Google’spop-up stores made it easy for customers to walk in and buy up a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL without having to go directly to a Verizon store. They employed a third-party Verizon retailer, Victra, to handle sales and activations for the Pixel.
Google’s annual global Playtime series started yesterday with back-to-back events in Berlin and San Francisco. The series is designed to help developers find success with Android’s growing portfolio of hardware, including phones, tablets, Wear devices, TV’s, Chromebooks and Daydream. Every month around the globe, there are over 8 billion new Android app installs per month. Microsoft recently quit the smartphone game because of a lack of developer interest, which highlights just how vital developers are to Android’s successful ecosystem.
As sure as the sunrise that follows after the moon, so is the torture that follows a newly released phone. This time around, it’s the turn of the smaller of Google’s new handsets, the Pixel 2, to face up to the softly spoken serial smartphone mangler, JerryRigEverything. And let me tell you right here, the scenes are borderline graphic.
Google has announced their own Advanced Protection Program, which looks much more like a security monitoring service than a traditional Google product. In the wake of so many credit card breaches and network vulnerabilities, though, this makes a ton of sense.
A new design element was found several weeks ago in the Google Play Store that violated Google’s own Material Design guidelines. A nested navigation bar is suddenly appearing under a main tab of categories. As an example in the picture above, you can see Pop, Alternative, Rock, etc. under the main categories, Genre, Artist, Album, etc. Google has specifically said in the past, “Tabs should not be nested.” A wider rollout of this change is happening today.
If you travel around the globe, you’ve probably run into issues trying to watch your favorite movies and shows on different streaming services due to geo-restrictions. You can always use a full VPN to try and get around it, but Getflix offers something a little better.
Virtual assistants are heading to almost every device we can think of, from refrigerators to headphones, with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa being the main culprits. While Google Assistant is baked into pretty much every Android smartphone today, Amazon’s Alexa has basically made a one-off appearance on Huawei’s Mate 9 and nothing since. That’s about to change, however, with the launch of Motorola’s Smart Speaker Moto Mod that adds Alexa to the Moto Z series of handsets.
Google has briefly teased their instant tethering feature for Chrome OS, and it looks like it’ll soon be officially rolling out to everyone’s Chromebook sooner rather than later.
The feature works by instantly turning your Android device into a hotspot for your Chromebook, assuming they were both using the same Google account. This was a quick way to get online with your Chromebook even without a WiFi connection.
Back in June 2016, Amazon started the Prime Exclusive program that offered Prime members select smartphones at a nice discount, but just being a paying member wasn’t enough. The phones came with Amazon’s ads and offers plastered all over the lock screen. For many users, the lock screen is just a speed bump to get into the phone, so who cares if a bunch of ads are rotating around there. For enthusiasts, however, it can be a deal breaker and not worth the discount. The Moto X4, which is ironically also offered as a “pure” Android One phone, is joining the list of Amazon’s “ad phones.”
Google occasionally does pop-up locations in big cities to show off their products and give people a chance to test them out before buying them. The “stores” don’t really sell anything, but the hands-on experience is unique for Google since they don’t really have a physical retail presence in the US like Apple or Microsoft.
If you’re interested in learning Ethereum, whether that’s the ecosystem around it or how to build a blockchain app or other projects related to it, you’ll want to snag this deal. The Complete Ethereum Blockchain Mastery bundle includes a ton of content to show you the ropes and get you started with the budding cryptocurrency.
Google has already woven a tight relationship between Chromecast and Google Home, making it incredibly easy to cast your favorite shows and videos up onto your television with just your voice. Of course it worked with regular YouTube, but it also tied in services like Netflix. And today, they’re expanding that even further by adding YouTube TV into the mix.
A custom eight-core Image Processing Unit (IPU) is sitting idle inside the new Google Pixel 2 phones, just waiting for Android 8.1 to wake it up. Google already claims that the Pixel 2 cameras are the best on any smartphone, so the fact that a Google-designed SoC will soon dedicate itself to image processing is an exciting prospect. Google says that photos will process faster and more efficiently when the SoC is switched on, making the best camera even better. This isn’t just a software update, but a true hardware addition.
Huawei’s Mate 10 launched on Monday sporting a new EMUI 8 custom interface running atop of Android 8Oreo and boasting AI assisted photography. Owners of last year’s Mate 9 handset needn’t feel left out though because the Chinese handset maker is in the process of rolling an Android Oreo beta program for the device. The beta program is open for Mate 9 users in the UK and the rest of Europe, and it’s best to sign up soon because the shutoff date to test the Oreo beta firmware is October 19th, as in tomorrow. Join us after the break for more details.