Google's first Smart Displays are going on sale in July

The first of Google’s Smart Displays will be available to buy starting this summer. After announcing the new product platform at CES 2018, the company remained pretty quiet in terms of an eventual release date. At the company’s annual Google I/O event, however, the internet giant has finally confirmed that its first lineup of products will be available to purchase starting July.

The devices in question are set to put a huge focus on their Google Assistant integration, akin to Amazon’s focus on Alexa with the Echo Show. Also, in addition to the benefits the virtual assistant brings to the …


Qualcomm's Snapdragon optimization and Google's Project Treble should make Android P updates faster

Qualcomm announced today that it has already optimized several Snapdragon mobile platforms for Android P. The SoCs that were fine-tuned include the Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 636 mobile platforms. The chip maker said that in partnership with Google, it was able to have early access to the new build of Android, which allowed it to make the changes necessary to allow handset manufacturers to update their handsets faster.

Timely updates for Android users have been a problem going back to Android 2.1. Soon, the “F” word, fragmentation, started to be used in connection with …

Check out Google's Emoji Scavenger Hunt web game for some AI action

In the mood to kill some time? Using your mobile browser, click on emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com. This is a scavenger hunt game that uses AI and your smartphone’s camera in an attempt to find real life items that match the emoji you are shown. The time you have to find the items decreases with each turn. When you do match an emoji with a real world object, you receive extra time on the clock.

Google’s machine learning platform takes what you are seeing in the real world, and is able to match the image with the proper emoji. The goal, of course, is to find all of the emojis before …

Nokia 6.1 officially launches in the US as part of Google's Android One family

If you’re planning to buy a new mid-range smartphone that doesn’t cost more than $300 unlocked, as of this week, you can get an official US variant of the Nokia 6.1. Announced back in February (and known as Nokia 6 2018 in some markets), the Nokia 6.1 succeeds the Nokia 6 of 2017, bringing improvements on almost all fronts.
Made out of aluminum, the Noia 6.1 employs a unibody design, sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, and runs Android 8 Oreo. The phone is part of Google’s Android One program, which means it’ll receive timely software …

Google's new universal messaging effort for Android to be called Chat

Google is stopping work on its Allo communication app for Android, and moving most of the team to a new venture called Chat, it seems. Now is the time for the obligatory eye roll when talking about the search giants efforts to unify messaging on Android phones to be more like Apple’s iMessage closed garden.

First there was Google Talk, then there were Hangouts, then Allo and Duo split the video and text chat duties for some reason, and now Allo is being given the boot for the sake of Chat. Yep, it’s a great name, we have to admit, and Google better not screw this effort up.
The …

Google's April distribution numbers confirm Android Oreo market share is on the rise

Google has just published the official Android distribution numbers for the month of April and at first glance, it looks like Oreo doesn’t do better than Nougat did the same period last year.

There’s a major increase from February 2018 when Android Oreo market share was barely above 1%. According to the latest numbers, Oreo is now on close to 5% of the devices out there, a small number considering Android P is just around the corner.

However, it’s not unusual for a new version of Android to do so poorly in terms of market share, even after almost a year of the official announcement. …

Google's new spring wallpapers might be giving us a major hint about Android P's name

Google just shared a bunch of spring wallpapers in its recent Instagram stories, and while the wallpapers themselves are a pretty cool as far as backgrounds go, it’s one specific wallpaper that has the full scope of our attention. 

Featuring a slew of tasty and super-vibrant popsicles, one of the wallpapers could be either giving us a really major hint about the upcoming Android P’s name… or be yet another massive tomfoolery on Google’s part the purpose of which is to lead us by the noses as far as the next Android’s name is concerned.

Among the multiple probabilities …

Google's new UI for setting up Assistant renames current privacy feature as "Forget me"

In the wake of the recent scandal that has engulfed Facebook, Google apparently is going to rename a privacy and security feature available now with Google Assistant. First, let’s start by discussing the revised user interface for the virtual assistant’s setup process. The first time that new Assistant users open the app, they will be greeted by a series of animated screens that show what the app can do. At top of each page is the Google Assistant logo followed by the phrase, “The new way to talk to Google.” Near the bottom of each page, a feature of Google Assistant is mentioned. These include …

Apple poaches Google's head of AI

In a rather surprising move announced earlier today, Apple has announced that it has hired Google’s ex-chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, who will supervise Apple’s machine-learning development and AI strategy. 

He will answer directly to Tim Cook, essentially making him a Senior Vice President at Cupertino. The high-ranking talent announced that he was leaving Google on Monday and for a rather short amount of time became the most sought-after high-ranking talent in Silicon Valley, which is currently amidst a shortage of AI-savvy software engineers.

“Our …

Increase the odds of buying tickets to a movie you'll love with Google's new feature

There are so many movies in the theaters to choose from, and you don’t want to waste time and money by seeing a film you end up disliking. Is there a way to improve the odds that the movie you select will be one you like? Thanks to Google, the answer is “Yes.” A new update being pushed out now for the Google Search app allows users to compare movies based on the factors that you care about most.

With the new feature, you can find movies based on how they rank using the criteria you find important, such as ratings, showtimes, …