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[Update: Google Photos API generally available] Google launches Google Photos partner program

[Update: Google Photos API generally available] Google launches Google Photos partner program

Update 1: 2018/09/11 6:34am PDT Google has announced that the Google Photos Library API is now generally available. Developers interested in integrating Google Photos into their products can check
[Update: New, better photo] Pixel 2's color profile picker adds reference photo on Android P DP2

[Update: New, better photo] Pixel 2's color profile picker adds reference photo on Android P DP2

Update 1: 2018/06/06 1:52pm PDT Android P Beta 2 (Developer Preview 2 was technically Android P's first beta, as Developer Preview 1 was an alpha build) released today, along with a new, more
Weekend poll: What was your favorite announcement from Google I/O?

Weekend poll: What was your favorite announcement from Google I/O?

Unless you've been living under a digital rock, you're probably aware that Google's yearly I/O developer conference was just earlier this week. At the event Google showed off a variety of new services
Google's hyped obstruction-removal feature in Photos is deprioritized, may still have major issues

Google's hyped obstruction-removal feature in Photos is deprioritized, may still have major issues

We're coming up on a year since Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed off a nifty obstruction-removal feature in Google Photos at I/O 2017 — you know, the one where a chain-link fence is magically removed
Fireside chat reflections: Android team discusses what it would have done differently

Fireside chat reflections: Android team discusses what it would have done differently

One of the more interesting events at Google I/O every year is the 'Fireside chat,' where members of the Android team answer questions from developers. While most of the topics were about best
Google will require OEMs to regularly deliver security updates

Google will require OEMs to regularly deliver security updates

Security has always been a pressing issue with Android devices. Even though most users won't know (or care) that their phone is behind on security patches, it can leave them exposed to threats. Only a

Android P DP2 removes 'Clear all' button from multitasking view, but it will be back

One of the first things we noticed about Android's new vertical, gesture-based multitasking UI was that the option to clear all recent apps from the list was nowhere to be found. According to VP of

In Brief Podcast Episode .5

Welcome to In Brief, our periodic podcast which aims to provide you with all of the important things happening in the world of Android. The post In Brief Podcast Episode .5 appeared first on
Google’s AI advances are equal parts worry and wonder

Google’s AI advances are equal parts worry and wonder

I laughed along with most of the audience at I/O 2018 when, in response to a restaurant rep asking it to hold on, Google Assistant said "Mmhmm". But beneath our mirth lay a sense of wonder. The demo
Google aims to help devs customize Material Design with Material Theming

Google aims to help devs customize Material Design with Material Theming

Google has released a set of tools that help developers more easily create apps in line with both their own brand identity and the evolving Material Design guidelines. The Material Theme Editor,
Gmail Smart Compose is going live as an 'experimental feature'

Gmail Smart Compose is going live as an 'experimental feature'

Gmail Smart Compose, a nifty new feature that predicts what you're going to type and fills it in with a press of the tab key, is going live. It's only available on the desktop version of the new
Question of the Day: Android P Gesture Navigation, Thoughts?

Question of the Day: Android P Gesture Navigation, Thoughts?

Now that a number of you have had a solid day to play with Android P Beta on your Pixel or Pixel 2 (maybe Essential Phone too!), we need to talk about Android’s new gesture navigation. Are you loving
Custom routines for Google Assistant are going live

Custom routines for Google Assistant are going live

Announced yesterday at I/O, custom routines for Google Assistant are going live now. Custom routines allow you to set a command word or phrase and choose from a range of actions and outputs from the
The new Google Maps is more than just a Yelp alternative

The new Google Maps is more than just a Yelp alternative

Google announced so much stuff at I/O 2018 that there was barely enough time to cover them all. In addition to new Android P features, a "Digital Wellbeing" initiative and all manner of AI and
Android P's gesture navigation is bad, Google

Android P's gesture navigation is bad, Google

When I used the iPhone X for a month, one of the things I most loved about the experience was Apple's gesture navigation model. It was simple and, once I'd become accustomed to it, extremely quick and
Wear OS Android P Preview 2 is Out With a New Battery Saver Mode

Wear OS Android P Preview 2 is Out With a New Battery Saver Mode

Google released the 2nd developer preview for Android P on Wear OS today. The update doesn’t dramatically change the experience, but does include a new battery saver mode as well as support for

Smart Compose for Gmail Writes Your Emails for You

Yesterday during the Google I/O keynote, Google unveiled Smart Compose for Gmail. To sum it up, AI will be writing your emails from here on out, so don’t worry too much if you can’t come up with
Wear OS Attempts Another Comeback This Fall, Thanks to New Qualcomm Chip

Wear OS Attempts Another Comeback This Fall, Thanks to New Qualcomm Chip

Wear OS, like Android tablets, hasn’t exactly been a smashing success of a platform. While Apple seems to be doing well enough with its Apple Watch line, Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) never had a
Google Lens hands-on: Copy-and-paste the real world to your phone

Google Lens hands-on: Copy-and-paste the real world to your phone

Google may have teased us with exciting new AR features for the Maps app, but it's not forgetting to make its Lens camera more useful, either. Since its launch last year, Lens has rolled out to iOS
[Update: Rolling out now] YouTube adding daily notification digest and break reminders

[Update: Rolling out now] YouTube adding daily notification digest and break reminders

Update 1: 2018/05/09 2:03am PDT These features are starting to go live in YouTube now. I can see both the scheduled digest and option to disable sounds and vibrations, while out tipster (thanks,