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Google Rolling Out ‘Instant Tethering’ to Pixel and Nexus Devices

Google had been internally testing a feature named "Instant Tethering" for a while now. Essentially, this feature allows devices to share their cellular data connection through Wi-Fi, automatically and seamlessly. Automation is the crucial part of this feature, as previously we would have had to manually create hotspots on our phone and manually connect to them from...

To Fi and Back Again: Google’s Inconsistent Messaging Space Complicates Sticking with One Service

I’ve written on Google’s convoluted messaging strategy before, but this was prior to the launch of Allo, which further added to the confusion of Google’s messaging platform. Allo has since been launched and updated several times, becoming a better product in the process. Google even surprised us all with a completely out-of-nowhere update to Google Voice...

Google Play’s New Privacy Policy Rule Goes into Effect on March 15th

Back in December of last year, Google changed some rules for if and when developers must have a privacy policy for their applications and games. This new rule was published in the help section of the Developer Console, but it didn't say when Google would be actively enforcing it. Now, we're seeing emails go out to...

Google Will Make it Easier to Share the Original URL on an AMP Site

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages project has done great things for those who use their smartphone to search the web. As it is right now, when you do a web search with the Google application, some of those results can be optimized for this project. If they are, then tapping on the search result will bring...

Report: Google & NetEase are in Talks to Launch Google Play in China

Google left mainland china a whole 7 years ago and while they were very serious about it at the time, it hasn't really been the best decision for them. Since then, China has become the largest smartphone market in the world and it's been a market that Google has been increasingly needing to have a presence in....

Project Fi is Rumored to Integrate with Google Voice Soon

To kick off last week with a bang, Google finally started rolling out a big update to an application they've been ignoring for the longest time - Google Voice. This seems to be the latest step in Google's overarching goal of moving regular users away from their Hangouts application. With Hangouts shifting towards becoming an...

The Chromecast Ethernet Adapter Works with Google Home

A couple of weeks after the Google Home personal assistant device was announced last year at Google I/O 2016, it was reported that Google Home would be nothing more than a Chromecast stuffed inside of a speaker. The report came from The Information, and claimed this was true because they shared the same microprocessor and WiFi chip...

AI in Smartphones: Separating Fact From Fiction, and Looking Ahead

As it goes every year, one hot feature sets a trend in technology, and suddenly every company boasts some variation of which that is uniquely theirs. This year, that feature is AI. Hot on the heels of Alexa's and Google Assistant’s holiday successes, Artificial Intelligence on phones has become the de facto must-have feature –...

Google Opens Up the Daydream VR Platform to All Developers

Google launched a lab division for employees to work on their Daydream VR platform. The goal was to come up with some experiments and see what worked and what did not work in a VR environment. They've come up with a number of conclusions about the social aspect of VR, ways to prevent trolling and even...

Google Play Services v10.2 to Introduce an ‘Instant Tethering’ Feature

While many people complain that OEMs are slow to push out big official updates to Android, Google is able to roll out the latest version of Google Play Services to over 90% of the active user base. Updates to Google Play Services doesn't change the core UI of Android, and it doesn't add in new...

Google Creates a Landing Page for Developers to Help with Android Security

Security within the Android platform has become very important to Google lately. This isn't to say that Google didn't care about vulnerabilities for Android in the past, though. It just became clear that when Google started rolling out monthly security updates to the Nexus devices back in November of 2015, they were getting very serious...

LG Reportedly Wants to Leverage AI for its Products in 2017

LG's smartphone division is currently being propped up by profits the company is making selling other products like TVs and home appliances. LG made a major gamble on its modular concept with the LG G5 but then recently confirmed they would be ditching this design with the upcoming LG G6. A lot is riding on their...