Poll: Do you own a Google Home?

The Google Home is a fantastic device in my opinion. Powered by the Google Assistant, it’s definitely a product that evolves and gets better over time. I own two Google Homes (one regular and one Mini), and probably my favorite feature about them is the instant access to music you get just with your voice. Speaking of music, Google also released its $399 Google Home Max smart speaker at its October event. It has been a while since our last poll, so I wanted to ask if you guys also own any of Google’s smart speakers. Vote below!

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Google introduces “Google Pay” to finally unify Android Pay and Google Wallet

Google delighted fans today by announcing that Android Pay and Google Wallet would be combined and subsequently replaced by Google Pay. The two payment platforms confuse many users by either offering retail payment services, or else a platform for sending money to known contacts. Enter Google Pay, a solution to make cash payments easier and more efficient for users. Continue reading “Google introduces “Google Pay” to finally unify Android Pay and Google Wallet”

OnePlus Switch app released, makes migrating data much easier

During OnePlus’ last event in New York, OnePlus took the opportunity to inform the people about their plans for the coming future. One of them is to make migrating data to the user’s newly purchased OnePlus device a much easier experience by releasing an app called OnePlus Switch. Yesterday, OnePlus Switch has been released on the play store, marking OnePlus’ first steps to making the app available for the discerning users to download.

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OnePlus rolls out first Oreo Open Beta build for the OnePlus 5T

As promised in the OnePlus 5T’s launch event, OnePlus has released the first Open Beta Oreo build for the OnePlus 5T right on time. Needless to say, the highlight will have to be updating the OnePlus 5T to the newest treat from Google. Naturally, this update takes cues from the previously released Oreo update to OnePlus’ preceding flagships, as well as having (almost) all the bells and whistles that you expect when updating your phone to Android 8.0, like Picture-in-Picture mode, Smart Text Selection, Auto-fill and more.

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Google unveils Android 8.1 Oreo “Go Edition,” built for emerging markets

Android Oreo in itself is a fine operating system, polished and ready for you to use. However, not all markets can afford devices that are expensive. In a lot of emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, a cell phone is their first point of access to the internet in their lives, ever. The budget that they have is also limited, with a lot of people buying devices priced under $80.

Android Oreo Go Edition marks Google’s attempt to build Android centered around the “next billion users,” who will use a cellular device as their first point of access towards the internet. Naturally, a lot of Google apps that are built center themselves around the US cellular market. However, with Android Go, Google has worked with teams stationed in India to tailor an experience best suited for new users with low powered devices.

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XDA boots Android Oreo onto the Huawei Mate 9 thanks to Project Treble

One of the most interesting features that were announced with Android 8.0 Oreo is Project Treble. Treble marks Google’s attempt to control the fragmentation in the Android ecosystem. Now, XDA editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman has posted about how he managed to boot an AOSP ROM compiled straight from the source on the Huawei Mate 9.

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