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Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear isn’t dead. It’s just long delayed. That seems to be the message Google is sending these days, after not so few people called it out for dragging its feet with the smartwatch platform. After acquiring the Cronologics team behind the Alexa-empowered CoWatch, Google has finally released another development preview of Android Wear 2.0, now at its fourth, with some admittedly interesting new features aimed at revitalizing what is becoming to be a highly doubted market segment.

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Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

After years of development, Google is ready to take the next step with its self-driving technology with the introduction of Waymo, a new Alphabet company. Waymo was announced today by new CEO John Krafcik, who previously served as the CEO of Google's self-driving cars division. According to a blog post by Krafcik, Waymo signals that Alphabet sees a new road ahead for this technology, after being in development under the Google umbrella for the past seven years.

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Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

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The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

Google Wifi may look like a shorter, squatter version of Google Home, but while the two smart home devices might share DNA, there's oddly little overlap. The mesh router, which began shipping earlier this month, doesn't stint on features to go with its boosted range. Despite that, there's still one big thing missing.

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Google Self-Driving Car to get steering wheel and pedals after all

Google Self-Driving Car to get steering wheel and pedals after all

Google has been talking up its self-driving car plans for years now and as far back as 2014 the search giant has been saying that it would not equip its pod cars with a steering wheel or a pedals for a human driver to take over if they need to or want to. Things have not changed with reports indicating that its self-driving car will indeed have pedals and a steering wheel according to people close to the project.

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Pixel XL 32GB back in stock at Google Store

Pixel XL 32GB back in stock at Google Store

If you have been holding off upgrading your smartphone until the Pixel XL was back in stock at the Google Store, you better whip out the wallet. For now the Pixel XL 32GB smartphone is in stock. The 128GB version is still out of stock as of writing. The 32GB version is available in very silver, quite black, and the limited edition really blue colors.

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Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Just when you thought Google was subtly ramping down its focus on Android Wear, it makes an unexpected move. It has just acquired the people running Cronologics, the startup behind the somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign for CoWatch. That “yet another smartwatch” set itself apart by being the first to put Amazon’s Alexa assistant on your wrist. Suffice it to say, with this acquisition, the CoWatch might remain to be only one with that feature, with the former Cronologics team devoting its attention on Android Wear 2.0 “and beyond”.

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Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

It’s no secret that Google is biased about its Pixel phone. After all, it is its first, and so far only, “made by Google” phone. Just look at its exclusives: Google Assistant, unlimited Google Photos storage, and Daydream View compatibility. That last one, however, seems to be changing little by little, thanks to some investigation and hard work by the Android community. With just a somewhat simple workaround, a rooted Nexus 5X, possibly even any rooted Android 7.0 smartphone, has the potential to be compatible with Google’s fashion-conscious virtual reality headset as well.

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Gboard keyboard finally on Android, replacing Google Keyboard

Gboard keyboard finally on Android, replacing Google Keyboard

It’s rare, though not unheard of, for Google to launch a mobile app that is either an iOS exclusive or an iOS first. Especially for something as utilitarian as a virtual keyboard. Alas, that is exactly the case for Gboard, which launched last May exclusively for iOS. That is, until today. Google has finally, semi-officially made its new software keyboard available for Android, and it is doing one better. It is replacing its own Google Keyboard, which, depending on how you liked the idea of Gboard in the first place, may or may not be a good thing.

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Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Daydream View owners take note, because your wait is over: Netflix has finally arrived. Now you'll be able to use Netflix instant streaming to watch movies or original shows like Stranger Things or House of Cards in wonderful virtual reality. Of course, you could do that before thanks to the Gear VR, but now you can also do it on the Daydream View.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 Update leaked early (with Christmas secrets) [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Gen 2 Update leaked early (with Christmas secrets) [UPDATE]

We now have a full list of Pokemon GO updates, including Gen 2 and Christmas, that'll be coming in the next several weeks to Android and iOS. Today Niantic's announcement will give a limited amount of information surrounding New Pokemon in Pokemon GO. This announcement of an announcement was first made on December 7th, 5 days before this article is scheduled to be published. This new collection of Pokemon will change the way the game works - not necessarily the mechanics of the game, but the way in which users seek out which Pokemon and use Pokeballs when and where.

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Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon's statement on Samsung's latest effort to recall all Galaxy Note 7 units in the USA is telling. In the statement, Verizon makes clear that they will not be pushing a software update sent by Samsung for the device. The device would essentially render the smartphone useless as it'll disable all charging indefinitely. Verizon disagrees with the method, suggesting that they will not put their customers in such a position during the holiday season.

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