Google I/O 2019

Today, the Android platform sees more app downloads than iOS, but Apple’s App Store continually dominates in terms of revenue. Now, Google is aiming to narrow the revenue gap by…

Google to allow users to pay for Android apps using cash

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…

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

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…

Google Play is changing how app ratings work

Google announced today it has launched a new page transition experience for the Chrome web browser. Called “Portals,” the technology is something the company has been developing for some time,…

Google rethinks navigation with launch of ‘Portals’ on Chrome Canary

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Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it

Mark Zuckerberg: “The future is private.” Sundar Pichai: “The present is private.” While both CEOs 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 demo. The contrast highlights the divergence in strategy between the…

4:41 pm PDT • May 7, 2019
Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it

Google seems to be waking up from its VR daydream. The company’s ambitious plans to leverage the smartphones that people already own to power VR experiences went unmentioned at its…

Google’s big VR news is that there is no VR news

Google today announced a change coming to Chrome that will help image-heavy websites load more quickly — but the addition for now is only available in the experimental version of…

Google rolls out faster image loading in Chrome Canary

Google’s Flutter UI toolkit for cross-platform development may only be two years old, but it has quickly become the framework of choice for many developers. Until now, though, ‘cross-platform’ only…

Google’s Flutter framework spreads its wings and goes multi-platform

Google today announced that the Kotlin programming language is now its preferred language for Android app developers. “Android development will become increasingly Kotlin-first,” Google writes in today’s announcement. “Many new…

Kotlin is now Google’s preferred language for Android app development

At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced that it is opening up its Smart Display platform to developers. Until now, there was no real way for developers to target…

Google now lets developers build games for its smart displays

At its I/O conference, Google today announced a slew of new tools for developers who want to build experiences for the company’s Assistant platform. These range from the ability to…

Google launches new Assistant developer tools

Google today announced the first preview of Jetpack Compose, a new open-source UI toolkit for Kotlin developers who want to use a reactive programming model similar to React Native and…

Google launches Jetpack Compose, an open-source, Kotlin-based UI development toolkit

At the risk of sounding too optimistic, 2019 might be the year of the private web browser. In the beginning, browsers were a cobbled together mess that put a premium…

What Chrome’s browser changes mean for your privacy and security

Half a year ago, at the Android Dev Summit, Google announced a new way for developers to force their users to update their apps when they launch new features or…

Android developers can now force app updates

Google today announced that its second- and third-generation Cloud TPU Pods — its scalable cloud-based supercomputers with up to 1,000 of its custom Tensor Processing Units — are now publicly…

Google’s newest Cloud TPU Pods feature over 1,000 TPUs

At last year’s I/O developer conference, Google announced Project Marble, an effort to bring more speed and stability to the company’s Android Studio IDE. That was in marked contrast to…

Google’s latest Android Studio release focuses on speed and stability

Google today announced a major new initiative around its Chrome browser that will, in the long run, introduce significant changes to how Chrome handles cookies and enhance its users’ privacy…

Google strengthens Chrome’s privacy controls

In a two-hour keynote at the annual Google I/O Conference this afternoon, the company announced a ton of stuff it’s been working on over the last year, from new phones…

Here’s everything Google announced at the I/O 2019 Keynote

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…

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

Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced a host of new digital well-being tools aimed at helping people better manage their screen time, track app usage and configure their device’s…

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

One of the more bizarre, yet intriguing, demos from last year’s Google I/O is now available for real users. AR walking directions in Google Maps is finally rolling out to…

Google Maps AR directions rolls out today on Pixel phones

Devices shipping with Android Q will receive over-the-air security patches without having to go through device manufacturers. A lack of steady security updates has been a major pain point for…

Android Q devices will get over-the-air security updates — but there’s a catch

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…

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

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…

The headphone jack is back for the Google Pixel 3a

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.…

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

The Home Hub has been a hit for Google, eclipsed only by the Mini in its smart home hardware line. That’s for good reason, of course. The device is the…

Google renames Home Hub to the Nest Hub and releases a 10-inch Nest Hub Max

For those with speech impairments, artificial intelligence-powered voice recognition technology simply doesn’t work for them. Google is trying to fix that. Today at Google I/O, Google unveiled Project Euphonia, to…

Google’s Project Euphonia wants to make voice recognition work for people with speech impairments

Being able to browse the web without leaving the usual local traces is a valuable tool for a lot of reasons, and now you can do the same thing in…

Incognito mode comes to Google Maps

Google is bringing a system-wide dark mode to Android Q. It’s called Dark Theme and it’s exactly what you would expect, changing white page elements to solid black across the…

Android Q scores a system-wide ‘Dark Theme’

At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced that Android now runs more than 2.5 billion devices. That’s up from 2 billion the company announced two years ago. This means…

Android now powers 2.5B devices