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The Pixel 6a might hit the shelves in May this year

After launching the Pixel 6 series in October last year, Google is gearing up to launch the Pixel 6a. Over the last few months, we've seen a couple of leaks about the upcoming mid-range Pixel phone, which have revealed that it could feature the new Google Tensor chip and a design similar to the flagship...

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Brains versus Brawn

We've entered 2022, but the next round of flagships are still a few weeks away. Even then, there's value to be seen from devices launched in 2021, especially when those devices are flagships such as the Google Pixel 6 Pro and the OnePlus 9 Pro. While the OnePlus 9 Pro has undoubtedly been marred in...

Google reportedly working on AR headset with custom processor and cloud streaming

Google has been in the AR/VR business for around a decade now, and even though its software technology has been popular (like ARCore/AR Play Services and Google Lens), the company's hardware hasn't gone as well. Google Glass now only exists as a corporate product, and only one dedicated Daydream VR headset was ever produced, but...

Google reportedly wants to make Google Pay a “comprehensive digital wallet”

Although Google shelved its Plex banking service for Google Pay even before it launched, the company has not given up on making Google Pay a one-stop shop for all your digital payment needs. In a recent interview, the company shared plans to make Google Pay a "comprehensive digital wallet," which might even include support for...

YouTube may soon let you loop video chapters

In May 2020, Google unveiled a new feature for YouTube called video chapters. As the name suggests, video chapters break down a YouTube video in chunks, making it easier to jump to specific sections of a given video without having to fiddle with the progress bar. The feature is immensely helpful when watching long videos...

Google brings Android games to Windows in limited beta

You've always been able to play Android games on your PC, though it's never really been easy. Projects like Android x86 and Bluestacks have typically been your best bet. Back in December of 2021, Google announced that it intended on bringing Android games to Windows, making use of the Android app layer that comes as part of...

Google will force free G Suite accounts to paid plans, starting in July

Google online accounts usually fall into one of two categories: free personal accounts with a @gmail.com address attached, and workplace accounts provided by a company or organization. There are also some Google accounts, which offer the custom domain ability of corporate accounts (e.g. having [email protected] as a Gmail account) for free, but now Google is...

Google is officially giving up on YouTube Originals

YouTube Premium was first introduced in October 2015 (then known as 'YouTube Red'), which removed advertising on YouTube videos (while still paying the creators) for a monthly subscription. YouTube also started producing exclusive high-budget content to attract subscribers, known as YouTube Originals, to make the service more competitive with Netflix and other streaming platforms. YouTube...

As antitrust legislation inches forward in the US, Apple and Google aren’t happy

We're staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year...

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which big Pro phone to buy?

Google's Pixel line of phones has been quite underwhelming in the past few years. The Pixel 5 had a mid-range chip, the Pixel 4 had poor battery life, and the Pixel 3XL had a bathtub notch. While they had their own positives, they weren't really THE phone to recommend for most people. Google is trying...

How to download Android 12 and 12L for Google Pixel and other Android devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the update rollout via stable channel. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, or the Pixel 3a XL, then you can even...

These are the Best AT&T phones you can buy in 2022: Samsung, Apple, and more!

The US phone scene is often dominated by carriers, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the carrier you choose. Fortunately, AT&T is one of the biggest ones with great nationwide coverage and plenty of phone options from which to choose. To ensure carrier compatibility, every phone listed here is directly available...