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Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux coming soon to Google Stadia
To help fans get more context on the story-driven Metro series, the folks at 4A Games and Deep Silver are bringing “Redux” versions of the first two games, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light to Stadia.
In a normal year, Google I/O would traditionally mark the release of a new version of Android Studio. While there hasn’t been a Google I/O event this year, the Android team has still seen fit to release Android Studio 4.0 today, complete with new Android app design tools.
One of the core aspects of Google’s Material Design, especially as of late, is the usage of “cards,” which help visually separate things in an app or page. Google has now begun testing a new UI for Google Search on the desktop that’s based almost entirely around Material Design cards.
Today, the folks at APKMirror got ahold of an internal “dogfood” build of Google Messages version 6.2. Here, “dogfood” is used in the sense of the phrase “eat your own dog food,” meaning actually use the product you’re building. Of course, our APK Insight team immediately dug in to see what all is coming with the next version of Google Messages. While we’re still actively looking through the many changes found within, one in particular stood out — end-to-end encryption for RCS messages.
Update 5/26: We now have a screenshot of one of the end-to-end encryption settings pages in action.
Elder Scrolls Online to launch on Stadia next month as free Pro game
A new trailer has been released today promoting the latest Elder Scrolls Online expansion, Greymoor, and with it, Google and Bethesda have announced a release date for Elder Scrolls Online on Google Stadia.
Lenovo’s upcoming ‘USI Pen’ arrives at FCC, looks perfect for the IdeaPad Duet
Thanks to the recent Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), it’s slowly becoming possible for fine-tuned, pressure-sensitive styluses to be cross-compatible between devices. Lenovo’s upcoming “USI Pen,” built to complement their recent IdeaPad Duet tablet, has just been revealed in detail by the FCC.
Earlier this month, we showed that a dark mode was coming to the Google Search website on Android, by way of Google Chrome. At the time, we weren’t sure of how this dark mode would work or why it would require a flag in chrome://flags. As of today, Google Search has finally begun testing its dark mode for mobile web — here’s how you can start using it.
This week’s top stories: Pixel 4a survey, Google app dark mode, Play Music transfers, more
In this week’s top stories: a new survey strongly hints at the Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, dark mode for the Google app on Android 10+ and iOS becomes official, Google opens early access transfers from Play Music and YouTube Music, and more.
Google Stadia for web updates bring UI tweaks, fix controller issues
One of the biggest promises of Google Stadia is the ability to play AAA titles on low-end devices like a Chromebook, which can be done through Stadia’s web app. This week, the Stadia team has rolled out a slew of updates for their web app, fixing a variety of player complaints.
[Update: Now available] Embr, Stadia’s first Early access game, arrives on May 21
Google held its first Stadia Connect event of 2020 last month, during which they announced three new “First on Stadia” titles. One of these, Embr, a ludicrous game about being a firefighter in the world of gig workers, is releasing in Early Access this Thursday, May 21.
Serious Sam 4 will launch in August as a timed exclusive for Stadia
Google has been working to bring a suite of timed exclusive games over to Stadia, usually under the branding “First on Stadia,” but thus far they’ve mostly been indie titles like Get Packed and Lost Words. Later this year, Google Stadia is picking up a new timed exclusive in the form of Serious Sam 4.
Musical Google Doodle game celebrates the mbira, Zimbabwe’s national instrument
May 21st marks the beginning of Culture Week in Zimbabwe, and Google is joining in the celebration with a homepage Doodle game that lets you play Zimbabwe’s national instrument, the mbira.
Google’s Digital Wellbeing is both an app for Pixels & other Android phones and a wider initiative to help folks find healthy ways to disconnect from their phones. The next step for the Digital Wellbeing app appears to be to use a variety of data from your phone to give insights into why you might not be sleeping at night.
During the most recent Stadia Connect, Google showed off three new First on Stadia titles, including Embr, a game about firefighters being an app-based service instead of a public offering. I got a chance to play and review Embr over the weekend, and it’s genuinely a fun game with a few caveats from being an “Early Access” release.
Google Doodle video honors Israel Kamakawiwoʻole on his 61st birthday
To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Google has shared a new Doodle video honoring musician Israel Kamakawiwoʻole on what would have been his 61st birthday.
For years, Mac users have been able to trigger things like the screensaver by moving their mouse to a corner of the screen, a feature known as “Hot Corners.” Today, evidence has surfaced that Google may be building its own version of Hot Corners for Chrome OS.
As of the end of last month, Google Meet (née Hangouts Meet) is officially free for everyone, not just those with a paid G Suite account, to help the millions of people now working from home every day. To help those of us with messier homes than others, it looks like the Google Meet app for Android is preparing to launch background blur.
Google Assistant now supports controlling freezers and air coolers
Spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere, and things are warming up outside, which means many of us are looking for ways to keep cool indoors. To help, Google now allows developers to integrate the Google Assistant with freezers and air coolers.
In this week’s top stories: the Google Home and Google Maps apps each get minor redesigns, wallpapers leak out from the Pixel 4a, we share thoughts on returning to the Pixel 4, and more.