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Google Assistant ‘Personalized speech recognition’ in the works

Sometimes, having a digital assistant can be life-saving, but at other times, it can be a complete nightmare. While things have come a long way in that regard since their inception on smartphones, Google is hoping to accelerate things further by introducing a new feature called “personalized speech recognition”, according to a report from 9to5Google....

Play Store app listings start showing a new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section

Google is reportedly rolling out a new 'Compatibility for your active devices' section on app listings on the Play Store, which highlights whether an app is compatible with your active devices or not. This new section is currently available for a handful of users running version 30.6.16-21 of the Play Store app. According to 9to5Google, the new...

Android 13 Beta 2.1 is here with bug fixes

Android 13 is edging closer and closer, and we've already seen a lot of what's to come with the next platform release. We've seen the company adding new features with each build, and some highlights include the photo picker API and more granular media files permissions. Most recently we saw Android 13 Beta 2 drop...

Android 12 and 12L Custom ROM List: Unofficially update your Android smartphone!

Ever since Google announced the arrival of Android 12's stable release and dropped the source code to AOSP, the tinkering party is underway here at XDA. But unless you own a current-generation Google Pixel device, there’s a very good chance that you will have to wait for a few months to have your OEM send...

Google Calculator 8.2 brings updated UI for larger devices

It's no secret that Android's tablet experiences isn't the best when it comes to app support. While there is a vast library of Android apps that users can take advantage of, the optimization for larger devices hasn't always the best. Fortunately, it looks like one of Google's own apps, Calculator, has received an update, offering...

Get the Google Pixel 6 series at its lowest price yet in the United Kingdom

The Google Pixel 6 series marked a change of direction for the Pixel series. It comes with Google Tensor, a chipset made by Google. It also debuted with the latest and greatest version of Android — Android 12. Google Tensor is the company’s debut in smartphone chip-making, and the Google Pixel 6 series is packed...

Google Photos’ new Real Tone filters start rolling out to users

Google introduced Real Tone with the Pixel 6 series last year to help users accurately capture various skin tones. The Real Tone functionality used an updated face detection algorithm capable of recognizing more diverse faces in a wider array of lighting conditions, resulting in a better representation of different skin tones. At I/O this year, Google...

Google Street View turns 15 ushering in new app features and tools

Back in 2007, Street View started as an ambitious idea to document the world like it had never been documented before, capturing photos of streets and locations in 360-degrees. Fast forward 15 years, and that same idea has gone on to capture over 220 billion images across 100 countries and territories. For its 15 year...

Bye bye Bixby! The Galaxy Watch 4 finally gets Google Assistant

The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are two of the best Wear OS smartwatches out there. They also happen to be the only watches that run Wear OS 3 out of the box. However, despite running Wear OS, the Galaxy Watch 4 series has missed out on one of the best Wear...

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Here are all the different color options!

Google gave us an early preview of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro during its I/O 2022 keynote. Well, kind of. While the company didn't fully unveil its next flagship phones in the Pixel lineup, it did give a super early look at the new phones. There's still a lot that we don't know...

How I would make Google Stadia even better for the future

Contrary to those shouting loudly on the internet, Google Stadia isn't dead. And as I've written previously, it's really rather good. In fact, the last post I published on Stadia provoked a lot of great discussion about the platform. There's plenty to love and enjoy, but there are legitimate concerns and areas that could be...

What colors does the Google Pixel 6a come in?

Google's new Pixel 6a smartphone is now official and it enters the Pixel 6 lineup as an affordable option. Unsurprisingly, this new smartphone borrows many of the same design features from the more expensive flagships, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. It features the same camera visor that looks like the visor on...