About the Author

Kyle Bradshaw

@SkylledDev

Kyle has formed an obsession with Google’s Fuchsia OS. He knows it’s going to be the next big thing, but also knows he has to prove that before others will believe it. When not writing about Fuchsia, he can often be found deep in the coal mines of Android and Chromium Gerrit or developing various side projects. He can be reached for tips or just friendly chat by Twitter or email. Kyle@9to5mac.com

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Google Search adds 3D molecules and more to help teach chemistry at home

We’re well into August, which means the school year is growing ever closer to beginning while many of us are still stuck at home. To help us learn chemistry, Google Search has added a variety of new 3D models showing how certain molecules are formed.

All Android phones can now use Bedtime Mode and Sunrise Alarm in Google Clock

One of the cooler recent features of Google Pixel phones, Bedtime Mode, including the previous Pixel Stand exclusive “Sunrise Alarm,” is now becoming available for all Android phones through the Google Clock app.

Yesterday

Chrome for Windows to gain handy Incognito Mode desktop shortcut

The Windows version of Google Chrome is preparing to add a desktop shortcut to open directly into an Incognito window, perfect for whatever you use Incognito Mode for.

August 8

In this week’s top stories: Google sends notices for a Google+ class action lawsuit settlement, the Pixel 5 may have gotten its launch date leaked, OnePlus teases Android 11 based HydrogenOS, and more.

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August 6

Android 11 Beta 3: You can now swipe away the media controls

One of the more drastic changes so far in Android 11 is that media apps and their controls now have a dedicated place, bundled in with your quick settings tiles, a feature called “media resumption.” With Android 11 Beta 3, you can now swipe away those media player controls altogether, if you really want to.

You can now play Borderlands 3 for free w/ Stadia Pro during ‘Free Play Days’ [Updated]

This weekend, Stadia Pro members can play Borderlands 3 for free as part of Stadia’s first-ever “Free Play Days” event.

August 5

Google Pixel 5 launch date possibly revealed in official blog post

This week, Google finally took the wraps off of their mid-range phone for the year — the Google Pixel 4a — and teased the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G). Looking ahead, it seems Google France might have accidentally revealed the official launch date of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 in the US

During today’s all-digital Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung took the lid off of the Galaxy Watch 3, the company’s strongest competitor against the Apple Watch to date. Here’s a quick rundown of where you can buy the Galaxy Watch 3 in the United States.

Where to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra in the US

Samsung had a strong showing today at their Galaxy Unpacked event, showcasing the latest tablets, accessories, and, of course, phones. Here are the many, many ways to pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra, and the best deals for each of them.

Flutter SDK 1.20 brings autofill support, updated Material UI, more

Google’s massively cross-platform Flutter SDK is launching a new update today, version 1.20, bringing autofill support to mobile developers, improvements to some common Material Design widgets, and more.

August 4

For years now, Google Chrome has been an absolute dominant force in the world of web browsers, but since the relaunch of Microsoft Edge based on Google’s Chromium, that position has been challenged. Now, Google is preparing to drive more Android owners back to using Chrome through targeted notifications.

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Google Doodle promotes COVID-19 prevention w/ masks and social distancing

Google has launched a fantastic animated homepage Doodle featuring the letters of “Google” practicing COVID-19 prevention methods including wearing masks and staying socially distant.

Razer launches Xbox edition of Kishi for Android controller, perfect for xCloud

Earlier this year, Razer launched a fantastic new controller for almost all Android phones with the Nintendo Switch-esque Razer Kishi. Now Razer is rereleasing the Kishi with a new design optimized for Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud.

[U: Sept. 15] Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming going public in Sept. as part of Xbox Game Pass

The next big step in gaming is game streaming, as evidenced by Google, Microsoft, and Nvidia launching competing services. As Project xCloud readies its launch in September, Microsoft is finally explaining the service’s pricing and its integration with Xbox Game Pass.

If you were a member of Google Plus before it shut down last year, odds are you got an email informing you that a class-action lawsuit against Google has been settled.

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August 3

Late last year, we heard our first inklings that Google was looking to get deeper into the financial world by partnering directly with banks. Today, Google and their first bank partners are announcing the arrival of digital bank accounts in Google Pay.

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August 2

Google Doodle honors Vicki Draves, Filipino American Olympic diver

Google has replaced its homepage logo with a Doodle honoring Vicki Draves, the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic medal.

August 1

In this week’s top stories: Google begins teasing the unveiling of the Pixel 4a on August 3rd, the ‘Pixel 5a’ shows up in an Android code comment, Google Camera 7.5 teases potential new photography features for the Pixel 5, and more.

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July 31

Last year, Google set a strong precedent for their Pixel phones by extending a third major update, Android 10, to the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Today, we’ve confirmed that Android 11 will be the last update for the Pixel 2.

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Just yesterday, Google began teasing the mid-range Pixel 4a along with an August 3 date. Today, though, we’ve got our first glimpse at the mid-range Pixel phone for 2021 — the “Pixel 5a” in the Android Open Source Project.

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