Category: Google

Black Friday 2017 – Amazon Echo & Google Home Discounts

Both Amazon and Goole are offering good discounts on their smart speaker products. On Amazon, you can pick up the new Echo and Echo Dot for £69.99 and £34.99, respectively. Amazon is selling the excellent TP-Link Plug for just £9.99 (usually £29.99) when bought with any Echo device. If you prefer the Google ecosystem then there is good news from this camp too. Multiple retailers are offering big discounts on the original Google Home with the price reduced from £129 to £79. We found this to be a great smart speaker when we reviewed it back in April, and...

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More Google Pixel 2 Woes: Some phones making strange noises

For a phone that has received so many positive reviews, it sure has a lot of problems, just hours after we reported that the Pixel 2 XL has some serious screen burn-in issues, it now appears that some Pixel 2, and to a lesser extent, Pixel 2 XL are emitting clicking and/or high frequency sounds from the call speaker. So far around 100 buys on the Google's Pixel product forum have reported the issue of click and high-frequency sounds from the call speaker. Users describe the ticking problem as like the second-hand on a bad watch that runs continuously when...

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Google Pixel 2 XL burn in problems being investigated

Over the past few days, the internet has been a flurry of reports of screen burn-in issues with the OLED display of the Google Pixel 2 XL. Alex Dobie, an executive producer at Android Central posted an image to twitter showing his Pixel 2 XL with a large grey overlay which clearly shows the navigation bar has started to burn in on the display. Enough people have reported the problem that Google is now officially investigating it. Worryingly this is just days after many reviewers reported issues with the dull blue-tinted display of the Pixel 2, and a couple...

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Google disables touch-activated listening on Home Mini due to 25/7 recording issues

The Google Home Mini isn't even being shipped yet, but one of the review samples sent to Artem Russakovskii from Android Authority had a serious bug with it that was recording sounds in his house 24/7. He noticed the bug because the device would flash its lights even if he hadn't issued the OK Google command. He was able to work out what was going on by logging into the activity portal and finding all the recordings that were stored on Google's server. The issue appears to be with the touch-sensitive button on the top of the speaker that...

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Google’s Launches Pixel Buds – Bluetooth Earbuds for Pixel 2

While I loathe the trend of ditching the 3.5mm jack, the most interesting product at Googles launch was their Pixel Buds, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds with a difference. It was inevitable they would release some earbuds if they ditched the 3.5mm, but thankfully the Pixel Buds look pretty good. These new earphones don’t just handle your music but you can use it to access Google assistant which will allow you to control your phone remotely. While I certainly won't be doing that on a busy commute on public transport, it is an amazing feature for the fitness enthusiast....

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Google announces Pixelbook convertible

  Google hasn't released a tablet for a while now, and it looks like they may be giving up on Android in tablet form. Instead, they are focussing their efforts on the 2-in-1 market with the launch of the Pixelbook. Priced at from £999 it runs Chrome OS which can now run all your Android apps too, so you still have all the functionality of a tablet. However, the pricing does make it just as expensive as many fully fledged 2-in-1s so it will be interesting to see if it can achieve decent sales. It has the specification of...

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Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL Announced

The heavily leaked and hotly anticipated Pixel 2 and 2XL have finally been announced. The 2 phones are actually made by different manufacturers the Pixel 2 was made by HTC and the Pixel 2 XL by LG but design wise they are very similar, just different sizes. The smaller Pixel uses an FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED at 441ppi display while the XL uses a QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi. The POLED technology should be more and generally better than the AMOLED. Both phones have Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and between 64GB and 128GB storage standard,...

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Google Android 8.0 Oreo Launched

Google has officially released the next version of Android at 19:50 BST to coincide with a solar eclipse visible on the east coast of the United States. New versions of Android can be slow to roll out, and just 14% of Android devices run the previous OS, Nougat. Android 8.0 Nougat is claimed to bring a range of improvements from battery-life boosting to a picture-in-picture multi-tasking mode. The battery life boost comes courtesy of an improved Doze mode, which tightens the limits surrounding what developers can make their applications do in the background. Originally demonstrated as part of the...

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL Announced: First Phone Built Completely by Google.

Google has made a big deal about the launch of their 2 new phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. They have gone as far as saying people will be talking about this for years. In reality, I am not too sure about that, the only interesting thing so far seems to be that it is completely developed by Google (though technically built by HTC), which I doubt the average consumer really cares about. Anyway, they are finally released, and the details are as follows: Differentiated primarily by the size and resolution of their screens — 5-inch 1080p display on...

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Google Home Believed to be $130 at Launch. 4K Chromecast $70

We heard about Google Home at the annual I/O developer conference, it is basically a smart spear in direct competition to the Amazon Echo. It is a logical step for Google too, Goole Music is a big service for them, and Google Now is a voice assistant they have been pushing hard the past couple of years. Good news is, that the reported price is going to be just $130 which is $50 less than the Amazon Echo. Obviously, this won’t convert nicely over to the UK, but I would expect it to be around £130, which is still...

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Android Nougat Now Available for Nexus Devices

Android Nougat has now officially been launched on Google devices and the over the air rollout should slowly be happening now. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 and 7 will not be receiving the new update. If you are too impatient you can manually install it via one of the images, or an easier method is to sign up to the Google Beta program, where you will be able to get it immediately via OTA. It is recommended that you un-enrol after you have installed it though, to avoid getting future early betas. The build number should be NRD90M. You can...

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Google is building two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integration

Android Police is reporting that they have a very reliable source claiming that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices – possibly Nexus-branded – for release sometime after the latest Nexus phones are announced. One watch will be larger, sportier, and more fully-featured (LTE, GPS, heart rate), the other will be smaller and lack the aforementioned mobile data and GPS. It is believed that both watches will be circular and have the codenames of Angelfish and Swordfish. Angelfish will have GPS, LTE, and a heart-rate monitor, giving it the ability to be a true “standalone” Android Wear device....

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