Some Android users aren't seeing their recent snaps on Google Photos even though they are backed up

Google Photos is having a problem. Some users say that after October 14th, images that are uploaded to the application are not showing up on the mobile or desktop site, although they are getting backed up. We know they are getting backed up because they appear on the Google Photos app on other devices, and are stored in the cloud via Google Drive. To check if you are affected by the problem, upload a new picture on your phone and see if it appears at photos.google.com. If you don’t see it, or any other images dated October 15th or later, you do have the problem.

Android users are complaining …


"Hey Google" will soon activate Google Assistant on Android handsets

Owners of the Google Home smart speaker use a simple phrase to call on Google Assistant to handle tasks. The virtual personal assistant can control smart appliances inside the house, confirm an airline flight, get sports scores, news or the weather, all by saying a simple “Hey Google.” That is different that the “Ok Google” phrase used by Android smartphone owners to activate Google Assistant.

Soon, though, the “Hey Google” command will call up the virtual assistant on handsets. Google is in the midst of sending out a notification to Android users telling them that Google Assistant can be …

If your Pixel 2 is delayed, Google may send you a free Live Case


Some of the folks who’ve ordered a Pixel 2 smartphone
from Google Store are now receiving official word about shipping delays of up
to a month. Fortunately, Google is sending out emails informing customers that,
if their phone is delayed, they’ll get a free Live Case (at least in the US). It looks
like these long delays mostly involve the white variant of the Pixel 2.

 

Normally sold starting at $40, a Live Case is a cool
way to protect and personalize your Pixel, as you can use pretty much any photo
you want to customize its back (or you can select one of the artsy images
prepared by …

Google: we'll reimburse those who got the overpriced Pixel 2/XL at our pop-up stores

Along with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL announcement, Google said that it will set pop up stores in high-visibility and high-traffic areas as Manhattan to showcase and sell the new gear. Apple has its Town Squares Stores, Samsung has its Experience pop-ups in Best Buy, and Microsoft used to set temporary exhibits when it was high on Lumia, too.

Needless to say, Google delivered on that promise, and had the Manhattan store up and running yesterday for the official Pixel 2 launch date. Shop patrons, however, quickly noticed that the prices of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are …

(Update: You sort of can now) You can't really customize Google Pixel 2/2 XL's squeezable edge

Update: And just like that, a workaround has been discovered! Truly, the ways of the Android tweakers are mysterious. You can now remap the Pixels’ Active Edge with this neat little app dubbed Button Mapper. After you install it and grant the required accessibility service, all you need to do is follow the instructions and you will be pretty much set. 
One of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2’s key features that got lifted straight from HTC U11 is the Active Edge frame which allows you to firmly squeeze the device in order to launch the Google …

Google Home smart speaker just $86 with coupon code

Normally priced at $129 when purchased from the Google Store, the Google Home smart speaker is available for only $86 from online retailer Rakuten with the use of a coupon code. The device can answer your inquiries related to the weather, news, sports scores and more. Google Home can set timers and alarms, confirm your flight information and stream your favorite songs. It also can control your smart appliances inside your home including the thermostat, lighting, entertainment systems, and more.

To take advantage of this deal, click on the sourcelink and you’ll end up at Rakuten’s online …

Google reportedly prepping version of Google Home with a screen

Google apparently plans on producing a new Google Home smart speaker with a screen so that users will be able to watch YouTube videos, get directions from Google Maps, browse the web, and more. The product is said to carry the code name of “Quartz,” and was discovered during a teardown of the latest Google app (v.7.14.15). References were found that included YouTube, and the words video and browser.

Currently, Amazon sells the Echo Show which features a 7-inch screen. Last month, Google pulled YouTube from the device because Amazon refused to allow users to select autoplay as an option. …

Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its “Live Photos” — a feature, which has the phone’s camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don’t have 3D Touch) makes them “come alive” with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted …

Google App is getting a customizable search bar widget in the latest update

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Most Nova and/or Action Launcher users are well-acquainted with the launchers’ highly-customizable, color-changing, shape-shifting Google search bar widgets, and it seems like Google is taking note. The latest beta update of Google App introduces a customizable search bar widget of its own, and although it’s not as flexible as the ones found in custom launchers, it’s still good news for those who don’t rely on home screen replacements.

At first glance, it looks just like the current search bar, but tapping the menu …

Google responds to the Pixel 2 XL screen controversy

Ever since people started getting their retail units of the V30 and review units of the Pixel 2 XL, Reddit and XDA forums became abuzz with complaints that there is something amiss with LG’s P-OLED panels that both phones carry. 

Starting with subdued colors, and continuing with blotchy, non-uniform pixel brightness, grainy texture while scrolling, and very pronounced “blue tint of death” when you at the phone from the slightest angle, various issues have been noted in forum threads. previews and final reviews alike. Google came out with a statement to explain …