Chromecast (2015) review: A more well-rounded streaming device from Google


Google introduced the second version of their Chromecast streaming device earlier this week alongside a Chromecast Audio device for speakers, and immediately made them available for sale through the Play Store and Best Buy. With expedited shipping, early orders are already arriving in the hands of buyers, including a couple that I ordered and received this week. Aside from changing the shape to a round form factor, did Google make enough changes to make the device a worthy successor? Read more

[Infographic] From the HTC Dream to Marshmallow, Android continues its path to world domination


Back when Android.Inc was founded in 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Milner, Nicks Sears, and Chris White, I wonder if they had an inkling of how popular the Android operating system would become. Google acquired the company in 2005, and thanks to the influx of resources from the search giant, the first Android smartphone (HTC Dream) would soon be released to an unsuspecting world. It’s been an interesting ride, as documented in the great little infographic below.

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What could have improved the Nexus 6P?


This year’s Nexus 6P is a whole new ballgame for the Nexus line. Last year’s Nexus 6, which was made by Motorola, had a large bulky body that felt massive in the hand for many. The Nexus 6P changes that by featuring a slightly smaller display and a better screen-to-body ratio. It actually feels compact in the hand. And perhaps more importantly, the device comes with specifications that best or match other flagships while being packed within an all-metal design.

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Google adds replies to Chrome Web Store reviews


In an effort to encourage better communication between developers and the users of applications developed for the Chrome web browser, Google has added the ability for developers and users to post replies to feedback left on the Reviews tab. Ideally, users should leave bug reports and feature suggestions on the Support Tab. However, Google has noted that many users continue to use the Reviews tab for that purpose. Without a mechanism to respond to this feedback, users may get the impression their issues are never addressed. Read more

Alphabet will start operations at the close of business today


The restructuring of Google that leads to new parent company Alphabet will be completed by the close of business today. On Google’s investor relations site, the soon-to-be subsidiary company announced that shares of Google Class C and Class A Common Stock will begin trading under Alphabet’s name on Monday, October 5. The stock, though, will still use GOOG and GOOGL ticker symbols.

Hit the break for Google’s statement to investors.

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ZTE Executive: Huawei’s Nexus 6P is a copycat of the ZTE Grand S



There’s been some differing opinions on whether to love or hate that black camera visor on the back of the Huawei Nexus 6P. Chinese manufacture ZTE seems to be of the crowd that dislikes it, and for what might be a good reason, too. ZTE marketing director Lu Qian Hao took to Chinese social media website Weibo, saying that the Huawei Nexus 6P takes some design hints from the ZTE Athena, otherwise known as the Grand S.

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