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Get ready to bid farewell to the (somewhat) beloved gumdrop emojis. (Source: IDG)

Android 8.0 information revealed in Reddit AMA

The annual Reddit AMA by Google's Android engineering team has revealed some interesting information about the next version of Android and the future of the OS.
Image source: Android

Android July update now available for Nexus and Pixel smartphones

July's Android security patch is here for Nexus and Pixel devices and fixes a few vulnerabilities that (thankfully) haven't been widely exploited yet.
Thanks to its incorporation of various Wi-Fi and cellular networks, Project Fi boasts a wide coverage area. Its number of supported devices, however, is rather limited. (Source: Google)

A new budget-friendly phone expected to join the Project Fi lineup

One of the biggest complaints against Google's wireless service, Project Fi, is its lack of supported phones. In a recent statement, the company promised to add a new third-party device to the lineup "later this year".
Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

The medium-sized Muskie was canceled, and we've been left with just the Taimen and Walleye. While both occupy the extremes on the size table, they do share a few similarities in specifications. This year's Pixel devices are shaping up to be entertaining.
Google's latest announcement will bring a feature users of G Suite have come to expect to Gmail for everyone. (Source: Gmail)

Google says it will stop Gmail's scanning of email to target ads

In a recent post to the company blog, Google announced its plans to "more closely align" the free version of Gmail and the enterprise version found in subscription-based G Suite. This includes removing ad personalization based on the contents of your emails.
Image source: Google

Pixel XL 2 rumored to be cancelled

Multiple sources are reporting that Google has cancelled project "muskie," which was speculated to be a successor to Google's 2016 flagship Pixel XL.
Google Pixel XL 2 surfaces on GFXBench

Google Pixel XL 2 surfaces on GFXBench

The Pixel XL 2 was spotted on GFXBench today. 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Snapdragon 835.
Project Treble will introduce a new "Vendor Interface" between the Android framework and OEM implementation. (Image: Android Dev Blog)

Google hopes to speed up Android updates from OEMs with Project Treble

Project Treble aims to create an API, allowing vendors to focus on changes to the Android framework rather than changing specific code in the OS for their devices. The result will hopefully be faster and more reliable OS updates from all OEMs.

Google's "Taimen" phone leaks on Geekbench

The next flagship from Google may have been posted on Geekbench 4, giving us a first look at its speedy performance.
The Google Pixel has had trouble staying in stock due to display shortages. (Image source: Google)

Google invests $880 million in LG's OLED technology

The investment is meant to shore up supply of LG's flexible OLED displays that Google plans to use in their next flagship smartphone.
Samsung Display is currently the go-to OLED manufacturer with a 99 percent market share as of August 2016. (Source: Mashable)

Google wants the next Pixel to use flexible OLED panels

South Korean sources say that Google is prepared to invest $880 million to LG Display for the express purpose of ramp up production of flexible OLED panels for the US company to put in its next Pixel phone.
The Chinese report says that the Pixel 2 will release this year in two variants with the codenames "Muskie" and "Walleye." (Source: Gadget Hacks)

HTC and LG among phone makers competing to make the Pixel 3

Google's already in talks with manufacturers to create the third iteration of its Pixel smartphones, and according to a Chinese report, the phone makers competing for the contract include HTC, LG, Coolpad and TCL.
Most Android phones in the US are running old security software. (Source: Skycure)

Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable

A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Android O developer preview released

Android O developer preview released

Android O has been released in the form of a developer preview. It's compatible with half a dozen of Google's devices and features almost a dozen major new features and upgrades.
You can now swipe your fingerprint to access your notifications on the Nexus 6P. (Source: Android Central)

New Android 7.1.2 beta fixes bugs, adds much-awaited fingerprint feature

This second Android 7.1.2 beta build brings the much-awaited fingerprint swipe notification gesture to the Nexus 6P. It also fixes miscellaneous bugs introduced in the previous beta build.
The Google Pixel may see a trio of successors in the near-future. (Source: Google)

Three new Google Pixel phones are reportedly in the works

Code-named "muskie," "walleye," and "taimen," the three devices are expected to replace Google's existing Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Several sources have confirmed the existence of the devices, but have not provided much additional information.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD

The Tab 3 is the latest (and most expensive) tablet from Samsung. Sporting high-end specs expected of a flagship, it will be available soon for about $600.
As of March 2017, about 97.2% of Android devices may be vulnerable to exploits in WikiLeaks' latest documents. (Picture source: Android Developers)

Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA

Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
Ever since the first Pixel debuted, users have been asking for Google to implement this feature. (Source: NDTV)

Google Assistant can now read your text messages

It may have taken some time, but Google can now read and interact with your text messages in a substantial way, allowing users to sort through their messages and send responses even when they're too busy to pick up their smartphones.
The iPhone 6 leads the failure rates, followed by the 6s. (Source: Blancco Technology Group)

Research firm finds iPhone failure rate increasing, eclipsing Android

Research firm Blancco has found that iPhones have become remarkably less reliable over the past five quarters. At the same time, Android phones have increased in reliability significantly.
Google may also have a budget version of the Pixel to accompany the flagship model. (Source: Google)

MWC 2017 | Google pledges second-generation Pixel smartphone

Google’s 2016 flagship smartphone, the Pixel, was a critical and commercial success upon release. Today at MWC, Google announced a follow-up phone will be released before the end of 2017.
The Chromebook Pixel line was great for those who loved Chrome OS and high-quality hardware, but the notebooks didn't come cheap. (Source: TechCrunch)

MWC 2017 | Google will not produce more Pixel laptops

Google is shifting the Pixel brand entirely into mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets, thus concluding the company's efforts to secure a niche within the premium notebook category. Google is still devoted to working on Chrome OS, however.
The new sensor can create 64x slow motion video clips. (Source: Sony)

Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps

The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
The Google Now Launcher has been a popular option for Android OEMs and users. (Source: Google Play Store)

End of an Era: Google Now Launcher will soon be discontinued

Google plans to delist the Google Now Launcher by the end of March and remove it from the list of approved launchers for use by OEMs.
The long-awaited update for Android integrates search functionality directly into the keyboard. (Source: AndroidPolice)

Six months after iOS release, Gboard finally comes to Android

Google's Gboard has finally come to Android, replacing Google Keyboard. The update includes search and sharing of urls, pictures, and gifs directly from the keyboard, as well as many other enhancements.
The Nexus 6P by Huawei is one of the first devices to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. (Source: Huawei)

Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December

The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
The Android 7.0 update (coming this week) will make the Moto Z and Moto Z Force Daydream-ready. (Source: Motorola)

Moto Z will get Nougat update this week

The Lenovo made phone will get the promised update to Android 7.0 before the end of November. The upgrade to Nougat also brings along a new feature: Daydream.
Google Pixel XL Smartphone Review

88% Google Pixel XL Smartphone Review

Bombastic? High-end specifications, an excellent camera, and a large battery are supposed to justify the steep price of the google smartphone. The Google assistant and vast storage capacity for photos should do just that. But, is this sufficient?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.5" | 168 g
Google Wallpapers: Just a bunch of curated wallpapers for everyone.

Google Wallpapers: New Pixel feature now available for all Android phones

One of the new features of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones is now available for everyone running Android 4.1 or higher. Google released Google Wallpapers to the Google Play Store.
Factory images are now available for the Pixel and PIxel XL Phone by Google

Google: Factory images available for Pixel und Pixel XL Phones

Thanks to an unlockable bootloader in the freely available Pixel and Pixel XL phones sold in the Google store, these phones are as perfect for developers and professionals as the former Nexus devices were. Factory and OTA images are now available from Google

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro SoC

Kryo ARM 4 cores @ 2400 MHz 14nm
Google has expanded their original Pixel teaser video, telling people they now make phones as well.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL: New official promotion videos

Two new promotion videos are supposed to tell people that Google has evolved from a know and well respected search provider to a smartphone manufacturer.
The blue Pixel XL might be a Verizon exclusive. Today it will be officially unveiled.

Verizon Google Pixel leak and pricing information: What is Google Magic?

Just a few hours before Google's big hardware event today, yet another leak surfaced recently, unveiling a blue version of the phones and some Verizon pricing information. It also mentioned a new buzzword: Google Magic
You can watch the Google event live today at 9 am PT, noon ET and 5 pm UK time.

Today is Google Pixel day: Watch the live stream here!

We are expecting to see a bunch of hardware, including the Pixel Phones, Google Home, a VR-headset and a new Chromecast. Google might also be giving us a glimpse into the future by teasing Andromeda.
Australia gets to see the Google Pixel Phones one day later due to the time difference.

Google: Pixel-Nexus size comparison & Google statues in Australia

Now that we have renders of the two Pixel phones, a size comparison with their predecessors makes sense. Meanwhile Google is busy putting up statues of their MadebyGoogle initiative all over the globe, people in Australia see a different date though.
Apparently, the renders of the Pixel XL are based on CAD models from the factory.

