Google Pixel 3 XL prototype appears in more pictures

Yesterday, we showed you pictures of a Google Pixel 3 XL prototype that even displayed the “crosshatch” codename right on the screen. That tells us that “blueline” will be the fishy codename for the Pixel 3, and “bonito” will be used for the mid-range Pixel expected in the first half of 2019. Now, the same Pixel 3 XL prototype device has reappeared in some new pictures taken of the handset.
The photos were taken by an XDA member who was able to get his hands on the device. After toting the prototype around, he says that the back is made of glass, which means it might …


Moto Camera app updated with Google Lens, single finger zoom, Portrait mode and more

The Motorola Moto Camera 2 app in the Google Play Store has received an update. This app is now optimized for 2018 Moto handsets and adds integration with Google Photos. Pictures snapped using Motorola’s Best Shot or Portrait mode (for the bokeh effect) will show up marked in the Google Photos Library. YouTube Live is added to the camera app with the update, which also brings a new feature allowing users to zoom in or out by swiping the screen with a single finger.
The UI has been updated and users now swipe to the left to share, edit or backup their photos. Google …

Google Inbox loses "Someday" and "Pick Place" snooze features

Google’s Inbox app was initially launched as an alternative to the regular Gmail app back in 2014, although it never really took off on the same level as the latter. Despite this, however, the app has gained a loyal user base but, to the disappointment of some, it’s been confirmed that two features are being deactivated.

According to a Top Contributor on the official Google Forums, the internet giant is currently in the process of removing the “Someday” and “Pick Place” snooze options. For those unaware, the “Someday” snooze option allowed users to be reminded of an email’s existence at …

Google believes in the power of color as it tries to convince you to use a fingerprint scanner

Going from black and white imagery to color is a tried and true method for splashing cold water on your senses. Take the classic film The Wizard of Oz, which starts in black and white and turns to glorious Technicolor during the scenes in Oz. Google thinks like this, too. Found in the latest beta version of the Android P developers preview is a more colorful image of a fingerprint that is seen when adding new prints to your phone’s biometric reader.
The gray fingerprint image with a blue circle around it is being replaced with the aforementioned colorful image of a …

Moto Z3 Play lands with free Battery Mod, and deep Google Lens integration

After filling the low-end with the G6 family, it’s time for Motorola to work its way upwards in the 2018 phone crop by announcing the successor to its successful Z2 Play midranger from last year, dubbed lovingly… the Z3 Play, what did you expect.

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While Motorola has upgraded specs where it matters, like the processing power, and the camera area, the biggest changes from last year’s generation, to the new Play, are in the design. Sporting the trendy tall an narrow screen aspect ratio, the Z3 Play manages to fit a 6” 1080 x 2160 pixels AMOLED screen in the same dimensions it has …

Google Lens standalone app now available in the Google Play Store

Google has been talking a lot about Lens in the last couple of months and many smartphone makers have already adopted the search giant plans to expand the app’s availability on as many products as possible.

The last Google Lens related announcement belongs to Sony, as the company confirmed Lens has been integrated into the camera app of two of its smartphones, the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.

Today, Google made it even easier for Android users to take advantage of what Lens has to offer. A new standalone Google Lens app is now available for download in some countries. If the …

Google pushes out June security patch for Pixel and some Nexus handsets

The June Android security patch is being pushed out by Google to Pixel and Nexus devices starting today. The patch, dated June 1st, 2018, fixes 20 vulnerabilities while the June 5th, 2018 patch handles 38. Google says that no customers have been affected by these issues. According to the Android Security Bulletin, the severity of these vulnerabilities ranges from critical to high. The Bulletin adds that the most severe issue “is a critical security vulnerability in Media framework.” This could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code using a specially crafted file.
The …

Notch-ing new: serial leakster reveals his information on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

*Image made as representation. By @MilenYanachkov / PhoneArena

For a while now, we’ve been hearing reports about this year’s Google Pixel phones. From the rumor that there may be three new handsets this time around — with one supposed midranger to be added to your usual flagship duo — to exact leaks pointing out that the Pixel 3 XL’s display would have an OLED panel made by LG.

We also keep hearing about the notch. Allegedly, the Pixel 3 XL will have a cutout at the top of the display, housing not one but two selfie cameras, while the regular Pixel 3 would keep the classic …

Google Assistant and Alexa might be coming to Xbox One

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Some of us already like screaming at our Xbox when things don’t go our way, but you might be able to make those vocalisations useful.

As first reported by Windows Central, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants are on their way to the console, giving users an additional option on top of Microsoft’s Cortana. 

A screenshot from an upcoming version of the Xbox One software shows a digital assistants section in the console’s preferences menu, where it also asks users to add Xbox related skills via the Alexa app. Read more…

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