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  • YouTube TV gets picture-in-picture support

     Google’s YouTube TV app has received a recent update that allows for picture-in-picture on Android phones running Nougat or Oreo. Google first announced YouTube TV back in February, and rolled the service out in April, launching in five major U.S. cities. YouTube TV is meant to kill the cable box, offering popular cable channels like ABC, Fox, CBS, CW, NBC, Disney, ESPN and 40+ more for… Read More

  • Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

     An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings.  Read More

  • Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone

     Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there’s a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it’s broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out pre-release software. Read More

  • After leak, Google’s new file manager for Android, Files Go, launches into public beta

     Google today decided to launch its new Files Go Android app into public beta to reach a wider group of testers. The company had been preparing to announce its new file manager for Android later in December, but those plans were thwarted earlier this week when the app was spotted in the wild during testing. While file management is Files Go’s focus, the app also includes other useful… Read More

  • Google to launch an AirDrop competitor, file manager, and cleanup utility called Files Go

     Google is preparing to soon launch a new mobile app called Files Go that will allow Android users to better manage the files on their phone, transfer those files easily – even when offline – as well as free up storage space on their devices as needed. The app will become available to users worldwide in early December. Files Go was first spotted by 9to5Google on the Play Store, where… Read More

  • Google’s Pixelbook is my new favorite travel buddy

     The Google Pixelbook is a bit of an odd duck among notebooks, or among tablets – or even among notebook/tablet hybrids. It’s a Chromebook, which by now is an established category, though one with very specific appeal; and it runs Android apps, which makes it feel very much like an iPad competitor. It’s a great device in terms of hardware build and general performance, but… Read More

  • Essential Phone is the best deal in smartphones thanks to camera updates

     The Essential Phone has come a long way since launch in one key area: Photography. When it first hit the market a few months ago, the camera had a nasty tendency to crash and was a bit slow to load and process photos. But Essential has stayed true to its promise of delivering frequent and effective Camera app updates, and the result is a smartphone total package that is easily the best value… Read More

  • Google’s Fast Pair feature starts arriving on non-Pixel Android phones

     In the avalanche of news that was Google’s Pixel 2 event last month, the company kind of glossed over the Fast Pair feature. Understandably so — it had a lot to get through at the event. And besides, it was far from the coolest thing about the company’s new Pixel Buds headphones (that title goes to the Babelfish-esque real-time translation feature). The feature is similar to… Read More

  • Google responds to Pixel 2 XL display complaints, promises fix for ‘clicking’ noise on the Pixel 2

     Shortly after Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL began shipping, some users noted the devices seemed to have some… quirks. Onscreen colors on the XL seemed faded. When switching screens, evidence of previously displayed images sometimes seemed to linger. Others reported the screen seemed to turn an odd shade of blue. And Pixel 2 users reported hearing “clicking” sounds when… Read More

  • Google introduces Neural Networks API in developer preview of Android 8.1

     Google is starting to seed to devs a new developer beta (8.1) of Android Oreo. The big highlight here is the new Neural Networks API, which brings hardware-accelerated inference to the phone for quickly executing previously trained machine learning models. Read More