Feature November 29

Whether it’s intentional or not, over the past few years Google has been following a tried and true path first taken by Apple when it comes to its smartphone endeavours. The Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are similar devices but how do they stack up? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Feature November 25

At I/O 2022, Google announced that it will update over 20 of its first-party apps for large screens in a show of its commitment to the form factor. This will undoubtedly improve the experience for existing owners and is meant to encourage other developers to do the same. Here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet update and what’s still to come.

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Feature November 23

There is more to your home than meets the eye. Some of your regular old appliances and non-smart technology can tap into the power of the Google Assistant, and we have the perfect gifts to turn friends, relatives, or your own home into a certified Google smart home.

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Feature November 18

2022 — and by extension 2023 — is a big year for Wear OS with Google entering the market with the Pixel Watch, but how does it stack up against the market-leading Galaxy Watch 5? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Feature November 15

As one of the best mobile video editors, LumaFusion is now widely available on Android and ChromeOS courtesy of any early access phase. We’ve gone hands-on to see just how it holds up after bridging the iOS-Android/ChromeOS divide.

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Feature November 10

If you’ve picked up the Google Pixel 7 Pro, you’ll want to protect your prized possession. Since launch we’ve tested a number of cases and are some of the very best for the Pixel 7 Pro.

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Feature November 8

While the Pixel 7 Pro offers minor refinements over the Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 are even further separated with important changes that make for a more enticing product.

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Feature October 27

Spigen has been one of the most reliable names in affordable smartphone cases for a long time now, and with the launch of the Pixel 7, the company has joined the Made for Google program. Here’s how this year’s lineup looks on Google’s latest smartphones.

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Feature October 25

If you’re looking for a flagship Android smartphone in late 2022, odds are you’ve at least cast a glance toward the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. What’s the difference and which Google smartphone is the right option for you? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Feature October 20

It’s almost surreal that this product finally exists. The Pixel Watch is finally here as Google’s first self-branded Wear OS smartwatch, nearly a decade into the platform’s existence. Is it any good? Let’s take a look…

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Feature October 18

The Pixel 6 was a reinvention of Google’s smartphone, pushing the company firmly into “flagship” territory in a way that past devices hadn’t really aimed at. Now, we’re at the second generation of that reboot, and the Pixel 7 Pro builds on Google’s flagship and shows that, finally, the company is figuring out how to do this properly.

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Feature October 17

Chromecast with Google TV is finally set to get an Android 12 update, and the new Chromecast (HD) gives us an early look at what the platform will bring to Google’s big-screen experience. Here’s everything new in Android 12 for Google TV on Chromecast.

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Feature October 13

In terms of upgrades, the Pixel 7 has a few important improvements that round off the better of the two 2021 series handsets.

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Feature October 6

The Pixel Watch is finally, actually, really here. After the better part of a decade waiting for Google to release its first smartwatch, you’ll soon be able to strap it onto your wrist. Following today’s launch event, we’ve had a chance to spend a few minutes with the Pixel Watch, so here’s a quick look at the hardware and, more importantly, our first real look at Wear OS 3 and Google’s software experience.

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Feature October 4

In addition to the Nest Wifi Pro and new Doorbell (wired), the expected Google Home app redesign was officially announced with “customization and personalization a core principle”. It’s a big overhaul, and you can sign up now for the preview program starting today. 

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Feature September 22

Two years after the original, the Chromecast with Google TV is getting a sequel. The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) costs just $29.99, here’s what it brings to the table.

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Feature September 14

Voice-to-text might not be the first feature you think of on your smartphone, but it’s one that can really enhance how useful your device really is. With its Pixel 6 last year, Google debuted a new speech-to-text experience that blew away everything before it, and now, it’s time for that experience to come to other Android phones.

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Feature September 9

eSIM is the next big thing in cellular connectivity, and while Apple is going all in on it, it’s clear the Android world has a lot of work to do. Let’s take a look at the state of eSIM on Android and how things work across different smartphones, carriers, and more.

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Feature September 2

Earbuds have become a dime a dozen in today’s market, and there are some really good options for not much money. So why should anyone even consider spending $230 on Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro? Let’s take a look.

