GOOGLE Posts on XDA

Google is a technology company headquartered in Mountain View, California. Here on XDA, Google is responsible for a lot of the topics we cover. Everything from the Google Pixel phones to the Google Chrome browser to Android. We cover all things Google. Visit the Google forum.

Google publishes new support page highlighting Google Play System Update changes

Along with monthly security patches, Google releases regular Google Play system updates to its devices. But while Google publishes a detailed changelog highlighting all the changes included in each monthly security update, the company doesn't do the same for Google Play system updates. This makes tracking changes a bit cumbersome. To address this, Google has...

Android 13 may ship with a redesigned audio output picker

It feels like Android 12 was released just yesterday, but here we are already talking about its successor: Android 13. While we don’t expect Android 13 to offer substantial design changes, it seems there will be plenty of smaller, quality-of-life improvements in store in the next major release. Over the past few weeks, we have...

“At a Glance” widget starts showing Nest doorbell alerts for some users

The new Pixel Pixel 6 series debuts a revamped At a Glance widget. The updated widget can show your calendar event, your flight boarding pass, workout stats, and more. In November, we learned that Google was working on a big update for the widget that would add even more features, including the ability to display...

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: Everything you need to know about Google’s latest flagship smartphones

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are finally official after months of leaks and speculations. The two flagship phones from Google come with the new Tensor chip custom-built for the Pixel 6 series along with refreshed camera hardware. It seems like Google has finally managed to produce a true flagship phone with competitive...

Google found to have violated Sonos patents, potentially blocking import of some Google devices into the US

In January 2020, Sonos filed two lawsuits against Google, claiming that the latter stole its multiroom speaker technology and infringed on 100 patents. In September, Sonos then sued Google alleging that the company's entire line of Chromecast and Nest products violated five of Sonos’ wireless audio patents. A judge (preliminarily) ruled in favor of Sonos....

Your Wear OS smartwatch will finally be able to unlock your Android phone and Chromebook

Google is working on a new feature that will let you unlock your Android phone and Chromebook with a Wear OS smartwatch. The company announced the upcoming feature as part of its CES 2022 keynote, along with a bunch of other features that improve interoperability between Android phones, Chromebooks, and other devices in Google's vast...

Google is bringing several new features to Bluetooth enabled audio devices

Bluetooth-enabled hearables and other home audio devices have gathered great momentum in the past few years thanks to OEMs skimping out on the headphone jack on smartphones and the general increase in audio-only content like podcasts. There's massive potential in this space, both for growth and for the technology to mature, and the growing interest...

Google is extending Fast Pair to Android TVs, Chromebooks, and Matter devices

At its annual I/O developer conference last year, Google announced a bunch of upcoming features. While some of the features that Google announced during the event have already rolled out to users, the company is yet to extend Fast Pair support to more device types. However, during the ongoing CES 2022 trade show, Google has...

Google takes a crack at AirDrop with Nearby Share for Android-Windows

Along with a host of new features to make Android phones and Chromebooks synergize better than ever before, Google is also working on a new feature to offer seamless interoperability between Android phones and Windows PCs. The company highlighted this upcoming feature in its CES 2022 keynote and, based on the information provided, the feature...

Android phones and Chromebooks will soon synergize better than ever before

Following in the footsteps of companies like T-Mobile, Meta, Twitter, and Pinterest, Google recently announced that it won't have any show floor presence at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. However, that doesn't mean Google will postpone all the announcements it had planned for the event. Instead of delivering a keynote in Las Vegas, the company...

Google Assistant will soon be able to control your car functions

At I/O 2021, Google first showcased Android 12's Digital car key feature and said that it would make its way to select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones later in the year. As promised, the feature started rolling out to the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Galaxy S21 series early last month, and you can...

Google Pixel 3 series gets a surprise update that fixes the emergency calling bug

Google consistently publishes a new Android Security Bulletin on the first Monday of every month, and they've done so for nearly every month in the last few years. Right on schedule, the January 2022 Android Security Update Bulletin went live yesterday and the company started rolling out new updates to supported Pixel devices (sans the...