Google spoke with companies about building Google Home-like devices


Google will officially begin its war with Amazon in your residence by releasing Google Home this fall. It’s a device powered by all of Google’s services that is positioned to directly compete with Amazon’s Echo; however, now it seems Google Home won’t be the only device of its kind.

A Variety report says Google is speaking with potential partners about creating devices just like Google Home.

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Project Loon achieves new milestone in flight time


Google has been getting a lot of attention the last couple weeks as the industry tries to figure out what the company may reveal next week in a big October 4th announcement. The search giant is not the only part of the Alphabet portfolio with exciting news to share though. Over the weekend the Project Loon team revealed they had reached a new milestone by keeping one of their balloons not only aloft, but confined to a relatively narrow area of air space for 98 days. Read more

Google rolls out the Play Store to selected devices running on stable Chrome OS

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Having the ability to install apps from the Play Store has been something akin to finding the holy grail for many Chromebook owners. The feature was announced back at Google I/O in May and first appeared on the Chrome OS Developer channel back in June. On August 1st, Google flipped the switch to bring to the Chrome OS beta channel, and today the Play Store is finally available to selected devices running on the stable Chrome OS channel.  Read more