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Google Publishes Factory Images, OTA Images and Binaries for the Pixel and Pixel XL

Many people were curious how Google would be handling the software side of things with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Before release, a system image of the Verizon variant was leaked and that was all we had to go on. So many weren't even sure if Google would allow us to root and unlock...

14 Google Shops will Open in Best Buy Stores Across Canada

Best Buy Canada and Google Canada have just a partnership that will allow 14 different Google Shops to open up inside Best Buy retail stores this year. We've seen other companies like Apple, Samsung and Microsoft do something similar as well, but the press release says it is the "first of its kind in North America." Either...

The BABBQ is Upon us Once Again, Come Meet The Team and Win Awesome Prizes

The Big Android BBQ is once again upon us and XDA will be in attendance! As well as taking the time to see some of the huge variety of talks and partake of the delicious food, be sure to drop by the our booth where we will be hosting giveaways and competitions over the weekend...

Winners Announced for Google’s Material Design Awards 2016

The introduction of Material Design marked the first time Google truly took a unified front when it comes to the design of all of their products. We're seeing Google services that haven't been updated in years receiving a coat of paint using the company's Material Design guidelines. Google has even started to recognize 3rd-party developers who...

CBS Reportedly Signs on for Google’s Unplugged Web TV Service

There have been a number reports that talked about the possibility of Google launching their own online TV service. The service is said to be called Unplugged, but this could end up being changed before Google launches it. The latest report says the company is scheduled to launch the web TV service in "early 2017,"...

Exploring Assistant, A New Voice Interface with Familiar Problems and a Bright Future

A staple of sci-fi movies and games is the inclusion of an intelligent robot that receives and executes commands with ease. As we move deeper into the 21st century, the lovable AI personalities we see on TV and in games are slowly making their way into real life in the form of our mobile assistants.. Mobile assistant...

Google Store Pixel Phones Can be Rooted and Come With an Unlockable Bootloader

There's been a lot of mystery surrounding Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Granted, we did have a ton of leaks leading up to the October 4th launch event, but there were still a number of things that simply were not talked about then. It wasn't until after the launch event that we learned...

Google Assistant Summary: What We Know and Don’t Know — Try for Yourself (Enable on Any Nougat ROM)!

Google’s October 4th event was the launchpad of the Pixel duo -- devices that are meant to showcase Android and all that Google has added to it. The world, including us here at the XDA Office, were excited to see what new comes out of the hardware that was practically leaked in and out. What surprised...

Dates Available for Google Code-in 2016 and Google Summer of Code 2017

Google does a number of things for the open source community. Along with contributing open source code, they also hold a number of events and contests that benefit its developers. Two of their most popular open source events are Google Code-in, and the Google Summer of Code. Google has already released some statistics for Google Summer of...

Google Confirms Upcoming Pixel Devices will use Custom Silicon

Yesterday was a huge day for Google and the company's newly formed hardware division. The team has been working for months to develop their first Android smartphone and so far it has been met with mixed feelings. Some people are excited to see Google finally taking initiative with an Android smartphone while others are not impressed...

How Much Do You Think the New Pixel and Pixel XL are Worth?

With the Pixel and Pixel XL launch done and dusted, the biggest complaint so far with the devices is not that they are not solid flagships -- but they are priced beyond what one traditionally expected for the combination of hardware and software the phone is offering. After abandoning a legacy of value originating from devices like...

EU Plans to Fine Google for Anti-Competitive Android Practices

The road in Europe is looking to become rockier for Google and Alphabet, as the antitrust proceedings against the company in the European Union are looking to culminate with a hefty fine and some drastic changes. As per a new report published by Reuters, EU's antitrust regulators are planning to order Google to stop offering financial incentives...