Google I/O 2019 August 14, 2019

The Google I/O companion app for Android often takes advantage of the latest design stylings and OS features. It demoed Android Q’s gesture navigation and dark theme this year, with the company today releasing the I/O 2019 source code.

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Google I/O 2019 July 9, 2019

In addition to a slew of user-facing Assistant features at I/O 2019, another way Google is improving the experience of using Google Home and Nest Displays is through the Local Home SDK. This new local technology will deliver faster commands to your smart home accessories.

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Google I/O 2019 May 10, 2019

For the past few years, Google seems to have tried to chase the sun a little with the Pixel line. That isn’t a bad thing by any stretch as, despite a few stumbles here and there, the Pixel line has become an exceptional Android alternative to the iPhone. Which brings us to the release of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, a phone targeted at a slightly different subset of the market. expand full story

In the second beta release of Android Q, Google debuted and put some emphasis on a new notification feature called Bubbles. Interestingly, though, Google has confirmed that Bubble’s won’t be a user-facing feature in Android Q, instead being in the developer options.

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Google Photos Colorize feature is still in the works, beta ‘coming soon’

Back at I/O 2018, Google teased the seriously impressive Google Photos feature Colorize, which has the ability to add color to black and white photos.

Google I/O 2019 May 9, 2019

[Update: Day 3] Google I/O 2019 Roundup: Android Q, Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max, and more

Today kicked off Google I/O 2019, the company’s annual developer conference and the initial keynote was stuffed to the brim with big news. Despite being under 2 hours long, Sundar Pichai and Co managed to pack a ton of big announcements into the day. If you missed what’s new, here’s everything the company announced.

Android Q was a big focus of Google I/O 2019’s opening keynote, but there has been a ton of other news that has come out of the rest of the conference. In case you missed anything, here are some assorted Android Q tidbits we’ve found throughout the week.

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Every year at Google I/O, the community is treated to a “Fireside Chat” where developers can directly ask questions to the Android team and have them answered clearly and honestly. This year, the Android Fireside Chat closed out I/O 2019 and offered candid insight on the future of Wear OS, Fuchsia, and foldable devices.

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Here’s where to watch the Google I/O 2019 keynote if you missed it [Video]

The news cycle this week has been absolutely dominated by Google I/O 2019 news, and we’re still not done covering everything the annual developer conference delivered. If you missed the I/O 2019 keynote on Tuesday, though, here’s where you can rewatch the entire presentation.

At a fireside chat on the last day of I/O 2019, Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about Fuchsia publicly in a high-level manner for the first time. It comes as Google quietly acknowledged the operating earlier this week at the developer conference. The Google SVP of Android, Chrome/OS, and Play described it as one of Google’s experiments around new concepts for operating systems.

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Google at last year’s I/O previewed AR navigation in Google Maps. Over the past few months, the feature was rolled out to Local Guides users and this week to Pixel users. At an I/O 2019 session, Google addressed the absence of the cute AR navigating character.

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One major sore point for developers on the Google Play Store is the way in which the current ‘star rating’ system works. This year at I/O 2019, Google confirmed that there was a serious overhaul to the rating system heading to the Play Store.

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While the Google Play Store might be the biggest in terms of downloads, it suffers due to the lack of monetization when compared to Apple’s App Store. Google has announced at I/O 2019 that users will soon be able to make Google Play Store purchases with cash — yes, the physical stuff.

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The first Google Assistant headphones arrived in 2017 with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Pixel Buds later that year. Several headphones from Sony and JBL have launched since then, while Google introduced new features like real-time translation. Qualcomm today announced Assistant and Fast Pair support in its Smart Headset chips that will make it easier for device makers to create Google-compatible headsets.

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Google I/O 2019 May 8, 2019

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL specs: A Pixel 3 at half the price

After an amazing run of secrecy (not), we have the final official specs for the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL following Google’s announcement of the devices on stage at Google I/O 2019. The younger siblings to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will look to capitalize on the same software prowess and support that makes the Pixels a frequent recommendation among Android fans while coming in at a more appealing price point for the average consumer.

