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Android Wear 2.0 to launch on February 9, according to new report

Google will release Android Wear 2.0, the long-awaited update to its smartwatch operating system, on February 9th, according to noted mobile tipster Evan Blass. Mark your calendar: Android Wear 2.0 launches on February 9th. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 17, 2017 In his usual terse style, Blass doesn’t provide additional information about the launch. For instance,…

Google Voice could arrive in Canada as Google prepares to update the service

It’s been a long time since the folks over at Mountain View updated Google Voice in any meaningful way, but in a sign that the service may finally roll out to more countries, including Canada, Google says significant changes are coming to the platform. The Verge spotted a banner on top of the service’s website that says,…

Google spinoff Waymo will deploy driverless car fleet for first time in January 2017

Google’s driverless car project has never ceased to wow us, from its first iteration in 2008 to spinning off the department into its own company at the end of 2016. Google continued this trend by announcing at the North American International Auto Show that its spinoff Waymo will deploy its first fleet of driverless Chrysler Pacifica…

Google Assistant is coming to Android TV devices in 2017

While Google has kept mostly quiet during CES 2017, the search giant won’t have left Las Vegas without at least one major announcement. Google today announced that Assistant is coming to Android TV. While the company did not provide an exact release date for the added functionality, merely stating that its personal assistant will become…

Google’s 64GB Pixel C tablet is $100 off on the Google Store until January 7th

If you’re not quite shopped out following the holiday season and you’re in the market for a new Android tablet, Google has an ongoing deal that may interest you. The company’s 64GB Pixel C tablet is currently $100 off on the online Google Store. Once the discount is applied at checkout, the device comes to $700,…

Google is reportedly contemplating a $500 million acquisition of SoundCloud

After Spotify’s acquisition of SoundCloud died last month, it seems that Google may be the next contender for the Berlin-based music startup. While the company recently launched SoundCloud Go, an ad-free streaming experience priced at $10 per month that also provides offline playback, the company has had significant trouble generating profit from the service. Furthermore, as…

January security update now available to download for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google’s latest monthly Android security update is now available to download on Nexus and Pixel devices. One thing to note is that this month’s update does not include any fixes for the myriad of device-related issues Pixel owners have reported over the past several months. Those will have to wait for a future patch. All…

Google and Fiat Chrysler built a new Android-based infotainment system

Google and Fiat Chrysler have collaborated on a new Android-based infotainment system, the two companies announced on Monday. The system is based off of Android 7.0 Nougat, skinned with Fiat Chrysler’s UConnect interface. It integrates Google apps like Maps and Assistant, as well as third-party apps such as Spotify and Pandora. The collaborative project is…

Android 7.1.1 update will come to the Nexus 6, Pixel and Pixel XL in January

Nexus 6 users who’ve been waiting for a long time to get Android 7.1.1 on their smartphone will finally get their hands on the update this coming January. While Google has been fairly quiet about the reason for the delay, the company claimed to have discovered a bug particular to the Nexus 6, which caused…

Google’s Waymo reveals first images of autonomous Pacifica minivans

Just weeks after unveiling Waymo as the next step in its autonomous journey, Google has released images of modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Speculation around Google’s driverless ambitions have been circulating for quite some time, as the company released tidbits of information on the project every few months. Over the course of the past year however, the announcements…

Samsung Pay to be installed in all smartphones released by Samsung next year

Samsung is reportedly ready to ship every smartphone it releases next year with Samsung Pay pre-installed. Reports indicate that all models except for a few low-end ones will include the payment platform, as Samsung Pay has primarily been promoted with Samsung’s high-end devices in its Galaxy and Galaxy Note lines. In the coming months, Samsung…

Give your Android smartphone a Pixel makeover with Nova Launcher 5.0

While many of the Pixel’s differentiating software features aren’t scheduled to officially make the jump to other Android devices anytime soon, thanks to the fine folks at TeslaCoil Software, the developers behind the superlative Nova Launcher, almost every Android user can now check out Google’s new launcher. In celebration of the app’s fifth birthday, TeslaCoil updated Nova Launcher…

Google is splitting off its driverless car vertical into a new company called Waymo

After almost eight years, Google is spinning off its driverless car vertical into a separate company called Waymo. The name of the company apparently stands for “a new way forward in mobility,” accordingJohn Krafcik, the CEO of the new company. Waymo is a new Alphabet business, similar in hierarchy to Nest. In a note posted to Waymo’s…

Google acquires a startup made up of former employees to help improve Android Wear

2016 may have been a down year for Android Wear, but that’s not to say Google doesn’t have ambitious plans for the platform moving into 2017. On Monday, Cronologics, a startup founded by several former Google employees, announced that it was acquired by the search giant. “We are joining Google to help grow the portfolio…

Google’s iOS keyboard with in-app search is now coming to Android

Gboard, Google’s in-app searchable keyboard, is now making its way from iOS to Android. Ever since the app launched in May 2016, Android users have been pining for the keyboard, which allows users to complete Google searches, GIFs and emojis in whatever app they are currently using. Now Gboard is coming to Android in the…

Google, Facebook and Samsung form Global Virtual Reality Association

Some of tech’s biggest players have joined forces to promote the development and adoption of virtual reality, forming a new group called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA). Founding members include Oculus and parent company Facebook, Google, HTC, Samsung, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Acer. “This group believes in VR’s immense global potential and the opportunities ahead…