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Google on Wednesday began to roll out its Night Sight low-light computational photography technology to its Pixel-branded smartphones. The technology is designed to improve the quality of low-light photos, though with one significant caveat: it cannot handle moving objects. As noted on our recent Pixel 3 smartphone review, one big thing brought by the latest generation of Google’s handsets is computational photography, which currently supports two modes to improve the picture quality of still pictures: Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight. As the names imply, the first one promises to introduce a superior zoom, whereas the second one enhances lighting. Both algorithms capture multiple temporally different images by the same sensor, then blend them and apply a special filter to either increase the spatial resolution...

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

HTC Announces Snapdragon 835-Based VIVE VR Headset for Chinese Market

This morning at the ChinaJoy expo, HTC is announcing their first shipping VIVE standalone VR headset, specifically for the Chinese market. The aptly named VIVE Standalone is based on...

7 by Anton Shilov on 7/26/2017

ASUS Launches the 360º Chromebook Flip C213: 11.6-inch Apollo Lake, Starting $349

Back in January of this year, ASUS announced they were coming to market with a new Chromebook targeted specifically at education-focused customers. With Google focusing on Education in their...

19 by Joe Shields on 7/12/2017

Google Fined €2.42B by European Commission for Antitrust Violations

This morning Google has become a new record holder in the European Union; unfortunately however it’s not a good record to hold. Capping off a multi-year investigation, the European Commission...

29 by Ryan Smith on 6/27/2017

Google I/O 2017: Google Assistant Gets Smarter, Google Home Gets Free Calling & More

More and more people are using the phrase “Ok Google” to start a conversation to find information or perform actions using the Google Assistant. Launched last fall, the new...

17 by Matt Humrick on 5/18/2017

Google I/O 2017: New AR/VR Experiences

Today at its annual developer conference, Google made several announcements about what augmented and virtual reality projects it and its partners have been working on. Google just launched its...

15 by Matt Humrick on 5/17/2017

The Google I/O 2017 Keynote Live Blog

Taking place today is Google's annual I/O developer conference. Starting things off as always is the keynote, where we should receive updates on several Google technologies, initiaitves, and other...

17 by Ryan Smith on 5/17/2017

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45: Atom Z3400, Android Wear 2.0, Starts at $1650

Tag Heuer last week announced its new generation smartwatch, co-developed with Google and Intel. The new Connected Modular 45 timepiece uses an Intel SoC, runs Google’s Android Wear 2.0...

36 by Anton Shilov on 3/18/2017

MWC 2017: Oppo Demonstrates 5X Optical Zoom for Smartphones

This year at MWC, Oppo showed off a smartphone prototype that used a new implementation of dual cameras to offer a 5X optical zoom. The company did not reveal...

23 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2017

ZTE Announces Blade V8 Pro with Snapdragon 625, Hawkeye Phone

The competition for the mid-range smartphone market is fairly intense here at CES 2017. Right after the launch of Huawei's Honor 6X yesterday, ZTE is launching their direct competitor...

3 by Joshua Ho on 1/4/2017

Samsung Announces Updated Notebook 9, Odyssey, and Chromebook Plus/Pro

Today at Samsung’s CES 2017 press conference there were a number of announcements for their mobile PCs. At a high level, this includes the Notebook 9 refresh, a new...

18 by Joshua Ho on 1/4/2017

The Google Pixel XL Review: Life After Nexus

Google’s latest phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, still provide that pure Android experience along with at least two years of timely software and security updates. There’s also Google...

250 by Matt Humrick & Brandon Chester on 11/8/2016

Xiaomi Mi Box Now Available in U.S.: Android TV 6.0 with 4Kp60 Output for $69

Xiaomi has officially started to sell its Google Android TV 6.0-based set-top-boxes in the U.S. The Xiaomi Mi Box STB boasts with a rather powerful SoC, an HDMI 2.0a...

74 by Anton Shilov on 10/7/2016

Hands On With the New Google Pixel Phones

After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that...

73 by Matt Humrick on 10/5/2016

Google Announces Chromecast Ultra: 4K & HDR for Chromecast

Though the big Google news for today is of course the new lineup of Pixel phones, phones were only a small part of what Google had in store. Alongside...

19 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2016

Google Announces Pixel and Pixel XL Phones: Snapdragon 821, 5" & 5.5" Screens, $649, Preorders Start Today

At an event today in San Francisco, Google unveiled its latest vision for Android smartphones—the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. For this generation, Google nixes the familiar Nexus name...

103 by Ryan Smith & Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

Live Blog: Made By Google October Phone Event

We're live from Google's October phone event in San Francisco

85 by Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

HTC Announces Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle

As the holidays approach, OEMs often refresh their device portfolio to make sure that they put their best foot forward as a significant proportion of sales occur towards the...

24 by Joshua Ho on 9/20/2016

The HTC 10 Review

It probably goes without saying right now that HTC has been a troubled company for some time now. With the One M8 we finally saw that they were making...

182 by Joshua Ho on 9/19/2016

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