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Google Keep’s Material You update is here with new widgets as well

Soon after showcasing the new Material You design language at I/O 2021, Google started rolling out design changes to its apps based on the new guidelines. With the Android 12 stable release right around the corner, the company has significantly ramped up the Material You rollout. In the last week alone, Google has rolled out...

Here’s a look at the Assistant weather widget in the Google App

After years of neglect, widgets will finally be getting the much-needed overhaul in Android 12. Google showed off the redesigned widgets coming to Android 12 at Google I/O 2021. Over the past couple of months, we have seen many of these widgets going live in Android 12 beta releases. The last Android 12 Beta 5...

Google partners with Reese’s Book Club for a unique, hands-free reading experience

Google has partnered with Reese's Book Club to bring a unique reading experience to Google Assistant-powered devices. This new experience will give users access to Reese Witherspoon's monthly book picks, exclusive commentary about each book, and even personalized book recommendations. To try this new feature, say "Hey Google, read with Reese's Book Club" on your Assistant-enabled...

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 vs Chromebook Duet: Which should you buy?

There's an influx of new Chrome OS tablets releasing this fall and Lenovo has two compelling options to choose from. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet was a huge hit in 2020, one of the best Chrome OS tablets we've ever seen, at an incredibly affordable price. Lenovo just released their new large-screen contender in the Chrome OS space,...

Google is reportedly working on a second foldable Pixel phone

Google's next big update to Android will be Android 12, but signs point to a 12.1 update in the future that will improve the foldable phone experience. We've seen rumors of a foldable Pixel code-named "Passport" that could release late this year, and now it seems Google may be working on a second foldable Pixel...

Pixel 6 series pops up on the FCC, confirming WiFi 6E and UWB support

Certification filings for the Pixel 6 series went live yesterday on the FCC's website, just potential weeks before the phones' official launch. Google itself already revealed the most important details of the new Pixel 6 lineup, but there are still some details left to be confirmed. A litany of new Google smartphones were certified by...

Indian antitrust investigation finds Google abused its Android dominance

India is one of the most important markets for Google with Android phones enjoying over 95% of the market share in the country. It's not just about the OS though. All Android phones come with Google's suite of apps pre-installed which means there are millions of users using Google's services by default. Be it Chrome...

This week in Chrome OS: Chrome 93 hits stable and more

Welcome back Chrome fans. We've got a new stable version of Chrome OS, as Chrome OS 93 is rolling out. Most devices should have received the update by now, so we'll remind you of some of the key features to check out. In addition to the new stable release, we have some interesting upcoming features...

The Pixel 6 Pro comes with these beautiful plant wallpapers

Every Pixel launch event is a delight for themers, because Google is one of the best in the business at making new wallpapers. It's pretty normal for a new phone's wallpapers to be plastered all over the Internet, but in the case of Pixel, the new wallpapers generally leak ahead of the new phone's launch....

Exclusive: Pixel 6 Pro regulatory label shows Google is finally upgrading charging speeds

The next Pixel phone won't charge as slowly as previous models. Starting with the original Pixel in 2016, Google has shipped an 18W USB-C charger in the box with each Pixel phone. Google, like Apple and Samsung, has been averse to shipping faster chargers, instead opting to stick with the same 18W USB PD charger...

Canadians can now use the Pixel 5’s “Hold For Me” feature to stay on the line

Alongside the launch of the Google Pixel 5 and the Google Pixel 4a 5G last year, the company debuted a new Pixel-exclusive feature called "Hold for Me". It activates once you call a business and get put on hold, and you can either choose to stay on hold, and wait and stay attentive for when...

Android 11’s auto-reset permissions feature is coming to older OS versions

With Android 11, Google introduced auto-revoking permissions that barred unused apps from accessing sensitive permissions granted by the user. While this privacy feature currently remains exclusive to Android 11 and above devices, it will soon be trickling down to older versions of Android — all the way back to Android 6.0. Today, Google announced it is...