Rick Osterloh says Google has ‘no plans’ to manufacture laptops with the Pixel brand [Updated]

Update 3/2: Osterloh has revised his earlier statement about the ‘death’ of “Google’s own Chromebooks.” In a tweet, he notes that “They will live on” and that the company has “no plans to share at this time.” In another clarification, he interestingly comments that future Google-branded laptops might not necessarily have the Pixel brand:

“Regarding the future of Google-branded laptops (whether called Pixel or not), I should clarify that we don’t have any plans to discuss at this time.”


During an interview with some members of the press at Mobile World Congress, hardware head Rick Osterloh revealed that there are “no plans for Google-branded laptops.” While referring to the Chromebook Pixel line, the quote is broad enough to possibly include the long rumored Bison Pixel-branded laptop hybrid as well, which was reported to run “Andromeda”…

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Google’s Rick Osterloh confirms Google Pixel 2 for later this year, says Pixel will ‘stay premium’

Google’s SVP of hardware, Rick Osterloh, said during a private meeting in Barcelona this week that there will indeed — unsurprisingly, considering its wild acclaim — be a second generation Pixel announced later this year. Further, Osterloh says that that the Pixel brand will “stay premium”…

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Hilton says smartphone door unlocking used 11 million times without being hacked

A growing number of hotels are now allowing people to use their smartphone to unlock their doors. The Hilton hotel group, which first started experimenting with the technology three years ago, says that the security of the system is now firmly proven …

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Google says 11 Daydream VR-compatible phones will be available by the end of 2017

Google’s Daydream VR platform is arguably the best mobile VR option, but it only works on a small portion of the vast Android ecosystem. Devices like the Pixel, Moto Z, and ZTE Axon 7 are all supported, but there’s not much outside of that. Yesterday on Google’s earnings call, CEO (and recently appointed Alphabet board member) Sundar Pichai revealed that quite a few more compatible devices are incoming.

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Sergey Brin defends Verily, says it is profitable on a ‘cash basis’

There has been quite a bit of press surrounding the behind-the-scenes aspect of Alphabet companies over recent weeks, mainly centered around Nest and Tony Fadell. Earlier today, it was reported that Fadell appeared at Google’s all-hands meeting two-weeks ago to address the stream of negative press. In addition to Fadell defending Nest, Re/code now reports that executive Sergey Brin also defended the company’s life science unit, Verily, at the meeting.

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Waymo alleges Otto was just a ploy to steal IP, but judge says there is no ‘smoking gun’

In the latest chapter of Waymo and Uber’s ongoing legal battle, a lawyer for Waymo alleged during a hearing today in San Francisco federal court that Uber conspired with Anthony Levandowski to create a “cover-up scheme” in order to steal Waymo’s self-driving car technology…

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Samsung, LG & Moto all saw U.S. sales decline, says Kantar, with particular disappointment for Samsung

The latest Kantar market share data shows that Samsung, LG and Moto all experienced year-on-year declines in U.S. sales. The firm noted that neither Samsung’s S8 or LG’s G6 made the list of top-10 selling phones in the three-month period ending in April.

News for Samsung was particularly disappointing …

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Qualcomm says new 3D camera capabilities coming to next year’s Android phones, inc infra-red [Video]

Qualcomm says that next year’s Snapdragon processors will offer much more sophisticated 3D camera capabilities, including the ability to use infra-red for facial recognition.

In particular, the chipmaker seems to be aiming to ensure that Android flagships can match or beat the face-recognition system expected to be a headline feature of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8

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Google says the ‘blue shift’ on the Pixel 2 XL is working as intended, only visible at ‘sharp angle’

Google’s Pixel 2 XL saw a lot of backlash following its launch specifically regarding the LG-made P-OLED display. While burn-in got most people’s attention, one of the more obvious problems is poor viewing angles. However, according to Google, that’s not actually a problem.

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