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.

[Update: $129 Price] New Google Nest Thermostat gets certified with 60GHz transmitter, possibly for air gestures

Google is seemingly preparing a new Nest thermostat, and it could feature air gesture controls. According to a new filing with the U.S. FCC spotted by Droid-Life, Google is making a new smart thermostat with the model name “G4CVZ”. This thermostat will likely be Nest-branded, but more interestingly, it may come equipped with Google’s Project Soli...

Here’s when HMD Global plans to roll out the Android 11 update to Nokia phones

HMD Global has nearly finished rolling out Android 10 to its lineup of Nokia devices, but there's already a new Android update on the horizon. Google recently released Android 11 for its Pixel phones, so understandably, Nokia users are wondering when the update will arrive on their devices. For some users, an update is just...

Google Assistant now supports shortcuts for third-party apps and new features on Smart Displays

At its Assistant Developer day on Thursday, Google introduced exciting new features for Google Assistant, the company's virtual assistant service. One of the new features is deeper integration with third-party apps on Android, allowing users to open and search apps and also complete more complex tasks, including playing music, starting a run, or posting on...

Google Assistant prepares keyboard dictation, Driving Mode, and connecting to health services for sleep data

Google Assistant has become the centerpiece of many people's lives, a tool that can share information, control devices, and provide key reminders. We dug deep into the latest Google App update to see what else Google Assistant will be able to do, and we discovered some new features on the way, including keyboard dictation for...

Google Photos tests Premium Print Series, a monthly subscription service that prints your best photos

Google is allegedly working on a new “Premium Print Series” subscription that will send users prints uploaded to its Photos service every month. The search giant previously tested a similar subscription service in Google Photos that was available for $7.99 per month. That service was quietly shuttered at the end of June following the end...

Google Assistant is getting a Guest mode for private voice searches

Google on Wednesday published a blog post all about security, reminding users that it takes precautions, like Safe Browsing, to keep people safe everyday. The company also took an opportunity to announce some new privacy features, including a “Guest mode” for Google Assistant that's set to arrive in the coming weeks. Guest mode can be enabled...

Google Chrome 86 rolls out with flags for menu icons, back-forward cache, and more

Google this week started rolling out Chrome 86 to users, almost a month after it first appeared in the Beta Channel. The update should be available on all platforms with the exception of Chrome OS, where it will arrive next week. Here are some of the new features in Chrome 86. https://youtu.be/GNuG-5m4Ud0 Security improvements If a password you’ve...

Google is testing a new UI on the Nest Hub Max with tabs, contextual panels, and a dark mode

Google appears to be testing a revamped user interface for the Nest Hub Max. A video showcasing the changes (via AndroidPolice) reveals the UI will feature a touch-centric experience with contextual panels for smart home control, tabs, and much more. There also appears to be a dark mode in the works. The tabs allow users to quickly...

Teracube 2E is an affordable, sustainable smartphone with modest specs and a 4 year warranty

Teracube has introduced an affordable new smartphone that takes sustainability to a whole new level. The Redmond-based company unveiled the Teracube 2E, which is designed with recycled materials and comes with a fully biodegradable case. If you pre-order the device today, you can get it for just $99. The Teracube 2E features a 6.1-inch HD+ IPS...

YouTube Premium subscribers get early access to experimental YouTube features

Going forward, only YouTube Premium subscribers can get early access to experimental YouTube features. Google previously picked users at random to beta test features before rolling them out to a wider audience. YouTube’s experimental features page has been updated to reflect the change (via AndroidCentral). “For a limited time, Premium members can try out new features...

Google makes persistent Cloud Anchors widely available for developers with ARCore 1.20

Back in 2018, Google introduced the Cloud Anchors API in ARCore, which made it possible for users to share the same AR content across devices. Starting today, Google is making Cloud Anchors more widely available for developers with ARCore 1.20, allowing more apps to create AR content that can persist over a period of time. The...

Google refreshes its Google Wifi mesh router with a lower price tag

Google has been busy these past few weeks announcing new phones, a smart speaker, and rebranding G Suite. Among all the excitement, the search giant has also quietly introduced an updated Google Wifi for $99 in the U.S (via AndroidPolice). The new mesh router looks a lot like the Google WiFi of old, featuring the same...