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Google Stories May 15

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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Google Stories May 12

Transform music into something a little bit crazy with Google’s Tone Transfer tool

This year at Google I/O 2022, Google showcased a lot of breakthroughs in new AI tech and security. One of these cool advancements from a couple of years ago made its way to the stage in the pre-show. It’s called Tone Transfer from Google’s Magenta team, and it lets you turn normal instruments or sounds into something completely different.

Google Stories May 11

This year at Google I/O 2022, Google is focusing on bringing us brand-new hardware. One product of this year’s event is Google’s new addition to Google’s headphone lineup, the Pixel Buds Pro.

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Every year, the emphasis on cybersecurity and privacy grows larger and larger. This Google I/O is no different, with Google making some big changes to how much control you have over your internet presence. One new feature is the ability to completely wipe important details in results about you from intimate Google Searches. Along with that, Google is expanding its Safety Status security features to more apps and putting a bigger emphasis on 2SV.

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Google Stories May 10

The long-awaited Google I/O 2022 is finally coming! Tons of innovations and exciting ventures are to be unveiled this year. So how and where on YouTube can you watch this year’s event and Google I/O Keynote? This guide will take you through it.

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Google Stories April 28

Google is preparing to launch a brand new way to move from Apple’s iPhones to an Android device. Here’s your first look at Google’s “Switch to Android” app running on an iPhone.

Update: Google’s Switch to Android app is now widely available.

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Google Stories April 26

Alphabet today announced Q1 2022 earnings with $68.01 billion in revenue. These numbers range from January to March, and kick off the company’s fiscal year.

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Google Stories April 22

The Google Store is now offering a new bundle that pairs the Pixel 6 and Fitbit Charge 5 at selected global online storefronts.

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Google Stories April 14

Elon Musk started by tweeting out  – if not demanding – Twitter feature requests/changes in a truly remarkable moment for technology and corporate governance. This led to a rejected board seat and this morning’s acquisition attempt, complete with “Plan B” if/when the board rejects. Decrees-by-tweet and hostile takeovers cannot be a sustainable way to run a product, and these events play into my long-held belief that Google should have bought Twitter years ago. It would have certainly been a more orthodox turn of events compared to what’s going to play out very publicly over the coming weeks. 

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Google has shared details on how it wants to make it’s upcoming London Kings Cross headquarters into a destination for shopping, tourists, and growing brands.

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Google Stories April 13

In what has been an annual occurrence for the past several years, Google today detailed its US investment plan for 2022 that covers office and data center expansions, as well as ongoing work towards previously announced new locations.

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Google Stories April 5

Beta programs allow you to experience cool new features in certain apps that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see until full release. So how do you get early access to Google’s features? This guide will show you how to join beta programs on the Google Play Store and what apps allow you to do that.

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Google Stories April 4

Google is offering electric scooters to ease US employees’ return to the office

As the COVID-19 pandemic starts to settle down in some parts of the globe, Google is returning its employees to in-person offices. Now, Google is offering up access to electric scooters for its employees to assist in daily commutes.

Google Stories April 1

Google has declined to participate in April Fools Day 2022, marking the third year in a row, but is that actually a good thing?

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Google Stories March 31

It came to light — sorry, not sorrylast month that Google internally developed a smart lamp for its employees. More details about Google’s “dLight” are now available courtesy of FCC confidentiality ending.

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Google Stories March 23

With the war in Ukraine ongoing, Google today detailed its company-wide response to the conflict with a focus on the “safety and security of our employees, users, and customers.”

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Google Stories March 22

[Update: Removed for repair] Google removes popular Android statues from Mountain View HQ

While Google has effectively dropped the public-facing dessert names for Android builds, in years prior a new themed statue would appear outside the Mountain View base to coincide with a new software release. It seems that in recent days, Google has removed all of the Android dessert-themed statues from the tech giant’s headquarters.

Google Stories March 21

Recently, Google added the ability for users on mobile to delete the last 15 minutes of their Google search history with one single tap. This guide will take you through how exactly you can do this on your device.

