Google’s Lockheimer says commitment still there for Chrome OS


Yesterday news broke indicating Google is planning to merge the Chrome OS operating system that powers Chromebooks and Chromebox devices into the Android operating system that is used on mobile devices. The move makes a lot of sense as a step to unify the operating systems and make it easier to deploy apps and features across a broader array of devices in a single step. However, for a lot of Chrome OS users, especially those in education where it has proven to be extremely popular, there is some angst that the best features of Chrome OS will be lost in the change to a single operating system. Google senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer has since taken to his Twitter account to let followers know the company is “very committed to Chrome OS.” Read more

Google wants to cover the entire globe with Project Loon internet in 2016

google-project-loon-designboom04Google’s Project Loon is an ambitious project to bring internet access to tons of different places in the world through floating balloons. It’s a weird concept, but it’s been growing rapidly and so far, it’s worked pretty well for Google.

The next step for Project Loon, according to Google, involves covering the entire globe with internet access in 2016. That’s a bold plan, but Google is working on creating a string of continuous balloons that will create widespread coverage with no gaps. Initially Project Loon will test continuous coverage in the southern hemisphere, and if that goes well, it will expand from there. Read more

Nexus 6P gets the teardown treatment


The folks over at iFixIt have finally managed to get their hands on the brand new Nexus 6P following shipping hold-ups, and have dismantled it in their usual fashion just to show us how difficult it is to repair. The handset can be taken apart in 16 relatively complex steps, earning it a repairability score of 2 out of 10, which isn’t great when you consider its sister smartphone, the Nexus 5X, weighed in at 7 out of 10.

Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.

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HTC One A9 versus Google Nexus 5X


Both the HTC One A9 and Google’s Nexus 5X, made by LG, feature high-end specifications in a compact size at a price that’s relatively affordable. The Nexus 5X stirred up lots of hype this year given how great the original Nexus 5 was. The One A9 brings a new taste of design and looks to put the company back on track after a devastating year.

Let’s see how the two devices stack up.

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Google Play Games enables recording and sharing of game action


I remember a time in the past when it was frowned upon to post videos of gaming action forcing users to find a variety of workarounds. Things have changed though and now over 144 billion minutes of live game streams and recording activity are viewed on YouTube each month. Google appears to have figured out that instead of fighting against the current of mainstream culture, they should take advantage of it and hop on board. Today they announced a new feature for the Google Play Games app that will enable users to record and share gaming moments along with commentary. Read more

Google taps in big marketing strategy for Android Pay


At the Money20/20 being held in Las Vegas, Google’s senior vice president of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy spent some time talking about the progress Google is making with Android Pay. Ramaswamy also described several facets of a marketing strategy being implemented to help drive growth for the payment platform, including the forthcoming introduction of a new loyalty program. Read more