5 of Google’s Best New Apps and Updates You Need to Know

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Google is doing so many things all the time, it’s difficult to keep a track of every new release or update. Plus, not everything that the internet giant releases is gold. But in the past few months, five of their launches are worth knowing. From freeing up space on your phone to weekend techie projects for beginners and kids, there’s a little something for everyone here. It’s all free, of course, but there is the cost of giving Google access to your information. 1. Google Maps Space (Web): Explore the Great Beyond With Google Maps You’re probably familiar with Google…

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Google Assistant Comes to Old Phones and New Tablets

Google is bringing Google Assistant to even more smartphones, and, for the first time, tablets too. This means that even if you own an older Android handset or budget Android handset you should still be able to start using Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it’s only coming to newer tablets. Assistant was initially only available on the Google Pixel. Then, Google rolled it out to handsets running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or Android 7.0 (Nougat). Now, Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop), and tablets running Marshmallow or Nougat. Stuck Using an Old Version of Android In February 2017, Google…

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Pixel And Pixel XL Phones By Google Coming To The UK

Announced today on EE’s official Twitter page, the brand new Pixel and Pixel XL phones by Google are only going to be available from EE starting out. Of course, it will be available on places such as eBay however this is definitely a major way for Google and EE to boost their sales. As EE is made up of T Mobile the connection is clear.

The brand new Pixel phones come packed with some great new technology which, Google aim will help beat the competition, mainly Samsung and Apple as they’re now running their own software, on their own hardware. Sound familiar *cough Apple*.

Sporting the new USB Type-C connector, an amazing new 12 MP camera, 4GB of RAM along with a astonishingly beautiful looking unibody with a great looking display, this device definitely has the potential to be a massive hit!

Combating the feared move over from platforms, Google have created a tool that lets people “transfer contacts, photos, videos, music, texts and even your iMessages.” The idea is you literally plug in the phones together and it will do all this, if it does that will definitely be cool and perhaps we’ll see a change in platforms from!

Google are also introducing their new fingerprint sensor, dubbed the ‘Pixel Imprint’ along with a metric tonne of other great new features.

Combined with this is the additional software extras that Google are including, attempting to truly revolutionize the Android phone platform. They’re allowing an unlimited, full resolution backup plan for all Pixel users so your photos are safely stored in the Cloud. As many, for as long as, you like. iCloud, take note!

Also, unlike normal with Android where you have to wait for your network operator to release the software update, Google are making a ground breaking step within the Android platform to allow the updates to come straight from them via OTA packages, which means Pixel users will now always have the latest and greatest in software.

This is just a tiny taster of what’s now available including 24 hour live video tech support, astonishingly large batteries, fast charging, Virtual Reality compatibility and more, could this be the next flagship?

Leave a comment down below if you think this is going to be your next daily driver. If not, why? If you want to see more in-depth articles about the Pixel let us know!

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YouTube Go – Offline Viewing For Everyone, Almost

YouTube Go is what we’ve all be waiting for. The ability to download and view full content YouTube videos offline without any need to use up data. Announced today it allows not only offline viewing, but also sharing videos that you have downloaded with people using Bluetooth.

As it is a 1st party app, it is a lot more polished than anything else, as you would expect. With this, you can preview the video before you download it and you can control the quality (360p, 480p etc) with a display of the file size. This is particularly useful for people who are either on a metered connection, running off of cellular and are watching their cap or simply in an area with very slow internet connectivity.

The disappointing news is that it is only launching in India to start with, which does make sense logically, as disappointing as that is to us. The reason for this is that India is actually, the perfect place to test it, when you think about it. They aren’t as well connected when compared to places such as the UK with all the free WiFi we have and they certainly don’t have the fibre-optic speeds that we have all grown accustomed to and, combined with the expensive mobile data packages, can’t stream like we can.

Vice President, Johanna Wright on behalf of YouTube Product management said the following in a public statement:

YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos. YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social.

If you are currently in India, you can get involved and sign up right away to YouTube Go. Unfortunately, there was no mention about any future availability within different countries such as the UK, USA or anywhere else. There has also bene no launch date for India provided, as of yet.

This is of course, yet another app that YouTube is adding to their arsenal. Whether this is because there were too many complications integrating it into their current app or re-building from the ground up with an app was easier we will likely never know.

Is this a good idea or would you prefer to see it in your country? Is it another app too far? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to get in touch on social media.

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How to Snap and Dock Windows in Chrome OS

Windows 10 can do it, OS X El Capitan can do it—and Chrome OS can do it, too. I’m talking about snapping windows to the sides of the screen to make it easier to compare apps and webpages. But if you’re not familiar with the process on your Chromebook or Chromebox, then here’s what you need to do.

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Chromecast (2015) Review: Smaller, Faster, and Still Totally Worth It

Two years ago the Google god in the sky gave unto us a $35 dollar media-streaming dongle, and lo, it was good . Pretty good anyway, and it got better with software updates, but it still has lagging tendencies. Well, it’s 2015 baby, so what’s the new Chromecast got? Less lag! And… that’s pretty much it. But honestly, that might be enough.

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Get an “Instant Invite” to Google’s Project Fi For the Next 24 Hours

Back in April, Google announced Project Fi, its very own wireless network that requires no contract, has no termination fees, and even refunds unused data. Well, according to the official Project Fi Twitter, free instant invites are available for the next 24 hours to celebrate the shipment of the new Nexus 5X.

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14 Things You Can Do in Android Marshmallow That You Couldn’t Do in Lollipop

Whether you’ve put in an order for a Nexus 6P or you’re patiently waiting for Android version 6.0 to reach your Galaxy S6 , you’ll want to know what Marshmallow can do for you. It’s not a dramatic leap forward for Google’s mobile OS, but there are still a number of useful new features you’re going to want to know about.

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How To Find and Delete Everything You’ve Ever Said to Google Now

Google likes to keep all of your voice searches on its servers so it can more easily learn to recognize your voice, understand what you might be looking for in the future, and, of course, serve you ads. If you want to review this archive of Google Now searches and clear it out, here’s what to do.

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How To Edit Timestamps in Google Photos

If you’re going to shove all of your digital pictures into Google Photos, it’s essential that the time and date metadata associated with them is correct—otherwise your holiday snaps, photos of your children and gorgeous-looking images of sunsets are going to be much harder to find. The online service was originally missing a timestamp editor, but thankfully Google has added the feature.

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