google

Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

This week the folks at GFXBench appear to have received a benchmark for the next (one of two) Nexus smartphone. This would be the smaller of the two, one we're being told (by unofficial, anonymous sources) may be called the Nexus 5P. This device would be the replacement for the Nexus 5X. Coming with the operating system the benchmark calls "INVALID Android Google Edition" - catchy name! - this device rolls with a 1920 x 1080 5-inch display with 5-finger touch support.

Continue Reading

Google expands AMP support in new Search preview

Google expands AMP support in new Search preview

Back in February, Google launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (or AMP for short), which serves as the company's answer to slow-loading webpages on mobile devices. It would appear to have taken off in a big way, with Google revealing today that there are more than 150 million AMP docs in its indexes and that a whopping four million more are being added each week. This success has led Google to test the waters on rolling out AMP on a wider scale.

Continue Reading

Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

After a big set of changes in Pokemon GO come August 2016, original major Pokemon GO map apps like PokeVision collapsed. Not so much collapsed as suffered a big set of blows from Niantic, who asked them to shut down. Like the hydra, when one head is cut off, two spring up in its place. In this case, we've got a collection of resources that've sprung up in PokeVision's place - and not all of them are made for maps!

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

Continue Reading

Android Marshmallow hits 15% distribution, closes in on Jelly Bean

Android Marshmallow hits 15% distribution, closes in on Jelly Bean

The latest Android distribution numbers are here from Google, and they're showing an expected uptick in the number of devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Of course, with Marshmallow being the newest version of Android, you'd expect its adoption rate to increase as time goes on, but here we're beginning to see Marshmallow move within striking distance to one of the versions ahead of it: Jelly Bean.

Continue Reading

Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google has been given the go-ahead to test its Project Wing delivery drones in the United States, permission announced by the White House itself to highlight research in the field of UAVs. The Project Wing testing is set to eclipse Amazon’s own drone testing, becoming the currently largest drone delivery trials in the U.S. Google will be given access to one of half a dozen drone testing sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Continue Reading

Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google's own Nexus phone and tablet line now has a launcher app of its own. This app will allow any Android smartphone (most any Android smartphone) to look and act much like a Nexus phone - super simple and clean. Fully Material Design compliant, that is to say. This launcher works with its own Google Now button (or Google button, if you prefer) for universal searches. It also has a brand new slide-up app drawer.

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been revealed and priced and released, all at once. While the device won't be immediately available, each of the top carriers in the United States have begun issuing information about when and where the device will be able to be placed in users' hands, physically. The release today marks the first time Samsung has released the headliner "phablet" smartphone Galaxy Note without a "flat" version - it's decidedly part of the "Edge" collection without the namesake.

Continue Reading

Pokemon GO Articuno video is fake: here’s how they did it

Pokemon GO Articuno video is fake: here’s how they did it

Pokemon GO users on YouTube have caught legendary birds like Articuno and Moltres, ultra-rare Pokemon like Mewtwo and Ditto, and every oddity in-between. How could they possibly have done such a thing? Is there a glitch in the game? Have they cheated? Not so much. They've done nothing of the sort. What's actually going on here is extremely simple - and they didn't need any fancy multi-thousand-dollar software to do it. All they needed was Blender.

Continue Reading

Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

The folks at Instagram have launched a new feature for their mobile app called Instagram Stories - a name you may have (sort of) heard before. Snapchat has a similar feature, one called Snapchat Stories - or Snapchat's My Story. Users are able to share photos and videos with their followers with 24-hour timers on them. That should sound familiar. Both services offer basically the same thing.

Continue Reading

HTC Nexus phones release date and details leak

HTC Nexus phones release date and details leak

Today it's become clear that a new set of Nexus devices are well on their way from Google to the hands of the public. Word comes from Droid Life where they've gotten word that October 4th could be "the launch date" of these new devices. HTC will very likely make both of these machines, and they'll almost certainly be coming with the next version of Android running on them. That's Android 7.0 Nougat - the tastiest of treats yet sent by Google.

Continue Reading

Android now watches user accounts, tattles with notifications

Android now watches user accounts, tattles with notifications

Android devices will soon be working with native notifications that'll tell their user that their account has been used on a new device. When a user signs in on a new device, every other device they have (on Android) will see a notification telling them that they've had a sign-in on a new device. This will be helpful for people that are in danger of having their account stolen, as they'll already be aware of every time they themselves sign in, but will be able to protect themselves at first sign of any unusual activity.

Continue Reading