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Google has been expanding its privacy features over the past couple of years, and at Google I/O nearly a year ago, the company announced the ability to delete 15 minutes of search history with just one tap, and now that feature is finally arriving on Android.

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Google Stories March 16

How to check your internet speed from Google’s homepage and other sites

There are a lot of great ways to check and test your internet speeds. Maybe you’re trying to figure out your internet connection’s download and upload speeds to ensure your network is working correctly, or perhaps you just want to show your friends how fast your internet is for some reason. One great way to check your speeds, if you want, is to use Google. Of course, there are other options too. Here’s how.

Google Stories March 14

Court rules in favor of Google after Genius claimed ‘stolen’ lyrics… again [Updated]

In 2019, lyric-website Genius accused Google of ripping off its lyric transcriptions to use in Search even catching Google “red-handed” in the act. Following a court case win in 2020, Google has once again prevailed in court over this matter.

Google Stories March 4

Alongside other responses, Google announced this evening that its Voice VoIP service and Fi MVNO are waiving calling fees to Ukraine. The company also provided an update on Project Shield protections.

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Google hires The Verge’s Dieter Bohn to join Android & Chrome division 

Executive Editor of The Verge Dieter Bohn announced on Friday that he’s leaving the technology publication to join Google. 

Google Stories March 1

Google’s first two attempts in the massive wireless audio market didn’t go over super well, but its latest release in the Pixel Buds A-Series has been well received overall. Now, in line with a desire to “distinguish” its future first-party audio products, Google has been quietly buying up audio-related IP, including an entire team from Synaptics.

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Google Stories February 11

To date, Google has made everything from phones to laptops and speakers. You can now add a Google designed and engineered smart lamp to that list with “dLight,” though it will “likely never be for sale outside of the company.”

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Google Stories February 1

Alphabet today announced Q4 2021 earnings with $75.32 billion in revenue. These numbers range from October to December, with the company also reporting fiscal year results.

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Google Stories January 31

Google and Deutsche Telekom bring Messages RCS, new Android TV box to Germany 

Google and Deutsche Telekom today announced an “expanded partnership” that covers RCS, Android TV, and cloud. On the consumer-facing front, Telekom Germany users will be getting access to RCS, while there’s a new MagentaTV One streaming device.

Google Stories January 18

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to review the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, and technology companies have been pushing back. Like Apple earlier today, Google this afternoon published a blog post detailing specific “harmful consequences” on products as a result of these antitrust bills. 

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Google Stories January 17

How to contact Google support and give product feedback

No Google app on Android or iOS is without bugs and issues. Fortunately, there’s a way you can contact support and leave feedback for Google app developers. Follow this guide to learn how.

Google Stories January 10

Messaging is a core part of any smartphone, and it’s something that Apple has really nailed with the iPhone and iMessage. Googlers have voiced their frustration recently over how Apple uses iMessage as a tool for lock-in and while Apple’s resistance to RCS and other cross-platform standards is certainly annoying, the context of Google’s countless failures in messaging don’t really help the company’s case.

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Google Stories January 8

Hiroshi Lockheimer oversees all of Google’s operating systems as Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems. In recent years, he has been very critical of Apple not supporting the RCS standard to make iOS messaging more interoperable with Android, and the latest salvo on iMessage is the harshest yet.

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Google Stories January 6

The US International Trade Commission today found that Google infringed on five Sonos patents relating to smart speakers and audio. This could lead to an import ban of Google speakers, phones, and Chromebooks that violate those patents.

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Google Stories December 24, 2021

The viral hit TikTok has basically taken over the internet during the past two years, and now there are stats to back it up. According to a new report, TikTok was a more popular domain than Google over the course of 2021.

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Google Stories December 16, 2021

In 2017, Alphabet announced plans to create a futuristic city in Toronto, Canada, via Sidewalk Labs. The company, after abandoning those plans last year, will soon be folded back into Google.

