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  • These Chromebooks now have Android app support

    Google made a big splash last year when it announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks, via the Google Play Store. It's taken longer than expected for the functionality to surface though, with only a few laptops supporting the feature. Still, there's plenty of potential for having Android apps on your Chromebook, instantly delivering over a million games and apps in theory. Now, Google has added over a dozen more laptops to the list of Chromebooks capable of running Android apps (spotted by Android Police). So what's new then? We see new entries for Acer (Chromebook 11 N7 C731 and C731T,...

  • Google Daydream 2.0 is official: what to expect?

    Google's Daydream is still that for many a smartphone owner (heh), owing to a paltry selection of compatible phones and a lack of peripheral availability locally. Still, the company announced that LG's upcoming smartphone, presumably the V30, will be getting compatibility with the VR suite. And then there's the announcement that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ would receive the suite via a software update. The other recent news was that Google would be producing standalone Daydream headsets, with partners including HTC and Lenovo. In addition to Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, Google's VR drive has also seen it recently purchase the team behind Job...

  • All the major Android and Assistant news from Google I/O 2017

    We've already covered all the major announcements from Google I/O 2017 last night. But there's quite a bit of news to sift through nonetheless. Android and Google Assistant got a solid amount of attention during the keynote address, so we've gathered some of the more relevant tidbits for you. Those Android O features detailed We didn't really get a peek at previously unannounced features here, as Google already detailed Android O's tentpole features before. Still, we got a closer look at these features nonetheless. There's picture-in-picture mode, Chrome's Autofill functionality coming to apps, a new homescreen for Android TV, smart text selection (highlight...

  • Google I/O 2017: all the major news

    Google's annual I/O 2017 developer conference kicks off today. But it's not just for developers obviously, as CEO Sundar Pichai delivers his keynote address. So what does Pichai and the company at large have to share with consumers? Pichai started off by dishing out statistics for some of its more popular services. For one, Google Drive now has 800 million monthly users, Google Photos now boasts 500 million monthly users, and there are now over two billion active Android devices. Smart Reply comes to Gmail Gmail is also seeing some love, as Google's Smart Reply feature, first seen in Allo, will now be...

  • Google I/O 2017: check out the livestream here

    The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off today, with the expectation that Google will reveal major updates and more during the keynote address. We've already laid out a few predictions this week, ranging from Android O and Android Wear to Google Daydream VR and ChromeOS. Google isn't giving much to go on either, merely saying that the company's Sundar Pichai will be talking about "product and platform innovation at Google". Want to tune in to the livestream of the keynote? Simply check out the embedded player below or visit Google's I/O website here. The keynote kicks off at 10am PT, or 7pm 6pm SAST...

  • Google I/O 2017: what are we expecting?

    The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off on Wednesday and, much like Apple's WWDC and Microsoft's BUILD, you can expect some consumer-focused news as well. Last year saw more Android N news, Google's Daydream VR and a few communication apps. But what can we expect this time? More Android O features revealed We already know that Android O is on the way, bringing battery savings (via more efficient location updates and background services) and notification channels for improved alerts. But Google almost certainly has more features to show here, such as the recently revealed Project Treble for faster updates, expanded support for...

  • Google promises quicker Android updates (again) with Project Treble

    Updates are the biggest weakness when it comes to the Android platform, owing to thousands of devices running a variety of themes and skins. We've already seen Google try to address this in the past, but it seems like the company is making a bigger effort now, with Project Treble. Announced on its developer blog, Project Treble aims to free Android from the low-level vendor software. Before going into the specifics of the new initiative, the Mountain View firm explained how Android releases currently work. What Project Treble does is effectively reduce the need for silicon manufacturer partners (the likes of Qualcomm...

  • Watch: will Google’s new Fuchsia OS replace Android?

    Believe it or not, but Google has been working on a new operating system for a while now, dubbed Fuchsia. The new platform, an open-source OS, reportedly ditches the Linux kernel in favour of an in-house microkernel called Magenta, Ars Technica reported. Another big addition is Armadillo, apparently being Fuchsia's default system UI. Armadillo is also written in Google's Flutter, being the firm's new, cross-platform mobile framework. Google's Fuchsia platform joins Android and ChromeOS as being the firm's third major operating system Fuchsia is apparently meant for mobile devices and PCs, with the publication adding that you can actually grab "chunks of the Fuchsia...

  • Google files ‘smart drag and drop’ patent for Android

    Drag and drop functionality is a pretty standard feature on today's computers, allowing you to easily share documents, images and other files between windows. However, a new patent by Google hints at a similar feature coming to Android. Discovered by What a Future, the patent calls for files and even selected bits of text to be shared between apps. So, one example is having a text conversation with a friend about dinner. The friend then suggests a restaurant ("The Rock"), allowing you to highlight the restaurant name. From here, you can drag the text, with a list of "droppable" apps popping...

  • Google offers $876m to LG for flexible OLED displays – report

    The OLED display market is expected to see a massive spike in demand, with rumours that Apple is working on an OLED-equipped iPhone. Now, Google has apparently made a big move in the sector, offering display manufacturer LG a hefty investment. According to ET News (Google Translate), Google has offered to invest one trillion won ($876-million) in LG's Display division in order to ramp up production of flexible OLED screens. The publication says that the size of the investment could still increase. It's also expected that Google would receive priority on screens if the deal is confirmed. Google is expected to use the displays in...