Category: Google I/O 2019

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May 8, 2019

What Pixel 3a tells us about the state of the smartphone — and Google

Announced yesterday at Google’s opening I/O keynote, the Pixel 3a arrives at a tenuous time for the smartphone industry. Sales figures have stagnated for most of the major players in the industry — a phenomenon from which Google certainly isn’t immune. CEO Sundar Pichai discussed...


by Brian Heater in Google
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May 8, 2019

Google Play is changing how app ratings work

Two years ago, Apple changed the way its app store ratings worked by allowing developers to decide whether or not their ratings would be reset with their latest app update — a feature that Apple suggests should be used sparingly. Today, Google announced it’s making...


by Sarah Perez in Android
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May 7, 2019

Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it

Mark Zuckerberg: “The future is private”. Sundar Pichai: ~The present is private~. While both CEO’s made protecting user data a central theme of their conference keynotes this month, Facebook’s product updates were mostly vague vaporware while Google’s were either ready to ship or ready to...


by Josh Constine in Apps
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May 7, 2019

Live transcription and captioning in Android are a boon to the hearing-impaired

A set of new features for Android could alleviate some of the difficulties of living with hearing impairment and other conditions. Live transcription, captioning, and relay use speech recognition and synthesis to make content on your phone more accessible — in real time. Announced today...


by Devin Coldewey in accessibility
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May 7, 2019

Google expands digital wellbeing tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android

Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced a host of new digital wellbeing tools aimed at helping people better manage their screen time, track app usage, and configure their device’s ‘do not disturb’ settings. Today, Google is updating its suite of tools to include a...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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May 7, 2019

Google’s Pixel 3 and 3a are coming to more carriers, including Sprint and T-Mobile

If you’re going to go carrier exclusive, Verizon (disclosure: our parent company’s parent company) is probably about as good as any. Ultimately, however, exclusives invariably do more harm than good when it comes to growing your footprint. That’s no doubt a key part of why...


by Brian Heater in Google
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May 7, 2019

The headphone jack is back for the Google Pixel 3a

Hello old friend. I knew you would be back. I didn’t know how or when, but I knew we would be reunited again. It turns out all it would take was a cratering smartphone market to bring you back around. Google, of course, famously stood...


by Brian Heater in Google
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May 7, 2019

Google’s budget Pixel 3a starts at $399, available in ‘purple-ish’

Last week’s earnings didn’t go the way Alphabet wanted. The fault primarily lies at the feet of the company’s ad business, but the hardware side didn’t come out great, either. Like the rest of the industry, Google’s been struggling to sell smartphones. Sundar Pichai cited...


by Brian Heater in Google
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May 7, 2019

Next-generation Google Assistant is coming to new Pixel phones this year

A next-generation Google Assistant that can handle more complex tasks across apps — quickly switching from hailing a ride, to checking the weather, to taking a selfie — is coming to new Pixel phones later this year. An early demonstration of the more robust Google...


by Kirsten Korosec in Google
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May 3, 2019

Google’s budget Pixel 3a XL pops up at an Ohio Best Buy

The Pixel 3a is arriving next week at Google I/O. That statement felt like all but a given before, and now that the handset is showing up at Ohio-area Best Buys, well, you can pretty much bank on it at this point. Google’s budget take...


by Brian Heater in Google