Posts From Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

Google Pixel 5 leaked specs reveal Snapdragon 765G, 90Hz display, wide-angle camera, and 8GB RAM

We got our first glimpse at what might turn out to be the Google Pixel 5 earlier today, and now a new report has revealed some of the device’s alleged specifications. According to Android Central, Google’s next flagship smartphone will feature a 6-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. That display size is right in...

Here’s the list of Samsung Galaxy phones getting the One UI 2.5 update

In an announcement detailing some of the features Galaxy S20 owners can expect with the One UI 2.5 update, Samsung also revealed the full list of devices expected to receive the same update. Here’s the full list of devices:Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20+ 5G Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 5G Galaxy S20 ...

Apple, Garmin, and Huawei continue to top the smartwatch market in 2020

Despite a global economic downtown due to COVID-19, smartwatch sales have seen a healthy rise in revenue over the last few months. According to market research firm Counterpoint Research, Apple, Garmin, and Huawei wearables comprised nearly 70% of the total smartwatch market revenue in the first six months of 2020. The Apple Watch continues to...

Google Translate now lets you save transcripts of real-time speech transcriptions

Back in March, the Google Translate app on Android received a new feature that allowed users to transcribe and translate speech in near real-time. Google is now rolling out an update to this feature that will let users save these transcriptions for later reference. Soon, when you're transcribing speech, you’ll see a star button in the...

Google Autofill on Android now supports biometric authentication

Back in January, we discovered that Google was testing biometric authentication support for its first-party Autofill service. Now, this feature appears to be rolling out to Google Autofill via a recent update to Google Play Services. The new feature means that users can require successful biometric authentication before information can be filled into a form. Before,...

Google beefs up its SOS alerts in Search and Maps with near real-time wildfire data

When you search for information about a wildfire in Google Search, you’ll now get results that show you key insights about the areas impacted by the disaster. Google today detailed its efforts to use satellite data to beef up its SOS alerts in Google Search and Google Maps. The search engine now shows wildfire boundary...

Huawei and Honor say Android updates for existing devices won’t be impacted by the loss of their trade license

Huawei and Honor this week said its existing devices will continue to receive software and security updates, despite being placed on the U.S. Commerce Department’s “Entity List.” The official Huawei Mobile Twitter account and an Honor spokesperson published tweets meant to allay fears from consumers about the U.S. tightening trade restrictions. Honor is a subbrand of...

Samsung’s One UI 2.5 update lets you use navigation gestures with third-party launchers

Samsung owners patiently waiting to use Android 10's full-screen navigation gestures in third-party launchers will be happy to know that the One UI 2.5 release adds compatibility for this feature. It's been a long wait for Samsung device owners who are also fans of launchers like Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, Lawnchair, and others, but it's...

Zoom is coming to Google Nest, Facebook Portal, and Amazon Echo Show smart displays

Zoom on Wednesday announced it will make its video conferencing software available to use on the Google Nest Hub Max, Facebook Portal, and Amazon Echo Show smart displays later this year. The announcement comes as a surprise considering these companies all have competing video conferencing solutions. Google has Meet, Facebook has Rooms, and Amazon has Chime....

Microsoft outlines its end-of-life timeline for Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy

Following the debut of its Chromium-based Edge browser earlier this year, Microsoft yesterday announced plans to sunset the legacy version of Edge. Additionally, the company said its Microsoft 365 suite of apps and services is dropping support for Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft is providing users with plenty of notice before support is dropped for both products....

Google Meet adds Chromecast support for video conferencing on larger screens

With the COVID-19 pandemic still a concern in many parts of the world, working from home has become the norm for many students and professionals. While most people rely solely on their phone or PC screen to video chat, Google wants to elevate the experience by adding a larger TV screen to the mix. Google...

You can now send audio messages to your contacts through Google Assistant

If you can't pick up your phone with your hands or you’re feeling too lazy to type out a message to your friends or family members, you can use your voice to dictate a message. Google is now making it even easier to send voice messages to your contacts. In a blog post, the company...