Customer support pipeline filling for Google Pixel 2 release

With IFA 2017 behind us along with a host of new smartphone announcements, many eyes will be turning to Google and the expected launch of the Google Pixel 2 devices around a month from now. In a sign that things are ramping up for Google and the new phones’ release, an employment opportunity was spotted on LinkedIn for a customer support position specifically supporting the Pixel 2.

Google expands Android One portfolio with launch of Xiaomi Mi A1

As first suggested a couple weeks ago, Google is adding a new partner to their Android One program to produce Android phones for less mature markets or where the lower end of the market is struggling with options. The latest manufacturer to produce an Android One device was revealed to be Xiaomi with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone. The hardware in the device is definitely a step up from typical Android One devices and represents a broadening of the program by Google.

New Google Assistant speakers from Anker, Panasonic, and Mobvoi debut at IFA 2017

Finally the push for Google Assistant to be placed in a new devices is happening. We’re approaching the one-year mark of Google Home being on the market, and Google still hasn’t seen its artificial intelligence technology gain widespread traction like Amazon’s. That appears to be changing near the end of 2017 and into the new year as, at IFA 2017 in Berlin, Google announced new Assistant-ready hardware from its partners.

Let’s see what the new devices are from Panasonic, Mobvoi, and Anker.

Acer announces a new 15-inch Chromebook with stellar battery life

Acer has announced a new Chromebook that marks a few firsts in Google’s laptop family. It’s a pretty typical Chromebook with a fanless design and access to the Play Store for Android apps, but it’s the first ever Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen. That’s not an uncommon size for regular Windows or MacOS, but with Chromebooks we tend to see smaller screens.

Google introduces new Play Protect certification for Android devices

Yesterday Google announced a new certification they are rolling out for the Android device market. Called Google Play Protect, Google says the new certification is available for Android device manufacturers. To obtain the certification, manufacturers will have to be willing to submit their devices to a battery of compatibility tests designed to ensure they adhere to Google’s Android security and permissions models. At least part of those tests involve checking the pre-installed apps to make sure they are authentic and will work as intended.

Google set to launch second-generation Pixel phones on October 5

After the excitement of the Galaxy Note 8 launch yesterday it’s time to turn our attention towards another handset that has been the source of so many leaks – the second-generation Pixel. It’s an open secret that Google will launch two new Pixel smartphones later this year, with HTC reportedly making the regular-sized variant and LG the larger one. Today’s leak has revealed which processor will provide the grunt for the 2 handsets as well when Google will announce them. 

BlackBerry confirms the KEYone will get an Oreo update at an unspecified date

Everybody suspected it, and Google finally confirmed on Monday night that Android 8.0 would indeed be named after the Oreo biscuit. The search giant then posted a list of its partners that would have Oreo flavored hardware before the end of 2017. One name that was originally missing from the list was BlackBerry, although the company has since confirmed that its KEYone handset will receive some Oreo goodness. 

Google Home finally gets Bluetooth audio, Deezer and Spotify Free support coming soon

The Google Home is much more than simply being a Google Assistant device, its built-in speakers are great for listening to music from. After confirming that Android 8.0 would indeed be known as Oreo yesterday, Google has also added more music options to its Google Home device, making it easier to stream your favorite tracks to the device.