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  • No Google hardware in SA or Africa anytime soon

    Google has been on a tear lately in the hardware department, launching a variety of gadgets in the past few months. But South African and African consumers shouldn't expect these devices to be officially available anytime soon. "Google says it has no immediate plans for hardware in SA or the broader continent," a local representative told Gearburn in response to an email query. The Google Store, which stocks the firm's hardware, is currently available in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. The online store features a variety of hardware, including Pixel smartphones, the...

  • 7 takeaways from the Google #MadeByGoogle event

    We've heard the rumours and seen the leaks for months now, but we've finally taken a peek at Google's wares today. So what did they have to show us? Well, there were the obvious Pixel smartphones, there was the Google Home speaker, Google WiFi boxes and VR shenanigans. But here are a few things that either impressed us, annoyed us or simply had us perplexed. No surprises for the Pixel range, but the camera seems fantastic If there were one feature missing from the Nexus 6P, it would be optical image stabilisation, resulting in more blur during photos and shaky footage from recorded...

  • Google Pixel smartphones leaked by Carphone Warehouse

    Google is expected to take the wraps off a load of stuff at its event tomorrow, including two so-called Pixel smartphones. But what should we expect from them, then? Well, aside from the fact that HTC is making them, there are quite a few things to know, as the UK's Carphone Warehouse has leaked the goods. The Google Pixel XL Pretty much being the Nexus 6P in many ways, the Pixel XL is obviously the larger of the two Google phones. However, the comparisons between the two go deeper than just size though, as the retailer's prematurely leaked spec page shows. Both devices have a large...

  • Andromeda: Google to reveal unified Android, Chrome OS?

    We've seen Microsoft move towards a converged mobile/desktop environment with Windows 10, as well as Canonical and Ubuntu. But could Google be next to reveal a similar plan on 4 October? According to Android Police, citing an almost year-old Wall Street Journal report, Google is working on a unified Android and Chrome OS platform. This unified platform will apparently codenamed Andromeda by the Mountain View company. The old report claimed that Google is planning to "fold" Chrome OS into Android and that Google would show it off in 2016 before a 2017 launch. The dots have been joined for a possible Andromeda...

  • Chromebook Pixel review: Google goes gunning for the premium market

    Most companies make products because they want people to buy them, but Google doesn't give a fig if you buy a Chromebook Pixel or not. It wasn't made so that people would buy it, though doubtless some will; it's a learning exercise made flesh. Let us explain. Google's Chrome OS is a fast, secure, always-updated lightweight operating system whose only job is to give you a computer that has a web browser on it. Almost the only thing you can do on a Chrome OS computer such as the Samsung Series 3 or the Acer C7 is open a web browser. This sounds like a stupid idea...

  • Google launches Chromebook Pixel, a $1 300 curiosity

    It was rumored that Google would bring out another Chromebook, and it has. Google’s launched the Pixel, a US$1 300 laptop with a 12.85-inch display,  a 2560×1700 touchscreen, an i5 CPU and a free terabyte of cloud storage for three years, care of Google Drive. The price above is for WiFi only, lord knows how much the LTE version will cost. Techcrunch reports that the Pixel will soon launch with LTE , and partnered with Verizon users will get an astonishing 100Mb a month for a two-year period. Pity there isn't a sarcastic font for astonishing, as it’s a pathetic amount. It’s...

  • Chromebook Pixel hands-on review: Google guns for premium market

    Google's Chromebook Pixel is bravely taking on the heavyweights of the laptop market, with its premium price tag, and premium-design putting it up against the leviathan MacBooks and a host of Windows Ultrabooks. Google has taken the cloud-focused, browser-based Chrome OS and provided it with a showcase platform, designing and building the device itself, with a little help from OEM partners. It's designed for 'people who live on the cloud', and to that end it's always going to have a tough time against its more established peer – Mac OS and Windows machines that are still much more about local computing. But at least...