Ben is a tech geek with a soft spot for Android, Pixel/Nexus in particular. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones on the 9to5Google YouTube channel and writing up the latest news. Ben also started a small publication called YourTechExplained, which still runs today. You can get in touch with him over on Twitter or by Email.
Yesterday Google officially revealed Stadia to the world, the company’s big game streaming project. Impressive is almost an understatement when looking at Google’s ambitious new product, and that’s before we even get pricing details or a list of games. There are still some details to be learned from the initial hands-on coverage, though. Here are some Google Stadia tidbits you might have missed.
Moto Z4 render leaks w/ waterdrop notch, single rear camera, Moto Mod pins
Motorola hasn’t seen a whole lot of success in the past couple of years, but the company isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Today, we’re getting our first peek at the Moto Z4 in a leaked render.
NBC Sports arrives on Android TV w/ subscription passes, access to dozens of sporting events
Android TV has been picking up a lot of steam in the industry, but apps are still its sore point. Today, the NBC Sports app has made its official debut on Android TV.
Generally speaking, Google’s services are fairly secure. Today, though, a vulnerability from Google Photos has been revealed which potentially exposed location history, before it was patched.
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Google Stadia uses ‘Stream Connect’ for local split-screen multiplayer gaming
One thing I still sorely miss about older games is split-screen multiplayer with friends on my couch. Thanks to the power behind Google Stadia, that functionality is making a comeback with a feature called Stream Connect.
Google Stadia supports ‘State Share’ and ‘Crowd Play’ for engaging friends and fans
Google Stadia does a lot to rethink how gaming should work, and two features it includes are going to make waves when it comes to engagement. Here’s what we know about Google Stadia’s State Share and Crowd Play features.
Google Stadia will support cross-platform play and bringing game saves from other platforms
One of the biggest struggles of any new platform is bringing on new users, and that’s especially true with gaming. To help its new Stadia platform take off faster, Google has confirmed that it will be supporting cross-platform play.
Qualcomm’s new smart speaker chipset promises better voice recognition, better audio, more
As the smart speaker market continues to heat up, Qualcomm is jumping into the ring to provide a new chipset for OEMs to use. The new Qualcomm QSC400 makes some big promises for future products, here’s what you need to know.
Dirty Unicorns custom ROM is shutting down ‘on a high note’ with Android Pie builds
While custom ROMs aren’t quite as popular as they were a few years ago, they still deliver a huge amount of customization and functionality to Android users that just can’t be found elsewhere. Now, an old favorite is shutting down. Dirty Unicorns has announced recently that it will shut down following Android Pie builds.
Google confirmed quite a while ago that its popular email app, Inbox by Gmail, would be shutting down sometime in Spring of 2019. The company neglected to confirm a specific date, however. Today, that date has been confirmed. Inbox by Gmail shuts down on April 2nd.
The gaming phone market is only a couple of years old, and today Xiaomi is introducing its latest attempt to take over the segment. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is official — here’s what you need to know.
ZTE’s Axon S and Axon V go all-display with ‘side-slide’ and protruding cameras
Slimming the bezels and avoiding the notch has ushered in some of the most interesting smartphone designs in years. Now, we’re getting a look at two new designs from ZTE in the Axon S and Axon V which try things we’ve never seen before, for better or for worse.
Huawei P30 Pro press renders leak, Samsung reportedly providing OLED display
Huawei is getting ready to launch its latest generation of flagship smartphones in the P30 family. Today, we’re getting new official-looking press renders of both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, as well as rumors of Samsung providing the display component.
More Android TV devices add full voice control via Google Assistant, Home following Nvidia Shield
Last year the Nvidia Shield, Android TV’s flagship offering, added full control via Google Assistant. Now, Android TV as a whole seems to be adding better Google Assistant controls for all devices using the platform.
Before the days of fingerprint sensors and face unlocking, the only way into our phones was with a PIN or password. That’s why the addition of smart lock back in Android Lollipop was so appreciated. Recently, though, we’ve become aware of a smart lock flaw on Android that leaves your device unlocked for longer than it should. Here’s what you need to know.