Earlier this month, Google confirmed that their next budget smartphone, the Pixel 5a 5G, would be releasing later this year. Thanks to the latest Android 12 Developer Preview, we can report that the Pixel 5a 5G will run on the same chip as the Google Pixel 5.Expand Expanding Close
Exclusive: Pixel 6 will be powered by new Google-made ‘Whitechapel’ chip
9to5Google can report today that Google’s upcoming phones for this fall, including the presumed Pixel 6, will be among the first devices to run on the “GS101” Whitechapel chip.
During an earnings call last fall, Google CEO Sundar Pichai teased “some deeper investments in hardware” and that there was a “terrific roadmap ahead” in 2021. Many interpreted that as a confirmation that Google would be developing their own processors, an effort codenamed “Whitechapel.”Expand Expanding Close
Sources: Google’s next wireless earbuds are the ‘Pixel Buds A’
For a few years now, Google has offered affordable variants of its Pixel phones with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a. We can exclusively report that the next Made by Google true wireless earbuds will be the “Pixel Buds A,” available in two new colors.Expand Expanding Close
Sources: New Nest Hub looks like the original, Soli sleep tracking tied to Google Fit
At the start of 2021, we reported that Google is working on a new Nest Hub that will use Soli radar for sleep tracking. 9to5Google can now confirm other details about this upcoming Smart Display, including its design, sleep tracking, and other hardware features.Expand Expanding Close
Essential is now officially owned by Carl Pei’s Nothing Technologies
After a series of launch teasers and little information on upcoming product lines, Carl Pei’s flegling technology brand Nothing is now the sole owner of the one-time smartphone brand Essential.Expand Expanding Close
Sources: Google launching a new Nest Hub in 2021 that uses Soli for sleep tracking
Google is planning to release a new Nest Hub in 2021, sources familiar with the matter tell 9to5Google. This upcoming Smart Display will feature sleep tracking powered by the company’s Soli radar technology.Expand Expanding Close
Google’s ‘Sabrina’ Android TV dongle appears at major retailers suggesting $49-$59 price
Back in March of this year, we reported that Google was preparing to launch its own Android TV dongle. In the time since, along with the world going upside down, a handful of leaks have revealed more about the product. Today, we’ve obtained information that suggests the price of Google’s first Android TV dongle, “Sabrina.”Expand Expanding Close
Sources: Google plans to eventually replace Duo with Meet
With classic Hangouts on the way out, Google today has two video calling apps. However, that is one too many for the company, and sources familiar with the matter tell us that Google Duo will eventually be replaced by Meet.Expand Expanding Close
Leaked Android document points to Google Pixel 5a, foldable Pixel, and more in the pipeline
As we try to make sense of Google’s 2020 Pixel lineup, an internal Android document reviewed by 9to5Google gives us our first glimpse of what to expect next year. According to the document, Google is developing Android builds for Pixel 5a, a foldable Pixel, and at least two other first-party devices.Expand Expanding Close
Source: Google to launch ‘prince,’ a new standard Nest-branded smart speaker
Google is planning to launch a new Nest-branded smart speaker, sources familiar with the matter tell 9to5Google. The device will look unassuming and familiar, we’re told, and will fit in nicely with the fabric-based design language of the Nest Mini, Nest Hub, and the still-not-renamed Google Home Max.
Fitbit app reveals work on Google Assistant support, presumably for Versa 2
In November, Google framed its acquisition of Fitbit as a way to “help more people with wearables.” However, since the deal is still pending regulatory approval, the two companies have yet to integrate or announce any joint plans. That now appears to be changing as Fitbit works on bringing Google Assistant support to its devices.
Rumor: Google is planning to rebrand Android TV to… Google TV
According to one little birdie I know, Google is planning to rename Android TV to Google TV.
That’s it. That’s the story.
Exclusive: ‘Pixel 4a’ is Google’s new mid-ranger w/ 5.8-inch display, SD 730
By now you’re well aware that Google is launching its latest mid-range smartphone, the Pixel 4a, in the coming months. Originally scheduled for Google I/O 2020, exactly a year after the Pixel 3a, the new phone now sits in waiting — and, as usual, leaking — before making its official debut. We’ve now confirmed all of the Pixel 4a’s specs with our sources, and all the details are below…
Exclusive: Here’s the new Fitbit Charge 4, it looks exactly like the Charge 3
Google’s planned acquisition of Fitbit has not yet completed, and the latter company is continuing its existing product roadmap in the meantime. Yesterday, an FCC filings and retail listing revealed that Fitbit’s next device is a Charge 4, and we now have our first look.
[Update: Take screenshots] Android 11: ‘Columbus’ gives Pixels double-tap gesture for Assistant and more
The Android 11 Developer Preview, as the name implies, is primarily intended to be an early preview of Android 11’s changes so developers can make their apps compatible long before it launches. However, sometimes upcoming Pixel-exclusive features leak through, as is the case with “Columbus” which lets you do things like invoking the Google Assistant with a double-tap on the back.
Exclusive: Google plans new Chromecast Ultra based on Android TV (w/ remote!)
