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5 Little Things from Google I/O That Could Be Big News for You

Google I/O 2019 was a whirlwind of info about upcoming Android updates, demos of new features in Google Lens and Duplex, upgraded abilities for the Google Assistant, and more. But aside from all the fancy new things that got mentioned in the keynote, there were a number of other small changes and updates that came out of Google’s annual developer conference that didn’t get quite as much attention. So here’s a quick roundup of some news and tidbits that could affect you in the not-too-distant future. Read More >>

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Nest, as You Knew It, Is No More

There was a lot of news at Google’s I/O developer conference this year, but when it came to the smart home, one thing stuck out. Nest, which Google bought back in 2014 for $3.2 billion (£2.5 billion), has been fully absorbed and rebranded as Google Nest. Read More >>

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Google’s Now Letting Users Pay for Android Apps With Cash

While credit and debit cards are rampant in the UK and the United States, it’s not necessarily the case in other countries where cash is still king. At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the tech giant announced it’s adding more payment methods to its Google Play store, including cash and bank transfers. Read More >>

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A Very Long List of Privacy Features Google Talked About at Google I/O

Google occupies a unique space when it comes to privacy. It is, after all, one of the world’s foremost collectors of information about you; from your search history and locations you visit, to what you’re watching, reading, listening to, and with whom you choose to share your time. From this information, Google profits enormously. Information, the company knows better than most, is power. Read More >>

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Here’s What Android Q’s New Dark Theme Looks Like

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who want dark mode everything, and people who for some reason don’t care about being blinded by apps with white backgrounds at night. As you’ve probably guessed, I fall into the first camp, which is why I was curious to check out the official Dark Theme in Android Q. So here’s a quick preview. Read More >>

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The Best and Worst From Google I/O 2019’s Day One Keynote

Yesterday, Google executives made the first batch of announcements and took their bows at this year’s I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, California. That means the world got a sneak peek at new Google products, including some fancy AI software and even a new phone. Some of it looks awesome! Some of it looks awful. Read More >>

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With Nest Hub Max, Google Added a Camera and Ruined the Best Thing About the Home Hub

Over the past two years, Google’s made a lot of strides when it comes to smart home tech—to the point where the Google Home Hub is our smart display of choice. At this year’s I/O developer conference, it seems like Google’s doubling down with the Nest Hub Max. Read More >>

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Here’s Everything New About Android at Google I/O 2019 (So Far…)

Android is the world’s most popular OS, but it's not just for phones or tablets. That’s because changes to Google’s flagship operating system also impact other platforms like Android Auto and Android TV too. So here’s all the new stuff coming to the Android ecosystem later this year. Read More >>

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Expanded Incognito Mode Keeps Google From Snooping on Even More Parts of Your Life

Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn’t wasting any time at this year’s I/O developer conference. But one breakout feature announced during the keynote is that Google plans to add incognito modes to both search and its Maps app. Read More >>

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After All These Years, Google’s Finally Adding Widgets to Wear OS

After five long years, Google has finally done what every other major smartwatch maker has already figured out: How to add widgets. Read More >>

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I Broke Google Duplex, But It’s Still Impressive

Among updates about new features coming to Android P, a new direction for Android Wear, and improved image recognition in Google Lens, the thing that really stole the show at Google I/O 2018 was Duplex, the automated phone service that can make a dinner reservation or an appointment at a hair salon without you ever needing to actually dial a number. Read More >>

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Google Photos’ Slick Object-Removal Feature Never Arrived Because Other Stuff Got in the Way

Remember when Google showed off a cool trick that would automatically remove things like fences or window panes from the foreground of your photos? Originally demoed at Google I/O 2017, the object-removal feature was supposed to be incorporated into Google Photos. But after waiting a year for the feature to go live, Google’s annual dev conference swung ‘round again and object removal was still a no show. So what happened? Read More >>

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Google Swears Its Duplex AI Assistant Will Tell You It’s a Bot Calling

Earlier this week at the Google I/O developer festival, the company debuted Duplex, its eerily accurate human voice system that impersonates a bumbling intern making calls on your behalf. According to Google, Duplex is able to schedule appointments and book restaurant reservations by making actual phone calls for you. What Google didn’t say was whether the human on the other end would know it was talking to a bot. But now the company says it’s working on a feature to solve that problem, according to CNET. Read More >>

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An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track

When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform’s support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn’t come with any new features or updates that advanced the capabilities of the platform. That meant the name change was more symbolic than anything, or at the very least, poorly timed. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Impersonating a Human Is Scary as Hell to Me

Google could soon have a feature that lets your phone impersonate people—because consumer-facing artificial intelligence isn’t terrifying enough. Called Duplex, it’s intended to make people’s lives easier by handling standard phone calls that are necessary, but not especially personal. Read More >>