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November 8

Comment: Google would do well to skip the social metaverse and remain focused on AR

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg showed off Facebook’s – now Meta’s –  vision for the future of technology and social interaction, I’ve been trying to imagine what the Google equivalent would be. I’ve concluded that such a metaverse direction is a direct contradiction to Google’s modern vision of tech that assists.

November 11

Pixel Superfans get ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ socks and Google Tensor sticker

Ahead of the Pixel 6 launch, Google made a big push to expand its “Superfans” community. Similar to last year, the company is offering some Pixel Superfans a gift in the form of “6 Pro” socks and stickers.

November 17

Sundar Pichai thinks of the metaverse as more immersive computing with AR

Compared to Meta, Microsoft, Niantic, and a slew of other metaverse announcements, Google has been very quiet about its augmented reality plans in general. In a recent interview, Sundar Pichai gave his thoughts on the metaverse, but positioned Google’s future as a continuation of the core Search mission.

November 29

Best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go $245 all-time low, more

This is the place to find all of this year’s best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals. Black Friday week has officially come and gone, but we are now tracking notable price drops on a range of Chromebooks for Cyber Monday including models from Samsung, Lenovo, ASUS, HP, Acer, and more. We are expecting to see even […]

November 19

Best of Black Friday 2021 – Top 10 deals coming next week

With just a week until Black Friday is officially under way, this holiday shopping event is shaping up to be quite a notable one. With stock shortages and discounts already going live, you’ll want to be planning ahead for all of those upcoming price cuts come next week. But until then, it’s time for our annual tradition of naming the top 10 Black Friday deals coming down the pipeline over the next few days.

November 18

Best of Black Friday 2021 – Google: Pixel 6 $100 off, Nest gear from $25, more

All of the major Black Friday 2021 ads have dropped, and now we’re combing through the markdowns to highlight all of the best Google offers this holiday season. With a collection of new hardware just having launched earlier this fall, there will be price cuts on the latest Pixel smartphones, Nest smart home gear, and more on tap. Head below for all of the details on this year’s best Google Black Friday deals.

October 26

WhatsApp history can now be transferred from iPhone to Pixel & other Android 12 devices

Back in August, Google rolled out the ability to transfer past WhatsApp messages from iPhones to Samsung Galaxy devices. This ability to transfer your WhatsApp history is now coming to Pixel and all other Android 12 phones.

November 5

Deals: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 hits $281, Amazon Halo Band $75, more

All of today’s best deals are headlined by the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 dropping to $281. That’s alongside Amazon’s Halo Band at $75 and the first discount on GoPro HERO10 Black. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

October 26

Samsung to offer its own cloud gaming service for Tizen TVs

Samsung has announced it is creating a cloud gaming service which would compete with Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce NOW, and Xbox Game Pass.

October 18

Telegram surges past 1 billion Play Store downloads

Third-party messaging client Telegram has now joined an exclusive and limited club after surpassing the 1 billion download figure over on the Google Play Store.

November 29

Best Cyber Monday Android smartphone deals: Motorola One 5G $288, Google Pixel 6, Galaxy Z Fold, more

We are now tracking some seriously impressive Cyber Monday Android smartphone deals as the biggest one-day shopping event of the year rolls on. With massive price drops landing on the latest models from Google, Samsung, Motorola, and Sony, just to name a few, shoppers and gift-givers can now take advantage of massive price drops on […]

October 27

Google Tensor shows stunning results in Pixel 6 Pro speed test, just seconds short of iPhone 13 Pro [Video]

Tensor is the first mobile chip Google has ever designed for its Pixel smartphones, and as we explained in our review earlier this week, the performance feels indistinguishable from the best Snapdragon flagships. However, it also puts up an impressive comparison with Apple’s chips in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with a Pixel 6 speed […]

October 26

Sundar Pichai says Google hardware & platform teams are ‘thinking through’ AR

During the Alphabet Q3 2021 earnings call, Sundar Pichai was asked about augmented reality and the CEO shared some brief thoughts about what Google is working on in the AR area.

November 29

Best Cyber Monday 2021 Google Deals: Massive Chromebook sale from $87, Nest sale, 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 Android devices, home goods, fashion, and much more. As always, the major players will be center stage […]

October 4

Google+ trends in the aftermath of massive Facebook, Instagram outage

Shut down in 2019, Google+ was never really a favorite for most in the social media landscape. However, during today’s massive and extended Facebook outage, Google+ came to mind for quite a few people.

Google’s 8.8.8.8 DNS service slows down amid massive Facebook outage

Facebook and the services owned by the social media giant have been hard hit by a massive outage this afternoon that has seen all of those services down for almost four hours at this point. Caught up in that mess, though, is Google’s 8.8.8.8 DNS service, which has slowed down amid the Facebook outage.

October 18

Here’s just what our readers are most excited for ahead of the Pixel Fall Launch event

With just over 24 hours until Google officially kicks off the Pixel Fall Launch event, we now know just what 9to5Google readers are most excited for. Spoiler: You can probably guess.

October 19

Pixel 6 tidbits: That funky plastic top, 12W wireless charging, recycled aluminum, more

Google’s Pixel 6 leaked to death ahead of its reveal but, even now that it’s been officially announced, there are still a few details that went under the radar, including the plastic bit at the top of the phone that’s certainly odd at first glance.

October 11

[Update: Rolling out] WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption for Android cloud backups

After being hinted at and after testing in previous beta builds, WhatsApp has confirmed that end-to-end encryption for cloud backups is set to roll out soon.

October 8

[Update: Another round] Google sends out more invitations to join ‘Pixel Superfans’ community

Google has operated a “community” of the Pixel’s “biggest fans” since at least 2019 — if not earlier. Earlier this week, Made by Google launched a new round of invites to join “Pixel Superfans.” 

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