Huawei and Google team up for the first Android development board, similar to the Raspberry Pi

Android developers had one serious problem that made their jobs much harder up until now – they had to develop software for the platform using hardware that’s completely different in just about any way. The community wanted an ARM-based development platform for quite some time now, hoping it would make things easier, and it finally has it.

Huawei has introduced the HiKey 960 board – an ARM-based development board that comes with all the essentials one would need. It employs Huawei’s latest octa-core processor – the Kirin 960 – complete with the Mali-G71 GPU, 32 …


What to expect from Google I/O 2017: Android O, stand-alone VR headset, Google Assistant everywhere

How time flies! As if it was yesterday when we finished our 2016 edition of “What to expect from Google I/O” and it’s already time to see what the Big G has in store for us in 2017. But we are not complaining – we are always curious to see first-hand what the leading companies in the industry are working on and the moment and envisioning for the future. 
As is tradition, Google I/O 2017 will kick off with a keynote. This one’s scheduled for 10:00 AM on May 17 and will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

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The great selfie camera comparison: Galaxy S8+ vs LG G6 vs iPhone 7 vs Google Pixel

I took way too many selfies… and then compared them

People still do selfies, right? I imagine they do, seeing as manufacturers insist on including a selfie camera in pretty much every smartphone nowadays. Flagships, however, often promise better-than-average image quality, and thus constantly one-up each other. So I decided to put four of the biggest devices out there, the Samsung Galaxy S8+, LG G6, Apple iPhone 7, and Google Pixel, to the test.

But to make things a tad more interesting, I decided to take the quartet out for a spin in the Real …

Pixel XL 2 aka Walleye scores a mention in Android testing by Google engineer

David Zeuthen, a Senior Software Engineer at Google, may be toying around with a Google Pixel XL 2, which we recently learned could be codenamed Walleye. From the AOSP project code postings that revealed to us the eventual internal titles of the next Pixel phones, now comes the thread that you see above, where Mr Zeuthen refers to testing new software, probably part of Android O, on a “walleye” device (nudge, wink).
Provided that the deduction is legit, Google is apparently hard at work on the new Pixels already. With the Google I/O event right …

Google and Facebook scammed out of over $100 million

No matter how big you are, you are never safe on the Internet. There are many proofs of this statement but one of the latest is a case in which Google and Facebook were named as victims of a huge, multi-million scam. According to Fortune, the two technological giants lost over $100 million over the course of two years because of a well prepared phishing attack.

The story in short: About a month ago, a Lithuanian man named Evaldas Rimasauskas was charged by the US Department of Justice for “orchestrating a fraudulent business email compromise scheme that induced two U.S.-based internet companies” …

Google loses head of Pixel division, as David Foster returns to Amazon

We’re less than a month away from the Google I/O’s debut, and just when the Mountain View company needed more unity considering its plans for the smartphone industry, a prominent exec has left the search giant.

David Foster joined Google back in October after having worked for Amazon’s hardware division where he led the development of Kindle tablets, the Echo speaker, as well as other devices.

At Google, Foster was VP of hardware product and was directly responsible for the company’s Pixel division. He worked on the current Pixel phones and Home speaker. …

Google Assistant SDK publicly released so that anyone can put the Assistant into their devices

Google has just made an important step towards convergence by publicly releasing the Google Assistant SDK. The personal digital assistant that’s been added to Google Allo, Google Home, and Pixel phones, is now part of a much larger ecosystem that includes Android Wear, as well as Android phones powered by Marshmallow and Nougat.

Moreover, Google announced that its Assistant would be available in Android Auto and Android TV shortly. However, with the release of the developer preview of the Google Assistant SDK, anyone can port the assistant to their devices.

If …

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get software updates at least until October 2019

Google today refreshed one of its important Android support pages, adding the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to a special list: the one showing for how long the handsets will receive official software updates.

As you can see below, Google can’t guarantee that the Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android version updates after October 2018 (thus two years after their initial launch). It also can’t guarantee that the two devices will receive security updates after October 2019 (3 years after launch). To be fair, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Android version updates …

Is Google going to launch a pair of Bluetooth headphones? FCC seems to say so

Google may be at it again, as the search giant is readying an exciting product for its fans, pair of Bluetooth headphones. The audio accessory has been recently spotted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), along with several pictures, which is a bit unusual for an unannounced device.

More importantly, the technical specifications of the Bluetooth headphones are listed at FCC as well. However, we’ve been able to learn some of the most interesting details from the pictures in the gallery.

For starters, the headphones feature ANC (Active Noise Canceling) …

Google Assistant can now help you cook your favorite dish

Google Assistant has just become even more useful for those using an Android device or the Google Home. Thanks to Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network and a couple of more publications, Google Assistant users will now be able to access more than 5 million recipes.

Basically, you won’t be needing any cooking books since you’ll now be able to find just about any recipe that you can think of. More importantly, Google Home users can listen to a recipe and their favorite music, at the same time.

The ability to cook with the Google Assistant on Google …