Google will start blocking ads in Chrome starting in 2018

Even after a huge push into the hardware sector, Google remains first and foremost a search and advertising company. It’s where the vast majority of the Mountain View’s profits come from, despite their other products grabbing more of the headlines. With great advertising power also comes great responsibility and Google has just announced that starting in early 2018, following previous rumors, their Chrome browser will block all “unacceptable” ads on web pages.

Android O coming with picture-in-picture mode, app autofill, notification dots, among others

While many smartphones are still waiting for their Android 7.0 Nougat update, Google is charging full steam ahead with the developer preview for the platform’s next release: Android O. Today, during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming with Android O, including picture-in-picture support, smart text selection, OS security enhancements, and more.

Google Home powering up with hands-free calling, Spotify integration, and more

The Google Home smart speaker was one of the first products to utilize the powerful Google Assistant artificial intelligence platform. In direct competition with Amazon Alexa, Google Home provides you with smart and voice-dictated information that syncs across all of your Google services and apps. Today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming to Google Home including hands-free calling, Spotify integration, calendar reminders, and more.

Google’s possible Fuchsia OS has a crazy new Armadillo UI

With Google I/O right around the corner, it’s not unusual to see some interesting things related to the Mountain View tech giant pop up around the internet. You may have heard rumblings here and there about Google’s mysterious and confusing new OS called Fuchsia. While very little was, and still is, known about what exactly this OS could be, thanks to Kyle Bradshaw over at Hotfix we now have a glimpse of the possible new UI.

Nokia 6 receives FCC certification as it heads for the U.S.

Nokia made a splash during MWC 2017 when it announced its new Android smartphones, the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. High-end, midrange, and lower end, respectively, Nokia is aiming to bring strong Android phones globally at lower costs. For those in the U.S. hoping to get their hands on the beast of the trio, the Nokia 6, you may not have to wait much longer as the device has popped up for FCC certification.

Android Wear 2.0 coming soon to select Moto, Huawei, and other smartwatches

Google’s smartwatch OS, Android Wear, has come along way with its update to version 2.0, yet numerous delays led to stalled production of new wearable devices as well as increased competition from the likes of Samsung with its own Tizen OS. There are a number of smartwatches already running Android Wear 2.0, and thanks to a post on the Google Support forums we now know which wearables are next in line for the update and, more importantly, when they will get it!

HTC U gets shown off in the wild

HTC, while once considered one of the top Android smartphone manufacturers, has had a shaky last few years. Despite that, the Taiwanese company hasn’t slowed down and has been working hard to bring the focus back to “U” and courtesy of Evan Blass’ Twitter, we have our first “in the wild” glimpse of the upcoming HTC U (aka Ocean).

Moto Z2 Force shown off in new leaked image

In 2016, Lenovo-owned Motorola debuted the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones that brought with them some powerful specs and a unique approach to customization and experience with their line of Moto Mods. While the success of modularity in smartphones has been shaky at best, Motorola is still full-steam ahead and we are now getting our first possible glimpse of what might be in store for the next Moto Z. Let’s check it out.