Google I/O was cancelled, but now it won’t even happen online

In early March, Google announced that its annual I/O developer was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus health concerns and that it would be looking to host it differently this time but a few weeks ago, Google announced that the entire event has been cancelled in order “to prioritize the health of everybody who is a part of our community.” Google has said in order to help protect the health […]

Chrome OS soon to get a native printing and scanning app

According to 9to5Google, Google is currently working on a new printing solution for Chrome OS – which has long been needed, as recently Google announced that Google Cloud Print will be shut down soon, so Google is working on a more traditional printing interface for Chrome OS. Despite the fact Chromebooks are marketed towards the education market, they don’t currently provide a good solution to printing and scanning documents. Google announced […]

Google I/O 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Back in January, we reported that the Google I/O developer conference for this year would be held in May between the 12th and the 14th, but this week like other events this year it has been cancelled due to fears about coronavirus, which is understandable. The massive Geneva Motor Show was cancelled earlier this month, as was Facebook’s F8 and many others. Google I/O is similar to Apple’s WWDC, where […]

Android 11 will give users better location tracking options

Google has announced that in the upcoming Android 11, users will have more choice over privacy and location options and how location information gets shared with Android and developers. Android is becoming a lot like iOS 13 in this sense, where the user will have the ability to restrict the app to only give location information on a timed basis, or as in iOS 13 only once – which is […]

Google is now going to fix Bluetooth audio on its Home speakers

Google’s range of smart speakers have long supported direct streaming from the internet as well as Bluetooth audio from your phone or tablet, something the HomePod can’t do but since the end of 2018 the Bluetooth functionality hasn’t really worked, with users saying that Bluetooth connections just seem to drop. Google has now finally said that they are now looking into the issue and will update soon once they have […]

Google Earth now works on other browsers, not just Chrome

A few years ago, Google stopped supporting the desktop version of Google Earth and instead just had a web based version of Google Earth which had a lot of features, but not everything. It also said at that time that support would not just be for Chrome, but for other browsers too. As of this week, Google Earth web version now works on Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Opera. Google has […]

Nest’s camera system was down for 17 hours this week

This week on Tuesday, Google’s Nest had a major outage which affected the entire cloud system for Nest cameras. Nest had an issue with a scheduled software update, which didn’t go quite right. “scheduled storage server software update that didn’t go as intended” The 17 hour outage obviously affected all of the Nest cameras, including the Nest Cam IQ cameras, the Nest Hello Doorbell and also, the Nest Hub Max. Update: […]

Google is launching Stadia on 18 new phones

Google Stadia, its new cloud gaming service is now launching on 18 new phones. Up until now, Google has made Stadia an exclusive for the Pixel line of phones, but last week Google has made the gaming service available elsewhere. The new phones Stadia supports are as follows: Asus ROG Phone, ROG Phone II, Razer Phone, Razer Phone II and these Samsung models too: S8, S8+, S8 Active, Note 8, […]

Nest will require two-factor authentication this spring

Smart home security is a hot topic at the moment, what with Ring having had some accounts comprised partly due to users reusing passwords from other accounts, not having two-factor authentication enabled and also contractors having had access to video feeds. Google’s Nest is planning on boosting its users security later this year by requiring that all new and existing users to enable two-factor authentication, but not SMS based as […]

Google Maps has now been around for 15 years

Google Maps has been with us for fifteen years now, it was the 15th year anniversary yesterday and to celebrate this, it now has a new icon. Gone is the map icon and we actually return to a pin icon, which one of the very early versions had, but this time with more colour. Not just the icon has changed however, Google has added a few new features to the […]