Despite Google fixing the Bluetooth bug plaguing the Pixel and Pixel XL, some users are still experiencing issues

Ever since Google released the February Android security build for the Pixel and Pixel XL, owners have been experiencing Bluetooth issues left and right. A little over a month ago, Google acknowledged the problem and stated that a solution is being worked on. It was four days ago that the awaited fix came, and it didn’t even require Pixel owners to download a system update, since it was a “server-side” solution, as Google puts it.

However, judging by the myriad of Pixel and Pixel XL owners who are complaining on Google’s product forums from still experiencing …


Camera software used on Google Pixel/Pixel XL is the legacy of Google Glass

The cameras on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have received plenty of complements. Last year, DxOMark called the Pixel cameras “the best smartphone cameras ever made.” The 12MP rear camera uses a Sony IMX378 sensor, and the 8MP selfie snapping shooter sports a Samsung S5K4H8/Omnivision OV8856 sensor. In our review of the Pixel XL, we noted that Google is able to get the most out of these sensors by deploying special software. As it turns out, that special software might be a legacy of Google Glass.

Google’s issue with the Google Glass camera was its size. While the Search giant was …

Google to ditch SMS support in Hangouts for Android effective May 22

It looks like Google can’t decide what route to take when it comes to Hangouts. The messaging service suffered many changes during the development cycle, so the fact that it’s going to go through another one shouldn’t surprise anyone.

However, this time Google has decided to ditch one of the features that made Hangouts a multipurpose messaging app. Although Google has yet to confirm the information, it appears that SMS support will be removed from Hangouts for Android.

Google had sent emails to G Suite administrators warning them that a message will appear …

OnePlus confirms Google Assistant is now available on the OnePlus 3 and 3T

It’s been less than three weeks since we’ve got word that Google Assistant has started to arrive on the OnePlus 3 smartphones. In the meantime, it looks like the OnePlus 3T has been treated the same way, so the Assistant should be available on this particular flagship as well.

More importantly, OnePlus announced earlier today that its two high-end smartphones, OnePlus 3 and 3T, should both have the personal digital assistant installed.

Yay, the Google Assistant is now available on the #OnePlus3 and 3T. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve asked your assistant? …

Google Talk (GChat) is finally getting fully transitioned to Hangouts; G+ leaving Gmail

Ever so slowly, Google is doing… something to sort out its messaging app strategy. Yesterday, we heard that Hangouts would be losing SMS support because Google wants to focus on Android Messenger for text messaging. Now, Google has decided it is finally time to kill off Google Talk (aka GChat), despite keeping the app around for years after it should have died.

Apparently, even though the Google Talk app in the Play Store was switched to Hangouts back in 2013, Google never shut off the Talk app for anyone who still had it running. That is finally changing, shutting off functionality …

Rumor: Google working on social-media app for group photo editing

During Google I/O last year, the company introduced two social media apps, Allo and Duo. The former is a “smart” messaging app that allows you to integrate with other Google owned apps like Maps, YouTube and Assistant, in order to share directions, information and video clips. Duo is Google’s answer to FaceTime, a quick and dirty video chatting application. Now, there is talk of Google introducing a new app during Google I/O this year.

Google I/O 2017 runs from May 17th to May 19th, and during one of those days we could see the introduction of a group photo editing app. Users would create …

Google finally fixes Bluetooth connectivity issues on the Pixel and Pixel XL

It’s been more than a month since Google acknowledged an issue with Bluetooth connectivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and the Mountain View company has finally announced that it has addressed the bug.

The problem started to affect the Pixel phones soon after the February security patch was released and persisted throughout the month of March. Today, a Googler confirmed the company fixed the bug that’s been identified last month.

I just got word that Google has just finished putting a fix in place for this issue on our end — no downloads or updates …

Google Recent is now here, allowing you to check older searches or flick them away

Slide out the navigation drawer to the Google app on your Android phone and the top choice on top should be the new Recent tab. You can go back (with an assist from the timeline on the bottom if needed) and find old search topics you looked for using Google. You can even compare search results side by side if necessary. And if you want to delete a Recent search result, simply swipe up and it is gone. A tutorial is available when you first open Recent, and viewing it should give you all of the information you need.

Deleting a Recent page will not delete any searches from your browser history …

Google Duo updated with audio-only calls option, Allo gets the ability to share files

Google Duo, the application that many though it would replace Hangouts, has just received a small but meaningful update today. Alongside Duo, another Google app, Allo received the same treatment on the Android platform.

At a dedicated event in Brazil, Google made several announcements about how it plans to make the internet easier to reach and its products to work better in markets where coverage is scarce.

Google launched Duo last year in an attempt to bring high-quality video calling to users on Android and iOS. Today, the search giant announced it added …

You can now share your real-time location from Google Maps on Android and iOS

Google has finally added the option to share real-time location in Maps. Starting today, the new feature will be rolled out to Google Maps users worldwide on both Android and iOS platforms.

Whenever you are asked where you are or when exactly you’ll arrive at your destination, you will be able to reply by sharing your real-time location. The people you’re sharing the information with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop.

Sharing your real-time location is easy, as you’ll need to tap the new “Share location” option …