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Japanese HTC Blog Finds Possible Pixel 2 References in U11 Files

The blog HTC Soku released an entry today which discovered data that HTC may be, or may have been handling two of the Pixel 2 variants. Inside the blog entry were the details, which we have translated: "The following descriptions were found in the system file of HTC U11 Taiwan version (OCEAN # DUGL). OCEAN_WHL OCEAN_UL OCEAN_DUGL OCEAN_DTWL OCEAN_UHL OCEAN_UHL_JAPAN OCEAN_A S2 M2" The blog's author believes, given that...

Google for Jobs is Now Available in English on Desktop and Mobile

Google has built some amazing search technology over the years. Couple that with their new machine learning neural networks and they're able to understand a degree of natural language that can be applied to areas in which they had tried before. At Google I/O earlier this year, the company announced they would be attempting to...

Report: European Commission Likely to Hit Google with Fine of over €1 Billion over Antitrust Issues

According to a new report from The Financial Times, the European Commission is likely to hit Google with a record fine of  €1 billion (£874 million) over antitrust issues. An announcement on one of the antitrust investigations will be made "in the coming weeks". Google is accused of promoting its own shopping service (Google Shopping) in...

Google Releases MobileNets, Mobile-First Computer Vision Models for Tensor Flow

Google has announced MobileNets, a family of mobile first computer vision models for TensorFlow. The company designed them to work on low-power, low-speed platforms like mobile devices. Having a device that can determine what you are currently seeing, on your phone, might just revolutionize our app ecosystems by unleashing a variety of new use-cases. Visual recognition...

Google Play Services v11 Adds New LocationServices APIs

Earlier this month, Google released version 11 of Google Play Services and it came with a lot of changes to the platform. This update touched on ads, app invites, awareness, identity, casting and so much more. Be sure to check out the full release notes if you are interested in all of the changes that...

Google Announces the New Android Excellence Program To Feature The Best Apps And Games

There are close to three million applications in the Google Play Store, giving all kinds of services and experiences. Unfortunately, not all of them are as good as we would like them to be. To showcase some of the best Android has to offer, Google announced the new Android Excellence program which revamps the current...

Google Maps Updates its Local Guides Program With A New Points System And More Levels

Google's Local Guides program has over 30 million contributors. They upload numerous photos of shops or restaurants to earn points. You can find some of the shots and reviews in Google Maps, for example. Google is now updating the program with new levels and is now offering new ways to earn points so you can...

Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect to Build Custom Chips for Future Pixel Devices

Google is serious about its Pixel flagships, and what better way to let everyone know than hiring the key chip architect away from one of your biggest competitors? Google is doing exactly that with the recent hiring of now ex-Apple employee, Manu Gulati, as reported by Variety.com. Mr. Manu Gulati is known for spearheading Apple's own...

Bug Report Suggests LG Might be Manufacturing one of the Upcoming Pixel Devices

Google's 2016 Pixel lineup was manufactured by HTC, though its branding only made it to the device's interior. It was earlier believed that the same partnership will continue this year as well, and as a result, HTC will once again be manufacturing the next Pixel lineup. However, a new report coming in suggests that might...

PSA: Using an Ad Blocker? A Bug in Google Play Music May Be Draining Your Battery.

Many of us use an ad blocker on our Android devices, be it to reduce bandwidth usage, avoid tracking or simply get rid of visual distractions. The way ad-blockers work is simple: they block all requests to known domains that serve ads or allow analytics and tracking. What happens when a network request fails? Well, what...

Google Releases reCAPTCHA API for Android to Fight Spam

While browsing the Internet you have probably come across many sites that asks you to complete a CAPTCHA challenge in order to prove whether or not you're a human visitor. Google's reCAPTCHA is one of the most popular CAPTCHA services out there that has helped millions of sites block spam and scripted bots. Google acquired reCAPTCHA...

Glass Lets You Try Out Google Lens-like Image Recognition on Your Android Device

At Google I/O 2017, Google showed off Google Lens -- a means to utilize computer vision and AI technology to allow your phone to understand what it sees. Unfortunately, Google did not specify when and if Lens will be made available as a standalone app, though it'll be incorporated into various products. If you'd like to...