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  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • New Chrome OS update available, brings material design and more

    Today, Google announced the release of a new update for Chrome OS. While it doesn't bring any major changes, such as the ability to install and use Android apps, it does include a few interesting ones. According to a Google blog post, the 56.0.2924.87 (Platform version: 9000.82.0) update contains a new Material Design for the shelf and system menu and Flash Component updater. Additionally, a "new version of the ChromeVox screen reader is now the default across all Chromebooks". The Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), and Acer Chromebook R11 will not receive the update. These devices support the Google...

  • Which Chromebooks have/will get Android apps?

    When Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks last year, the initial list of supported devices only stood at three. But the firm has since confirmed that all Chromebooks released in 2017 would be running Android apps. Then again, the real question is which older models are supported... Now, Google has quietly announced details on its Chromium blog (via Ars Technica), revealing an exhaustive list of Chromebooks/ChromeOS devices that have or will be getting Android app/Play Store compatibility. Google Chromebooks are cheaper and arguably less resource-intensive than PCs, with Android app compatibility making it stand out as well "While we won't...

  • Where’s the Google hardware love for SA? [Column]

    We've seen a slew of hardware from Google in 2016. There were the Google Pixel smartphones, the Google Home speaker and even the Chromecast Ultra peripheral. And all of these devices were pretty well-received by international media. But if anything, the products once again prove that the Mountain View firm doesn't take South Africa and the rest of the continent as seriously. Don't believe me? Well, the company confirmed to Gearburn this week that it has no plans to launch hardware on the continent any time soon. On the one hand, it's understandable, as South Africa is a small market. So why devote much resources...

  • 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...

  • Google Play’s most popular games/apps of 2016 revealed

    It's been another good year for mobile games, featuring a ton of fantastic titles. Don't believe me? Then check out our weekly mobile gaming rundowns. Now, Google has revealed the top five most popular games and apps on the Google Play Store for 2016. So who emerged at the top of the pile? Most popular apps? The top five most popular apps saw Face Changer 2 hit the number one spot. The app allows users to indulge in the face-swapping tomfoolery that's all the rage this year. Otherwise, Lumyer - Photo and Selfie Editor and Castbox - Podcast Radio Music rounded out the...

  • Google Pixel review roundup: an iPhone running Android

    The Google Pixel smartphone marks a rather notable moment for the company, as Google sheds the Nexus label (temporarily or otherwise) and takes a bigger role in the hardware department. Now that many reviews are out, what do experts think of the new smartphone? The camera is the star here Almost all reviewers had nothing but praise for the Google Pixel camera, going so far as to call it the best mobile camera around. David Pierce of Wired wrote that the Pixel didn't have the iPhone 7 Plus's 2x zoom or depth-of-field trickery, but it produced "killer" snaps anyway. "The iPhone faithfully reproduces the...

  • LG to Xiaomi: 5 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

    Were you hoping to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Well, the production halt means that the phone is effectively dead before it even launched in South Africa. Don't be glum though. There are actually quite a few Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternative contenders out there that are worth your hard-earned cash. We take a look at five smartphones that you should keep in mind. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge The S7 Edge (review) has a screen that's only slightly smaller than the Note 7's, being 5.5-inches compared to 5.7-inches. Otherwise, you've got that same great 12MP f/1.7 main camera and that screaming Exynos 8890 running...

  • 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 and Pixel XL: Android has a brand new home

    After canning its Nexus programme which invited other smartphone makers to build hardware for its Android platform, Google decided that it could do a much better job. The big G today unveiled the fruits of its labour in the form of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones. These are the first two devices designed entirely by the Mountain View giant. Think of these devices as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus of the Googlesphere. It's effectively Google's first step into the ecosystem war; a war that Apple has practically dominated since 2007. As Google can now control hardware and...