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Feature August 28

After years of neglect, Google finally gave Wear OS a boost last year, and that arrived with the help of Samsung and the Galaxy Watch 4. Finally, good hardware gave the platform a chance to thrive, which is only getting better now. How can you follow up the watch that tripled platform sales in just one year? With the Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung answers that question with some relatively minor improvements.

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Feature August 26

Foldables clearly have a big role in the future of smartphones, but to date, every model has come with compromises – whether those be on hardware or software. With the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung has brought its hardware to a strong point, but it might just be the boost from Google’s Android 12L release that really makes this model shine.

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Feature August 25

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a device that’s great for consuming media on the go, and Samsung has clearly made an effort this year to improve the cases for the device to better interact with that purpose. We’ve had a chance to try out Samsung’s kickstand case for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which looked promising but ultimately isn’t quite what most were expecting.

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Feature August 18

Foldable smartphones still feel like a brand new idea, but in reality, Samsung is now on its fourth generation of the form factor. Foldables are still far from perfect, yet each new release inches closer to solving the biggest issues. With the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung has debuted a foldable that’s really ready for most buyers, mainly thanks to solving the most glaring issue.

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Feature August 17

Google launched the latest version of its mobile operating system on Monday, and it’s already rolling out to the first (Pixel) devices. That said, there are still a number of Android 13 features that are still coming, and here’s when you can expect them.

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Feature August 15

Compared to the massive redesign that arrived last year, Google is focused on refinement and just a few new features for Android 13, which is launching and rolling out today to supported Pixel phones.

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Feature August 10

After a somewhat successful reintegration with Wear OS last year, Samsung is back with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro. The duo share some of the same DNA with their predecessor, but with refinements and even a few removals.

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Samsung has been the leader in foldable smartphones since the product first hit the market, largely because the company had a first-mover advantage. But three years later, there’s more competition out than ever before, and even more on the horizon. With its new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, Samsung isn’t reinventing the wheel. Instead, it’s fixing the biggest problems.

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Feature August 5

Google has been trying to nail down wireless audio for the better part of five years now, and it really only stuck the landing once, with the Pixel Buds A-Series. Now, Google is finally fulfilling an all-out audio product, with the Pixel Buds Pro delivering in all regards, but there is one small catch.

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Feature August 3

The OnePlus 10T just went official as the brand’s fastest charging smartphone to date. We’ve had a few days to play around with the OnePlus 10T – here’s what we’ve thought so far.

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Feature July 22

Google first took a chance on the mid-range smartphone market with 2019’s Google Pixel 3a, and it was a device that hit all of the right notes. But now, the Pixel 3a has reached the end of its lifespan, and that’s just in time for the Google Pixel 6a, which is a value-packed replacement with the power of a flagship.

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Feature June 24

Stealing packages is an unfortunate problem nowadays, and one that just seems to be getting worse for some. While there are defenses, such as baiting bad actors with glitter bombs, an even better solution is to keep packages in a secure place. That’s what Yale’s Google Assistant-connected smart delivery box tries to do.

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Feature June 11

If there’s one category in the tech market that could be described as both completely subjective and saturated to the point of never allowing you to be happy with your decision on a product, it’s the truly wireless earbud market. Why do I say that? Well, I’ve had a chance to review the OnePlus Nord Buds, and I only have one thing to say: “I hate earbuds.” Ok well, two things. I love them, and these are ridiculously good for the price.

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Feature June 10

Every year when Google and Apple come out with their latest OS updates, there are always features that were inspired by each other. Whether it’s a new customization feature, design, or accessibility, someone always did it first. Here are the five biggest iOS 16 features that Google did first and Android phones can do right now.

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Feature June 1

In August of 2020, 9to5Google reported that Google was planning to replace Duo with Meet. This development was finally made official today – and will see the app that the vast majority of Android users have installed on their devices get renamed to Google Meet later this year.

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Feature May 21

Google’s legacy in earbuds is… complicated. There’s been a lot to love with the Pixel Buds series, but also some serious mistakes. Now, we’re preparing for the launch of the Pixel Buds Pro, and they have to learn from Google’s mistakes and problems to date.

