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Pichai makes his first personnel moves as Google CEO

Following the restructuring that made Google a subsidiary of umbrella company Alphabet, the search giant had a new CEO in Sundar Pichai. The executive, you might recall, had replaced Andy Rubin as the top dog at Android after Rubin decided to call it quits. Today, Pichai made his first personnel moves as the top executive at Google.

Pichai is calling upon Hiroshi Lockheimer to take the reigns as SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast. Lockheimer previously served as Android VP and has been with Google since 2006. In another move, Neal Mohan jumps from garden variety VP of display and video …

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Google: Android Lollipop is now installed on 23.5% of active devices

Yesterday Google published the updated Android Distribution numbers for October, stats that show which Android versions are the most popular among active devices. The numbers are compiled based on the Android devices that visited the Play Store in the seven days ending October 5th.

Since last month, Android Lollipop – the name given to the 5.0 and 5.1 versions of Google’s mobile OS – rose slightly to 23.5% from 21% in terms of user adoption. All of the older Android versions dropped in popularity as devices got updated or owners upgraded to newer products. Considering …

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9 key differences between the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

That’s right folks – this year around, Google announced not one but two new Nexus devices. One to satisfy users who are looking for that bang-for-buck affordable quality that made the 2013 Nexus 5 famous, and one to please customers who prefer their phone to have that premium flair to it – and a huge screen to boot. We are talking about the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, of course.

Now, if you’re a devout Android fan, in love with the stock experience that the Nexus line provides, you’ve been probably foaming at the mouth for months now, waiting for the new phones to be …

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Unannounced Motorola Droid Maxx 2 mentioned by Google, could be released soon

Google has seemingly confirmed the fact that the unannounced Motorola Droid Maxx 2 is nothing else but a re-branded Moto X Play (a handset that’s been available since August in various markets outside the US).

On a list of devices optimized for Android Screen casting, Google is showing that the “Droid Maxx 2 (Verizon)” and the “Moto X Play (rest of the world)” are one and the same phone. Of course, this doesn’t tell us anything about the launch of the Droid Maxx 2, though we expect Verizon and Motorola to officially announce and release the smartphone in the near future.

Just like …

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Google patent application sees Glass type device producing holographic images for the user

A patent filing made by Google envisions a world where a Google Glass type wearable could produce holographic images for users. The actual title of the patent application is “Lightguide With Multiple In-Coupling Holograms For Head Wearable Display.” With Glass currently on hiatus, as they say in the television industry, there are reports that Google plans on bringing the wearable back under the Project Aura heading.

With the possible use of holograms, the content called up by the Glass wearer could interact with the background seen through a lens mounted on the device. According to the patent …

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Google Photos for iOS receives an update allowing you to label faces, share animation, and more

Google Photos for iOS has been updated to version 1.4, allowing you to share animation via WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. In the U.S. only, you can label people who are pictured in photographs. Once you have these people labeled, you can merge face groups, search for specific people, and even combine specific search terms (Fred at the ballpark in Cleveland).

Other changes allow the app to open faster, and the new version comes with bug fixes and performance improvements. One thing missing is support for Chromecast, which Google promises is coming soon.

The Google Photos for iOS …

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ZTE executive calls Google Nexus 6P a ripoff of ZTE Grand S

ZTE blames Google of copying its design, claims Nexus 6P is a clone of ZTE Grand S (Anthena)

It took only a few days for ZTE to make a claim that Google and Huawei copied of its smartphone design after the Nexus 6P was announced. Google had unveiled two Nexus smartphones, a flagship smartphone called Nexus 6P which is being made by Huawei and a budget smartphone model, Nexus 5X which will be made by LG.

Not even waiting for Google/Huawei to begin shipping of its flagship, Nexus 6P, the ZTE’s Marketing Director Lu Quin Hao took to the Chinese microblogging website, Weibo to accuse Google and Huawei of copying its smartphone design.

ZTE blames Google of copying its design, claims Nexus 6P is a clone of ZTE Grand S (Anthena)

The post is in Chinese and roughly translated, Hao is accusing Huawei and Google indirectly of blatantly copying the ZTE Grand S Anthena design for the Nexus 6P. Hao used sarcasm to pan Huawei and Google because the post says the phone “pays heavy tribute” to the ZTE Grand S and is directed at Huawei’s Yu Chengdong.

From the looks of it, Nexus 6P and Grand S Anthena seem similar. Other than the looks, Nexus 6P also has a black bar on the back of the device encasing the camera which very similar to the Grand S. However, the similarities end there. The Grand S does not have a fingerprint scanner located on the rear. Neither is it as sleek as Nexus 6P, which is made of metal.

ZTE’s smartphone was launched in 2013 with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor under the hood, and 2GB of RAM on board. While Nexus 6P is yet to be shipped to customers, comes with a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core, runs on 3GB RAM and has Google’s latest operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow aboard it.

Till the time of writing of this article, Huawei or Google have not reacted to Hao’s accusation.

The post ZTE executive calls Google Nexus 6P a ripoff of ZTE Grand S appeared first on TechWorm.

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Microsoft and Google end patent dispute over Xbox and smartphones

Google and Microsoft have agreed to a settlement of sorts in a long-running patent dispute between the two tech giants.

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Best alternatives to the Google Nexus 5X

With the Nexus 5X, Google stays true to the original concept of its phones to be affordable, near-cost showcases of the newest Android version. Unlike the premium metal Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X’s comforting polycarbonate and somewhat weaker specs sheet, have ensured a lower starting price of $379, and $429 for the 32-gigger.

While that might sound a bit steep for the Nexus line standards of late, especially in its LG-made versions, let’s not forget that Google didn’t spare much when it comes to its new phones, which are supposed to be the posted kids of the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. …

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Google allows Project Fi subscribers to finance the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P over 24 months

Move over Nexus 6. As soon as they are released, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will be compatible with Google’s Project Fi wireless service, along with the Motorola built 6-inch stock Android phone. A hybrid carrier, Project Fi allows Nexus 6 users to make and take calls and go online using Wi-Fi. In areas where there is no Wi-Fi service, the SIM card in the phablet decides whether T-Mobile or Sprint is offering the better service at the moment, and connects to that carrier. Both new Nexus models will be able to do the exact same thing on the Project Fi pipeline, once they are launched.

In addition, …

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