Yesterday news broke about Google’s decision to pull the plug on their modular phone initiative, Project Ara. This was a big disappointment to many who had been looking forward to the concept finally becoming a reality. Since then the rumor mill has been in full swing thanks to a tweet from Nexpaq regarding Dan Makoski, founder of Project Ara and former head of design with Google ATAP, as well as an earlier tweet about the company’s work on modular tech. Read more
After finding out the next Nexus devices will actually be Pixel devices, we’re all itching to learn more about what Google has planned. While we’re still about a month out before an actual unveiling, the rumor mill certainly won’t let up until absolutely everything possible is leaked about the phones. Read more
The time is almost, (un)officially here: a new report from Android Police states that October 4th is when Google will announce its Pixel phones, a new Chromecast, the first Daydream VR headset, and Google Home.
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Forget about using a truly modular phone in the near future, or least the one that was coming from Google.
Google is making it easier than ever to find information on your device through its main Google Search app. Sometimes it can be tough finding a specific text message or a particular song, but being able to search for it right from Google and get results from your device should speed that up. Read more
In the latest round of company shakeups and restructuring, Fortune is reporting that as many as several dozen employees from Alphabet subsidiary Nest will move over to Google (also owned by Alphabet) to continue work on the smart home and possibly unify its Internet of Things platform.
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In what will probably be seen as a major change for Google and their efforts to provide hardware to consumers, sources are indicating that the company may be abandoning the “Nexus” brand for the next round of smartphones slated for release this fall. According to a variety of sources and leaks, Google is planning to move their own brand to the forefront, although it is unclear whether “Google” will take the place of “Nexus” or some other brand will be used. In any case, indications are that the Android purists’ favored brand is on the verge of retirement. Read more
Own a phone from the Nexus line? Google’s WiFi Assistant is accessible on your Nexus device beginning today. It was previously exclusive to Project Fi customers, but now Google is opening up WiFi Assistant for everyone to enjoy.
It looks like Google is gearing up to launch its Daydream virtual reality platform in the next couple of weeks. The search giant is recruiting creators to line up a bevy of exclusive content for its launch, which will happen in “the coming weeks,” according to a report from Bloomberg.