Google Play Movies & TV now supports HDR titles

For movie and television fans interested in pushing the absolute best picture they can to their favorite television device, Google is helping them through the addition of titles supporting HDR playback to the Google Play Movies & TV service on both the desktop and the mobile app. If you want to take advantage of the HDR availability, you also have to get the video in 4K UHD resolution and you have to have a television that supports both 4K UHD and HDR.

After brief delay, Google Backup and Sync now available

Not quite a month ago, Google revealed they were planning to release a major update to merge two of their desktop applications for PC and Mac computers and create a full-fledged Backup and Sync application for users. When originally announced, Google said the new product was slated to be available on June 28th. However, that day came and went without the new application being available. Google was probably happy that today they were able to officially announce and make available the new tool for users.

Desktop client for Google’s Allo app is still a few more weeks away from release

Google’s Allo app launched last year, and it’s safe to say that so far it hasn’t become the go-to app for instant messaging, despite being pre-installed on new handsets. One of the main complaints about the Allo messaging service is the lack of a desktop client, while Google is working on one it is still a few more weeks away from being released.

Samsung working on a Bixby powered ‘smart speaker’ device

Although Samsung is struggling to complete development and deployment of its Bixby artificial intelligence/assistant technology to English-speaking markets, the company is apparently unfazed by the critics and is working on a new product based on that same technology. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is jumping into the market for “smart speaker” devices with a Bixby powered device.

Google offering Play Music and YouTube Red 4 month trials to some users

If you have never been a subscriber to Google’s Play Music or YouTube Red services, Google is hoping to lure you into giving them a try with a slightly better trial period than normal. Usually new subscribers can get 2 months of either service for free before the monthly charges kick in. However, the Google Play Store currently features a special offer for 4 months of service as part of a trial period. Over on YouTube, there are indications the same 4 month trial period is available for the YouTube Red service.

Upcoming ‘Eve’ Chromebook could feature a dedicated Google Assistant button

Since launching at Google I/O in 2016 as an integral function of Google Home, Google Assistant next appeared on the search giant’s Pixel handsets. A few months later at MWC 2017, the LG G6 became the first non-Google device to sport the virtual assistant before Google announced that it would roll out to every Android handset (running Android 6.0 and up). Google Assistant made the jump to iOS last month, and unsurprisingly, it would appear that we’ll soon see Chromebooks sporting Google Assistant. 

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Snapchat lets you share your location with Snap Map

Snapchat has just added a new feature called Snap Maps that lets you keep track of what your friends are doing, viewing and sharing Stories even if they are half a world away. In addition, you can also share your own location with friends so they can see which milkshake joint you are at. Snap Maps also shows public stories of events such as concerts, fairs, and gatherings that are happening near your location.