Google has been testing out a “Trusted Voice” feature for unlocking and navigating your phone with specialized voice recognition, similar to the trusted places feature that’s already present in Google Now. It looks like that feature is starting to rollout to devices now.
The feature supposedly will only respond to your voice and no one else’s, but Google suggests that this feature isn’t as secure as other security features in the app. If you aren’t particularly worried, though, you’ll be able to say “Okay Google” to unlock your device and begin using Google Now. Read more
According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal earlier today, Google has a group of researchers working on future battery technology for use in its upcoming devices. The team of four reportedly got together in late 2012, with former Apple battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj at the helm.
At the end of this month, people in the United Kingdom can purchase the upcoming Chromebook Pixel (2015). Prospective buyers will be able to order the device from the online Google Store on April 21. Also, electronics retailer Dixons will carry the Chromebook Pixel (2015). The price to be paid in the United Kingdom is set at £799.
The newest feature launched today will allow museums from around the world to upload 3D objects of their prized possessions, allowing viewers to pan/tilt/zoom/etc. to their heart’s content. A large source of the already-available 200 pieces comes from the California Academy of Sciences’ animal skull collection. So for all you osteologists out there, get ready for a total time-sink!
Google recently announced its partnership with ChowNow to bring Google Wallet checkout support to smaller restaurant chains across the city. Today, mobile apps of Dunkin Donuts and Dominos in the U.S. have also started supporting Google Wallet, which can be used in lieu of standard credit card payment options. Read more
The amount of money generated from advertisements is massive and keeps many companies and services afloat. However, consumers are not the biggest fans of ads and, in many cases, will gladly pay to not see them. YouTube has been cashing in on ads for years but will soon allow viewers to eliminate them.
It’s funny how everyone gets so excited for the monthly Android distribution numbers. It’s not like they ever show anything different. It’s the same thing every year……Every new version of Android takes forever to reach the majority of device, and we always see the biggest increases when new phones like the HTC One and Galaxy S6 get released.
Android just released the latest numbers, which show Lollipop’s continued very slow rise. Now sitting at 5.4%, that’s only a 1.1% increase from last month. Also part of that number is Android 5.1, which represents 0.4% of that 5.4%.
As we all know, everyone loves viral internet videos and marriage proposals, especially when they’re combined with a clever idea. This time, the proposal game is taken to an entirely different reality: a fellow proposed to his fiancée using Google’s Cardboard VR headset.
The idea is genius, and his execution is flawless. Expect to see more of the same as virtual reality becomes more mainstream. Watch the video below, then let us know what you think in the comments section!