The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have a 12MP f/1.8 rear camera with both optical and electronic image stabilization, an OLED screen – 5″ 1080p on the Pixel 2 and 6″ 1440p on the 2 XL – and will be the first Android phones to have Google Lens, an object recognition feature.
There are about 2 billion active Android devices across the entire price spectrum. And that means Google is making bank. Business Casual tracks the origin of the operating system that revolutionized the mobile phone market, with a bit of help from Apple.
Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence algorithms recently were used in an experiment where a stick figure learned to walk all by itself. But Andreas Almström couldn’t leave well enough alone, and added appropriately disturbing sound effects to the silent video.
One of Google’s lesser known products is this 55″ 4K digital whiteboard, designed to make brainstorming ideas across the globe easier, faster, and more fun. The Verge went hands on with this cool new collaboration tool. The initial software seems imperfect, but it’s still slick.
“Google Maps is for finding your way. Google Earth is about getting lost.” Nat & Friends spoke with the Google Earth team to find out how they get images, how they process those into 3D imagery, and what insights one can glean from continuously taking pictures of our planet.
A winner of Android Japan’s Experiments: Object contest. Kosho Tsuboi’s Magic Calendar is a large digital calendar. Tsuboi’s prototype uses a low reflection display, but he hopes that in the future there will be an E-ink display that looks and feels like paper.
Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.
Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa have a handful of funny Easter eggs, but Google Home’s assistant has a seemingly endless repertoire of comedy in her bag of tricks. David Chen shares a bunch of her cringeworthy one-liners. It takes nearly 8 min before it repeats.
Vizio’s speakers let you create a multi-room audio system with ease. In addition to Bluetooth, they offer Google Cast streaming from apps via Wi-Fi. The 2.1 Crave Pro is ideal on a bookshelf, while the rechargeable Crave 360 is perfect for parties, with 360º sound.