November 3

Google Voice is one of the first apps adding support for Android’s new image picker

With the release of Android 13, Google debuted a new image picker for Android that’s also available on older versions of the operating system. With a recent update, Google Voice is adding support for that new photo picker.

Today

Google Maps having widespread issues with voice search on CarPlay

Google Maps relies on voice search, opting to keep you safe while on your drive. Unfortunately, it looks like the voice search feature in Google Maps for CarPlay is breaking for a number of users, only working after multiple attempts.

November 2

Google adding Assistant parental controls and four kid-friendly voices

Given that kids like to use Assistant, Google is rolling out new parental controls, as well as new kid-friendly voices and Kids Dictionary.

Yesterday

Here’s every way you can find your Pixel when you misplace it

There are few things more annoying than losing your phone moments after holding it in your hand. Fortunately, Google’s Pixel phone series allows for several different finding methods, like finding your phone using your watch, Nest speakers, and more.

November 16

Lenovo Tab Extreme appears in early Google Play Console listing w/ MediaTek Dimensity 9000

Although no official confirmation has come forth, the Lenovo Tab Extreme has been unearthed with an early listing on the Google Play Console.

November 27

[U: Fix coming] Months-old security vulnerability still hasn’t been patched on Pixel, Samsung

Google’s Project Zero this week highlighted the “gap” in getting security patches out the door and to affected users, and in doing so also revealed that millions of Android phones are at risk of an active security vulnerability.

November 9

LumaFusion now available for Android and ChromeOS in beta for $19.99

One of iOS and iPad’s most popular video editing suites is now available on Android and ChromeOS as LumaFusion arrives in beta.

November 23

Honor Magic Vs foldable launches w/ Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, $1,050 start price

Honor has officially unveiled the Magic Vs, its foldable for late 2022 and early 2023 with a number of improvements and an enticingly low entry-price.

November 24

Qualcomm quietly launches 6nm-based Snapdragon 782G processor as 778G+ replacement

Just a few short days after launching the top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Qualcomm has quietly unveiled the Snapdragon 782G mid-ranger chipset for Android devices.

November 9

Realme 10 launches w/ 90Hz AMOLED, Helio G99 chip, $230 price

The budget-oriented Realme 10 has now officially launched with modest and interesting specifications for a low-priced Android phone.

November 11

Leica Leitz Phone 2 goes official in Japan w/ 1-inch sensor rated at 47.2MP

Last year we saw the first fully Leica-branded smartphone, but now we have a follow-up. The Leica Leitz Phone 2 has quietly gone on sale in Japan a year since the first generation was unveiled.

November 23

Vivo X90 Pro+ goes official w/ Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 1-inch camera sensor, more

The first Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered smartphone is now official. The terribly named Vivo X90 Pro+ has been unveiled in China alongside the X90 Pro and X90.

November 17

You can now ask Google Assistant to search and play podcasts by guest, episode

Google is significantly upgrading Assistant’s podcast capabilities with more granular commands that let you search and play by episode, topic, and even guests.

November 3

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro using personalized speech recognition to improve Google Assistant

Google Assistant is using on-device “Personalized speech recognition” on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to get “better at recognizing your unique speaking style, words, and phrases.”

November 18

These apps support Material You’s themed icons on Android 13

Google debuted the ability to have themed icons on the homescreen in Android 12, designed to help go all-in on Material You theming. Now, in Android 13, third-party apps can get in on the fun of themed icons; here’s an ongoing list of apps that support the functionality.

November 21

Google Fi discounts Pixel 7 to $399 and offers $300 off 7 Pro for Black Friday

Following the Google Store, Google Fi’s Black Friday takes $300 off the Pixel 7 Pro for both new (number port in required) and existing MVNO subscribers.

Yesterday

Samsung’s Bixby Text Call feature: What is it, and why can’t you use it yet?

Samsung’s recent streak of incorporating some of Pixel users’ favorite features into Galaxy devices is helping to bolster an impressive One UI 5. With that is a feature called “Bixby Text Call,” though you might not be able to use it just yet.

November 19

Amazon Alexa is a money loser as AI, NLU, and conversational teams heavily hit by layoffs

Following the developments earlier this week, there’s now more reporting on just how Amazon’s recent (and ongoing) layoffs have impacted Alexa.

November 23

Gift Guide: Google smart home essentials to automate your holidays

There is more to your home than meets the eye. Some of your regular old appliances and non-smart technology can tap into the power of the Google Assistant, and we have the perfect gifts to turn friends, relatives, or your own home into a certified Google smart home.

Yesterday

Chromecast with Google TV 4K update to October 2022 patch rolling out

The first post-Android 12 update is rolling out to the Chromecast with Google TV 4K today, and it brings devices to the October 2022 security patch level.

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