Google: 360 degree video of the Pixel XL shows device from all sides

Based on factory CAD models, the 360 degree video shows the bigger of the two Pixel Phones that Google will officially unveil on October 4th of this year.
Google is planning to make Google Home a cheaper alternative to Amazon Echo.

Google October 4th hardware event: Leaked pricing and information

Google is said to unveil a bunch of hardware on October 4th. Apart from the Pixel Phones and Google Home we might also see a new smart home router. Pricing information for some of the hardware was leaked as well.
The website suggests that the Pixel Phones were made by Google.

Google officially teases Pixel Phones for October 4th

Now it's official: Google is teasing the arrival of their next generation Pixel Phones that will not be sold as Nexus Phones anymore. The #madebygoogle hashtag and website want to make us believe that these phones were made by Google but we all know who really manufactured them, don't we?
Das 5 Zoll Pixel Phone von Google wird vermutlich nicht als Nexus-Gerät auf den Markt kommen.

Google: 360-degree video of the smaller Pixel/Nexus Phone leaks

The video shows a few things we did not know about this year's smaller Pixel or Nexus Phone like USB-C port and stereo speakers. The 5 inch Google phone will also have a headphone jack.
Google might be planning a big hardware event October 4th.

October 4th: Google Pixel Phones, 4K Chromecast, Daydream VR and Google Home incoming?

According to Android Police, Google might be planning a big hardware related event for October 4th, where the new Pixel Phones, a 4K-Chromecast, a Daydream VR-Viewer und Google Home will be presented to the public.
Possible Google Nexus 2016 design leaked

Possible Google Nexus 2016 design leaked

At least two size options should be coming differing only in internal specifications and dimensions. Unlike the Nexus 5X or 6P, the housing may be made mostly of aluminum.
Google sets end-of-life dates for its current selection of Nexus devices

Google sets end-of-life dates for its current selection of Nexus devices

Google is committing to a two-year long support cycle for its newer Nexus smartphones and tablets while smaller patches for security flaws will continue for about a year longer.
Huawei Mediapad M2 10.0 (image: Huawei)

CES 2016 | Huawei reveals further innovations

Apart from the international launch of the Mate 8, Huawei has also revealed further innovations at the CES. For example, the have introduced the Mediapad M2 10.0, the golden version of the Nexus 6P, as well as smartwatch models especially designed for women.
Google Nexus 6P Smartphone Review

88% Google Nexus 6P Smartphone Review

Heavy Metal. Google's latest Nexus flagship 6P follows in the footsteps of the old Nexus 6 with its 5.7-inch display and the fastest SoC you can currently get from Qualcomm. However, there is now another rival from Google itself, the Nexus 5X, and it is even 120 Euros (~$131) cheaper. Is the more expensive smartphone worth the money and how does the top model hold up against other competitors?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 | Qualcomm Adreno 430 | 5.7" | 178 g
Google Nexus 5X Smartphone Review

88% Google Nexus 5X Smartphone Review

More than meets the eye. The newest Android operating system and strong Qualcomm SoC provide the Nexus 5X with what it needs for good performance. The dimensions will also likely appeal to fans of smaller-sized handsets. They have been reduced considerably compared with last year's Google Nexus 6.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 | Qualcomm Adreno 418 | 5.2" | 136 g
The Google Play Store will label apps with ads in 2016

The Google Play Store will label apps with ads in 2016

Google will inform users of the Play Store about which apps have ads.
The Nexus 6P camera glass found to break

The Nexus 6P camera glass found to break

The Nexus 6P may have a design flaw in which the glass protecting the rear-facing camera breaks easily.
Google Nexus 5X now available in parts of Europe for 480 Euros

Google Nexus 5X now available in parts of Europe for 480 Euros

The Nexus 5X is available for pre-order through Google Store in anthracite, quartz, or ice blue colors. Google is also throwing in a free Chromecast for a limited time.
iFixit shows a somewhat accessible battery for the Nexus 5X

iFixit shows a somewhat accessible battery for the Nexus 5X

Like the OnePlus 2, a handy screwdriver is all it takes to expose and replace the internal battery of the new Google smartphone.
First photos taken with Nexus 6P show a fantastic camera

First photos taken with Nexus 6P show a fantastic camera

Performance in low-light conditions will reportedly be far superior to the outgoing generation of Nexus smartphones.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)