Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini

(Editor’s note: We’ve recently heard that a select number of Google Home Mini units are misbehaving by listening in on the conversation longer than it needs to. Google has assured us that this issue was limited to units provided at its latest event (where we sourced our review unit), however, we didn’t experience this issue and Google has since permanently disabled the Mini’s “tap to speak” feature that sparked the controversy.)

Class action lawsuit in the works against Google for Pixel 2 XL issues

Class action lawsuit in the works against Google for Pixel 2 XL issues

  Google’s Pixel 2, and the Pixel 2 XL more than that, have definitely bin hit by quite a few issues since their launch last month. While the bigger model has had more problems, some Pixel 2 units did exhibit weird clicking and whistling. On the other hand, various Pixel 2 XL phones have been caught suffering from burn-in, and even a “black smear”. Google may get in a lot of trouble over these things soon, as a law firm is currently investigating whether there’s enough to justify a class action against the company.   We’re talking about Girard Gibbs, which incidentally…

Google Pixel 2 XL shown from another angle in Walmart leak that also reveals more Google Home Mini details

Google Pixel 2 XL shown from another angle in Walmart leak that also reveals more Google Home Mini details

Now that we’re less than 24 hours away from Google’s big hardware-focused event, the new Pixel smartphones simply can’t stop leaking. We’ve seen the Pixel 2 XL in a case yesterday (and from the front), then both the Pixel 2 and its bigger sibling got the press render treatment. How about another angle for the Pixel 2 XL? Thankfully, Walmart has provided that today, after mistakenly listing its pre-order page for the Google Home Mini

Google releases October security update for Pixels and Nexuses

Google releases October security update for Pixels and Nexuses

If you own a Nexus or Pixel, you know what the first Monday of the month means: a new security update. It’s no different this time around: right on schedule, Google has made the October security patches available to the devices it supports directly. The factory images and full OTA zip files are up for grabs from the usual official website, catering to tinkerers. For normal people, the over-the-air rollout of

Google Daydream news, features and everything you need to know

Google Daydream news, features and everything you need to know

Update: At Google IO 2017, the firm announced a well-documented and significant move forward for Daydream: standalone headsets. Read more about how it’s all expected to work and who’s involved below. Also, the list of Daydream-compatible phones has recently grown, including the Moto Z2 Force and the Samsung Galaxy S8, so head over to the next page to see if your phone (or the phone you’re getting next) will be VR-ready.

Cases reveal Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL design: bye, 3.5mm jack

Cases reveal Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL design: bye, 3.5mm jack

Case maker Olixar has prematurely revealed the design of another phone the Pixel 2. The renders show that the glass window on the back has gotten smaller, it no longer reaches down to the fingerprint reader. The design of the back also confirms a single camera. On the front, the bezels seem a good deal smaller not exactly hard to achieve, given the chunky bezels of the original Pixel. Theres a fairly big grill for the earpiece,

Google Home Canada launch set for June 26

Google Home Canada launch set for June 26

  Google has announced that its smart speaker Google Home will arrive in Canada later this month. In a blog post yesterday, the Mountain View, California-based company said the launch is set for June 26. The device will understand both English and French.   Pre-orders for Google Home are currently live at Canadian Google Store and Best Buy Canada – price tag is CAD 180 (around $133). The speaker will also be available through several other third-party retailers, including Bell, Indigo, London Drugs, Rogers, Staples, The Source, Telus, Visions, and Walmart. Source: gsmarena.com

Google Allo gets chat backups, incognito groups, and link previews as Duo passes 50 million downloads

Google Allo gets chat backups, incognito groups, and link previews as Duo passes 50 million downloads

  GoogleAndroidMobile softwareiOS Google’s Allo messaging app is in the process of receiving some new features today. No, it’s not getting a web-based client, or SMS support of any kind. Not yet, at least. But it does now feature chat backup capabilities, allowing you to store your past chats locally, in the cloud on Google Drive, or both. Next up, group conversations can be had in incognito mode too. Previously, this was only available for one-on-one chats. Incognito mode enables end-to-end encryption and lets you set an expiry time on your messages. Google Assistant and Smart Replies aren’t usable in this mode.…

Chromebook Pixels, Google SVP suggests

Chromebook Pixels, Google SVP suggests

When you hear Google and Pixel in the same sentence you probably would think of either the smartphone series or the Chromebooks. Well from now on, the Chromebook Pixel wont be a thing anymore. Google SVP Rick Osterloh was asked by journalists about any plans for the Pixel laptop, and his answer surprised everyone – the company has no plans in the future for Google-branded laptops. Rick Osterloh, Senior VP at Google,

Google Pixel users reporting a major camera issue

Google Pixel users reporting a major camera issue

A number of Google Pixel owners have reported that the Pixels camera (Pixel XL is affected too) having an issue. And no, this is now about the halo effect or sun flare that Google has already addressed. The issue is more intrusive and pertains to the cameras app. A member of the Pixel User Community first started a thread on October 27 regarding the issue hes been having with the Pixels camera. It freezes up with pink/purple vertical

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have IP53 dust and water resistance

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have IP53 dust and water resistance

Yesterday Google finally unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL, its first smartphones. Throughout its event, however, the company never once mentioned whether the two have any sort of dust or water resistance rating. An IP53 certification was rumored last month for the duo, ahead of the announcement. And now the search giant has apparently confirmed to Droid-Life that the Pixel and Pixel XL indeed do come with the IP53 rating – despite

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

You don’t have to shop in the big-and-tall section of stores to want the Google Pixel XL. It’s a powerful phablet at a still-reasonable size, and it’s made by Google. This 5.5-inch Android phone is the successor to last year’s Nexus 6P, as Google is altogether ditching the affordable, developer-focused Nexus brand in favor of this new Pixel XL and its smaller 5-inch Pixel counterpart. Here’s our hands-on

Google Pixel Phones

Google Pixel Phones

 After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that they are decent-looking, well-made phones. Google took a more active role in creating these phones than previous Nexus devices, taking the lead not just in hardware selection, but design as well. Using quality displays

Pixel C Tablet by Google

Pixel C Tablet by Google

In addition to the new Chromecast devices and new Nexus phones, Google gave the world a sneak preview of a new Android tablet which they call the Pixel C. Like the Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C is designed completely in-house by Google, and it shares many attributes with the Chromebook Pixel even though it runs Android rather than Chrome OS. The hardware is also very interesting, and