Google is working on an overhaul of its Android mobile software for a new generation of smartphones mimicking Apple's controversial new "notch" at the top of the iPhone X, according to people familiar with the situation.
Injong Rhee, a former chief technology officer at Samsung Electronics, has joined Google as an entrepreneur-in-residence to lead Google's Internet of Things (IoT) business, Rhee said in a blog posting on LinkedIn.
Google's Android phone has only one lens, but a technology called RAISR uses machine learning to help you zoom in better.
Google today unveiled its experimental effort to integrate augmented reality features into the mobile and desktop web using its Chrome browser. That way, web designers, media organizations, and other creative professionals could create virtual 3D objects, embed them into websites for viewing on desktop, and make them downloadable on mobile so users could place those objects into their real world surroundings.
Alphabet Inc's Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators.
Users ofGoogle Home and Chromecast may experience trouble connecting online through their home Wi-Fi, according to new reports.
A month after announcing plans to open its first AI lab in China, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen. The U.S. tech giant has opened an office in the Chinese city, which borders Hong Kong and known for being a global hardware hub, according to an internal email obtained by TechCrunch. This isn't a fully-blown Google campus, instead the company has taken up space within a serviced office starting this week.
Sure, we all know what famous person we vaguely look like (I always get Geena Davis, which ... I wish! She's still in a "League of Her Own.") But the blandly named Google Arts & Culture app will dig through thousands of museum artworks from days gone by to see if you have a truly old-school doppelganger.
While investors pressure Apple to address youth phone addiction, experts are more optimistic about the voice-enabled smart speakers that Google and Amazon want to plunk into your living room
For the longest time, we've been waiting for Google to bring its Assistant to devices with a screen. After all, voice assistants are great - until you need some visual information to go with their answers. To address this, Amazon launched the Echo Show and Spot last year and now it's Google's turn. But it's not launching a Google Home with a screen. Instead, the company today announced it is working with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony to launch new smart displays later this year.
You're forgiven if you've forgotten about the Pixel C, an Android tablet Google started selling two years ago. At its launch, it was a confounding device with clever (or, as I said in our review, "too clever") hardware saddled with software that didn't work well on a tablet. Now its dubious run has ended, as you can no longer buy it from Google's online store, as noted by Android Police.
It seems like India is Google's favorite testing ground. Whether it is delivering food through Google Aero, answering searches in slow connection with Google Go or social initiatives like Internet Sathi, India has become the breeding ground for new ideas and initiatives.
Bringing to a close the stewardship of one of the world's most successful companies, Eric Schmidt is stepping aside as the executive chairman of Google-parent Alphabet's board of directors.
In 2006 the Chinese government allowed Google to establish Google.cn for Chinese internet users. In return, Google agreed to scrub results of content that the government found objectionable. The deal held until 2010, when Google decided it could no longer agree to such terms. Within hours, the site was blocked and Google's search business on the mainland was dead.
Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year.
Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research center in Beijing, China, even though its search services remain blocked in the country. Google said the facility would be the first its kind in Asia and would aim to employ local talent.
The company released a trio of free photo apps on Monday. Created as experiments by different Google departments, the simple mobile apps include a photo booth with pose-detecting powers, a way to remix videos like a DJ, and a tool for turning any mundane adventure into a comic book panel.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL looked like a worthy second attempt at an iPhone-killer from Google. But since launch, the supposed Android flagships have struggled with a laundry list of problems longer than Jay-Z's, like a defective screen, hissing problems, and questionable durability.
Your days of peeking at someone else's text conversations on the train might be numbered.
Tencent chief executive Ma Huateng is now worth more than Google's founders.
The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you'll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your "Want to Go" list, Google Maps reflects that too. Now, we're updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.
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Google today announced a forthcoming update to its Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, web format that aims to discourage website owners from misusing the service. The company says that, starting in February 2018, AMP pages must contain content nearly identical to that of the standard page they're replicating.
Google's stellar third-quarter earnings report had one small blemish: The company needs to pay more money to some of its partners. Wall Street usually frowns on rising costs, even at a company like Google, which generated $28 billion in revenue during the third quarter and is sitting on $100 billion in cash and short-term securities.
Is it possible to win so much that you end up losing? That's one question facing Google and some of its tech compatriots as they prepare to testify before congressional investigations into Russian meddling next week.
Google's new flagship smartphones have been hit by complaints about the quality of the screen. Tech reviewers, who have had the device for about two weeks, noticed "burn in" on the display, while others noted "muddy" discoloration on the screen.
A special-purpose chip for artificial intelligence and other tasks in Google's new Pixel smartphones draws on Intel technology.
The Google Pixel 2 has a lot of great features. It's waterproof, the camera is fantastic, and it runs a simple, easy-to-use version of Android.
Google and the country's biggest brick-and-mortar retailers have one main problem in common: Amazon. Now both sides are acting like they are serious about working together to do something about it.
The nature of work is changing on a global level at a rapid pace. Sure, it's not the first time work has been dramatically impacted by technology, but the growth of automation, robotics, AI and the like have the potential to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. And Google will almost certainly be one of the driving forces behind that transformation.
Categorize this under "one of the worst possible PR nightmares for a Google smart speaker." According to Artem Russakovskii at Android Police, the Google Home Mini he was reviewing was randomly and near-constantly recording sounds in his home and transmitting them to Google. The company acknowledged the problem and is issuing a software update to resolve the issue, which appears to boil down to a failure of the touch sensor on the top.
The modern smart phone era, as kicked off by the launch of the first iPhone 10 years ago, is now mature. At the launch of Google's Pixel 2 phone in San Francisco, CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged smartphone features were "levelling off" and said it was hard to develop exciting new products based on hardware alone.
Google has unveiled measures to help publishers sell more digital subscriptions after concluding that advertising is not enough to sustain large news operations.
Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are coming very soon. They are 2017's last major smartphone releases and the two models are likely to meet very different reactions due to controversial design differences. And now we know a lot more...
HTC, like Nokia and BlackBerry before it, has become the latest one-time star of the mobile phone world that will now shuffle off the global stage.
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Google's search service may be banned in China but parent Alphabet Inc. is hunting for workers in a further sign it has ambitions in the world's biggest internet market.