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
In this week’s top stories: Google’s hardware lineup reaches maturity with the 2019 Made by Google event, we get a (very) early hands-on with the 2nd generation of Pixel Buds, Sling TV launches free content, and more.
‘Monster Energy Supercross 3’ coming to Google Stadia in February
Earlier this week, Google announced an official launch date for its Google Stadia streaming service. While we’re still just over a month from that date, more games are continuing to be announced for Stadia, and the latest game to join the fun is Monster Energy Supercross 3.
Today was the big Pixel 4 launch event, where Google confirmed all the juicy details we’ve been tracking about the phone for the last few months. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. One of the main features of the phone, Motion Sense, is now set to get a demo game, Headed South, created by ustwo, the developers of Monument Valley, in collaboration with Google.
Following the Made by Google event this morning, an update rolled out to the Google Store, which included a variety of new hardware like the Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, and new Nest hardware. But it’s not all good news, as some other products have been cut to make room for the new. Specifically, the Google Daydream View has been removed from the Google Store.
Today is the Made by Google event, and among all the hardware announcements, the company also rolled out new features and a new pricing structure for their Nest Aware subscription.
For years, Google has been the driving force behind Chrome OS, making expensive, but visionary hardware to light a fire under other OEMs to compete, with the Google Pixelbook being the case in point. This year, Google is making their vision for Chrome OS hardware accessible to buyers of all varieties with the Google Pixelbook Go, starting at $649, and also offering high-end upgrades like a 4K display.
The Made by Google event is just minutes away, bringing with it the proper reveal of the latest Google and Nest hardware. However, we need not wait for the event to learn about the pricing of some of these devices or even plunk down a pre-order, as B&H Photo has already listed the Google Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi on their storefront.
We’re now less than an hour away from the Made by Google event, and we’re already fairly confident in what devices Google will be announcing. This morning, four of those products, the Google Pixel 4 (and 4 XL), Nest Mini, Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point, have all hit the Bluetooth SIG.
Despite the name, Google Pay isn’t just about payments, but it also aims to let your Android phone replace other cards in your wallet like rewards cards and transit cards. The latest cards to join Google Pay are transit cards from Cubic, well-known for their Clipper cards in San Francisco.
Google celebrates Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau w/ multiple animated doodles
Google is honoring the 218th birthday of Belgian physicist and an early inventor of animation Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau with three different animated doodles. Check them out!
In this week’s top stories: Google Camera 7.1 leaks out revealing some more Pixel 4 features, our Stephen Hall gets some hands-on time with a Google Pixelbook Go prototype, Android 10 receives its first security patch, and more.
Over the past two years, we’ve closely followed the development of Google’s Fuchsia OS and the various hardware products it supports. Thus far, these products have almost all been Made by Google devices like the Pixelbook and Nest Hub, used simply as testbeds for Fuchsia on various form factors. But if Fuchsia is to ever succeed, Google will need to partner with other companies on developing their own Fuchsia-based hardware and software projects.
This week in Fuchsia Friday, we take a look at the various Google partners that have looked into Fuchsia OS, including familiar names like Samsung and Sony.
Next week is the big Made by Google event where Google will reveal the Pixel 4 and the Pixelbook Go side by side. To help these devices feel like they’re in the same family, Google is sharing some of the Pixel 4’s wallpapers to Made by Google Chromebooks, both new and old, including the Pixelbook Go.
Just over a week ahead of the Google Pixel 4 launch, we’ve obtained what will likely be the official version of the Google Camera app to launch on the new phone. Google Camera version 7.1 preps the previously seen “Dual Exposure” controls, adds info on the downsides of saving depth data on the Google Pixel 4, and the exact apps compatible with “Social Share.”
Update 10/10: Another new feature, “Frequent Faces,” has been uncovered in an unexpected place.
Over the past month, we’ve been slowly learning more about what the Project Soli powered “Motion Sense” on Google Pixel 4 can and can’t do. Now, we’ve found evidence of how Google would open Motion Sense on the Pixel 4 to app and game developers, including a Unity game engine plugin.
[Update: 4 more] Google Pay adds support for 16 more banks in the US, including E*Trade
Before you can use your debit or credit card with Google Pay, your bank needs to come to an agreement with Google. The latest batch of 16 US banks to support Google Pay includes E*Trade Bank.
Every Android device comes preloaded with a few different sets of apps, some chosen by the OEM, some by the cell carrier, and usually a set of Google apps. We’ve now learned precisely which apps Google has mandated inclusion on Android 10 and Android Go phones with Google services, which includes some surprising additions.
For the past year and a half, Google has been pushing a “digital wellbeing” initiative to help us all use our phones in a healthier way. In the latest, and arguably largest, push, Android devices are now required to have a digital wellbeing app of some kind, along with parental controls, according to documents viewed by 9to5Google.