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Kyle Bradshaw

@SkylledDev

Kyle Bradshaw joined 9to5Google in 2018 with a special interest in Google’s Fuchsia OS, rooted in his experience of being the first to offer a visual preview of the revolutionary design of the in-development operating system. Since then, his attentions have broadened to include the secrets hidden within other areas of Google’s public codebases.

By reading the public Fuchsia OS code, Kyle was able to prove the existence of the Nest Mini and the Nest Hub Max months ahead of their respective announcements. With evidence from Chromium, he reported on Google’s since-cancelled efforts to create an offshoot of Android designed for “touchless” feature phones.

In 2018, Kyle reported on three distinct Made by Google Chromebooks in development, the Pixel Slate, the Pixelbook Go — a full year before its release — and “Meowth,” the original version of the Pixel Slate that was cancelled due to Intel’s delays that year. For Chrome OS itself, Kyle was the first to demonstrate the upcoming light theme redesign in action.

Looking at the early evidence of the Pixel 5’s specs, Kyle accurately predicted in February 2020 that the Pixel 5 might not be a traditional “flagship” phone. In 2021, he reported that Google’s next headset would be the “Pixel Buds A”.

Kyle contributes to the APK Insight column at 9to5Google, discovering the hidden changes in Google’s apps. These efforts have revealed hotly anticipated features, details about upcoming devices, and unexpected connections between companies.

He can be reached for tips or just friendly chat by Twitter or email. If you’re looking for his other works or just want to play a game together on Stadia, head over to Kyle’s personal portfolio.

Kyle@9to5mac.com

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Today

Google Stadia is expanding its live streaming features with “Party Stream,” an easy way to show your screen to friends, plus improvements to its YouTube streams.

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August 6

In this week’s top stories: an unknown ‘Wireless Device’ from Google appears at FCC, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 details leak via Amazon, Pixel series August update gets delayed, and more.

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August 5

After first being reported nearly a year ago, Google TV is now making tangible progress toward launching 50 channels worth of free, ad-supported streaming content, and we have your first look at the channel list.

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August 4

The latest update to Google Meet paves the way to do more than just get work done in video meetings, with support for YouTube, Spotify, UNO, and more.

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Google’s latest earbuds, the Pixel Buds Pro, are well positioned to be a strong competitor to Apple’s AirPods Pro, especially for Android owners. But which set will take the crown as the better noise canceling earbuds? Let’s break it down.

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Google Search results now better emphasize words you put in quotes

In a new update to the Google Search results page, the search engine is now consistently making it clear exactly how words you put in quotes appear on the page.

August 3

You can get three free months of Stadia Pro if you have a newer LG Smart TV

A new offer from LG will get you a free three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, for new and existing customers alike.

According to a support page, Google seems to be planning another update for its Chromecast with Google TV dongle to arrive sometime in August.

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August 1

In recent years, Samsung has become well known for updating their wide lineup of Android devices — from budget phones to luxury foldables — to the latest security update in a timely manner. Here’s every phone and tablet that Samsung has updated with the July 2022 security patch.

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Ahead of this fall’s Made by Google event, a new “Wireless Device” has shown up at the FCC, which could be a new product for the company’s Nest lineup.

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July 31

This week’s top stories: Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro launch, Google Camera 8.6 arrives, more

In this week’s top stories: the Pixel Buds Pro and Pixel 6a arrive in customers’ hands, the update to Google Camera 8.6 arrives, and more.

July 30

Multiplayer Google Doodle game teaches you how to play pétanque

The latest Google Doodle game shows you how to play the French sport of pétanque, then lets you compete against friends and others online.

July 29

One of the core features that was confirmed to be in the works for the Chromecast with Google TV, the ability to use Nest Audio as a speaker, has still not been launched.

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A rumor has been circulating this week suggesting Google plans to shut down Stadia by the end of summer, but there’s no reason to really believe that’s the case.

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July 28

The latest beta update to Google Messages brings the ability to customize what action — if anything — happens when you swipe away a conversation.

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Just in time for the Pixel 6a’s launch, Google has released a new update for the Pixel series Camera app, which includes early work on a new mode for foldables, as well as preparation to offer selfie-taking advice.

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Following a round of public voting, Google has unveiled the five student-made finalists for Doodle for Google 2022, for the theme “I care for myself by…”

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July 27

The July 2022 updates to the Google Play System are set to bring the full “Google Wallet” rebrand, along with some new forms of “multi-device experiences.”

Update: The latest batch of July updates include a Game Dashboard for Android 13, a “Matter Developer Preview,” and more.

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July 26

Here’s what the Pixel Buds Pro settings look like in the update that’s rolling out now

As of this morning, the Google Pixel Buds Pro have already begun shipping to those who preordered a set. In preparation for Thursday’s formal launch, Google’s Pixel Buds app has gotten an update today, revealing the new settings for Pixel Buds Pro.

New details about the camera sensors used in the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel tablet have been uncovered, suggesting minor upgrades for the Pixel 7 and the affordability of the Pixel tablet.

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