For the past couple iterations of Android Google has allowed adventurous users to download and test out preview versions of the software before it’s officially available. There are a few caveats to this program, the biggest of which is that you’d have to own a compatible Nexus device. That might change in the near future, though. Read more
Google’s long-term focus is on exploring the power of augmented reality rather than virtual reality, according to a report from The Information. Read more
It’s that time of the month when Google publishes the Android distribution numbers showing which versions of the mobile operating system are rising and falling worldwide.
The only version of Android to grow from last month is Marshmallow, which climbed from 2.3% to 4.6% while moving into fourth place in terms of popularity.
Hit the break for the full breakdown.
Google Play has updated its icons with a new, flatter design, doing away with the colored gradient effect of old in favor of a more vibrant style. Read more
Google usually tries to take a lax approach towards what apps are on the Play Store, but occasionally it steps in to remove something that’s a blatant offender of its app store policies. That’s happened this month with a Taliban propaganda app that reportedly violated Google’s policy on hate speech. Read more
If you have been by the YouTube web site any time today, you may have noticed a new icon in the video control bar. Matching the logo shown above, the button gives viewers the ability to switch over and watch videos in the new SnoopaVision mode. Read more
When Google releases their April Fools’ Day pranks, users will often find that many of them are actual, working features albeit of dubious value. The Google Gmail team tried to do that with a new feature called Gmail Mic Drop, but the attempt appears to have taken a less than fun turn forcing Google to disable the new “feature.” Read more
Google is taking the next step forward with VR content. Up until this point, it has been no easy task putting 360-degree content on the web or in an app. Google’s new open source system, VR View, may be the best solution yet.
If you have a skinned Android device, but love the appearance of Google’s stock Calculator app, it can now be yours!
While our mobile phones may be all the rage these days there is still a pretty large segment of the population who rely on their landlines for important matters. Google has realized this and decided to add a new service to the Google Fiber repertoire for those of us who still need a landline; meet Fiber Phone.