A new mid-tier handset is coming to Project Fi later this year

There could be good news for Project Fi users that are a little frustrated with the lack of choice when it comes to the number of supported handsets. Until now, Project Fi has only been officially supported on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, but thanks to a tweet from Project Fi’s official account, we could see a new mid-tier Fi-compatible handset from a partner later this year.

Upcoming ‘Eve’ Chromebook could feature a dedicated Google Assistant button

Since launching at Google I/O in 2016 as an integral function of Google Home, Google Assistant next appeared on the search giant’s Pixel handsets. A few months later at MWC 2017, the LG G6 became the first non-Google device to sport the virtual assistant before Google announced that it would roll out to every Android handset (running Android 6.0 and up). Google Assistant made the jump to iOS last month, and unsurprisingly, it would appear that we’ll soon see Chromebooks sporting Google Assistant. 

Google hit with $2.7 Billion fine from EU over shopping results

European Union regulators hit Google with a $2.7 Billion fine yesterday claiming the search giant violated antitrust regulations in the way it was displaying search results for shopping related searches. The EU is giving Google 90 days to change how they display results or they may face an additional daily fine equal to 5% of average daily global revenue for Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Google indicates they disagree with the EU’s conclusions and they are reviewing the decision and options related to appeals.

Google News gets overhauled with a fuller, cleaner interface

With accusations of fake news flying around like mosquitos on a hot, humid southeast U.S. evening and social media platforms constantly rolling out pronouncements on how they are going to address the issue, Google has decided to update their Google News platform to try to help users sort through everything rolling their way. A new update for the desktop website gets a fresh new look that leans heavily on some Material Design cues like the use of cards and incorporates some changes to content and features to give users a “renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control.”

Google brings Android Apps support to 16 more Chromebooks

It’s more than a year since Google announced that Chromebooks would get the Play Store and the ability to run Android apps, with the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google’s Chromebook Pixel being the first to gain support. Thankfully, it seems that Google is picking up the pace somewhat with the addition of another 16 Chromebook models to the list. Join us after the break for more details.

The new Fi Fit Quiz tells you if Project Fi is, well, a fit

You’re not going to choose a wireless plan in the blink of an eye, but you can easily educate yourself on whether or not a particular carrier offers what you want. It’s possible one of the carriers you consider will be Project Fi. To help you know about its sole wireless plan, Google has created the Fi Fit Quiz.

All you have to do is go through a couple of questions and you’ll know if trying Project Fi would be worth your time.

Google cherry picks former Apple chip designer to develop custom processors

There isn’t too much choice when it comes to choosing a smartphone processor, you either use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon or you go with MediaTek if you can’t produce your own chips like Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. Unless you are Google, which means you can afford to hire an experienced chip architect such as Manu Gulati away from Apple to build your own custom processors.