November 14

‘Pixel Fold’ renders leak design with $1,799 price and May availability rumored

At the start of this year, we reported that the long-rumored Pixel foldable would look more like the Oppo Find N than the Galaxy Fold, and a leak today shows the first design renders of the “Pixel Fold.”

November 25

Every Google app with an Android tablet UI [U: Home, Search]

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 […]

November 8

Google celebrates soul singer Dusty Springfield with animated Doodle

Google is today celebrating the late great British soul singer Dusty Springfield with an animated Doodle on the homepage.

November 14

Google launches Health Connect in beta with support from Peloton, Oura, and MyFitnessPal

Google announced Health Connect in May at I/O 2022, and recent months have seen more apps support it. Health Connect is officially launching in beta today with several big partners.

November 25

Best Black Friday Chromebook deals: Amazon Chromebook sale from $80 (New lows), more

The best Black Friday Chromebook deals have arrived for Thanksgiving Day. Joining the rest of the Android offers from Samsung, Google, OnePlus and others, we are also now tracking some serious price drops on a range of Chromebook models. HP, ASUS, Acer, and Lenovo are all getting in on the savings right now with up to $290 off the going rates and deals starting from just $79 shipped. Head below for a closer look at the best Black Friday Chromebook deals now live and be sure to check back for more as we move through the week. 

November 11

Hands-on: Android Auto’s split-screen redesign gets thoughtfully retooled & enters beta today

At I/O 2022 in May, Google previewed a big redesign of Android Auto that brings a split-screen mode to in-car displays of all sizes, including smaller 5- and 6-inch screens. The summer launch was delayed due to Google incorporating feedback from early testing and polishing, but it’s entering beta today with a slew of upgrades.

November 1

Google Lens added to the google․com homepage

Google Lens will only become more important going forward, and one sign of that is its addition to the google.com homepage today.

November 21

Storage-saving archivable App Bundles replacing APKs for Google/Android TV in 2023

Over the past few years, Google has been transitioning to Android App Bundles as part of modernizing development practices. In May of 2023, App Bundles that support archiving will be required for Android/Google TV devices.

November 19

Amazon Alexa is a money loser as AI, NLU, and conversational teams heavily hit by layoffs

Following the developments earlier this week, there’s now more reporting on just how Amazon’s recent (and ongoing) layoffs have impacted Alexa.

November 2

AI Test Kitchen adding text-to-image demos as Google releases short stories co-written with AI

Google announced AI Test Kitchen as a way to let people “learn about, experience, and give feedback on emerging AI technology.” First announced at I/O 2022 in May and rolled out in August, AI Test Kitchen “Season 2” was previewed today with a focus on text-to-image generators.

November 7

Android app deals of the day: Bug Butcher, Hydro Coach PRO, Dead Bunker 4, more

Monday’s edition of the best Android game and app deals courtesy of Google Play is now live down below. You’ll want to check out today’s price drops on Chromecast with Google TV (HD), a new all-time low on SanDisk’s 1TB Extreme Portable SSD, as well as Samsung’s 256GB Galaxy S22+ smartphone, but for now it’s all about the apps. Highlights include titles like The Enchanted Worlds, The Bug Butcher, Hydro Coach PRO, Dead Bunker 4: Apocalypse, Stone Of Souls HD, and more. Head below for all of today’s Android game and app deals. 

November 15

‘Moto Watch 70’ and ‘Moto Watch 150’ show up with fitness tracking but no Wear OS [U]

The Moto 360 was one of the first great smartwatch options on top of Google’s Android Wear, but it fell out of favor in later years. The name was brought back from another brand later on, but in lieu of a proper sequel to that device, the “Moto Watch” line has instead appeared, with a new “Moto Watch 70” and “Moto Watch 150” apparently right around the corner.

November 16

Deals: Samsung Galaxy S22 5G hits second-best price at $697, Fitbit Charge 5 $100, more

All of today’s best deals are now live and headlined by the second-best price yet on the Samsung Galaxy S22 G5 at $697. Then go score a new all-time low on the Fitbit Charge 5 at 33% off. And speaking of best prices, the Motorola Edge+ smartphone has never sold for less, thanks to a $510 drop that’s live through the end of the day. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

October 28

This could be a sneak peek at Pixel Tablet software in action

Earlier this month, Google revealed more about the Pixel Tablet, and several specs have emerged since the I/O 2022 tease. We might now have our first actual look at software running on the Pixel Tablet.

October 27

Google One for Android gets slick homescreen redesign

We’ve been waiting for a tablet redesign of Google One since I/O in May, but until then the Android app is getting a new homescreen that lets you see more details about your subscription at a glance.

November 3

Google rolls out ‘My Ad Center’ to let people customize their advertising [U: Live]

At I/O 2022 in May, Google announced “My Ad Center” to let you control advertising by topic and brand. It’s now starting to roll out with a rather bold approach that might get people to interact with advertising more by letting them customize it directly. Once live in the coming weeks, My Ad Center will offer […]

November 23

Deals: Latest ASUS Chromebooks from $200, Samsung Galaxy S22 $662, more

All of today’s best deals are now headlined by a collection of ASUS Chromebooks from $200 that land alongside a new all-time low on the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G at $662. Then check out Sennheiser’s just-released Momentum 4 ANC Headphones at $52 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

October 23

Google is expanding its AR prototype testing to Canada

In August, Google started real-world testing of AR (augmented reality) prototypes in the US, and is now expanding to Canada.

November 18

Pixel Watch vs. Galaxy Watch 5: Which is the better Wear OS watch? [Video]

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.

October 27

Pixel Watch vs. Apple Watch Series 8: Can Google match the gold standard smartwatch? [Video]

It’s hard to disagree with the common sentiment that Apple’s smartwatch lineup is the top dog when we discuss wearables. Incompatibility with Android and a resurgent Wear OS headed by the Pixel Watch begs the question of just how far Google’s latest gadget stacks up against similarly new Apple Watch Series 8. Here’s everything you […]

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