Android O coming with picture-in-picture mode, app autofill, notification dots, among others

While many smartphones are still waiting for their Android 7.0 Nougat update, Google is charging full steam ahead with the developer preview for the platform’s next release: Android O. Today, during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming with Android O, including picture-in-picture support, smart text selection, OS security enhancements, and more.

Google Home powering up with hands-free calling, Spotify integration, and more

The Google Home smart speaker was one of the first products to utilize the powerful Google Assistant artificial intelligence platform. In direct competition with Amazon Alexa, Google Home provides you with smart and voice-dictated information that syncs across all of your Google services and apps. Today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming to Google Home including hands-free calling, Spotify integration, calendar reminders, and more.

Google introduces Project Treble to solve Android update woes

Updates are far and away the biggest concern with Android as a mobile operating system, and anything that’s not a Nexus or Pixel struggles to get the latest version of Android in a timely manner. Some manufacturers are better than others, but there’s almost no device maker that pushes out brand new OS updates within a week of it being publicly available.

Google’s possible Fuchsia OS has a crazy new Armadillo UI

With Google I/O right around the corner, it’s not unusual to see some interesting things related to the Mountain View tech giant pop up around the internet. You may have heard rumblings here and there about Google’s mysterious and confusing new OS called Fuchsia. While very little was, and still is, known about what exactly this OS could be, thanks to Kyle Bradshaw over at Hotfix we now have a glimpse of the possible new UI.

Google hardware executive moves on after only six months

Last fall Google managed to lure David Foster away from Amazon as part of an effort by the company to enhance its hardware business. Foster had been a key player for Amazon where he led development on several devices, notably Kindle tablets and the Amazon Echo. Reporting to Rick Osterloh as a vice president of hardware product development, a newly created position, Foster stepped in to help with development of Pixel devices and the Google Home product.