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Google on Tuesday introduced its newest Chromecast dongle for media streaming. The updated device adds support for 60 fps streaming at 1080p, but does not support a 4K resolution, which is why the Chromecast Ultra remains Google’s top-of-the-range media player. In addition, the new dongle supports Chromecast Audio technology. The third-generation Chromecast is based on an SoC that is 15% faster when compared to the chip that powers the second-gen Chromecast dongle. These limited performance improvements naturally did not allow Google to significantly improve the feature-set of the device (e.g., add 4K streaming support). As a result, the only tangible streaming advantage that the new Chromecast has over its predecessor is support for 1080p60 video. In addition, the updated device will support Chromecast Audio functionality...

Google Announces the Pixel Slate: A 12.3-Inch x86-Based Chrome OS Tablet

Google on Tuesday introduced its first tablet PC based on its Chrome OS operating system, the Pixel Slate. Being based on Intel’s high-performance x86 SoCs and equipped with a...

40 by Anton Shilov on 10/9/2018

Google Launches the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL

It has likely been the most leaked phone in existence, and while there’s a lot we’ve known about the new Pixel 3’s – today Google has finally officially announced...

85 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/9/2018

YouTube, Netflix Publish First Videos Transcoded Using AV1

UPDATE: 9/14 5 PM ET: Adding information regarding Netflix videos transcoded using AV1. YouTube has uploaded about a dozen videos that were transcoded using the AV1 codec, whcih was introduced...

43 by Anton Shilov on 9/14/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Google Titan Live Blog (6pm PT, 1am UTC)

The second talk on security is on Google's Titan Root-of-Trust silicon that sits between the BIOS and the processor on its custom systems.

6 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

Hot Chips 2018: The Google Pixel Visual Core Live Blog (10am PT, 5pm UTC)

Hot Chips has started! One of the first talks today is from Google, detailing the Pixel Visual Core processor found in the latest Pixel smartphones. The talk is called...

14 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

European Commission Fines Google €4.3bn For Android Market Dominance Abuses

Today the European Commission has announced that it has found Google in breach of EU antitrust laws and has fined the company €4.34 billion. The original proceedings against Google formally...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/18/2018

Steam Link App to Bring Steam Games to iOS & Android-Based Phones, Tablets and TVs

Valve this week announced plans to enable streaming of games from Steam library to devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. Separately, Valve plans to make Steam...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/10/2018

Google Kicks Off Android P Beta, Details Shush Mode, Usage Dashboard, & Other New Features

Today at Google I/O 2018, Google announced several new Android P features that will see adoption in the newest Beta released today. We’ve first covered a few of P’s...

13 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/8/2018

Google I/O Opening Keynote Live-Blog (10am PT)

Hello everybody and welcome to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View where we're live at Google's IO 2018 opening keynote.

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/8/2018

Acer Announces Chromebook Tab 10: A Tablet Running Google’s Chrome OS

This week Acer introduced its first tablet running Chrome OS, a tablet positioned primarily for the education market. Chrome OS runs Android applications from Google Play store and is...

7 by Anton Shilov on 3/27/2018

Google Announces Cloud TPU v2 Beta Availability for Google Cloud Platform

This week, Google announced Cloud TPU beta availability on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), accessible through their Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service. Using the second generation of Google’s tensor processing units...

7 by Nate Oh on 2/15/2018

Google to Shut Down Project Tango in Favor of ARCore

Google announced on Friday that it would cease support for its Tango computer vision and augmented reality initiative on March 1, 2018. The company urges Tango developers to migrate...

16 by Anton Shilov on 12/18/2017

Google Announces Go-Edition of Android 8.1

With the release of Android 8.1 tomorrow Google also announcement of a Go-edition of Android Oreo. The Android team has been hard at work optimizing the operating system to...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/5/2017

Intel’s Diane Bryant Retires, Joins Google Cloud as COO

After 32 years with Intel, Diane Bryant, who served as the head of Intel's Data Center Group from 2012 to mid-2017, decided to retire from the company. Ms. Bryant...

19 by Anton Shilov on 12/4/2017

Google Launches Pixelbook: 12.3” LCD, Kaby Lake, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Assistant, Stylus

On Wednesday, Google launched a new iteration of its own Chrome OS-based laptops. The new notebook has a different form-factor and can be transformed into a tablet. It has...

75 by Anton Shilov on 10/4/2017

Hands On With Google’s Pixel 2 XL: More Pixels, More Google

This morning at a press event in San Francisco, Google held the second of what has now become an annual hardware event for the company, their Made by Google...

61 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2017

Made By Google October 2017 Live Blog

We're here at the SFJAZZ Center for Google's second Made By Google press event. Last year saw the release of the Pixel XL smartphone, the Chromecast Ultra, Daydream, and...

27 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2017

Google Assistant Released For NVIDIA's SHIELD TV; Other Vendors To Follow Shortly

Google has finally started to roll out its Google Assistant to its Android TV platform, where it is going to compete against Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri on respective...

7 by Anton Shilov on 10/2/2017

Hot Chips: Google TPU Performance Analysis Live Blog (3pm PT, 10pm UTC)

Another Hot Chips talk, now talking Google TPU.

30 by Ian Cutress on 8/22/2017

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