VNC. As ThreatFabric describes, a “vulture is a large bird of prey that specializes in attacking and feeding on weak and helpless animals,” and they keep their “eyes on their preys for a long time before making a move, which happens only when they are sure the attack is lethal and successful.” The Vultur... Read more...
Over the past few years, smartphone operating systems -- namely, Android and iOS -- have adopted Dark Mode options to reduce eye strain at night and help save battery life on devices with OLED displays. For that latter point, the general idea is that OLED-equipped smartphones don't need to power portions of the display with a black background, leading to power savings. However, researchers at Perdue University decided to question that perception about how much Dark Mode improves efficiency. "When the industry rushed to adopt dark mode, it didn't have the tools yet to accurately measure power draw by the pixels," said Purdue Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Charlie Hu. To test this... Read more...
Google over the past several years has struck a balance between its various services and offering consumer hardware designs, the latter of which has been increasingly expanding (in part through acquisitions). So what does the future hold? Alphabet (Google's parent company) CEO Sundar Pichai made some interesting comments about the company's hardware play, and specifically how it relates to its Pixel lineup. It starts with Android 12, which is in beta testing at the moment in anticipation of a finalized release later this year alongside the Pixel 6 series. "Android 12 will, of course, be central to Google's phone devices. I'm very excited by our fall lineup, which will showcase Android 12 and... Read more...
In an effort to clear up confusion over different builds, Google stopped naming its Android releases after tasty desserts starting with Android 10, which came out almost two years ago. If you were disappointed with that decision (as we were), then we have some possibly (maybe) good news—Google might start serving up delicious build names once again. We doubt it, but never say never, right? Nothing of the sort has been announced, and from what we can tell, any changes that might be coming to how build names are referenced would take effect after Android 12, if at all. Speaking of which, Android 12 is in beta, with a new revision (Android 12 Beta 3.1) having dropped this week, bringing with... Read more...
Google is once again in hot water with the European Union (EU). This time around, the United States-based search giant has run afoul of the EU's consumer protection and antitrust regulations with regards to how it present search results for hotels and airline flights At the heart of the issues are search results for Google Flight and Google Hotels. According to EU regulatory bodies, Google does not do enough to allow consumers to make informed decisions on travel arrangements. More specifically, Google leaves out details such as any applicable taxes or fees, which could substantially raise the cost of flights or lodging. Google has the ability to display this information in its search results,... Read more...
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