Google Adding Support For Nintendo Switch Controllers To Chrome

Google Adding Support For Nintendo Switch Controllers To Chrome

We know that Google is looking to get into video game streaming as they ran a small test back in 2018 where gamers would stream games through the Chrome browser. In fact later this month at GDC, Google is expected to unveil more of their plans and leading up to the event, we might have an idea of what to expect.

As spotted by Owen Williams on Twitter, it appears that Google is adding support for the Nintendo Switch controllers to its Chrome browser. What does this mean? This means that in theory you should be able to play games through Chrome using your Nintendo Switch controllers if you prefer.

India To Investigate Google For Monopolistic Practices With Android

India To Investigate Google For Monopolistic Practices With Android

One of the drawbacks to being such a huge company with a product used by people all over the world is that sometimes it can lead to legal issues. Take for example over in India where recently Indian regulators have decided to launch an investigation into the company for alleged monopolistic practices regarding Android.

The investigation has yet to be made official, but the investigations will be led by the country’s antitrust regulator, the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Apparently this investigation will be based on a similar issue that the European Commission had with Google a while back, where they accused Google of abusing its position and dominance by forcing manufacturers to preinstall the company’s apps, such as Google Search and Chrome.

Google Rolling Out Material Theme For Gmail On Ios, Android

Google Rolling Out Material Theme For Gmail On iOS, Android

Google’s Gmail app on mobile has evolved over the years in its design, where it adopted the various design languages that Google has used in the past. Now it looks like Google is pushing out an update that will give its mobile app a brand new look with its Material Theme design language.

According to Google, “Today, we’re kicking off the year with a new look for Gmail on mobile, too. As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments—like photos—without opening or scrolling through the conversation. It’s also easier to switch between personal and work accounts, so you can access all of your emails without breaking a sweat. And just like on the web, you’ll get big, red warnings to alert you when something looks phish-y.”

Google 'coral' Device Benchmarked With Snapdragon 855, Android Q

Google 'Coral' Device Benchmarked With Snapdragon 855, Android Q

We know that every year Google releases new Pixel smartphones. This launch usually takes place in the later part of the year, but it seems that Google might have something early in the works. According to a recent benchmark sighting, a device called “Coral” was spotted where it looks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and runs on Android Q.

It is unclear if this device will be one of the Pixel phones. This is because Google usually gives its Pixel phones codenames based on fish, and while “Coral” is aquatic themed, there is a good chance it might not be a Pixel handset. Instead some are speculating that this could be a Chromebook or tablet of sorts that is powered by Qualcomm’s chipset.

Philips Unveils A $350 4k Android Tv With Google Assistant

Philips Unveils A $350 4K Android TV With Google Assistant

When you think of smart TVs with a 4K resolution, you might be concerned that it could be expensive. To a certain extent that is true of certain brands and models, but if you have a relatively small budget, then you might be interested to learn that Philips has actually launched a pretty affordable smart TV.

This comes in the form of two lineups where they are offered in a variety of sizes, ranging from 43-inches and going up to 75-inches, but the cheapest model will be priced starting at $350. This is incredibly affordable when you consider that the base model will come with 4K resolution and will run on Google’s Android TV platform with support for Google Assistant.

Google Adds Android Auto Support To Podcasts

Google Adds Android Auto Support To Podcasts

Many were surprised by the lack of features when Google launched its new Podcasts app. It didn’t have Cast support, auto-downloading, and compatibility with Android Auto. The company is rectifying at least one of things today. It has added support for Android Auto to the Podcasts app.

Most people tend to listen to podcasts on their commutes. It makes perfect sense to do so. It was thus surprising to see that Android Auto support was not a part of the new Podcasts app when it was released not too long ago.

Google Boasts Android Tv Has Tens Of Millions Of Users

Google Boasts Android TV Has Tens Of Millions Of Users

Google’s Android operating system has found massive success in the mobile industry, which is why it wasn’t surprising that Google had attempted to bring its Android platform and branding to other areas, such as wearables (known as Android Wear before it was rebranded to Wear OS), cars (Android Auto), and even smart TVs with Android TV.

While we can’t speak for Wear OS or Android Auto, it seems that Android TV is doing pretty well for itself as Google is claiming that the platform is home to tens of millions of users. Speaking to Multichannel News (via Mashable), Google’s senior director of project management for Android TV Shalini Govil-Pai revealed those numbers.

Google Officially Ends Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Officially Ends Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released back in 2011, making it 7 years old. Given that it is now Android 9.0 Pie, it is safe to assume that many Android users have since updated to newer versions of Android and have gotten newer devices, so much so that it doesn’t come as a surprise that Google is now discontinuing support for the update.

Announced on its Android Developers Blog, Google has revealed that they will no longer be supporting devices that run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. “The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time. Consequently, we are deprecating support for ICS in future releases of Google Play services. For devices running ICS, the Google Play Store will no longer update Play Services APK beyond version 14.7.99.”

Google Could Make Android Q's Preview Available Much Earlier To Users

Google Could Make Android Q's Preview Available Much Earlier To Users

The next major build for Android will be Android Q and it is largely expected that the update should be released in 2019. Also given that Google tends to release previews ahead of the release, we expect that this should remain the same as well. However it now seems that Android Q’s preview could potentially be released much earlier.

This was teased during the recent Android Dev Summit where according to Hung-ying Tyan from Google’s Project Treble team, he gave a talk about Generic System Images which is basically Android in its purest form based on AOSP code that allows for the testing of Android compatibility.

Manual Google Drive Backup Rolling Out To Android Now

Manual Google Drive Backup Rolling Out To Android Now

A lot of times to simplify the overall process and to help users, companies usually include automatic backup tools that backs up your data once a day. However being able to choose when is also a good option to have, and for Android users, the good news is that it looks like manual backup is now rolling out for your devices.

Last month there was a report that Android users would soon get the option to manually backup their devices to Google Drive, and now a report from 9to5Google has revealed that the feature is now rolling out to users. Prior to this, the automatic backup feature was limited to a device that was charging and connected to WiFi.

Google Confirms That Dark Mode Helps With Android's Battery Life

Google Confirms That Dark Mode Helps With Android's Battery Life

We’re seeing more companies introduce dark mode to their apps these days. There are obvious reasons for dark mode, such as making an app easier on the eyes when using the app at night, and also giving users more options and flexibility in terms of how an app looks like. As it turns out, dark mode is also great for battery life.

During the Android Dev Summit, it seems that Google has confirmed that dark mode is better for overall battery life on Android. The company showed off a presentation slide where an app in dark mode and in max brightness draws considerably less power than an app that uses a lot of white in its design.

Google Ends Support For Android's 'nearby Notifications'

Google Ends Support For Android's 'Nearby Notifications'

One of the features of Android, for better or worse, is the Nearby Notifications feature. Basically the idea is that it will notify Android users of events, apps, and other happenings that might be near them, such as free WiFi, guides in museums, and so on. This might be handy for some users, but it seems that for the most part most Android users don’t seem to use it all that much, leading to Google to end support for it.