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The “Check for Update” Button Now Always Shows Available OTA Updates on Nexus/Pixel Devices

It always sucks when you have to wait for a new OTA update to finally reach your device before you can get the new features and bug fixes that come with it. For some, this has resulted in manually sideloading an OTA update or flashing system images onto devices. A software engineer at Google has...

Google Brings its Trade-in Program to the Google Store with Pixel and Pixel XL

Google seems to really be ramping up for the upcoming launch of the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini and more that's happening in just a couple of weeks. The company recently partnered with Motorola to launch the first Android One smartphone in the United States and with that they also introduced a...

Chrome Beta v62 Adds Network Quality Estimator API, OpenType Variable Fonts, and More

Around the middle of each month we learn about the new changes going into the next beta version of Chrome and this month is no different. We last update the beta channel of Chrome received was last month and it was up to version 61. As expected, Google has just released some details of the...

Google Announces Headphones Optimized for Google Assistant, Starting with the Bose QC 35 II

The name Bisto was originally thought to be a codename for a specific product, and at one point we speculated it was simply a pair of headphones that Google was handing out to their employees. As it turns out though, Bisto is the codename for an entirely new product line that is being integrated into...

Google to Make its Dialer App More Useful with Notification Actions

Google has slowly been adding more features to its dialer application over the last few years and many have appreciated the work they've done. This becomes even more important with their renewed focus on hardware thanks to the Pixel phones as they are actively looking to make it commercial success. We have found a new...

Google signs $1.1 Billion Deal to Acquire Part of HTC’s Smartphone Team & Non-Exclusive IP Rights

It's not the full acquisition we were hoping for, but Google has just officially announced that they have signed a deal with HTC Corporation to acquire a part of HTC's smartphone team as well as non-exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights. The deal was expected to come today given that stock trading was halted the day before pending...

Google Announces a Trade-in Program for Project Fi Customers

When Project Fi was initially announced, some felt the fledgling MVNO would not last very long. However, Project Fi is still kicking, and has even added U.S. Cellular to their list of growing participants. Today, Google has announced that they are partnering with a couple of 3rd-party companies to bring a trade-in program to customers to...

Motorola Moto X4 is the First Android One Device in the U.S., Available on Project Fi

At the tail end of last month Motorola officially announced the latest phone for their Moto X series: the Moto X4. This was big for fans of the Moto X lineup as Motorola didn't release a device last year due to the transition they were having with Lenovo. Early this year the folks over at...

Google is Preparing for Tighter Android/Chrome OS VPN Integration

Google has gone down a number of paths in their goal to get Android applications working on Chrome OS. We first learned about ARC Welder and its Chrome extension that allowed Android applications to simply run on any device that Chrome was installed on. This ran into some complications though, so they backed out and...

HTC to Halt Stock Trading Tomorrow, Rumored Google Acquisition Seemingly Imminent

To say that HTC has been having a bit of a financial issue is an understatement. The company's financial reports show massive losses thanks to their mobile division and even typical executive shuffle hasn't been able to turn the company around. There have been multiple reports about HTC being in talks with Google about receiving...

The Google Pixelbook will be Google’s New Convertible Chromebook, Starting at $1,199

Google is now preparing to announce their newest fleet of in-house devices, which, just like last year, includes their take on many different household electronics. We've had our fair share of leaks today, including color options and pricing information on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, as well as the new Google Home...

Google Daydream View 2017 Refresh Brings New Colors at a $100 Price Point

We're learning a lot today about the products that Google will allegedly launch this upcoming October 4th. First, we heard additional details of the Google Home Mini. Next up, we're hearing from Droid-Life that the Google Daydream View is allegedly getting a 2017 refresh as well. This is an interesting move from Google since the Daydream View headset is...