Google upgrades VR experience with the Daydream View


Google has been dabbling in the VR world for a while now thanks to their Cardboard platform. At their big reveal event today, Google took the wraps off their new Daydream View device, the next evolution in virtual reality for the company. The Daydream View is a step up for Google and is part of their effort to make the Daydream platform and ecosystem into a tangible commercial product for the masses. Read more

A phone made by Google: the Pixel


Google announced a new phone today in front of a small crowd in San Francisco. It’s a pivotal time for those in Mountain View as the company has long waited to truly insert itself as a competitor in both hardware and software, but the Pixel is a real device intended for the mainstream.

With the Pixel, the hardware is built for the software and the software is built for the hardware. That probably sounds familiar because it’s the strategy that has allowed Apple to be so successful over the years.

The Pixel is the “best Google experience” since hardware and software design is under one roof.

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Unsupported cards will stop working with Android Pay on October 14

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That headline probably seems like a “well, duh” moment, but when Google first launched Android Pay, they let users migrate all of their cards over from Google Wallet. That included some cards from banks that don’t officially support Android Pay, which everyone knew was going to be a problem sooner or later, especially after Google Wallet was officially axed. Read more

Google hires David Foster, Amazon’s former head of hardware, to run smartphone development


When you decide to manufacture your own line of smartphones, it’s probably best to place someone with the relevant experience in charge of producing hardware. This is what Google would appear to have done by hiring David Foster, formerly of Amazon, as VP of product engineering ahead of the company’s launch event later today, according to The Information. Join us after the break to find out more about David Foster, and where he has come from. Read more

Google posts October’s security update for Android


Many of us are waiting patiently to see Google announce a raft of new devices later today, as well as wondering if the much-leaked Pixel and Pixel XL handsets have anything left to surprise us with. Until the launch event begins, Nexus and Pixel C owners will be glad to hear that the search giant is in the process of rolling out its October Security Bulletin for Android devices. Read more

The Keyword is Google’s new main word for words


Mirroring their apparent product strategy and a charge leveled by critics regarding the Android ecosystem, Google’s methods for sharing updates and news spans a wide number of sources, mostly separate, discrete blogs on a variety of subjects and products. Some counts indicate Google maintains well over 50 separate blogs covering products like Chrome, Android, YouTube, Translate and others. All of those are on top of the main Official Google Blog. Describing Google’s outlets for updates and news as “fragmented” is probably an understatement. To help fans find updates easier and quicker, Google launched a new blog called The Keyword to serve as a central location for these items. Read more