Grab the Pixel Launcher for any Android phone, no root required

Ever since the Google Now launcher was discontinued, there was no official way to get the Google home screen experience on your Android device short of buying something that used Google’s newer launcher, which is pretty much just the Pixel. The Pixel’s a great phone, don’t get me wrong, but many people prefer other devices for various reasons.

Google clarifies tech support deadlines for Nexus and Pixel devices

With the Pixel and more recent iterations of the Nexus line, Google has tried to be a little more transparent about exactly how long users can expect support for their devices. That’s included software and security updates, but now Google has clarified just how long you’ll be able to get tech support online and over the phone for your pure Android devices.

Google will start blocking ads in Chrome starting in 2018

Even after a huge push into the hardware sector, Google remains first and foremost a search and advertising company. It’s where the vast majority of the Mountain View’s profits come from, despite their other products grabbing more of the headlines. With great advertising power also comes great responsibility and Google has just announced that starting in early 2018, following previous rumors, their Chrome browser will block all “unacceptable” ads on web pages.

Fuchsia remains a mystery despite mention at Fireside Chat

In the week prior to Google I/O 2017, new images and information leaked out about a new, third operating system and accompanying user interface that Google appears to have in the works somewhere deep in the inner workings of the company. The operating system is called Fuchsia and the leak triggered lots of social media chatter – enough that it came up on Google’s radar as a topic for a Fireside Chat session at Google I/O. Dave Burke with Google was given the task of responding and managed to do so without really giving a response.

Mophie just announced a Juice Pack for the Google Pixel (XL)

Google announced one phone late last year, the Pixel, with two variants, and the differences between them seem minor on paper but are actually important when choosing one. If you go with the 5.5-inch variant over the 5-inch variant, you’re getting a bigger display as well as a bigger battery. Longevity is the key difference, obviously. Spend $120 more and you get better battery life from a 3450mAh unit.

Now you can improve the Pixel (XL)’s already-great battery life by picking up Mophie’s Juice Pack.

G Suite gets more customization tools including new App Maker

As Google I/O 2017 starts to wind down and fans plot their new developments or their next big purchase based on Google tech, the enterprise market got some welcome news about some tools Google will roll out for G Suite. G Suite is Google’s platform mainly intended for the enterprise that gives companies access to their own cloud version of many of Google’s consumer tools. G Suite makes apps like Gmail, Drive and others available to an enterprise as their own private version of the tools. The new tools and features Google is rolling out will help enterprises leverage G Suite to be much more useful and productive and continues their efforts to match some other offerings in the enterprise market.

Google hoping new features from Google Payment API make purchases even easier

Despite what seems like a lot of upstream swimming over the last few years, Google has managed to turn Android Pay into one of the more popular and used mobile payment options available for users. In addition to continuing to add more cards and banks to the program, Google is also hoping to expand usage by making it easier to deploy in more situations. To that end, at Google I/O the company announced a new Google Payment API that will streamline checkout for customers and give retailers and sellers a new path to collect payments.