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Google Pixel 5 release for testing up on AOSP

Google Pixel 5 release for testing up on AOSP

Google Pixel 5 was revealed - for the first time, in text, by a Google developer - in AOSP. AOSP stands for Android Open Source Project, and it represents part of the larger Google/Android equation. Android is currently called an "open source" operating system, and development can be seen in part on the internet with code commits with the Android Open Source Project - that's where the Google Pixel 5 was name-checked today for the first time.

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Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google has announced that it will begin sunsetting Google Station, which offered free public Wi-Fi in a number of countries around the world. The area where Google Station was most prevalent in was in India, where the company outfitted 400 rail stations with these free Wi-Fi hotspots. The good news, however, is that one of Google's partners in that endeavor - India's RailTel - will continuing operating these Wi-Fi stations after Google winds down its program.

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Leaked TCL expandable screen phone has our attention: Here’s why

Leaked TCL expandable screen phone has our attention: Here’s why

Today a leak of a TCL smartphone prototype shows a bit of what was apparently going to appear at MWC 2020. That's the tech conference that generally happens every year around this time, but was cancelled this year due to concerns over nCoV-2019 / COVID-19 (AKA novel coronavirus). The device you see here was leaked from what CNET's Jessica Dolcourt describes as a "trusted source" - aka this isn't just some fan-made device based on a concept, it's quite likely from a source within TCL (or a TCL-adjacent group).

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Stadia Pro subscribers to land on free tier after trial period expires

Stadia Pro subscribers to land on free tier after trial period expires

It's hard to believe that it has almost been three months since Google made the rather gutsy move to take on the gaming console giants and to some extent even Steam but that's exactly how long since Stadia has been running. It has been a rough first few weeks and, to date, there are still some doubts about its long-term viability. Its true test, however, will come when the trial period for Stadia Pro subscribers end but it will apparently make sure that these "Founders" won't have to move out completely when that date arrives.

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Pixel 5 prototype leak is sending shivers down the Internet’s spine

Pixel 5 prototype leak is sending shivers down the Internet’s spine

Google has always been accused of trying to copy Apple but there are cases when that can actually be a good thing. For a time, it seemed that the tech giant has finally come across its own confident aesthetic identity, one that fans of both software and hardware products can be proud of. Then along came the Pixel 4, which seemed to throw a wrench in that theory. And just when you thought the worst is over, here comes a first glance at what could be the Pixel 5.

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Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

If your vehicle has Android Auto, you can now use the system to quickly view your local weather. Users started noticing the new feature over the last week, reporting that they show up as two small icons in the platform's status bar. Don't expect to get a full weather forecast, but it's not like you're missing much -- you could easily view a more detailed outlook from your phone when you're not driving a vehicle.

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Gmail for iOS adds attachment support for Apple’s Files app

Gmail for iOS adds attachment support for Apple’s Files app

Google is making it easier for Apple mobile device owners to attach files to emails using their iPhone or iPad. In an announcement this week, Google said that it has added support for Apple's Files app to Gmail on iOS; this means you'll be able to directly attach files from this app using the Gmail app. The change is rolling out now to all Gmail users on iOS.

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Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Web browsers today are a far cry from the early days of the Internet. It is possible, though not really advisable, to even run operating systems in them, if not be an operating system itself. Web technologies have opened up worlds of new experiences and almost literally. No longer confined to powerful devices or even smartphones, mixed reality has come to the no longer modest web browser and the upcoming Chrome 81 release will drive the browser further down that road, this time with augmented reality technologies.

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Pixel Live Caption may be coming to the Chrome browser

Pixel Live Caption may be coming to the Chrome browser

Google loves showing off its AI chops and especially the speech recognition in Google Assistant. It might simply be frivolous convenience for some while others may even be worried about the privacy implications of things like Duplex and Call Screening. Last year, however, Google revealed an application of these technologies that few will argue isn't helpful to everyone. Fortunately, it seems that this feature won't be limited to Pixel phones and might soon find their way to all of Chrome's incarnations.

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Area 120 launches GameSnacks with games for low-end phones

Area 120 launches GameSnacks with games for low-end phones

If you have an old, slow phone that can't handle modern mobile games, Google has good news for you: the launch of GameSnacks, a new project from its Area 120 experimental projects lab. GameSnacks brings mobile games to a greater number of people, including anyone who is stuck using a slower network all the way down to 2G. Area 120 describes GameSnacks as 'bite-sized' HTML5 games.

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Google Stadia confirms 5 upcoming games – 3 will be timed exclusives

Google Stadia confirms 5 upcoming games – 3 will be timed exclusives

Earlier this year, Google announced that it has 120 games on deck for Stadia in 2020, with more than 10 of those being timed exclusives. While that's exciting news for someone who may think that Google has been a little too quiet when it comes to its plans for Stadia, there was just one problem: Google didn't actually reveal what those games were. Today, the company is pulling back the veil ever so slightly, revealing five new games that will be heading to Stadia in the future.

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Galaxy Z Flip Flex split-screen mode could come to other Android phones

Galaxy Z Flip Flex split-screen mode could come to other Android phones

Smartphone displays are getting larger and larger but aside from making more room for content, there isn't much being done to take advantage of the real estate. When LG debuted the world's first 18:9 phone, it demonstrated how some apps can split their content in half to allow for different actions on each half. Samsung has seemingly taken that idea to the next level with the Galaxy Z Flip's "Flex" mode and now it seems that other Android phones may have the chance to use such a feature in the near future.

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