According to a reliable source familiar with the company’s plans, Google is planning to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra this year based on Android TV. The device is a dongle, much like the current form-factor, but there is one major hardware addition: an external remote.
Here’s how fragmentation killed the Moment Pro Camera app for Android
This week, Moment announced that it would be pulling the plug on its Android app, “Pro Camera.” Why? Because of Android’s fragmentation. In the time since, I’ve seen countless people complain that Moment just isn’t trying hard enough or that it can’t be that complicated.
Instead of just telling you that I think they’re justified in this decision, I think it’s easier to just show you how complicated the situation has become for Moment Pro Camera on Android.
Source: Google Duo is testing picture-in-picture multitasking on the web
Google is prepping to launch picture-in-picture video calls for Google Duo on the web, according to a source familiar with the matter. That means you’ll soon be able to make Duo calls and do other things on your computer at the same time.
Sources: Internal YouTube Music gains music library upload as Play Music transition nears
According to two sources familiar with the matter, Google has internally rolled out a beta version of YouTube Music that adds support for the music library/cloud locker functionality you might be familiar with from Google Play Music. One source suggested that efforts to transition Google Play Music users to YouTube Music are right around the corner…
Google Photos trialing monthly subscription to get your best pictures auto-printed
In September, Google Photos added large canvas prints, as well as individual prints. Google Photos is now trialing a “monthly photo prints” subscription program.
Google Keep prepares for universal Assistant integration, audio uploads on web
Google Keep is getting ready for integration with the Google Assistant on all platforms, as well as the ability to upload audio from web. We’ve managed to enable a few features on Keep which show us how they work.
Google Pixel 4 XL pricing may start at $999, Nest Mini at $49 according to Best Buy
Google’s Pixel 4 is coming on October 15th and tons of information about the device has already been leaked. However, pricing details have been both scarce and unreliable so far. Today, we’re getting some new details on the Pixel 4 XL and Nest Mini pricing.
How Google could open up Pixel 4 Motion Sense to app and game developers
Over the past month, we’ve been slowly learning more about what the Project Soli powered “Motion Sense” on Google Pixel 4 can and can’t do. Now, we’ve found evidence of how Google would open Motion Sense on the Pixel 4 to app and game developers, including a Unity game engine plugin.
This is Google Photos’ black-and-white ‘Colorize’ filter in action [Gallery]
Back at I/O 2018, Sundar Pichai showed Google Photos re-creating a black-and-white photo in color. This May, the Google Photos team provided an update saying that “Colorize” is still on track. Today, we’ve enabled a beta of the filter.
Google to require updated ‘Powered by Android’ w/ new branding starting in 2020
For the past five years, Google has required that Android smartphones ship with a message on their boot screen that says “Powered by Android.” Now, we’re learning that the requirements around this message will including Google’s new Android branding starting in 2020.
Google is hiding OEM gesture navigation systems on Android, can’t include in setup
Android 10’s new gesture navigation system is a bit of a mixed bag, but it’s what Google wants to be a standard across every Android device. Now, we’re learning that Google is going to force OEMs to hide their own gesture navigation systems in Android, even going so far as to not include them in the setup wizard.
Exclusive: ‘New Google Assistant’ on Pixel 4 ‘coming soon’ to these countries
Since exclusively showing the “new Google Assistant” in action on Wednesday, one common question we’ve been asked is about availability. Unsurprisingly, the next-generation Assistant will launch first on the Pixel 4 in the US, but it’s also “coming soon” to three other countries.
Exclusive: Google working on ‘Raise to talk’ for Pixel 4’s ‘new Assistant’
Earlier this week, we exclusively detailed the Pixel 4’s “new Google Assistant” that can seamlessly handle back-to-back commands and partially works offline. The Made by Google flagships could feature an interesting way to launch that next-generation Assistant: raise to talk.
Google is close to launching a speed test feature on Nest Hub devices
According to strings found in a build of the Nest Hub’s frontend software, Google is actively developing (and is nearing launch of) a new speed test feature for the popular Nest Hub smart display. The feature could possibly allow for troubleshooting connection issues when devices are unresponsive, or perhaps just exist as a standalone feature.
Exclusive: Google Pixel 4 camera will bring ‘Dual Exposure Camera Controls’, here’s how it works
We’ve learned so much over the past few months about updates to the camera on the Google Pixel 4, including a recent tidbit about the existence of a “Pixel Neural Core.” We’ve now learned that the Google Pixel 4 will offer “Dual Exposure Camera Controls” to help you take the perfect shot, regardless of lighting.
Exclusive: Latest Pixel 4 spec sheets reveal ‘Pixel Neural Core,’ no buds in the box
For the past two months, the hardware of the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has felt “known,” with leakers even posting the full spec sheet to YouTube. Today, we’ve exclusively obtained the official spec sheet for the Google Pixel 4, which includes a previously unknown detail, the “Pixel Neural Core.”
Here are a bunch of songs that have something to do with the Pixel 4
Music is an important part of the advertising campaign for any new device, and Google has had some iconic tracks in its Pixel campaign. Today, we’ve uncovered some of the new music tracks that we assume Google will be using with the Pixel 4.
