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Abner Li

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Abner Li has worked at 9to5Google since 2015 and in late 2020 took on the role of editor-in-chief. He is keenly focused on tracking what happens at Google, and is often the first to spot new features in Google’s ever-growing family of applications that are updated on a daily basis, including Search, Assistant, Maps, Workspace, Android, and Chrome/OS.

To him, what Google does greatly impacts the technology space and modern life. Inside the company, he is particularly interested in the key products mentioned above, as well as up-and-coming services like Google Podcasts and Google Lens. Each are massive platforms that can be unwieldy to grasp, with Abner keenly bent on understanding their philosophy and future direction. He is most excited about Google’s plans for augmented reality glasses.

Abner spearheads the APK Insight program at 9to5Google to chronicle all changes in the company’s Android apps, often finding new features before they are officially announced. This includes redesigns and revamps, launches, and new products.

Another big area of interest is Google’s burgeoning hardware division. He detailed all of the Pixel 3’s camera features before launch and got wind of Stadia’s hardware controller. Most recently, Abner scooped the 2nd-generation Nest Hub’s Soli-powered Sleep Sensing capability and how it would integrate with Google Fit.

Today

Following the Music Recap earlier this week, YouTube is revealing the top trending videos of 2022 and other lists that more or less serve as a stand in for Rewind.

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Yesterday

In recent months, Google has rolled out a Material You redesign and tile for Keep on Wear OS. Around that time, Google Keep looks to have dropped support for older Wear OS 2 devices.

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Back in September, Google announced that Keep was getting a dual-pane view and it’s now more widely rolled out on Android tablets. 

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Back in October, Google announced it was testing AR features with Glass Enterprise devices paired to Pixel phones. As part of this effort, a new Glass Enterprise Companion app is now available on Google Play.

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Over the past hour or so, some YouTube for iPhone and iPad users have reported that the app is repeatedly crashing on open.

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After years of teasing, the secretive startup founded by ex-Apple employees in July released a more explicit preview of what it is building. Humane announced today that its “first offerings will be announced this spring” of 2023.

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Following content purchases, the Google Store today alerted customers that Stadia hardware, including Controller and Editions bundles, refunds “will be issued within 2 weeks.”

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Following the first annual summary last year and subsequent seasonal ones, YouTube Music is starting to roll out the 2022 Recap today.

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In addition to crowning the best overall Android application and game of 2022, Google Play today named the best Wear OS, tablet, and Chromebook apps.

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As the year starts to wind down, Google Play is naming the best Android apps and games of 2022. This includes Users’ Choice and 20 “Best of” categories. These lists are localized, and you can browse your country by tapping the “Best of 2022” banner at the top of the Play Store.

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November 29

While Apple Silicon-powered Macs can run most iOS apps, the vast majority of developers have opted out. Google did that in late 2020, though it recently made its AI Test Kitchen iPhone/iPad app available on the Mac App Store.

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The US Google Store will kick off its Black Friday 2022 discounts next week, and the highlight is $150 off the Pixel 7 Pro.

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Google has added a nifty feature to Chrome for iOS that gives you the option to quickly open external links from other apps using Incognito. It’s especially useful on shared devices.

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Google Store ‘Shopper Hopper’ attempts to make up for the loss of Flappy Bird on your Pixel 7

In removing support for 32-bit apps, old games are one of the more surprising app losses reported by Pixel 7 owners, but the Google Store — of all places — is trying to make things up with “Shopper Hopper.”

In addition to an updated icon, Google Messages has a new “sent” sound that more people are now encountering on Android.

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With the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro out in the world, attention now turns to the next Google launches in 2023. Besides the rumored “Pixel Fold,” the Pixel 7a is also expected, and renders today reveal more of the same.

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November 28

The first post-Android 12 update is rolling out to the Chromecast with Google TV 4K today, and it brings devices to the October 2022 security patch level.

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In the lead up to the Pixel Watch, several first-party apps were overhauled and launched to invigorate Wear OS, and Google is planning to continue that momentum with Gmail and Calendar.

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A lawsuit by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and seven states today alleges that radio ads for the Pixel 4 featured “made up testimonials by radio personalities.” 

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Android 13 is more widely rolling out on Samsung tablets and follows Android 12L earlier this year. The taskbar was that update’s biggest addition, and we hoped to see more tablet UIs — namely a two-column notification shade and lockscreen — but that’s not the case with Samsung’s Android 13 update.

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