Google to launch Echo Show competitors in partnership with JBL, Lenovo, Sony, LG, and other major companies

Facing incredibly tough competition from Amazon, and with Apple’s HomePod on the horizon, Google announced that Google Assistant will be making its way to a wide range of smart home speakers made by different manufacturers in 2018. Major tech companies, including Bang & Olufsen, Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, SōLIS, and Sony are reportedly on board and will be producing their own smart speakers powered by Google’s AI Assistant.

What’s more interesting is that JBL, …


Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

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It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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Google Play first-time app installs surpassed App Store's by more than double in 2017

It appears that 2017 was a great year for Apple, Google and mobile users alike, at least according to the latest report from research company SensorTower. The report claims mobile users spent no less than $58.6 billion on apps and games last year via in-app purchases, subscriptions, and premium apps on both the App Store and Google Play. Suffice to say that’s a 35% increase over 2016.

Although App Store at about every category, there’s one where Google Play is far ahead of Apple’s applications store: first-time app installs. The report published recently by SensorTower …

Google satisfaction survey found on the Android Messages client

Just the other day, we told you how some Google Pixel 2 XL owners have been asked to take a “one minute” survey to “Help improve Pixel.” If you decide to opt-in, you’ll be asked questions about the level of satisfaction you have with your Pixel 2 XL, and which brand of phone you previously owned. The survey was found on the settings page at the bottom of the handset’s screen.

As it turns out, Google is not limiting the survey to Pixel 2 XL owners. An invitation to answer some questions was also discovered on the Android Messages SMS client, which happened to be running on a ZTE Axon 7. On …

Google looking into Pixel 2 XL bug that affects volume of audio clips sent via a messaging app

The latest problem affecting the Google Pixel 2 XL is one that Google is already looking into. Complaints have been posted on the Pixel User Community of the Google Product Forum. According to these posts, voice clips sent through a messaging app by a Pixel 2 XL carrying this bug, are arriving on a recipient’s phone with very low volume. This is occurring with messages sent through WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Google Allo, Telegram and other platforms.
The low volume occurs regardless whether the recipient is wearing earphones or using the receiving phone’s speakers. …

Google invests in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform

Google has invested an undisclosed sum in Chinese game live-streaming platform Chushou, bringing the start-up’s total funding to north of $120 million, Reuters reported. Founded in 2015, Chushou is an e-sports and streaming service that lets users live stream games from their smartphones. The platform has an estimated total of 8 million streamers and 250,000 live streams a day.
Live streaming and e-sports platforms are growing in popularity in Asia, and the world as a whole, and Google’s investment comes as no surprise. The U.S. company’s aim is to expand Chushou’s …

Google prepares for a knock down drag out fight with Amazon at CES 2018

With the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show set to open this Monday, Google has been setting up a very complex display for the large number of attendees that will be passing through the Las Vegas Convention Center. With the phrase “Hey Google” written on the side of the city’s monorail cars, and seen on various billboards around town, Google will apparently be heavily promoting Google Assistant at CES this year. A rivalry of sorts has developed between Google’s virtual personal assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa.
Amazon’s Alexa personal …

HTC releases Screen Capture tool in the Google Play Store, so you can screenshot away

We’ve already reported about the latest update HTC released for its Edge Launcher app earlier today, but here is another app that has probably gone unnoticed by many HTC smartphone users. The new app is, in fact, a tool called HTC Screen Capture, which does exactly that, but with a twist.

Besides being able to capture screenshots from your smartphone, you can also edit them or add text and drawings. Once you take a screenshot, a menu will pop up with options like Scroll, Partial, Edit, Share, and Save.

The first option, Scroll enables you to preview what …

The unannounced LG G7 now has an app on Google Play: LG Wallet

LG today released Wallet – a new Android app presented as a “secure
mobile payment application for LG’s premium mobile handsets.” What’s
really interesting about this app is that, according to its description, it can be used only on an LG G7 (at least at this moment).

 

Of course, an LG G7 doesn’t exist yet, or not commercially
anyway. We are expecting a G7 to be introduced in the coming months (as a
successor to last year’s G6), but the device will likely be released under a
different name, as LG is looking to refresh its flagship phone naming scheme. Most
probably, the description …

Google seeks feedback from Pixel 2 XL owners, asks users to take survey found in settings

Google wants to make sure that Pixel users are having the best experience possible and are truly enjoying their new phone. To do this, some Pixel 2 XL owners are being asked to take a minute of their time to complete a survey. While looking at the settings page, a notification pops up at the bottom of the screen that says, “Help Improve Pixel: 1 minute survey. You can decide whether to opt-in or opt-out.

Should you decide to take the survey, you are asked questions about your level of satisfaction with the phone, how long you’ve owned it, and the name of the company that made the previous …