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Feature May 11

After its previous payments push (which involved modernizing banking and making it mobile-friendly) ended, Google is back with something a bit more straightforward but equally ambitious. Google Wallet will replace the old Google Pay app installed on your phone, and — if the company gets its way — your physical wallet, too.

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Feature April 27

We’ve been waiting over five years now for Google to finally put its name on a smartwatch, to back the Wear OS platform that’s often felt neglected. Now, all signs point to the Pixel Watch making its debut very soon. There’s a lot of excitement, but the Pixel Watch will never live up to the hype.

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Feature April 21

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic it feels exceptionally longer than three-and-a-bit years since the Pixel 3 series was officially unveiled back in October 2018. With most people holding on to devices for longer than ever before, just how does Pixel 3 fare in 2022 now that Google has officially dropped support for the handset? Let’s find out.

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Feature April 19

Wireless Android Auto has been around for quite a while now, but for ages, it felt like something that only a brand new car would solve. That all changed with the arrival of wireless Android Auto dongles, and the Motorola MA1 dongle was pitched as the “easy” version, with a dead-simple experience and direct backing from Google. After a few months of use, though, I’m not so convinced MA1 is the best option.

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Feature April 15

As we get further from the release of the Pixel 6, we’re learning more about the Pixel 7. So far, what we’ve heard about the Pixel 7 makes it seem like it might be a relatively minor upgrade, but that’s not a bad thing. Here’s why.

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Feature April 11

While I think we all wish we could live in a world without smartphone cases, they’re a necessary thing for many. In my review of the Pixel 6 Pro, I said the phone was so slick it demanded a case. Recently, I picked up Bellroy’s leather case for my Pixel 6 Pro, and while I’ve been happy with it, it’s just short of being truly great.

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Feature March 28

The best camera in any situation is the one you have with you, and most of the time, that’s the camera on your smartphone. That’s why, over the past few years, mobile photography has become a crucial part of flagship smartphones, and the results are often incredible. But who has the best smartphone camera on Android? In “Shot for Shot,” we’ll let your eyes be the judge.

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Feature March 25

We’re all encouraged to keep our hands off of our phones while driving, but as our media shifts from the radio to streaming apps, that becomes just a bit harder. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using Spotify Car Thing to control music on my drives, and while it’s a device full of great ideas, I can’t help but feel it’s somewhat redundant at this point.

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Feature March 22

Home security is important in today’s day and age, but it’s something that’s unfortunately not easy in Google’s ecosystem. While Nest cameras go a long way in protecting your home, Google pulled the plug on its only true security system, Nest Secure, in late 2020 with no replacement. Lately, I’ve been spending time with a SimpliSafe Google Assistant-compatible home security system, and it certainly goes above and beyond filling that need.

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Chromebooks have always been thought of as cheap laptops running a glorified web browser instead of an operating system, but times have certainly changed. Today, you can buy powerful Chromebooks and use them to run local Android and Linux apps and, now, that’s extending to games. Google has officially released Steam for Chrome OS, at least in its alpha state, and we’ve been able to take a first look at it in action.

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Feature March 14

I want to use a tablet. In that fantasy, I’d use a large screen to quickly go through tweets, email, news, and other torrents of information during more laid back periods of the day (breakfast, lunch, etc). With the launch of Android 12L and the impending launch of updates and/or new devices, I tried to live that dream. The entire time I was conscious of Google’s track record, but I was not ready for its first-party apps to disappoint me as much as it did.

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Feature March 4

Truly wireless earbuds have a variety of use cases, but their small and portable form factor have, for me, always been a great fit for ambient audio. That’s a purpose that most brands have basically ignored, short of Google’s Pixel Buds. The new Sony LinkBuds go all-in on mixing your music with the surrounding world, and I’ve been waiting years for these to exist.

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Feature March 3

Samsung’s Galaxy S flagship has long acted as the go-to device for Android users thanks to a consistent experience, top-tier hardware, and more. This year, Samsung is keeping up the same streak, with the Galaxy S22+ shining as a solid smartphone across the board thanks to refinements over the past few years, all while introducing one of the biggest upgrades we’ve seen in Samsung’s main smartphone in almost three years.

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