Another year, another countdown to Santa’s visit on December 24th. Google likes to do things for Christmas, include Santa trackers and other games throughout the month, and this year they’re opening up Santa’s Village with a handful of games and fun experiences to play with until Christmas comes later this month. Read more
While it seems that we are hurtling towards the New Year with ever-increasing speed, 2016 isn’t quite done and dusted just yet. There are still a bunch of burning questions to answer, one of which is what were the best apps of 2016? As they did in 2015, Google has helpfully compiled a list of the year’s top apps, games, movies, and more. Join us after the break for more details. Read more
If you have a Chromecast, you’ve probably seen some of the really cool photos that are displayed as a “screensaver” on your TV when you aren’t casting anything to it. Google features some stunning high resolution photos that are pulled from some of the best photographers on Google+, bringing them to a much broader audience than they’d normally reach. Read more
We’ve talked about it many times before, but Google’s Pixel is more than just a device that competes with flagship devices in the specs department. The devices are also priced in line with what you’d expect from, say, a Galaxy S or an iPhone, and Google plans on shipping millions of these things over the next year. Read more
This past week GOOD, a “global media brand and social impact company” announced a series of live and livestreamed music events called GOODFest intended to celebrate all things positive in the world and raise funds for some different causes. Google is joining forces with GOOD to sponsor the event via their Pixel smartphone devices. Read more
Need to treat yourself to Google’s hardware? The Google Store is hosting a Black Friday 2016 sale on select devices.
With the advent of Google’s new Pixel range of smartphones in 2016, the Nexus line has been discontinued. The Nexus 5X was one of the last models in the line-up and it seems that the LG-manufactured handset has some boot loop issues, which is reminiscent of the LG G4. With the Nexus 5X no longer being produced, spare parts are either scarce or non-existent, resulting in LG taking the bold step of offering full refunds as opposed to repairing the affected phone or replacing it with a refurbished or even new handset. Read more
Thanksgiving is the first big occasion of the 2016 festive period, and we all know what that entails; Grandma complaining because someone drank her prune juice, Uncle Bob making inappropriate comments, and usually at least two family members squabbling in a corner over a wooly jumper. It’s hectic and noisy, but one way you can escape it is to drown out the mayhem with some soothing tunes by way of Google Play Music. And, if you haven’t previously subscribed to Google’s music streaming service, you can sign up and get four months subscription to it, and YouTube Red, without paying a penny. Read more
Buying presents for family and loved ones can be a tricky affair, with budgets being stretched as everyone wants the latest gadgets, which usually means that compromises have to be made. Maybe not so much this year, though, because Google is getting into the festive spirit by including 3 months subscription to HBO Now, free of charge, with every Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra purchase until December 24th. Read more
There’s never a moment when Google lets consumers get comfortable with its home entertainment branding, and now the company is changing the (official) way we all view the technology once referred to as Google Cast. The technology at the core of streaming sticks, set-top boxes, speakers, and televisions has been changed to center around another device that’s popular around the world. It’s an odd move, but Google clearly wants to associate the technology with terminology more familiar with the masses.
Please re-welcome “Chromecast built-in” to your living room.