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Google Stories December 15, 2021

Google employees unvaccinated against COVID-19 will be put on leave starting next month

Google previously announced its policy of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, and now the company is preparing to put those who have not complied on unpaid leave in accordance with that policy.

Google Stories December 14, 2021

Both Google and Apple have been the target of several anti-trust suits and complaints in the past couple of years, and this week the UK is progressing further towards attempting to intervene with the two tech giants. A new report released today shows that the UK takes issue with the “duopoly” Google and Apple have over the mobile space.

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Google Stories December 8, 2021

Drama has been ongoing between Roku and Google nearly all of this year over the use of YouTube and YouTube TV on the biggest streaming platform in the United States. Today, Roku and Google have finally settled on a deal to keep the app available to Roku owners.

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Google Stories December 2, 2021

At the end of August, Google delayed its wide-scale office return to early 2022. That is now being pushed back again and a new date will be determined at the start of next year.

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Google Stories November 30, 2021

How to take a screenshot on a Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Taking a screenshot on Android can come in handy for a multitude of reasons, and it’s extremely easy to do. You might be surprised to find out that you can take a screenshot on the Google Pixel 6 in a few different ways. Here’s how it works.

Google Stories November 12, 2021

How to check your heart rate with the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Earlier this week, Google pushed a feature that could check your heart rate on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro without the use of a smartwatch. By reading the minute details in your index fingertip using the Pixel’s camera, Google Fit can identify your BPM. This allows anyone with a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro to check their heart rate on the go in seconds without external hardware.

Google Stories November 10, 2021

Making the most of Android 12 widgets with customization

Android not only offers a lot of new AI-driven processing capabilities, but it also adds a little flare to the quality of life department. With the addition of Material You, wallpapers mesh well with the UI adding a cohesiveness that many people love about their Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. In addition, Google’s widgets play along well and are easy to customize, allowing you to tailor the Android 12 experience even better.

Google Stories November 9, 2021

How to use/customize Android 12’s new Quick Settings

Android 12 is chock full of useful features. Features like focus mode and digital well-being functions stand out as building blocks of the new iteration of Android. Fortunately, all of these features are accessible with quick settings in Android 12, putting them within reach at any moment.

Google Stories November 8, 2021

Google 2-Step Verification: How to set up and manage your account security

Google recently announced that going forward, accounts would need to have 2-Step Verification (2SV) enabled. According to the company, the first wave of accounts are already being transitioned into this security measure. Many companies already employ this feature, though under the name 2-Factor Authentication (2FA). Fortunately, Google’s 2-Step Verification is easy to set up, and just as easy to use.

Google Stories November 6, 2021

How to use Google Drive for desktop app to backup files and photos

Google Drive is a powerhouse of a file storage system. It makes it easy to save documents and other data that can be transferred to other Google apps as well. Fortunately, Google makes it easy to access Drive straight from your desktop – whether Mac or PC.

Google Stories October 26, 2021

Alphabet today announced Q3 2021 earnings with $65.11 billion in revenue. These numbers range from July to September, and reflect the increasing return to normal in some industries.

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Google Stories October 23, 2021

Roku vs. Google: Who’s to blame in a battle that only stands to hurt YouTube users? [U]

This week, a feud between Google and Roku boiled over to the point where the YouTube TV app was removed from the Roku platform. Months later, the situation continues to escalate to where Google and Roku still haven’t solved their differences and the standard YouTube app may leave the platform by the end of this year.

Google Stories October 22, 2021

The Roku and Google feud erupted this week as the YouTube app is now set to leave the platform in December, but new information sheds more light on the situation. According to a leaked email, Google did in fact ask Roku for special search results around the YouTube app, an allegation that Google had previously called “baseless.”

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Google Stories October 18, 2021

Over the years, Google has aggressively sponsored the NBA, and that’s increasing for the league’s “75th anniversary season” kicking off tomorrow. The company is specifically using the NBA and basketball as an opportunity to raise Pixel 6 awareness. 

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