Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets

 The Google Assistant has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. But given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older devices will never get the newer versions of Android that feature built-in support for the Assistant. Google is now bringing support for its voice-activated helper to phones running Android 5.0 and tablets running Android 6.0 and 7.0. Read More

WICASTR brings data to the edge

 Content distribution is hard. You want to keep enough of it close enough to favorite customers so they don’t have to wait and reduce latency for new data. That’s why WICASTR created the SMART Edge Platform, a system for sending content to the very edges of the network, including compatible local routers and access points. “WICASTR is an ‘all in one solution’ for… Read More

Google might bring Nest back into its own hardware business

 Google might fold Nest back into the Google, well, fold. The company is considering integrating Nest, which is a separate company under mutual parent Alphabet at the moment, back into Google’s hardware business. The re-integration, first reported by Wall Street Journal, is a move that Google is considering as a way to help it build out its smart home capabilities vs. Amazon, which is… Read More

Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available for Android and iOS

 Last month, Microsoft announced its intentions to bring its Edge Browser to iOS and Android, as it works to broaden its reach on third-party mobile devices. After being made available in preview form for roughly a month, the app officially hits iOS and Android’s respective app stores starting today. The followup to the once ubiquitous Internet Explorer has been blossoming on Windows… Read More

WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1

 Apparently, Google made good on its promise to fix its awful hamburger emoji, in the wake of an online debacle last month. In case you missed it, when a tweet about the problem with the emoji went viral – the cheese in Google’s burger emoji is under the bun! The horror! – Google CEO Sundar Pichai replied he would “drop everything” to address this issue. According… Read More

YouTube TV gets picture-in-picture support

 Google’s YouTube TV app has received a recent update that allows for picture-in-picture on Android phones running Nougat or Oreo. Google first announced YouTube TV back in February, and rolled the service out in April, launching in five major U.S. cities. YouTube TV is meant to kill the cable box, offering popular cable channels like ABC, Fox, CBS, CW, NBC, Disney, ESPN and 40+ more for… Read More