Final release for Android O tentatively scheduled for Q3 2017

It won’t be too long until you’re looking at Android O on your phone or tablet. Google shared its tentative schedule for the new version’s milestones, and it put the final release in the third quarter of 2017. Up until then, the Android O Developer Preview will see at least three updates. It’s all to ensure Android O is ready for the platform’s massive number of users.

[Deal] Buy two Google Home units for just $229

Digital assistants for the home are rising in popularity now that Google and Amazon are offering premier hardware with plenty of integrated services. Google Home, though, could be the better option for people with Android phones and tablets. Pairing devices with software made by the same company usually works out better since it’s all made for each other.

If you’re interested in Google Home, now might be the perfect time to buy. Multiple retailers in the U.S. are offering two units together for a discount.

No love for tablets as Google skips them with Assistant

If you have an Android smartphone running either Nougat or Marshmallow, the odds are pretty good that you may already have access to the Google Assistant. This comes after Google started rolling the AI feature out to devices earlier this month. Unfortunately, it looks like one group of device owners is being left out in the cold as Android tablets are not receiving the Assistant and future access appears to be doubtful as well.

“Taimen” codename suggests Google may release a larger, third phone

We have started hearing some quiet rumblings about what may be in store for Google’s sequels to the Pixel phones.¬†Nothing is really known except that Google plans to keep the Pixel 2 (or whatever it will be called) in the premium tier and all signs indicate they will continue with two models of different screen sizes. However, an interesting bit of information is just coming out that indicates¬†a third and even larger phone could come from the Mountain View company this year as well.

Join us after the break for the details.

Codenames hooked while fishing for Pixel 2 devices?

Google has already revealed they plan to release new premium smartphones later this year as the successor devices to the Pixel and Pixel XL. Not much else is known about how Google may equip these devices, but Internet sleuths are hard at work trying to find clues and leaked information. The latest comes to us via the Android Open Source Project Gerrit and is combined with some knowledge from an inside source pointing to the codenames for the Pixel 2 devices.

Gmail now lets you send and receive money within emails

The days of splitting bills, swapping physical cash, and using separate cards are gone. Now people just fire up apps like Venmo or Square Cash to pay each other for different things. Well, a very popular Google-owned service is getting into the person-to-person mobile payments race. So you have yet another option to get yourself covered and avoid having people track you down to pay them back.

Beginning today, you can send and receive money through emails on Gmail. It’s as simple as sending an attachment.

Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook sat down for dinner last week, and we’re all dying to know what they talked about

We all know that Google and Apple are rivals. Both are involved in the same industries and release competing products, but their leaders don’t let fierce competition ruin a healthy personal friendship. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for dinner last week in California to chat about things we only wish we knew.

Google’s ‘MyAndroid’ site will help you personalize your home screen

Just because Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system doesn’t mean that everyone’s home screen has to look the same. Thanks to the vast differences in the custom interfaces that OEM’s pre-install on devices and Android’s huge potential for customization, we can all set up our handsets and tablets in unique ways. If you are finding¬†inspiration hard to come by, though, you can visit Google’s new “MyAndroid” site, complete a “Taste Test” about your preferences, and then choose from offer a variety of styles that Google thinks will suit your personality and device.