Finger pointing over Nexus’ lack of support for fingerprint gestures


As more hardcore Google and Android fans continue to process the idea that the Nexus line of devices are no longer considered Google’s pinnacle of hardware platforms, replaced by the new line of Pixel smartphones, issues continue to crop up concerning support, or the lack thereof, via updates for last year’s Nexus devices. One of the latest issues is the lack of support for fingerprint swipe gestures for the Nexus 6P despite having the exact same hardware as the new Pixel smartphones. Google indicates the lack of support is a practical matter and not one of intentionally crippling an older hardware platform.

Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango is finally here

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We’ve waited a while for it, and a recent delay only served to whet our appetites even further, but finally the first smartphone sporting Google’s Tango AR technology is available to order. That’s right, the first Tango smartphone, Lenovo‘s giant Phab 2 Pro, is officially available to purchase in the United States, and at a pretty reasonable price too, coming in at just $499. Join us after the break for more details.

Oracle will appeal the “fair use” decision against Google (duh)


Earlier this year, Oracle’s lawsuit against Google finally came to an end. The jury found that Google wasn’t guilty of infringing on Oracle’s copyright and that their use of Java in Android was protected by fair use provisions.

However, after the judgement came in, Java said they planned to appeal to that decision. Fast forward a few months and we finally have an official motion from Oracle to appeal the loss. Get ready for more court disputes!

Google Photos to take on Facebook’s Prisma?


There is no doubt that the explosive growth of smartphones and social media services over the last few years helped fuel a desire by people to take and share photographs. However, just like watching grandpa’s slide show pushes one to grit their teeth in anticipation of the ensuing boredom, all of these photos flooding our feeds has the same potential. To help jazz things up and keep us interested, one tool that is gaining in popularity is something called “style transfer.” This is the application of style of a painting or artist, say something like Monet or Van Gogh, to a photograph in order to give it a new, unique look. A new report from Google indicates they have been applying deep neural net technology to the concept to help demonstrate how computers can “learn” and may have positioned themselves to take on Facebook in the commercial realm in the process.

Google Pixel camera to get software update to fix lens flare issues


When the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones were announced, the Mountain View company focused heavily on the quality of their new cameras. Now that the phones are getting in the hands of buyers we are seeing photos taken with the Pixels across forums and reviews that show that Google is living up to their claims. However, many reports from users have been coming in complaining of an excessive lens flare halo in a lot of their photos. But fear not, as a Google engineer has just promised an update to fix this issue.

Join us after the break for the details.

Google announces cloud-based whiteboard called Jamboard


Lately Google has been making several moves to position itself and its services to be an even bigger player in the enterprise market. The Google Apps for Work platform was rebranded as G Suite and gained some enhancements. Now the company is bringing a combination of hardware and software to the table in the form of an electronic whiteboard tied to the cloud called Jamboard.

Google watches to launch in Q1 of 2017 with Android Wear 2.0


Fall has not been a pleasant time of year in 2016 for smartwatch fans who were hoping for an update to their existing Android Wear devices or who might be interested in what Google has to offer. First, several of Google’s large partners who produce smartwatches – companies like LG, Huawei and Lenovo – all announced they were stopping plans to release any new devices for the balance of 2016. Then at the end of September, upon the release of beta 3 of Android Wear 2.0, Google announced the public rollout would be delayed until 2017. Thanks to a tip from Evan Blass, things may finally being turning around to a more positive note.