This week, we talk about a weird tip we got that Xiaomi and Google are somehow partnering for a phone in the US, rumors about Google’s forthcoming first-party smart display, and corporate news including Apple’s poaching of Google’s (now former) AI chief.
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- Source: Google’s Pixel 2 to feature improved camera, CPU, higher price, but ‘budget’ phone also in works [Updated]
- Google is reportedly working on a mid-range ‘Pixel’ for emerging markets, could debut in July
- Google accidentally drops first ‘Pixel 3’ mention in AOSP
- Google does not rule out making its own Assistant smart display
- Google appoints veteran engineers to lead Search, Artificial Intelligence amid ‘AI first’ push
- Apple bolsters AI team as it poaches Google’s search & artificial intelligence chief
- Googler petition asks Sundar Pichai to end AI project involving military drones
- Are you bothered by Google developing AI for military purposes? [Poll]
- YouTube HQ in San Bruno on lockdown following active shooter [Update]
- YouTube details yesterday’s shooting and commends heroics of responders, employees
- OnePlus 6 officially confirmed to deliver Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, 256GB storage
- Leaked LG G7 renders show off notch, headphone jack, side-mounted power button
- Google Voice finally readying in-app VoIP with beta program for Android and web
- Google shutting down goo.gl URL shortener next year, existing links will keep working
- April security patch rolling out to Pixel/Nexus devices, factory images and OTAs live
- You can now watch YouTube TV using Firefox
- Google Chrome adding fast emoji shortcut on Mac, Windows, Chrome OS
- Roundup: All the April Fools’ ‘announcements’ from Google, Alphabet, and more
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