Abner Li

@technacity

“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 4 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

Yesterday

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Back in 2015, Google shared its vision for a radical Mountain View campus that incorporated lightweight, movable structures. The company revised its concept after a roadblock, leading to a more modest building. Last month, the company shared its latest plans, with new images and more details about the tent-like structure.

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February 26

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Late last year, Finnish brand HMD Global signed a licensing deal to release Android devices that carry the Nokia brand. At MWC today, the devices were launched to a global audience along with a throwback of the Nokia 3310 from the early 2000s.

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9to5toys 

At MWC 2017, Huawei has just announced the P10 and P10 Plus. A particular big focus of the two devices are design and the camera, with Huawei partnering with numerous companies in both areas.

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February 24

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February 23

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Featuring read receipts, multimedia messaging, and more, RCS is a standardized attempt to upgrade SMS with features found in services like WhatsApp and iMessage. Google has just announced that a slew of OEMs have agreed to use Android Messages as the default RCS client.

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Earlier this afternoon, Alphabet’s Waymo filed a lawsuit against Uber over the theft of a key component related to self-driving vehicles. Former employees working on Google’s self-driving project allegedly stole information before leaving for a start-up that has since been purchased by Uber. Additionally, Waymo alleges that Uber’s current LiDAR tech is near identical to the design pioneered by Google.

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With a 2nd-generation Huawei Watch all but confirmed for MWC, the first images of the Android Wear 2.0 device have leaked (via VentureBeat). The new model drops the shiny, luxury watch look of the original for a “sportier” appearance, while also adding cellular capabilities.

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Formerly Google Ideas, Jigsaw is an Alphabet company aimed at using technology to “make people in the world safer.” Their latest project uses machine learning to identify toxic online comments and is intended to help foster harassment-free discussions.

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February 22

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Following succesful tests in Israel and the San Francisco Bay Area last year, Waze is planning an expansion of its carpooling service to several US cities and Latin America. Waze Rider has some notable differences and downsides from Uber and Lyft, but is cheaper as a result.

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February 21

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Update 2/22: This version also adds flash to the front-facing camera. With the flash icon now remaining in the top right corner, the black bottom bar that includes the shutter button changes into an illuminating beige (check the gallery below). A system toast notes ‘warm light on,’ with the UI remaining brightened until switched off.


A minor update rolling out to the Google Camera features a convenient new setting for Pixel and Nexus devices. Beginning with version 4.3, users can now disable various camera sounds throughout the app.

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Back in May, a minor tweak was made to the Google bar found at the top of all the company’s web apps. Now, the notification panel is receiving a Material revamp that also improves the loading speed.

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electrek 

With Google Site Search, any website can add a custom search field that is powered by the same tech as Google.com. The company is now reportedly discontinuing the service and directing existing users to a free, but ad-supported alternative.

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Machine learning tasks, like image processing, are better suited running on GPUs rather than traditional CPUs. Google is now leveraging that by allowing its Cloud Platform users to attach GPUs to existing virtual machines and workloads.

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