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Fast Pair gets a new UI so you won’t miss pairing your Bluetooth accessory

Google’s Fast Pair feature is getting a new UI that supports a wider variety of devices, including OnePlus Buds and Fitbit activity trackers. The new UI, first spotted by 9to5Google, features a larger Fast Pair pop-up that includes the name of the product you’re trying to connect, a photo of that product, and a connect button....

DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

Google recently began testing an “origin trial” in Chrome with a new piece of web technology called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), which is replacing third-party cookies. In response, DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi have all announced that they will disable Google’s FLoC, calling it a “step in the wrong direction.” Basically, Google’s FLoC replaces third-party cookies...

Google will kill Play Movies and TV app on Roku and several smart TVs

Google is sunsetting the Google Play Movies and TV app on several platforms. The move comes after Google renamed the Google Play Movies and TV app on Android to Google TV last year. In an email sent out to users (via The Verge), Google has announced the Google Play Movies and TV app will no longer...

Google Meet gets new saver mode to help conserve data and battery

Google Meet continues to be one of the most preferred choices for hosting video and audio conference meetings. Thanks to a new update, the app will now offer a feature where it will consume less data and still control the quality of your calls on mobile, thereby consuming less battery and less power from the...

Google is testing new features for global media controls in Chrome

Google rolled out new media playback controls for Google Chrome and Chrome OS in January last year. The feature added a new icon next to the address bar that opened a simple playback controls window with a pause/play button, the currently playing URL, and the song title. The window also showed the current song's album...

Google and Sony team up to add 360 Reality Audio support in Android

Sony has been developing its 360 Reality Audio technology for a while now, based on the MPEG-H 3D audio codec. The tech is mostly limited to some of Sony's own smartphones, and only works with compatible apps, but now it looks like broader 360 Reality Audio support could be coming to Android. A series of code...

Google Lens comes to Google Photos on desktop with OCR for images

Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered image recognition service, is leaving the mobile bubble and is finally making its way to the desktop. As spotted by 9to5Google, Google Lens is now available on desktop inside the Google Photos' web version. At the moment, the Google Lens only allows you to copy texts from an image through optical character...

Here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 5a 5G, including expected release date

Google's Pixel 5a is set to succeed the Pixel 4a this year. While the launch is slated for later this year, it's worth setting our expectations now that we've had a taste of what to expect from this year's affordable Google Pixel smartphone. Google first launched the Pixel series almost five years ago. Much distant from...

Google starts rolling out “Heads Up” in Digital Wellbeing to stop distracted walking

In November last year, XDA's Mishaal Rahman spotted an upcoming feature, called Heads Up, in a teardown of the Digital Wellbeing app. At the time, we'd learned that the feature would alert users to keep their heads up while walking to avoid any accidents. The feature has now started rolling out to Google Pixel users...

Google Search will prioritize in-depth content when ranking product reviews

Google Search is one of the main ways people find reviews for a product or service, but it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which reviews are actually helpful. That's why Google has announced an update to its search algorithm, which promises to filter out less-helpful reviews. Google is rolling out its "product reviews update,"...

Android 11 Custom ROM List – Unofficially Update Your Android Phone!

As you may be well aware by now, the stable version of Android 11 has now been released to the masses. Google's Pixel series of phones and a handful of Xiaomi devices have joined the update train so far, while official beta builds are available for the OnePlus 8 lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series,...

Google is shutting down the mobile app for Google Shopping

Google is infamous for killing off apps and services, and it seems the search giant may have found its next victim. According to evidence found in the latest version of the Google Shopping app, Google may be preparing to sunset the mobile app. We've discovered strings and code in version 59 of the Shopping app that...