The camera on Google’s Pixel smartphones are arguably the best you can buy, and software just keeps making them better. Today, Google has revealed that it’s adding a new “Timelapse” mode to the Pixel camera.

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Android TV wasn’t even mentioned in the Google I/O keynote this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re not getting news about the platform. In a further session, Google revealed some new numbers regarding Android TV, as well as details about the Q update.

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Google adds 53 brand new non-binary emoji exclusively to Pixel devices running Android Q

As part of the Android Q update, Google has added a slew of brand new non-binary or gender fluid emoji that can be used right now exclusively on Pixel devices.

Google I/O 2019 May 7, 2019

Just this month an interview revealed some big new stats for Android TV, and also teased a revamp for the Play Store. Today at Google I/O, the company officially showed off the new interface and it’s a huge improvement.

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At I/O 2019, Google announced that moving forward its smart home products would be branded under “Nest.” The Home Hub became the Nest Hub, while the first product from this initiative is the Nest Hub Max. Meanwhile, Google confirmed that Home speakers will get Nest branding in the future, while Nest Accounts will be migrated to Google Accounts to address recent security issues.

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Google quietly acknowledges Fuchsia during I/O 2019

At Google I/O, some were looking forward to the potential for Google to announce Fuchsia as their next operating system for devices of all kinds. That admittedly outlandish dream has now been dashed, but not completely. Despite not being featured on the main stage, Google has publicly acknowledged Fuchsia OS in the middle of a Google I/O announcement.

A main focus point of I/O 2019 was enhanced accessibility options and controls, with Live Relay and Live captions being stand out inclusions that require no internet connection to work.

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Updates have long been one of Google’s biggest problems for Android, and they’ve been mocked relentlessly for it too. Project Treble was the company’s last big attempt to fix Android updates, and now Android Q is introducing “Project Mainline.”

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We spend way too much time on our devices and while Digital Wellbeing does help, the new ‘Focus Mode’ should help eliminate our most distracting mobile apps to help us stay on track.

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Developers likely know all too well the struggle of having to create and maintain a consistent experience between mobile, desktop and web apps. Flutter has already bridged the gap between Android and iOS development, but now Flutter is expanding to the web, desktop and more, growing closer to the “write once, run anywhere” dream.

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More Android apps can take advantage of Google Assistant’s step-saving ‘App Actions’

Every day, we offload tasks to the Google Assistant to save time and effort, including opening apps by name. In the coming months, you’ll be able to open into deeper parts of your Android apps using the Google Assistant’s “App Actions.”

Google Maps AR walking directions launches today on Google Pixel smartphones

Google Maps AR walking directions is now rolling out to all Pixel smartphones after being announced at I/O 2019.

Google Search and Assistant will soon offer helpful ‘how-to’ instructions

In modern life, if you don’t know how to do something, the usual first step is to Google it. To make this workflow smoother, Google has announced at I/O 2019 that both the Assistant and Google Search will start including useful “how-to” steps in your results.

With Smart Displays last year, Google Assistant in the home gained a screen to allow for more complex experiences beyond voice. Leveraged today for watching video, recipes, and controls, Google is now letting developers take advantage of the display for fullscreen app-like experiences.

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Since its debut, the only carrier that’s had the privilege of selling the Google Pixel line has been Verizon Wireless. That officially ends today, though, as Google has partnered up with T-Mobile and Sprint to bring the Pixel 3 and the new Pixel 3a to more customers on more networks.

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Google Home Hub rebranded as Nest Hub, now available in 12 new markets starting at $129

The renamed and rebranded Home Hub is now the Google Next Hub with the price now starting at just $129 with availability now increased to a further 12 markets globally alongside support for nine more languages.

