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[Update: DoJ Investigation continues] Google completes Fitbit buyout after months of scrutiny

Google has confirmed that its buyout of wearables maker Fitbit has completed, bringing to an end 13 months of investigations in the US and European Union. The deal is said to have cost Google $2.1bn, where it will sit as a Google subsidiary, not an Alphabet division. The biggest prize for Google is the estimated 29m...

The Galaxy S21’s launcher integrates the Google Discover feed

The all-new Galaxy S21 series is finally here, and Samsung has packed it with a bunch of exciting new tech. The three devices in the lineup feature the latest flagship chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung, they offer some impressive camera hardware, and the company has even updated its One UI skin for the devices to...

Google Play cracks down on predatory personal loan apps in India

Although Google has a strict set of guidelines for personal loan apps on the Play Store, the app store is chock full of shady money lending apps that prey on unwitting users. Most of these apps not only violate local lending laws, but they also go to extreme lengths to recover their money. In response...

Guest Mode is coming to Google Assistant smart displays and smart speakers

Google on Wednesday announced a Guest Mode is coming to Google Assistant-equipped smart displays and speakers. The new mode, which can be enabled by saying, “Hey Google, turn on Guest Mode,” won’t save interactions to your Google Account. “While in Guest Mode, you can enjoy popular features, like asking questions, controlling smart home devices, setting timers...

Google fixes issues with COVID-19 contact tracing apps on Android

Google confirmed on Wednesday it's investigating issues with Android apps that use the Android Exposure Notifications System to track the spread of COVID-19. Apparently, there’s one issue in particular that’s causing apps to take longer to load or conduct exposure checks. “We are aware of an issue affecting Android apps developed using the Android Exposure Notifications...

Google Chrome to default to HTTPS when typing in URLs

Google Chrome is testing a change which would see the Omnibox automatically default to the encrypted (HTTPS) version of a page, without going to the unencrypted version first. The move could shave valuable fractions of a second from page loading times and reflects the company's policy of prioritising encrypted websites in search results, brought in...

The OnePlus One, Google Nexus 5, and four 8 year-old Sony Xperia phones get Android 11 custom ROMs

If your old phone still works, then why should you upgrade? That's the question a lot of people ask themselves every month. Sometimes, you'll be forced to upgrade when your carrier makes changes to their network, but if you have an older phone that can still make calls, texts, and use mobile data, then you...

Breaking: Google removes the Parler app from the Play Store

Earlier this week, the U.S. Congress officially met to count the electoral votes cast in the 2020 Presidential election. I don't have to tell you what else happened that day, but that event has had major repercussions on how tech giants are treating certain actors on their platforms. As it so happens, the Google Play...

Google Phone app prepares to let you always record calls from numbers not in your contacts

Almost a year ago, Google started working on bringing call recording support to the Google Phone app. The feature rolled out to the company's Pixel lineup soon thereafter, followed by several Nokia devices and a couple of Xiaomi phones. Now, Google is working on improving the feature to help you automatically record calls from unknown...

Android 11 Update Tracker: List of major phones getting the latest release!

It’s that time of year again when Google releases the new version of its mobile operating system, and after a long few months of beta testing, the American tech giant is finally rolling out the stable version of Android 11. But of course, it’s not just Pixel users who are getting this update. A range...

Google will soon sell the unlocked Pixel 4a 5G in a white color

When the Pixel 4a 5G was released, customers on Verizon got exclusive dibs on a “Clearly White” version. Everyone else got black. It appears that will soon change, with Google reportedly set to release an unlocked version of the device in the snowy white color. The good news is the unlocked Pixel 4a 5G in white...

Google’s next Nest Hub smart display may have a Soli radar for sleep tracking

Evidence has been mounting for a a new Nest Hub smart display with a Soli radar. Now, a fresh report claims the upcoming Smart Display not only exists but will also include sleep tracking features. A new report from 9to5Google claims the Nest Hub will use Soli to track a user’s sleep. “Embedded into this upcoming...