October 28

[U: Coming back] Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are partially down

Following a bigger outage earlier in the week that saw WhatsApp users unable to send or receive messages, the Meta app, along with Facebook and Instagram, are partially down as of Friday afternoon.

November 18

Comment: Google (through YouTube) might as well build a Twitter competitor

A text-first social network that’s centralized, fast to post, and simple to consume should always exist. Twitter looks to be actively imploding (though it will probably limp through, like MySpace), and I think Google — more specifically YouTube — should just bite the bullet and replicate it.

Today

YouTube Music rolling out 2022 Recap with personalized stats and stories [U]

Following the first annual summary last year and subsequent seasonal ones, YouTube Music is starting to roll out the 2022 Recap today.

October 20

[Update: Rolling out] WhatsApp adds ‘Call Links’ w/ video calling support for up to 32 participants

WhatsApp is adding a new simplified call-sharing feature named “Call Links” that will make it even easier to start or join a group call.

November 28

Best Cyber Monday 2022 Google Deals: Pixel 7/Pro from $499, Samsung foldables, more

Cyber Monday is now here at 9to5Google and our team over at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to bring you all of the best deals. Through Thanksgiving week, we’ll be delivering all of the most notable markdowns on Google devices, home goods, fashion, and much more. As always, the major players will be center stage this week, […]

October 13

NVIDIA GeForce NOW makes Chrome your new gaming home [Video]

Cloud gaming on GeForce NOW is going from strength to strength with a growing library of games, the best graphics, and now even dedicated gaming Chromebooks from Google. Add in enhanced support from NVIDIA for the Chrome browser, and you have the most immersive experience possible without limits.

September 30

Facebook app will replace Android System WebView but still won’t use Custom Tabs

When you open a link while in another app, it usually launches in your browser (e.g., Chrome) or a Custom Tab. Facebook opens pages in its own in-app browser, which is powered by the Android System WebView. The main Facebook app will soon change what underpins its in-app browser.

September 29

Play the new Genshin Impact 3.1 update anywhere with GeForce NOW

Just in time for the game’s new update to version 3.1, NVIDIA GeForce NOW is once again making itself the best way to play Genshin Impact from anywhere and everywhere, with new rewards for subscribers.

September 28

Latest Pixel 7 leak shows off the front and back of nearly every color [Gallery]

We’re barely a week away from the launch of Google’s Pixel 7 series, and a new set of official-looking renders gives us a better look at the Pixel 7 in multiple colors, from both the front and the back.

September 23

WhatsApp Android tablet linking hinted at w/ latest beta update

The latest WhatsApp beta update hints that the highly anticipated companion mode is still in the works with evidence of a dedicated Android tablet (or foldable) linking screen.

September 22

Google finally shows off the front of the Pixel 7 Pro officially, looks less curved

Google hasn’t been shy showing off its new Pixel 7 smartphones, but to date, the company hasn’t officially shown off the front of the Pixel 7 Pro. Finally, an official image of the front of the device has made its way online, and it seems to confirm something from previous leaks.

Fitbit will require a Google Account to use new devices and features from 2023 onward

With the launch of Fitbit’s latest devices, “Fitbit by Google” branding was introduced. The Sense 2 and Versa 4 already have a UI modeled after Wear OS 3, but the integration is getting deeper from 2023 onward when Google Accounts will be required to use Fitbit.

September 3

Google’s Pixel 7 Pro gets a very quick unboxing as the launch approaches [Video]

The Pixel 7 series has already been officially shown off by Google, but as the launch nears, a new video shows off a very brief unboxing of the Pixel 7 Pro.

September 2

Parler’s Android app has been reinstated to the Google Play Store

The Android app for the social network Parler has been reinstated into the Google Play Store, 18 months after its removal.

August 24

Gmail web search will now surface Spaces from your Google Workspace

Google’s push to make Spaces a better Slack or Microsoft Teams competitor continues by making them discoverable in Gmail search on the web.

August 22

This app beeps every time your computer sends data to Google

A developer and privacy advocate has created a demo app that beeps every time your computer sends any data to Google. Spoiler alert — it’s a very noisy app.

August 10

Galaxy Z Flip 4 goes official with bigger battery, updated camera, same $999 price

After a smashing success in the Galaxy Z Flip 3, it comes as no surprise that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is following a similar path. The Flip 4 is official as of today with two key changes and the same price tag; here’s what you need to know.

August 2

Discord users complain about new Android update built using cross-platform framework

Yesterday, Discord for Android officially launched a “major overhaul” that leverages a cross-platform framework to make development easier and more in line with the iOS app, but the update is resulting in a number of complaints.

July 29

Stadia Changelog: Two new games arrive along with a bid for the future

Google Stadia picked up two more games this week including the classic Neighbours from Hell, and yet another rumor regarding the service’s death, Google has given a bid for the future.

No, Stadia isn’t shutting down by the end of summer

A rumor has been circulating this week suggesting Google plans to shut down Stadia by the end of summer, but there’s no reason to really believe that’s the case.

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