With the Home Hub, Google created a Smart Display that was ideal for night stands by forgoing a camera, and doubling as a great picture frame. At I/O 2019, Google announced the Nest Hub Max with a larger screen and focus on security by integrating a Nest Cam.

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The last two Android Q Beta versions were unfortunately limited to the Pixel series phones, including the original Google Pixel “by popular demand.” At Google I/O, the company has announced that today’s third Beta release will bring Android Q to fifteen more devices, like OnePlus 6T and Sony Xperia XZ3. expand full story

Google demonstrates Project Euphonia, effort to personally understand the speech-impaired

As in year’s past, the Google I/O 2019 keynote has taken time to focus on Google’s latest accessibility tech. One of this year’s demos, Project Euphonia, is an impressive project designed to let the Google Assistant’s voice recognition understand those with speech impairments.

Following the March launch and April follow-up, Android Q Beta 3 is launching at I/O 2019. The developer conference gives Google the opportunity to discuss high-level features for its operating system. This includes full gesture-based navigation and dark mode.

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Google Maps is getting an Incognito Mode for private searches and navigation

Following Chrome and YouTube, Google is bringing an Incognito Mode to Google Maps soon to help users easily keep searches they don’t want linked to their account private.

At Google I/O 2019, Google has announced that Duplex is moving from being a voice-only service to being able to complete web-based tasks using Google Chrome on Android and information from your calendar and Gmail.

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You can cancel alarms on Google Assistant just by saying ‘Stop’ without ‘Hey Google’ command

Starting today, Google is making a welcome change to Google Assistant. You can now cancel alarms on Google Assistant and devices like the Google Home by just saying “Stop.”

Google Assistant is already available in Google Maps, but it’s now getting an optimized driving mode. This presents a feed of suggestions like directions and music. It also presents itself as a compact bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Google Assistant is already a powerful tool, but at Google I/O 2019 the company just revealed an insane upgrade to the functionality. With the “next generation Assistant,” Google is bringing all of the processing to your phone, and making everything 10x faster.

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Google Lens is adding a number of features at I/O 2019, with manual filters at the bottom of the camera interface to enter a specific mode. For example, pointing your camera at a menu will highlight dishes by connecting with Google Maps.

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Google will bring Podcasts and Full Coverage news to Search later this year

During the Google I/O 2019 keynote today, Google revealed a big change for Search. Starting later this year, the company is bringing Full Coverage and Podcasts into Google Search starting later this year.

Augmented reality coming to Google Search with real-world 3D models

Google Lens was announced two years ago at I/O and is now available on Android, Photos, and Image Search. At I/O 2019, Google is bringing augmented reality to Search on the web for more realistic and detailed results through 3D models

[Update: Nope] Pixel 3a w/ trial Google Fi service might be the I/O 2019 giveaway

For I/O, Google has a long track record of giveaways that help the developers in attendance take advantage of all the announcements. For the past two years, the Assistant focus was accompanied by Home devices. For I/O 2019, the Pixel 3a is likely the giveaway.

Google Pixel 3a day one availability in the UK: EE, Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone

The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be available in the UK from day one at EE, the Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone; three of the largest smartphone retailers in the nation.

It’s time for Google I/O 2019! The annual developer festival in Mountain View, California is here, and we’re on the ground to keep you updated throughout the morning with the latest announcements. The Google I/O 2019 Keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET, so read on for quick links to our roundup coverage over the last few weeks, tweets from the ground, and all the latest news about Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max, Android Q, Google Assistant, and more… expand full story

Google is finally set to unveil the long-rumored Google Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max, Android Q, and plenty of new features and developer-related announcements for its immense number of software products and services. Google I/O 2019 kicks off at 10am PT on May 7th, and here’s is how to tune in to the livestream…

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Today’s Google I/O 2019 Keynote day, which means it’s time for Google to announce… whatever it is they’re going to announce. We’re not going in blind, but Google I/O tends to be on the more surprising side of Google events — especially compared to Google hardware shows in recent years…

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