Wear OS, Google’s smartwatch platform based on Android, isn’t as popular as the big names like the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch. But thankfully, Google hasn’t abandoned it just yet and seems to be investing a lot more in the platform. Today, Fossil announced that Google is buying a portion of its ‘smartwatch technology’ and R&D team for $40 million.
Back in November of last year, we got our first look at the ‘Pixel 3 Lite,’ and just last month, it was rumored that Google would launch this potential budget phone on Verizon in spring of this year. Today, a video of a pre-production version of the Pixel 3 Lite has surfaced.
Android Q isn’t even out in beta form yet, but XDA-Developers has managed to get their hands on an early build of it. Found inside was a dark mode, an app permissions revamp, a possible Samsung DeX equivalent, and many other smaller features.
Earlier this week, the G Suite team published a blog post informing users that the Google Docs suite of web apps would be getting a new look. In the coming weeks, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites will be updated with Material Theme visual improvements while functionality will remain unchanged.
The At A Glance widget on Pixel phones and as a widget through the Google app is a nifty and minimal tool that displays the date, your current location’s weather, and (sometimes) notifies you of traffic updates. However, since about last Friday, I and many other users on the beta for the Google app noticed that the weather part went missing.
Linux support in beta on Chrome OS reached the stable channel just last year, and it’s made the operating system so much more productive. Today, a commit on the Chromium Gerrit was discovered that will add an even easier way to install Linux apps on Chrome OS.
Google Assistant is going big (I didn’t say useful) at CES this year. The Assistant is getting new features and is being built into almost everything, lock, stock, and barrel. Here’s a brief overview of every new device, device-integration, and feature Google has announced so far.
It’s a new year and Google’s monthly security updates are here. This time, Google claims the video sound quality bug on the Pixel 3 is fixed but the Nexus phones are finally left behind.
If you have an exposed network router, chances are, that you might be the next target of an ongoing attack. Security researchers TheHackerGiraffe and j3ws3r are currently running an attack/information awareness campaign, hacking networks where UPnP port forwarding is enabled.