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[Update] Chromebooks are Not Dead, But Google has No Plans to Share Right Now

Original Title: Google is Not Working on Another Pixel Laptop Google's Pixel lineup originally began with the company's chromebook ambitions -- the original Pixels were high-end, well-specced and premium laptops that managed to showcase Chrome OS' true potential. It wasn't long before Google decided to use the Pixel branding for other endeavors, including the Pixel C (which could...

Google Takes on Cable with YouTube TV

You now have one more way to watch your favorite content thanks to Google. The Mountain View technology giant has just launched its own online TV subscription service, called YouTube TV. This service will join the already popular streaming TV services such as Sling TV and AT&T-owned DirectTV Now. YouTube TV will include over 40 networks with...

Google Announces Play Store Changes to Help Promote Great Games

While a lot of Android publications are currently talking about Mobile World Congress 2017 from Barcelona, there's also another big convention going on right now: The Game Developers Conference is currently happening too, and since Google has their hand in mobile gaming, it makes sense for them to be there right now as well. Along with...

Google Executive Teases a Web Version of Google Allo

It's fair to say that Google Allo hasn't had the warmest greeting from the Android community at large. Before the application was even launched we saw the hype building as many hoped it would be Google's answer to iMessage on iOS. Many were also hoping that the application would be more fleshed out and feature-packed...

Google Changes App Refund Policy, Adds the Voided Purchases API

Google's application refund policy has been pretty spotty over the lifespan of the Android platform. Thankfully, this started to get better over the last couple of years with one milestone being the biggest for them. Back in 2014, Google started allowing instant refunds for applications purchased within a 15 minute window. The whole "I pirate...

Google Pushes for RCS Messaging with “Android Messages”, New Partners and Business Integration

The adoption of the Rich Communications Services standard is an initiative in the mobile industry that aims to upgrade the outdated SMS experience, the one that fails to take advantage of a modern smartphone's capabilities. Current user needs rely more on media sharing and features like enhanced read receipts and group conversations, which is why...

Applications for Google I/O 2017 Tickets Now Live

For all developers interested in attending Google's famous I/O 'developer festival' in 2017, applications to secure tickets have begun today, with the application period closing at 5pm PST on February 27th. The conference will begin in a bit less than three months from now and will run for three days as usual, from May 17th...

Analyzing the SoC Market and the Relative Standing of Each Processor

In the ever-changing landscape of mobile technology, many processors have risen and fallen. From the birth of HiSilicons’s lauded Kirin series, to the coming of age of Samsung’s Exynos chips, and even the death of Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipsets, we’ve watched in excitement, horror, and – yes – sometimes even disgust, as our hopes and...

Editorial: Neither Android Wear nor a Pixel Watch Can Succeed Without a Stronger Pixel

After months of speculation regarding Android Wear 2.0 and the devices that would launch alongside it, Google has finally unveiled the final version of its newest version of Wear with two LG-branded watches. These two watches, and more importantly the OS running on them, have a lot riding on their shoulders given how much Android Wear...

Report: Google Home & Amazon Echo Getting Voice-Calling Features

Amazon launched their Alexa personal assistant in the Echo back in 2014 and they've been working on it non-stop ever since. We've seen a number of 3rd-party companies integrate Alexa into their products over the years and Amazon is constantly adding support for 3rd-party services as well. Google is working to catch up to Amazon when...

Google Play Services Release Notes are Available for the 10.2 Update — Bye Gingerbread!

It was just a few weeks ago when we learned that the Google Play Services 10.2 update would include an Instant Tethering feature. This information came to us from Andreas Proschofsky, who had sideloaded the update and noticed the feature popup. Google likes to take their time when rolling out big updates like this and we're...

The FTC is Investigating Google for Anti-Competitive Actions Against Samsung

Google is not a stranger to anti-competitive actions when it comes to the Android mobile platform. Things that would be considered okay if the software was only used by a minority of the market are now being frowned upon because of how much market share Android has. Reports say that Android accounts for over 80%...