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Google’s Pixel Watch will reportedly pack an older chipset

The long-awaited Google Pixel Watch was finally unveiled at this year's Google I/O, though the company was particularly cagey about its specifications. We didn't actually get to hear a whole lot, aside from the fact that it was also going to be launching alongside the Pixel 7 series. Now, though, a new report from 9to5Google suggests...

Google Pay will soon improve its card ownership verification

Google Pay will soon be improving its card ownership verification by way of one-time passcodes and in-line tokenization, in an effort to combat fraud. This comes after Google also announced that it would be introducing virtual cards for users on desktop and Android in the coming months. In the company's "What's new in Google Pay" keynote,...

Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen expands in Android 13 Beta 2

Google's Emoji Kitchen is a delightful and wacky feature that lets Gboard users combine two different emojis to create an entirely new one. While some might find this feature trivial, Google has kept it going, delivering multiple updates that have increased emoji compatibility. It looks like Google's commitment to Emoji Kitchen continues, as it's delivered another update...

Google Keep update could deliver highly requested text formatting features

A teardown of the latest version of Google Keep has revealed that a major addition could be on the horizon -- text formatting support. The addition of text formatting would be monumental for the note-taking app, as the app has been fairly bare-bones for quite some time. Although Google recently updated the app with new...

Google and Samsung team up to simplify data sharing between Android fitness apps

At Google I/O 2022, Google and Samsung announced Health Connect, a new unified platform and API that aims to simplify interoperability between fitness and health apps. The new Health Connect APIs will allow developers to securely access data from different fitness apps, devices, and wearables to build richer app experiences. It provides a single interface for...

Google details Pixel 6a pricing for international markets

Google I/O 2022 saw the launch of the highly anticipated Pixel 6a. At launch, Google only detailed the US pricing and availability. But the company has now confirmed which countries will be getting the Pixel 6a. Just like the Pixel 6 series, the new Pixel 6a will see a limited release. It will be available in...

Google has failed to execute its ban on stalkerware ads

Google took a hard stance on stalkerware in 2020, publicly stating that it would ban related ads and apps from Google searches and the Google Play Store. But, a couple of years after its public commitment, it appears that stalkerware ads can still commonly be found on Google, questioning whether the company has really committed...

Google I/O 2022 Recap: Everything you need to know from Google’s big tech event

Google I/O 2022 is done and dusted, and boy is there so much exciting stuff to talk about. While Google I/O has traditionally remained a software-focused event, the story was a bit different this year. The new Pixel hardware stole the show this time around, as Google not only announced the Pixel 6a and Pixel...

Google is updating more than 20 first-party apps to look good on Android tablets

Google is finally getting serious about Android tablets. With players like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Realme entering the tablet scene, the time is ripe for Google to put in some work to improve the Android experience on big screen devices. Earlier this year, Google announced Android 12L to make Android look good on foldables and...

Google’s Magic Eraser can now change object colors

Google's Magic Eraser is quite.. magical. For those unfamiliar with this feature, the company first released it as a Pixel 6 exclusive. It allows users to edit out people and objects from shots in the Google Photos apps. Thanks to the company's unrivaled machine learning (ML) models, we now don't have to post photobombed shots...

The all-new Google Pixel Buds Pro with ANC arrive in July for $199

After a major leak last week, Google has finally announced the latest addition to its wireless earbuds hardware lineup, the Pixel Buds Pro. The earbuds will be available in four colors, come priced at $199, and will go on sale starting in July. The Pixel Buds Pro are Google's latest foray into the world of personal...

Firebase App Distribution helps developers test their apps before launch

When developers want to test their apps and make sure they work, it's important to test them on groups of people and to ensure that all of the feedback and testing data they get is of a high standard. Google’s Firebase is a pretty comprehensive set of development tools that can help do exactly that,...