In a collaboration with the city of Toronto, Sidewalk Labs – owned by Google parent company Alphabet – today announced plans for its latest project set to span 800 acres of Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront.
November 25, 2018
Cyber Monday Deals Hub: Save on Apple, Google, Amazon devices, TVs, fashion, home goods, more!
After one of the biggest Black Fridays in history, it’s now time to turn our attention to Cyber Monday. We’ll be working around the clock to bring you all of the best deals. Be sure to give us a follow on Twitter and download the new 9to5Toys iOS app to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Head below for all of the best Cyber Monday deals.
August 30, 2018
Electrolux will bring Google Assistant to smart ovens in EU early next year
Appliance maker Electrolux announced today that it’s bringing Google Assistant integration to its line of connected kitchen products in the EU starting with its smart ovens early next year.
November 17, 2017
Google announces new Tokyo office to double presence in Japan, opening 2019
Google today announced that it plans to double the size of its team in Japan with a new office in Shibuya, Tokyo scheduled to open in 2019.
October 17, 2017
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August 16, 2017
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are getting notable updates today with a handful of new features specifically designed to improve the experience for both enterprise and education G Suite users. Among the features, the apps are getting new collaboration and organization tools, customizable templates with built-in add-ons, and enhanced search capabilities via Google Cloud Search integration.
August 14, 2017
Snapchat Pokémon update lets you pose as Pikachu, Pokémon Go adds Mewtwo w/ Exclusive Raid Battles
The Pokémon Company International has teamed up with Snapchat to launch a new Pikachu Lens available now for a limited time, the company announced today. The Pokemon Go app is also getting an update with new features and characters.
August 11, 2017
Google Play Movies & TV app arrives on VIZIO smart TVs
The Google Play Movies & TV app is officially arriving on Vizio TVs today for select models, allowing direct access to your Google Play library and content available to purchase. That means content you ordered on your Android phones or tablets is available natively on these new TVs, though they’ve long been able to Chromecast as well.
August 9, 2017
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki addresses controversial anti-diversity Googler document
July 27, 2017
WhatsApp announces over 1 billion daily active users & other stats
Popular messaging app WhatsApp announced today that it has reached one billion daily active users as the company also shared some other stats on how the service is being used. The one billion active daily users is up from the one billion monthly actives it announced last year, and monthly users too are up:
July 21, 2017
SDS announces new Android 10.3-Inch Retrofit Touch Screen for BMWs
While not Android Auto, BMW drivers are getting a new third-party Android in-dash system by way of Safe Drive System’s new Advanced ANDRO 10.3-inch Retrofit Touch Screen officially announced today.
July 18, 2017
Bluetooth LE adds mesh networking to improve home/building automation, lighting & other IoT devices
Bluetooth is adding support for a new mesh networking specification that will improve Bluetooth LE devices across various categories, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced in a briefing with press today.
July 6, 2017
Instagram introduces photo and video replies for Stories
Instagram for Android is today adding new functionality to its Stories feature that will allow users to reply with photos and videos. Head below to learn how to use the new feature.
June 20, 2017
Instagram Stories now at 250M users & adds Live Video replays, will expand to other services
After deciding to clone Snapchat’s Stories feature and roll it out to Instagram last August, today the company offered an update on progress, confirming the feature now has 250 million daily active users. That’s up from the 200 million it announced back in April when it officially surpassed Snapchat. In comparison, Snapchat was at around 166 million daily active users as of its last announced numbers in May.
June 19, 2017
Jay-Z’s new album ‘4:44’ drops exclusively to Sprint and Tidal customers June 30
Following a deal with Sprint to acquire 33% of Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming music service, today the companies announced that the first exclusive release as part of the partnership will be Jay-Z’s new album later this month. The release will be a big one, Jay-Z latest full-length album set for release at the end of this month. But it won’t exactly be a total Sprint exclusive like the company is making it seem…
June 13, 2017
As part of E3, Sony today announced it will launch a new collection of games branded “PlayLink” that will support cross-platform gameplay experiences between PS4 and mobile devices including Android devices. The games will be built with a second screen experience and group play in mind, meaning they’ll take full advantage of opportunities for touchscreen controls, cameras on mobile devices, multiple devices and more.
The games will work together with smartphones and tablets via a companion app that Sony confirmed will be available for both iOS and Android. For the most part, the games appear to use mobile devices as controllers, offering a second screen experience while playing games with others on a PS4 in the living room:
June 12, 2017
Following a report late yesterday over the weekend, Sprint today confirmed that it will indeed be the exclusive launch partner of the Essential Phone, a new smartphone from father-of-Android Andy Rubin who started on the venture after leaving Google.
While Sprint isn’t confirming much about the details in terms of pricing and specific availability, we do get info about the specs and the 4K 360° camera attachement :
May 27, 2017
In this week’s top stories: Some Google Pixel devices purchased through Project Fi (and then resold) are showing up with their IMEIs blacklisted, we saw the first leaks of the forthcoming Galaxy S8 Active, a new “Personalize Google Photos by choosing your face” prompt is showing up in Google Photos, and more… expand full story
May 26, 2017
9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 smartphone-controlled droid [Giveaway]
The company has the smartphone-controlled Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid to give away to 9to5Google readers this week.
May 25, 2017
AOL launches updated Alto email app w/ integrated calendars & Amazon Alexa support
AOL, now part of Verizon, is today launching an updated version of its Alto email app that it first launched back in September of last year. Today’s update includes new calendar integration, Amazon Alexa support, and more.
One of the highlight new features arriving in today’s update is full calendar integration in the app’s Dashboard interface: