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November 22

Android 11 on nearly a quarter of all devices, but it’s not the most used version of Google’s OS

In late 2018, Google stopped monthly reporting on the adoption of various Android releases, but the company sparingly provides updated figures in Android Studio. Distribution numbers for 2021 today have Android 11 – instead of 12 – as the latest version.

October 27

Google helping bring Material You and large screen experiences to Android w/ new developer tools

As part of this year’s Android Dev Summit, Google has unveiled a suite of new tools for developers, making it easier to use the new Material You design language and create apps for larger screens.


Google rolling out Android digital car key support to Pixel 6, Galaxy S21 on select BMWs

Back at I/O, Google announced that Android 12 will let you unlock compatible vehicles with just your phone. Digital car key support for locking/unlocking and starting vehicles is going live for the Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 lines from today.

November 30

Google details Project Starline tech & feedback, including photorealistic render comparisons

At I/O 2021 in May, Google unveiled Project Starline has a conferencing booth that can capture and display realistic 3D video. The company today shared more technical details about the effort and how it surpasses 2D calls. 

November 29

Google 3D animals and objects: Which ones are available and how to use them

At its I/O conference in 2019, Google announced that it would be adding augmented reality objects to Search. Over the year since, Google has a bunch of 3D animals you can view in Google Search using AR — here’s the full list that we’re constantly updating.

October 19

Google’s biggest camera upgrade yet delivers 50MP Pixel 6, Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, more

Google’s bread and butter with the Pixel series for 5 generations has been the camera, but with the rest of the industry catching up, it was clear Google was due for an overhaul. Now, that has finally arrived in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which offer a new 50MP camera sensor and plenty […]

November 21

Pixel 6 preps big ‘At a Glance’ upgrade that shows BT device battery, doorbell & ‘flashlight is on’ alerts, more

With the Pixel 6, Google announced a big upgrade for At a Glance that it’s been teasing since the Material You reel shared at I/O in May. At a Glance is now set to get even more features that justify the new design that spans the entire width of the Pixel Launcher.

November 8

Comment: Google would do well to skip the social metaverse and remain focused on AR

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg showed off Facebook’s – now Meta’s –  vision for the future of technology and social interaction, I’ve been trying to imagine what the Google equivalent would be. I’ve concluded that such a metaverse direction is a direct contradiction to Google’s modern vision of tech that assists.

October 11

Google Home app will get an Android TV remote on both Android and iOS ‘soon’

A few months after its reveal at Google I/O 2021, Google started rolling out its new Android TV remote in the Google TV app last month. Now, the company is confirming plans to bring the same functionality to the Google Home app on Android and iOS devices.

October 20

Google Docs getting universal @ menu for inserting content, ‘Add page break before’

The latest update to Google Docs makes official the “universal @ menu” that’s part of Workspace’s “Smart canvas” initiative. Meanwhile, there will be a new “Add page break before” option.

October 12

Assistant Driving Mode adds Bluetooth auto-launch as old Android Auto disappears for more users

With Android 12, the “Android Auto for Phone Screens” experience is going away in favor of Google Assistant. That transition is happening for more users as of late, while Assistant Driving Mode can now auto-launch when it connects to your vehicle’s Bluetooth.

October 11

Google Photos ‘Memories’ coming directly to Nest Hub ‘Your day’ tab

Google Photos and Assistant Smart Displays are the perfect combination of hardware and software. That requires setting the appropriate clock today, but the Google Photos integration is getting deeper, with Memories soon set to appear in the Nest Hub “Your day” tab. 

October 9

You can now ask Google Assistant for the UV Index on Android, iOS, and Nest Hub

UV Index data was added to the Wear OS Weather app back in April. Sometime in the past few months – if not weeks – Google Assistant started showing UV Index across all its platforms.

October 11

Google releases ‘Private Compute Services’ as an updatable app in the Play Store

Google announced the “Private Compute Core” at I/O in May as an effective rebrand of “Device Personalization Services,” now called “Android System Intelligence.” That was followed by “Private Compute Services” last month, with that component now available as an app on the Play Store.

October 6

Pixel 6 looks to debut the Gboard ‘Assistant voice typing’ experience first demoed at I/O 2019

From November of last year to the first few months of 2021, Gboard tested “enhanced voice typing” on Pixel phones with the new Google Assistant. It was a rather wide beta that fulfilled the promise of what was shown off at I/O 2019. The capability was unceremoniously pulled, but “Assistant voice typing” looks to be […]

October 9

This week’s top stories: Pixel 6 release date in ad, AOSP gets Android 12, 2nd-gen Pixel Stand leak

In this week’s top stories: a release date for the Pixel 6 appears in a German retailer’s ad, Google releases Android 12 to AOSP but not Pixel phones, the 2nd-generation Pixel Stand appears in leaked images, and more.

October 6

2nd-gen Pixel Stand with new UI, charger, and non-fabric cases for the Pixel 6 leak

As we first reported in June, Google is working on a 2nd-generation Pixel Stand for the Pixel 6. The first-party wireless charging stand has now leaked, along with a new case and charger for the upcoming flagship.

[Update: Gone] New Google Assistant on Pixel reverts back to original translucent design

At the start of August, the new Google Assistant lost its translucent/transparent UI. The original NGA design is back today on Pixel phones, though it’s not clear whether the look is here to stay.

October 8

Chrome for Android more widely testing its ‘Web Feed’ RSS reader, here’s how to enable [U]

During I/O 2021, Google announced that Chrome for Android would be testing a built-in RSS reader. It’s considered an experiment that might not ever launch, but you can test the RSS-powered “Web Feed” in Chrome today.

October 7

Poll: Do you prefer an in-display fingerprint scanner or face unlock?

The Pixel 4 series was the first and — at present — the only Made by Google smartphone to come with dedicated tech to enable secure 3D face scanning for biometric security. A recent leak indicates that face unlock is returning on the Pixel 6 series alongside an in-display fingerprint scanner, but we want to […]

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