Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Google Introduces Google One, Google Drive Replacement

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Google announces Google One, a new paid storage service that will replace paid Google Drive storage plan. With Google One, Google will introduce new features as well as new pricing options.

Google One plans will start at 100GB for $1.99, 200GB plan for $2.99. The current 1TB plan for $9.99 will be doubled to 2TB. Plans larger than 2TB won’t change.

Google says that Drive storage will switch to One storage automatically “over the coming months.” This is said to not affect G Suite customers. However new customers will be able to join Google One “later this year.”

Source: Google blog

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Google Rumored To Announce Pixel Branded Wear OS Watch

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Famous leaker Evan Blass is reporting that Google will continue with the tradition of releasing the Google Pixel 3 in two sizes, regular and XL. This year Google will also bring a second generation Pixel Buds, and Google may also release its own Pixel branded Wear OS watch. 

Anyone familiar with Evan Blass, knows this guy is on point...

Source: @evleaks

Android P Beta Now Available

How to download the Android P Beta, available now on 11 devices

Google's Android P Beta is now available, including new features now available in the first developer preview. The Android P beta is available at the source links below.

In the past Google has typically only launches its latest operating system previews on its own Pixel line of device, but this time around Essential, Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus have joined the party…

OEMs are handling their own Android P beta updates, Android P is coming to a huge list of phones. That includes:

Sony Xperia XZ2
Essential Phone
Nokia 7 Plus
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Oppo R15 Pro
Vivo X21
OnePlus 6

Source: Android P Beta Devices, OnePlus

Google Announces ADT-2 Android TV Dongle For Developers

Google has announced the successor to the ADT0-1... You guessed it, it's called the ADT-2 and serves as the latest hardware for Android TV developers allowing for Android TV app development and testing.

The Android TV ADT-2 runs the latest developer preview of Android TV based on Android P, has Google Assistant enabled.

You can sign up to receive one at the source link below, and Google will reach out to you if they deem you worthy.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

T-Mobile And Sprint Agree To Merge, Valued At $26 Billion

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T-Mobile and Sprint today announced plans to merge in an all stock deal that will create a "New T-Mobile" worth $146 billion. The new company's combined radio spectrum assets will allow it to accelerate deployment of 5G technology. 

The new T-Mobile plans to spend up to $40 billion on its new combined network in the first three years, 46% more than T-Mobile and Sprint spent combined in the past three years. The new company will assume both the T-Mobile brand and most of the T-Mobile leadership. 

John Legere current President and CEO of T-Mobile US will serve as CEO of the new company and Mike Sievert current COO of T-Mobile will serve as President and COO. 

Tim Höttges, current T-Mobile Chairman of the Board will serve as Chairman of the Board for the new company. 

Current Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will serve on the board. Following closing the company will be headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. with a second headquarters in Overland Park, Kan. The combined company will have lower costs and greater economies of scale expected to result in run rate cost synergies of $6+ billion. 

The transaction is expected to close no later than the first half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Source: T-Mobile, Sprint

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Foxconn To Acquire Accessory Maker Belkin

Image result for belkinThe Financial Times reports that the Foxconn subsidiary will be purchasing Belkin International for $866M. The announcement was made on last Tuesday, and FIT will acquire Belkin. The acquisition of Belkin includes Linksys, Phyn and Wemo.

Belkin is known in the Apple community for making various accessories for iPhone, iPad, and Macs including cases, screen protectors, dongles for both the USB-C, and Lightning devices. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Android Wear Is Now Wear OS

Image result for wear osGoogle is now officially changing the name of its smartwatch platform from Android Wear to Wear OS. As of now, no other major changes are expected to arrive for the smartwatch platform other than the name change. 

Users should begin seeing Wear OS branding on their watches and in the app over the next few weeks. Google has provided a list of watches slated for Wear OS.

Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel Full Guard 
Emporio Armani Connected 
Fossil Q Control 
Fossil Q Explorist 
Fossil Q Founder 2.0 
Fossil Q Marshal 
Fossil Q Venture 
Fossil Q Wander 
Gc Connect
Guess Connect 
Huawei Watch 2 (both cellular & non-cellular versions)
Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch 
Kate Spade Scallop
LG Watch Sport 
LG Watch Style 
Louis Vuitton Tambour 
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 
Michael Kors Access Dylan 
Michael Kors Access Grayson 
Michael Kors Sofie 
Misfit Vapor 
Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E 
Montblanc Summit 
Movado Connect 
Nixon Mission 
Polar M600 
Skagen Falster Smartwatch 
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 
TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45 
Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You 
ZTE Quartz 

Source: Wear OS by Google

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Google Pixel 2 And Google Pixel 2 XL's Portrait Mode Made Open Sourced

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Google made a Research Blog post about the Google Camera’s portrait mode. The Google Pixel’s portrait mode only needs a single camera lens, unlike many other OEMs that require a second camera to map out depth to synthesize the bokeh (blur) effect.

Google’s camera uses semantic image segmentation to make this happen. It is able to map out which pixels pertain to the subject and which ones belong to the background. This technology has been released as open source by Google so that any phone maker can implement the technology in its own smartphones or app developers to make include it into their own apps.

The semantic image segmentation model can also be used to label pixels as anything like road, person, dog, and sky. Check out the the source link below for more details on how Google's Semantic Image Segmentation with DeepLab works.

Source: Google Research Blog

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Android Wear OS Could Have A New Name And Logo, Wear OS...

Old Android Wear OS logo at left, new Wear OS logo on the right
A Reddit user took to Reddit, finding a new name and logo for the Android Wear OS while setting up his new smartwatch. The owner of the timepiece did not specify which particular model he purchased. 

Instead of using the Android Wear name, the pairing notification referenced "Wear OS" and featured a new logo. Replacing the old image that used a square and two rectangles to portray a smartwatch on a two-toned blue background, the new logo features a blue and yellow rounded search bar combined with some of the Google Assistant dots. Together, it forms the letter "W" for Wear OS. 

While Google has not officially make the change, we could see an announcement made at Google I/O 2018.

Source: Reddit

Introducing The Google Assistant On iPad

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Google announced today the availability of Google Assistant for iPads.

Apple says with iOS 11 iPad owners can multitask pretty well with an Assistant panel open alongside other apps. outside of that, Google Assistant the same Assistant you know and love capable of controlling your smart home, checking weather, calendar events, and everything else.

Need a few examples of things you can do with Google Assistant on your iPad?

Set the mood by having the Assistant “dim the lights”
Cast to your TV by asking the Assistant to “watch the latest news on the living room TV”
Stay in touch by asking the Assistant to “video call mom” or “text Lauren”
Keep up with your chores by asking the Assistant to “remind me to take out the recycling at 8 PM”

Source: Google