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Google, Burned by £3.8 Billion Fine, Tells Europe that Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

In response to the record-setting $5 billion (£3.8 billion) fine recently levied against Google by the European Union, the search giant is making some changes. Today, it announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fee to ship devices into the European Economic Area (EEA) with Google apps pre-installed. Read More >>

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Google Pulls Out of Saudi Conference as the World Still Wonders What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi

Google has become the latest tech company to pull out of a high-profile conference in Saudi Arabia commonly referred to as Davos in the Desert. Google didn’t give a reason for the decision but other companies have pulled out while citing the 2 October disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Read More >>

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Android Pie is Now Properly Rolling Out to the OnePlus 6 in the UK

Last month it was announced that the stable version of Android Pie was ready for the OnePlus 6, and was rolling out to select handsets. OnePlus 6 owners round here will have noticed it never arrived for them, and there's a reason for that. Turns out the proper UK rollout wasn't part of that. Instead, it's kicked off today. Read More >>

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Google Pixel 3 Review: The Other Way to Make a Killer Phone

The history of smartphone improvement has largely relied on companies cramming faster or more powerful components into the now ubiquitous glass slabs we carry around. But the Pixel 3 is something else. Instead of focusing on things like a brighter screen, tons of RAM, or multiple rear cameras, almost all of the Pixel 3's advantages come from a software-first mindset. This results in a smarter, more intuitive experience that feels very different from the hardware-driven approaches employed by many of Google’s competitors. And while this isn’t Google’s first attempt at something like this, this third Pixel (we evaluated both it and the Pixel 3 XL) is the device that really pulls all of Google’s efforts together and makes it feel special. Read More >>

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All Headphones With Google Assistant Will Soon Become Babelfish

Google Translate is full of wizardry that the Big G has historically been pretty bad at shouting about. For instance, hardly anyone seems to know that you can hold your phone camera over a menu in another language and see it in English via the magic of Word Lens, bought by Google in 2o14. Read More >>

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Chromecast is Bumming Me Out

Google quietly released a new Chromecast device at its big event this week. And by quietly, I mean the company didn’t mention it at all. It was just sitting in the bottom of the bag that someone gave me when I left the venue. But hey, it’s new and it’s nice-looking. It’s just a bummer Google still hasn’t made Chromecast more useful. Read More >>

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You’ll Soon Be Able To Talk To Your Android Lockscreen

Asking Google questions out loud hasn't really caught on in the UK in the way that is has in more self-assured countries (read: America), but for those who love hands-free searching, there'll soon be a new way to bug Google Assistant without even unlocking your phone. Read More >>

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Great News Notch Lovers, the Pixel 3 XL Lets You Have Two

The Pixel 3 XL has a notch on the screen. An absurdly large one, even by notch standards. Apparently Google likes notches, and was hoping to add one to the regular Pixel 3 until it discovered there wasn't room. But just in case you're sceptical of Google's new found notch-fetish, you should know that the Pixel 3 XL actually lets you add a second one to the display. Read More >>

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Did Google Finally Fix the Smart Home?

The Home Hub appeared at this week’s Made by Google event like a dessert you forgot to order. Sure, there were plenty of rumours that Google would announce its own touchscreen-enabled Home device. But after spending just a few minutes with the thing, I realised what a treat it might be. This little hub might be the thing that ties the whole smart home concept together. Read More >>

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Google’s USB-C Earbuds are Basically Wired Pixel Buds

There were plenty of rumours regarding Google's slate of announcements last night, among them one claiming Google would be launching a refreshed pair of Pixel Buds. That would have been a welcome update, because Pixel Buds were pretty terrible, but unfortunately nothing was mentioned. As it turns out, Google's new USB-C earbuds are essentially wired versions of the Pixel Buds - with many of the same features and questionable design choices. Read More >>

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Gesture Navigation is Mandatory on the Pixel 3

Phone companies have been ditching physical navigation buttons for a good few years now, but recently they've started gravitating towards gesture-based navigation instead of opting for virtual buttons at the bottom of your screen. Support for this has been available as part of Android Pie, but Google has confirmed the Pixel 3 won't be following in the footsteps of previous Pixels. In other words gesture-based navigation is mandatory. Read More >>

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The Google Pixel 3 Has No Notch, But Google Wanted One

The Google Pixel 3 XL has a massive notch – that black bit that houses the cameras and speaker at the top of the phone, that eats into a bit of the screen. They're not uncommon, with many modern handsets sporting one. It means the phone can have more screen real estate, without having to allow for a thicker bezel at the top of a phone. Read More >>

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Google Finally Dishes the Dirt on the New Chromecast

We knew there was a new Chromecast coming, complete with some sort of revamped design, but for some reason Google chose to ignore it during last night's big launch event. But now that's over we finally have some solid details, beyond 'its got a different logo in the middle'. Unfortunately it's not that impressive. Read More >>

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Google Doubles Down on the Pixel’s Excellent Camera With Tonnes of New Features

Google’s Pixel 2 was a good smartphone with a great camera. For the Pixel 3, the company’s bringing us a bunch of new software solutions to make the photos look even better. Read More >>

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Here’s All the New Stuff Google Announced Today

Google’s attempt at a splashy Pixel 3 launch event today may have been dulled by some of more thorough product leaks in recent memory, but luckily the company had a bit more to talk about than a couple of iterative smartphone updates. Here’s a rundown of everything Google announced today, as well as some of the things it didn’t. If you wanted a pair of fancy, new Pixel Buds or a Pixel Watch, then tough luck, dear friends. Maybe Google will hook you up next time. Read More >>