Project Fi integration might be coming to Voice, Google is ‘working on a solution’

We were recently told by a source that has been reliable in the past (they also tipped us off on VoIP integration coming to Voice, which Google confirmed) that Project Fi support/integration would be one keystone feature for the new Google Voice. That feature obviously didn’t launch last week with the redesigned version 5.0 of the app, but we now have reason to believe that it’s still in the plans…

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‘Cardboard++’ might be Google’s internal name for a Cardboard & Project Tango smashup

Update 2: People familiar with the matter have said that this isn’t an internal codename for a future project, but rather just referencing the concept of iterative “++” in programming.

Update: Taylor’s LinkedIn profile has been updated to redact mentions of Cardboard++: “In January I began working with the Cardboard team.” Previous version can be seen in a screenshot below.

We know that VR has become much more central to Google’s ambitions lately, but what exactly might the company be working on? According to some evidence scattered across the web, one project in the works might be called “Cardboard++,” a collaboration between the Project Tango augmented reality team and the Cardboard virtual reality team…

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ASUS missed another release date for Android Wear 2.0 on the ZenWatch 3, but it might come today

It’s ridiculous to think that some major, recent Android Wear releases still haven’t picked up Android Wear 2.0, but alas, here we are. Yesterday was supposed to mark the date that ASUS would finally provide ZenWatch 3 owners with the latest flavor of Android Wear, but that deadline has come and gone. Luckily, there might be some good news here.

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Long-rumored Android-Chrome OS merge might be mentioned at Google’s October 4 event

Since October of 2015 and before, we have been hearing of Google‘s plan to merge Android and Chrome OS into a single OS made to would work on phones, tablets, and even computers. With Google’s upcoming October 4 event quickly approaching, we’re now starting to hear that the fabled Android-Chrome OS merge might finally get announced alongside the new Pixel phones…

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Reference to ‘Bixby’ appears on Samsung’s website, suggests it might not be a full-fledged digital assistant

There have been rumors for quite some time now about Samsung‘s intention to join the AI race and launch a competitor to the likes of Google‘s Assistant, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana along the launch of its upcoming Galaxy S8.

We’d heard its name could be “Bixby,” and thanks to a little snippet, it looks like that will indeed be the case. However, there could be something more regarding what Bixby actually is…

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Galaxy Note 7 might get Android Nougat within a few months, but don’t get your hopes up

At a Korean launch event for the new phablet (via Korea Times), the president of Samsung Electronics’ mobile communications division, Koh Dong-jin, said that the recently-announced Galaxy Note 7 should begin receiving Android 7.0 Nougat in the next 2-3 months. If you were waiting for word on updates before pulling the trigger on a pre-order, though, this doesn’t necessarily mean that those of us buying the device stateside will actually get the update before the end of the year…

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Developer preview page code suggests Android N beta might land on non-Nexus phones

Traditionally, when it comes to Android developer previews, Google only makes the pre-release software available to the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup. This year, it’s already broken with tradition by releasing the first developer preview of Android N earlier than usual, and it could throw another curve ball by making a version available to non-Nexus owners.

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EIS might not be the new OIS yet, but the Pixel phones’ video stabilization is insane [Video]

We reported yesterday on why Google decided not to opt for an OIS-enabled camera module in its Pixel smartphones, but much like with its jaw-dropping stills, the “seeing is believing” rule holds true — perhaps even more in this case. And, fortunately enough, some interesting videos are being thrown around on the internet…

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