Google mocks Pixel Ultra rumors with a Pixel Mini sketch

Some of you might have heard that rumor going around claiming that Google is preparing a Pixel Ultra smartphone and the company will announce a trio of smartphones instead of the expected Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. There’s also a second variation of this rumor and it sounds like it’s coming straight from an Alex Jones conspiracy theory. Well, Google just shut down those rumors with humor and a pinch of sarcasm.   Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 in black According to some unnamed sources, the Pixel Ultra was going to…

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Google Nexus 6 Affected by Misbehaving ‘OK Google’ Voice Command, No Fix Yet

HIGHLIGHTS OK Google has not been working for Nexus users This issue has been persisting since two months Google acknowledged the issue last month, but hasn’t rolled a fix yet Google Nexus 6 is now four years old, and it stopped receiving security or Android updates from the tech giant a while ago. Now, many users who are still using the smartphone have started complaining about a fault with the ‘OK Google’ voice command. Apparently, the Nexus 6 opens the “Access your Assistant with Voice Match” setup page, every time it…

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Android Oreo Now on 0.3 Percent of Active Devices, Marshmallow Powers Majority: Google

HIGHLIGHTS Android 8.0 powering 0.3 percent active devices Marshmallow still powering majority of devices Nougat now running on 20.6 percent devices Android 8.0 Oreo, Google’s latest mobile operating system, after showing up in October Android distribution chart for the first time has made a small rise in new version chart. The latest distribution numbers from Google reveal that the Android Oreo is inching closer to 1 percent of active Android devices though it may take couple of more months. Last month, Android Oreo was reported running on 0.2 percent of Android devices, and…

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Google Pixel 2 XL Black & White Pre-Order Shipments Delayed in India, Flipkart Offers Compensation

HIGHLIGHTS Flipkart sent out an email to its customers confirming the delay The e-commerce company is giving Rs. 300 as compensation for delay Shipments of the Panda variant is apparently limited worldwide Just a day after Google formally began its sale of the Pixel 2 XL in India, the Black & White version of the smartphone is out of stock on Flipkart. The online marketplace is claiming an “unexpected delay” in receiving stocks for the Black & White version that sports a “Panda” or Black & White colour job. Customers who pre-ordered the handset are disappointed with…

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Billboard suggests October 4 unveiling for Google Pixel 2

Last month, serial leakster Evan Blass revealed the next generation Google Pixelsmartphones will be officially unveiled on October 5. However, if a newly-spotted Google billboard is anything to go by, the devices may arrive a day earlier. Agreed, the billboard doesn’t explicitly say anything, but the words “Ask more of your phone,” followed by Google’s logo and the date are strong indications that the company is talking about a new phone, details related to which will be outed on October 4. For what it’s worth, last year’s Pixel event also happened on…

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Google Maps Now Shows Parking Spots, Gets Parking Difficulty Icon in More Cities

HIGHLIGHTS Google Maps is adding a new feature that car-riders will appreciate The company is also bringing Parking Spot feature to more cities Neither of the features are available in India just yet You can now count on Google Maps to help you find good parking spots in crowded malls and other places, thanks to the latest effort from Google as it continues to push the reach and use cases of its mapping service. Android users who rely on Google Maps will now see a new Find parking option when they type a destination, Google said….

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Android O is “touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse” on August 21, Google reveals

As rumored last week, August 21 will be an important day for Google and its mobile operating system. That’s because the company promises we’ll “meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers” on that day, which is also the day of the total solar eclipse. Google will hold a special event for Android O in New York City on that date, starting at 2:40 PM ET. This will thankfully be livestreamed, the company revealed. A countdown to the big event is already live on the Android website. We…

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Google says 11 smartphones will be Daydream VR enabled by the end of 2017

To say that Google’s Daydream VR platform is still a niche endeavor would be a definite understatement. But that may be about to change, in a few months at least. Speaking during the earnings call for parent company Alphabet, Google CEO Sundar Pichai uttered a very interesting number: 11. That is apparently the number of handsets that will support Daydream VR by the end of this year. That seems like a big number compared to how the situation stands now, but let’s do some counting, shall we? If we add…

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Gmail vs Inbox: Which Google email client is right for you?

Google loves to compete against itself, especially when it comes to messaging. When you want to send a text, you can hit up Allo, Android Messages, Hangouts, or Google Voice to do it, with each offering something none of the others have, and presenting wildly different visions for how we should communicate with each other. The same is true with its email apps. While there aren’t quite as many options to choose from, the two clients it offers couldn’t be more different. On one side there’s the veteran Gmail app…

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Google wants to add A.I. to Raspberry Pi gadgets

Google wants to bring smarts to cool gadgets and devices made using Raspberry Pi 3 or Intel’s Edison. The company is chasing makers with open-source tools needed to add artificial intelligence to consumer, industrial, and retail devices made using board computers. The plan may include machine-learning tools, which are central to A.I. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana answer questions with the help of A.I., and the technology also helps self-driving cars cruise the streets safely. “We don’t have any specifics to announce right now, but we’re excited to…

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