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

Apple Watch now supports Google Maps

Apple Watch now supports Google Maps

The Google Maps iOS app has received an update, bumping it to version 4.11.0, and bringing several new features as well as some bug fixes. The most prominent feature the update brings to the table is the support for Apple Watch – it adds a companion app for the smartwatch. As you can see in the image above, the app contains buttons to direct you home and work, as well as to show you recent routes. It

Here’s when Google will likely unveil new Nexus phones, Android Marshmallow

Here’s when Google will likely unveil new Nexus phones, Android Marshmallow

Google sent us a not-so-cryptic announcement about an event happening at the end of this month, which is when we’ll likely see new Nexus phones, its Android operating system refresh and more. On September 29, the Alphabet company is hosting a presentation that asks invitees to “join us for tasty new treats and much s’more.” It doesn’t get much “s’more” obvious than that. We’ll be there when it all goes

Android Pay On Google Play Launch

Android Pay On Google Play Launch

 Today Google officially began the roll out of Android Pay by releasing the Android Pay application on the Google Play Store. Android Pay was announced earlier this year at Google I/O and is Google’s new NFC based payment service for Android smartphones. It’s effectively a successor to Google Wallet, although Google Wallet still exists as a service for sending P2P payments.

Google Glass project has a new name: Project Aura

Google Glass project has a new name: Project Aura

Google has changed the name of its Glass project to Project Aura, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Keep in mind that Project Aura is different from Project Ara, the company’s modular smartphone effort. The report also says that engineers, software developers, and project managers that previously worked with Amazon’s Lab126 hardware division have been hired as part of the new Project

Google announces Android M will be called Marshmallow

Google announces Android M will be called Marshmallow

Over the weekend, Google teased a bunch of names for Android M in a short video teaser. Moments ago, it has finally revealed that the ‘M’ in Android M, is Marshmallow. This follows Google’s traditions to name Android versions after desserts, starting from the first version called Cupcake. This was followed by Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and now Marshmallow.

Vertical videos suck, but Google is fixing the problem

Vertical videos suck, but Google is fixing the problem

Vertical video clips are annoying, and currently, YouTube makes it harder to watch on your phone with awkward vertical letterboxing on its default landscape playback window. But it looks like Google is looking to fix the problem with a new YouTube update, which was initially found by Android Police. Version 10.28 of the YouTube app will allow vertical videos to be played in fullscreen on your phone, instead