Google’s own lightweight file manager, Files Go, has received yet another update. There aren’t many new features to talk about this time, but Google has tweaked the interface to make your file management a little more fluid.
Google’s attempt at making a unified messaging platform is probably one of the longest running jokes in the tech space, and as much as I love Google, there’s really no excusing how poorly they’ve handled the situation in the past few years. They almost had something with Google Hangouts, but not before half-abandoning it and trying to make Allo and/or Duo the de facto standard.
Way back in Android’s lifespan (seriously, 2011 kind of wayback) Sprint and Google teamed up to integrate the carrier’s service with Google Voice services. It was a pretty nifty partnership and really the only one of its kind, but up until now, it’s worked without a hitch. Sprint users could take advantage of all the cool features that Google Voice offered, even if Google ignored the service for the most part.
Rumors have been swirling around about Google making some tweaks to the navigation bar in Android P, and thanks to 9to5 Google, we’re getting a glimpse at exactly how that’s going to look. There are no official screenshots outside of what Google has accidentally leaked, but there’s enough information to at least figure out the gist of the remodel.
Google likes to create fun experiences on Google Home, adding to the little gadget’s highly functional approach. This time around they’ve partnered with Netflix to craft a game based on the streaming service’s new show, Lost in Space.
There’s only so much you can do with a game where the only feedback is sound, so it plays mostly like a choose your adventure style of game. That’s not a bad thing, of course.
Google I/O 2018 is less than a month away, which means that we can look forward to a bunch of updates and makeovers for the search giant’s apps and software. It seems that Gmail will get a major refresh in the coming weeks, with several features that are currently present in the Inbox app making their way over. Besides adding new features, the update will also implement Google’s bubble design into the app.
We are just two days away from when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on April 13, and what better way is there to get ready is there than to use your Google Home. Mini, or Max to get up to speed on the festival’s line-up? Issuing the “Hey/OK Google, talk to Coachella” voice command will tell you everything you could want to know about the festival.
Besides accidentally confirming the Pixel 3’s existence, Google has also released a list of the latest apps and games to feature on the Android Excellence program on the Play Store in April 2018, as it does every three months. To be selected for the awards list, an app or game must be of high quality, provide a great user experience and show a strong technical performance.
Google is testing out a new feature for the mobile version of its Chrome web browser that should make your browsing experience a bit better. Currently accessing your recent web history involves a few taps behind some settings menus, but a new feature in the works will allow you to long press the back button on your device to pull up that history in case you need to quickly jump back several pages.
It’s that time of the month again if you own a Pixel or Nexus device when Google rolls out the new Security Bulletin to help make the Android OS more secure. Both factory images and OTA files for April are available and contain a bunch of fixes for vulnerabilities ranging from moderate to critical. Join us after the break for more details.
It’s fair to say that smart speakers such as the Google Home and Home Mini have taken off in a big way in the last year or so, but there are still some notable frustrations to be experienced. One of these niggles was the inability to pair your Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max with standard Bluetooth speakers. You needed to have a Google Home device in every room if you wanted music to play everywhere in your home. As of today, this is no longer the case, though, because it is now possible to pair your Google Home device to other Bluetooth speakers.
Google changed the name of Android Wear earlier this month to Wear OS, apparently to make it sound more “universal” to iOS users. They’re now following up on that with a developer preview, bringing with it Android P, a system-wide dark theme and battery saving features. Does this mean new hardware is on the way? Only Google knows for now, but let’s take a look at the software changes.