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Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature prepares to add a “Favorites” tab

Now Playing is one of the marquee features of the Pixel software experience. On the Pixel 6 series, Now Playing gained a search button on the lockscreen, allowing users to quickly lookup songs that Google failed to identity. And soon it will also let you like songs so you can find all your favorite tracks...

Pixel’s Now Playing feature could get its first big revamp since launch

The Now Playing feature on Google Pixel devices might receive a much-needed revamp soon. Google is reportedly working on giving it a design overhaul and a couple of new features. For the unaware, Google introduced the Now Playing feature with the Pixel 2 series back in 2017. Since its launch, it hasn't changed all that much....

Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature has been ported to other Android devices

Google debuted the Now Playing feature with the Pixel 2 series back in 2018, and it has remained an integral part of the Pixel lineup ever since. The feature employs a combination of onboard hardware, software, and Google’s machine learning magic to identify songs playing in the background. Now Playing was intended to be a...

The Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature may get location and activity tracking support

When Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in late 2017, they introduced a feature called "Now Playing" to the Google Pixel series. The feature analyzes background music playback using a combination of software, hardware, and machine learning to show you what song is playing by comparing the audio fingerprint against an offline...

Pixel Experience adds a Now Playing-like feature to the OnePlus 6

Google has many good features built into their stock ROMs that are hard to port to other devices. This includes features like Now Playing and Call Screening. Well, at the moment full ports of both those features are not possible. Features similar, on the other hand, are possible. The Pixel Experience team added a new...

Now Playing history is rolling out on the Google Pixel 2

Since all the way back in April, we've been hearing about Google finally adding a history timeline to the Now Play feature. This is the feature that recognizes songs in the background on Pixel devices. There was no native way to see a list of all the songs it had identified (several 3rd-party apps did...

Google Pixel 3 XL Review: A Polished Camera and Software Experience make up for the Notch [Part 1]

Speed, Simplicity, and Security. These 3 words have been used to describe Google's Chrome OS—its desktop/laptop operating system built on the Linux kernel—since it was first introduced. But I would argue that Google's Pixel line of Android smartphones also embodies the three S's in Chrome OS' motto. Google's approach with the Pixel line is wildly...

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are official with Wireless Charging support, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and Android Pie

We've seen the Google Pixel 3 leak on the XDA forums (twice), on Reddit, in a cab, in a train, in a Chinese shop, on the Russian black market, but finally, we get to see the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL for ourselves. Today, Google officially unveiled their latest Pixel flagship smartphones...

Here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 XL

It's been a crazy week for fans of the Google Pixel smartphone line. After a steady trickle of leaks in the first half of the year originating mainly from industry sources, we've now had three separate instances of the Google Pixel 3 XL appearing in public. The first and second leaks originated on our very...

Google’s Now Playing prepares to finally add support for showing history

Now Playing is a feature that Google debuted on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It allows the phone to constantly listen for music and display the song info on the Ambient display, lock screen, and in the notifications. This is a super handy feature for those times you hear a song and don't...

Get Pixel 2 Features On Any Android

The Google Pixel 2 is a fantastic smartphone by any measure. It's got a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, premium materials, and one of the best smartphone cameras around. But as it turns out, you don't need to shell out for a new phone to get some of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's...

CypherOS teases ‘Ambient Play,’ a music recognition service mimicking Pixel 2’s Now Playing

Before we even got our hands on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, the device's always-listening music recognition feature was a pretty divisive new addition. We talked in detail about how this feature works in multiple articles since then. It's typically something that gets immediately turned off or left on when someone sets...