Exclusive: Here’s ‘Face Unlock’ in action on Google Pixel 4 [Video]
Google’s Pixel 4 is set to be one of the first Android smartphones to implement a truly secure and seamless facial recognition system. Thanks to a marketing video we’ve obtained, we can show you what Face Unlock looks like in action on the Pixel 4.
Exclusive: Official Pixel 4 camera samples show astrophotography, selfies, more [Gallery]
The Google Pixel 4 is now less than two weeks from being properly unveiled at the 10/15 Made by Google Event, but the leaks just keep rolling in. We can now exclusively show you some official, full-resolution camera samples that Google plans to use to promote the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Exclusive: Google and Pokemon built a Soli demo game for Pixel 4 [Video]
Google and The Pokemon Company jointly built a Soli/Motion Sense demo app for the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Pokemon Wave Hello, as you can see in the screenshots below that 9to5Google has exclusively obtained. The app is not a full-fledged game, but rather a quick demo to show how the Pixel 4’s new air gesture features work…
Exclusive: Pixel 4 Motion Sense demo shows how each gesture will work [Video]
One of the key features of Google’s Pixel 4 will be the collection of new Soli-powered “Motion Sense” gestures. We’ve seen these gestures in some previous leaks, but now we’ve got a Google-made promo video that shows off how the various gestures will work.
Exclusive: Here’s the ‘new Google Assistant’ on Pixel 4 [Video]
The first Pixel 4 tease from Google actually came during the I/O 2019 keynote. A “next generation Assistant” was demoed from a case-covered device, and officially teased as launching on the “next Pixel phones.” We now have an exclusive first look at the “new Google Assistant” that will debut on the Pixel 4.
[Update: 14 more] Motion Sense on Google Pixel 4 will work with these 9 media apps at launch
One of the features we’re most looking forward to on the Google Pixel 4 is the ability to control things like music without touching our phones by simply gesturing over the screen. Now we’ve now learned that Motion Sense on the Pixel 4 will certainly work with these media apps. Expand
[Update: 15 more] Here’s the list of all 38 countries Pixel 4’s Motion Sense will work in
The one feature that really sets the Google Pixel 4 apart from any smartphone before it is Motion Sense, which uses radar technology to track hand gestures. We’ve already gotten a small preview of the countries Pixel 4’s Motion Sense will work in, but now we have the full list of all 38 countries. Check it out!
Download the updated Pixel Launcher from the Pixel 4
Google’s Pixel 4 is set to introduce a bunch of new software features, and one of those is a new version of the Pixel Launcher that supports a handy new gesture. Here’s where you can download the launcher from the Pixel 4 for your device.
Here’s how to download and use Google’s ‘Pixel Themes’ app on your device
One of the most exciting new features coming to Google’s Pixel 4 is the ability to theme your device with new fonts, colors, and more. While the feature won’t be fully operational until the Pixel 4 debuts, we can help you download and activate an early preview of “Pixel Themes” on current Pixel devices.
Here’s where to download the ‘Recorder’ app from the Pixel 4
Google’s Pixel 4 is going to come with a handy new voice recorder app. If you want to give it a shot, here’s where to download it early for your smartphone.
Exclusive: Here’s a preview of the new live wallpapers coming to the Google Pixel 4
Between video leaks of the Pixel 4 in action and leaks of the Pixel Themes app, we’ve seen bits and pieces of the live wallpapers launching with the phone. Now, we have a preview of all the new live wallpapers coming with the Google Pixel 4 next month. Check them out!
Pixel Launcher will support a homescreen gesture to access notifications on Pixel 4
Google’s Pixel 4 doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor thanks to its new Face Unlock system. While many are complaining about that just because they prefer fingerprint sensors, I’m more disappointed because it kills one of my favorite gestures. Now, we can show you that the Pixel Launcher on Google’s Pixel 4 is going to have a gesture to access notifications.
Exclusive: Here’s the new ‘Recorder’ app from the Google Pixel 4 [Video]
In quite a few leaks of the Google Pixel 4, we’ve seen a mysterious new app simply called “Recorder” that we assumed would work as a voice recorder. Now, we’ve got our hands on the app to show you what it’s capable of… which is pretty much exactly what we initially thought.
Exclusive: Hands-on with Google’s new theming app from the Pixel 4 [Video]
This year, we’re expecting Google’s next flagship to introduce some limited theming capabilities on top of Android 10. There have been hints of this new functionality in the past, but today we’re able to show you Google’s new “Styles & Wallpapers” theming app that will make its debut on the Pixel 4 as “Pixel Themes.”
Pixel 4 will likely include live wallpapers from all past Pixel phones
One whimsical Pixel tradition sees Google introduce a new set of live wallpapers every phone generation. While some have carried over year-to-year, there is mostly a reimagined collection every fall. For 2019, Google looks to be letting Pixel 4 users select past wallpapers from every previous phone.
Google Wallpapers getting Material Theme redesign, dark mode with Pixel 4
For the past several months, it’s been evident that Pixel customization and theming will be one aspect of this year’s Made by Google phones. The Pixel 4 will tweak the Google Wallpapers interface for selecting backgrounds with a Material Theme and dark mode.