Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

Each month Google publishes a chart that offers us an overall image over the various versions of Android and how are they distributed among users. The chart for the month of November, published earlier today, paints a not so encouraging picture for Android.

Even though it made its debut on the market back in August, the latest version of Android hasn’t been adopted by too many smartphone companies. Currently, only 0.3% of the devices that visited the Google Play Store in early November were running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The situation won’t improve by much since HMD and …


You can now download Google's new Files Go free file manager for Android (beta)

Google has just officially launched the new Files Go free file manager for Android and you can get it on the Google Play Store at the link below.
Files Go is a mix between a file manager app and a file sharing app, allowing you to manage all that’s on your phone, but also send files easily to others who have the app installed.
Right now Files Go is in early beta and it crashed a few times on our Google Pixel, so it’s definitely not stable just yet. But it’s very clean in terms of design, there are no ads to spoil the …

Pixel Buds pre-orders now heading out Google's doors

Did you pre-order a pair of Pixel Buds for $159? The good news is that orders have started shipping. Unlike the wireless Apple AirPods or the Samsung IconX, both ear pieces are connected by a cable. The right earbud not only awakens Google Assistant, it also activates the  cool real time Google Translate feature. With the latter, one person wearing the Pixel Buds can speak in Spanish to someone with a Pixel phone who speaks English. Thanks to Translate, both parties will be able to hear in their own language exactly what the other person said. Right now, about 40 different languages are supported.

Some …

Here's how to get Google's new file manager for Android, Files Go

Earlier today, we told you about Google’s own file manager app for Android, but it got pulled down from the Play Store. Well, if you’re eager to try it out, we have a workaround for you.

Yes, we know, file managers for Android have been dime a dozen for years, with almost every device wither having one of those pre-loaded. Additionally, the Play Store is chockfull of custom file explorers, but it seems that Google itself is trying to get on board with a file manager of its own.
Dubbed Files Go, the app is still not officially released on the Play …

Samsung adopting Google's ARCore, coming to Galaxy S8 and Note 8

Samsung has partnered with Google to adopt ARCore, Google’s augmented reality platform, and it will bring the experience to its Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8.
Google announced ARCore earlier this year and it is a rival technology to the already available ARKit on Apple devices. The iPhone 6s and newer iPhones all support the feature and there are already quite a few interesting apps that make use of AI on the iOS platform.
With Samsung joining the Google ARCore camp, developers will now be able to write …

Pixel 2 XL teardown reveals LG battery, heat pipe, and Google's first custom processor

The crafty folks from iFixit have gone through the trouble to take apart the new Google Pixel 2 XL, and it turned out that it wasn’t much of a trouble, at least as far as today’s sealed waterproof flagships are concerned, as we’ve seen recent phones much harder to repair. The Pixel 2 XL got a 6/10 score for repairability, and, despite that it is water-resistant with IP67 certification, it doesn’t even need heating to open up, unlike the vast majority of today’s glass-and-metal flagships.
The phone is indeed LG inside, as given away by the branding of …

Google's pop-up stores in New York and L.A. to offer devices for sale including the new Pixel models


Google doesn’t have a chain of permanent retail stores like Apple has where consumers can test out and purchase the latest Apple devices. Instead, Google relies on pop-up stores where visitors can test products before ordering them online. But that is going to change. According to a report published today, Google will start selling devices from its temporary stores in New York and Los Angeles when they both open for business this Thursday.

Devices that will be available for purchase at Google’s pop-up stores include the new Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and the Google Home Mini. Other new products …

Google's new Pixel 2 phones support even faster charging

We already knew that the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both support fast charging and unlike some other companies actually ship with a fast charger in the box, but did you know that you can get even faster charging speeds with a more powerful adapter?
The Google Pixel 2s ship with an 18-watt Type-C + PD power adapters, but new this year is that the phones can actually support 27W charging from compliant PD chargers.
So if you do get one of those more powerful 27-watt chargers, you will be able to charge …

Oreo appears for the first time in Google's Android distribution chart

The Pixel 2 and its bigger Pixel XL 2 might soon become the first smartphones to ship with Android Oreo on board, soon followed by Huawei’s Mate 10. However, the new version of Android has already made it in Google’s Android distribution chart for the month of October.

Although many Pixel and Nexus devices have already been updated to Android Oreo, they account for less than 1% of the Android smartphone market share, which is why they don’t matter that much in the grand scheme of things.

Add to that that Google’s doesn’t take into consideration any Android …

Celebrate Google's 19th birthday with 19 games celebrating past Doodles

Today happens to be Google’s 19th birthday! And while the company is not nearly as old as that fruity company that the two Steve’s (Jobs and Wozniak) did NOT start in a garage, it still makes us feel old. To celebrate, Google has posted on both its mobile web site and the desktop site, a spinner that takes you back to some of Google’s most memorable Doodle games.

For those unaware, the Google Doodles appear when the search giant changes the Google logo to celebrate a holiday, an event, certain people and inventions/creations. Remember the first time that you discovered that the Doodles show …