Posts From Kyle Wiggers

Kyle Wiggers
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Kyle Wiggers is a writer, Web designer, and podcaster with an acute interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys reading the New Yorker, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.

Touchpad pinch to zoom will soon be made available on all Chromebooks

Chrome OS, unlike Precision Touchpad devices running Windows 10 and 8.1 and newer versions of Mac OS X, doesn't support pinch-to-zoom universally. So far, it's been enabled on a handful of high-end Chromebooks, including the Google Pixelbook, Chromebook Pixel, Samsung Chromebook Plus, and Chromebook Pro. But that's poised to change. According to a merged commit we...

Qualcomm Announces New AI Platform, Snapdragon 845 VR Headset Reference Design, and More

Mobile World Conference, the world's largest gathering of smartphone OEMs, chipmakers, and telecom companies, is just weeks away. Ahead of the festivities, Qualcomm took the wraps off a slew of technologies it'll be highlighting at the show, including a multi-device Bluetooth audio feature for Snapdragon chipsets, a new artificial intelligence platform, a refreshed mobile VR...

Android P will also Prevent Idle Background Apps from Recording you via Microphone

The next major version of Android, Android P, might be weeks away, but each passing day brings new breadcrumbs. One of the focuses of Android P appears to be protecting user privacy. Yesterday, we wrote about how Android P will impose limitations on "idle" background apps that request access to the camera. Following up on that,...

Google Pay Rolls Out Globally, Replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

In January, Google announced Google Pay, an umbrella brand for its mobile and web payments platforms. It brings all of the search giant's services under one roof, and on Tuesday, Google kicked off the global rollout Before Google Pay, Google's payments platforms ran the gamut. In 2015, Google spun off Google Wallet's tap-to-pay, in-app payments, and online...

A Boon for Privacy: Android P will Prevent Idle Background Apps from Accessing the Camera

Android P, the next major version of Android, could be weeks away from an official unveiling, and although its core user-facing features are still unknown to us, we are discovering many little tidbits thanks to Android's open source nature. We know that it'll let carriers hide signal strength and define how they're displayed in the...

[Hands On] Google Phone App is Testing a Bottom Bar Redesign

Google isn't letting Google Phone, a customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) dialer with a few added features, stagnate. In recent months, it's been updated with real-time spam protection, caller ID, call blocking, visual voicemail (with transcription support on some carriers), and a local directory feature that shows top search results for...

Microsoft’s Photos Companion App Lets You Quickly Transfer Pics from your Phone to a Windows 10 PC

Back in November 2017, we wrote about an in-development Microsoft app for iOS and Android that let users quickly transfer pics and videos to a Windows 10 PC. Now, Microsoft Garage, Microsoft's skunkworks lab for experimental mobile apps, has released it publicly. It's called Photos Companion, and it's available for iOS and Android devices starting...

[Hands On] Google Dialer’s Floating Bubble Goes Live in v17 with a Fresh Coat of Paint

The Google Dialer, for folks who aren't familiar, is a customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) phone app with a few extra features. Compatible Nexus and Pixel devices get Google Duo video call integration, real-time spam protection, caller ID, call blocking, visual voicemail (with transcription support on some carriers), and a local directory feature...

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 LTE Modem is the first to achieve 2Gbps for the 5G Era

Think 4G LTE is fast? Wait until you try next-gen cellular. On Wednesday, Qualcomm took the wraps off the X24, a new LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 2Gbps. The X24, which is the world's first modem built on a 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, supports Category 20 LTE with 7X carrier aggregation and...

Android P May Integrate Google Assistant More Tightly & Better Support Atypical Display Types

Apple's iPhone X and the Essential Phone have a controversial feature in common: A "notch" cutout near the top of the phones' screens that accommodates front-facing cameras, proximity sensors, and, in iPhone X's case, 3D facial recognition scanners. Google's set to embrace the trend -- according to a report in Bloomberg, the tech giant's overhauling...

[Update: New color configurations] ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite Breaks Cover with a FHD+ Screen and Quad Camera

ASUS's ZenFone 5 smartphone lineup, which dates back to the Android Jelly Bean days, was succeeded by the ZenFone 2 and ZenFone 3. But the company's said to be prepping a trio of new ZenFone 5 smartphones ahead of an unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2018, and one member of the new family, the ASUS...

February Android and Pixel Security Bulletins are Live with Factory Images and OTAs

Google kicks off the beginning of every month with an Android Security Bulletin, the newest of which went live Monday alongside patches for Pixel and Nexus devices. It's accompanied by a list of exploits addressed, and factory images and over-the-air update files for the Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P,...