An incredibly fast search widget is coming to Chrome for Android, here’s how to try it now

Search is at the core of Google’s business, so it’s constantly making it easier for users to access it in one way or another. Most Android devices have a Google Search widget on the homescreen, but it’s not all that fast compared to directly searching in Chrome. Now, Google is speeding things up with a new search widget in the dev version of Chrome.

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Google-made smartwatches reportedly coming early next year with Android Wear 2.0

With Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early next year, it makes sense that the rumored Google-made smartwatches would also be delayed till then. Evan Blass has tweeted that the company’s two devices will be released running the next version of the OS in Q1 of 2017…

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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+: Android 7.1 Nougat update coming soon [Update]

Update 8/28/2017 — Yodafone has since updated the thread where this Update Weekly Recap was posted to say that the 7.1 listing was a typo for 7.0. The update is simply for security patches and bug fixes. Sorry, guys.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8/S8+ are two of the most notable smartphones of the year, but one thing that they’ve been lacking ever since their release is the latest version of Android. Thanks to an update from Vodafone Australia, it looks like the Android 7.1 update is right around the corner.

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LG V30 reportedly coming in August, LG G7 to land in January, both w/ OLED displays

LG still isn’t the first name that comes to mind with Android smartphones, but the company has been doing a pretty solid job over the past several months with its new releases. Today, a new report is claiming that LG is preparing to launch its next set of Android smartphones, the LG V30 and LG G7, a bit earlier than usual.

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Improved call quality coming to Hangouts for Android via peer-to-peer connection

Improved Hangouts is one of the most common requests from Android users. According to a rumor late last year, Google is working on making it a better chat client by removing SMS capabilities. It now appears that as a part of that Hangouts will use a peer-to-peer connection when possible.

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Google Assistant, YouTube Go, Wi-Fi hotspots, Search updates, and more coming to Indonesia

At the second annual Google for Indonesia event today, the company announced a slew of updates coming to the country. Major production additions include Assistant now working in Bahasa Indonesia and YouTube Go, while Google also announced a number of humanitarian programs.

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Samsung announces that Android 7.1.1 Nougat is coming to Galaxy S7, S7 edge in January

In November, Samsung opened the Galaxy Beta Program so that users of the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge could beta test and provide feedback on the upcoming release of Nougat. After rolling out the fourth major update last week, Samsung has announced that they will release the final and official build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to their flagship devices in January…

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Waymo self-driving cars no longer have humans behind the wheel, public ride service coming soon

Following eight years of development and a recent public awareness campaign, Waymo’s self-driving cars are now transporting passengers without a human behind the wheel. These fully autonomous rides started in mid-October and in the coming months will expand to the public as part of a ride-hailing service.

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