Google officially close the $1.1 billion deal for HTC

Google;

That’s why I’m delighted that we’ve officially closed our deal with HTC, and are welcoming an incredibly talented team to work on even better and more innovative products in the years to come. These new colleagues bring decades of experience achieving a series of “firsts” particularly in the smartphone industry—including bringing to market the first 3G smartphone in 2005, the first touch-centric phone in 2007, and the first all-metal unibody phone in 2013. This is also the same team we’ve been working closely with on the development of the Pixel and Pixel 2.

Hopefully with Google’s acquisition, they’ll be able to design great smartphones. It’s unclear how this will affect Google’s relationship with other OEMs.

Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen

Google Pixelbook Specs;

  • 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD touchscreen display with Pixebook Pen support, 2400×1600 @235 ppi, 400 nits, 72% NTSC color
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7
  • Chrome OS
  • Dual speakers and 4 mics
  • 8GB/ 16GB RAM
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB (NVME support) Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Aluminum unibody
  • Glass detail with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2
  • Full size backlit keyboard with 19 mm pitch and a dedicated Google Assistant key
  • Edge-to-edge etched glass trackpad
  • 720p @ 60FPS front facing camera
  • TPM Chip for on-device security
  • Sensor: 3-axis Gyroscope/Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Ambient Light, Hall Effect
  • Two (2) USB-Cs, 4K display output, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions: 290.4 mm x 220.8 mm x 10.3 mm
  • Weight:1.1 kg
  • 41 Whr battery
  • Color: Silver

The Pixelbook is now available for pre-order and will be available in 3 configurations;

  • Intel® Core™ i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $999.
  • Intel® Core™ i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,199.
  • Intel® Core™ i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD for $1449.
  • Pixelbook Pen: $99

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Now Official

Google Pixel 2 Specs;

  • 5.0 in full HD AMOLED (1920 x 1080) at 441ppi
  • 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP fixed focus, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm
  • 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, 64Bit Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1
  • Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC
  • NFC, eSIM
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA, CDMA EVDO Rev A, LTE 4G
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Single Nano SIM
  • Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
  • IP67 water and dust resistant1
  • Dimension: 145.7 mm x 69.7 mm x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
  • 2700 mAh battery

Google Pixel 2 XL Specs;

  • 6.0 QHD+ pOLED display, (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi
  • 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP fixed focus, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm
  • 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, 64Bit Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1
  • Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC
  • NFC, eSIM
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA, CDMA EVDO Rev A, LTE 4G
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Single Nano SIM
  • Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
  • IP67 water and dust resistant1
  • Dimension: 157.9 mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White
  • 3520 mAh battery

Pixel 2 will retail at $649 while the Pixel 2 XL will be priced at $849. Both phones are now available for preorder in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and U.K, and the US. Then later this year in Italy, Singapore, and Spain later this year.

Watch the Google Pixel 2 Event!

Today, it Google’s Pixel 2 Event!

The company is expected to officially announce Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, plus other hardware like new Chromebooks, VR news and devices, a new Pixel book and a variants of Google Home that will compete against the Amazon Echo dot.

Stay tune for more!

Google publishes its developers documentation style guide public

Google developer;

You can now use our developer-documentation style guide for open source documentation projects.

And;

The style guide is a reference document, so instead of reading through it in linear order, you can use it to look things up as needed. For matters of punctuation, grammar, and formatting, you can do a search-in-page to find items like “Commas,” “Lists,” and “Link text” in the left nav. For specific terms and phrases, you can look at the word list.

If you’re a developer this is a great place to start.

You can access Google style guide here.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gets collaborative features

Google;

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.

Today, we’re introducing new updates to better help with “version control,” to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.

We use Google docs and sheets at work, these collaborative feature will be a big help in speeding up our projects.

Developer Preview 4 now available, official Android O coming soon!

Google / Android;

As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we’re rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready.

This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer. Take this opportunity to wrap up your testing and publish your updates soon, to give users a smooth transition to Android O.

If you have a device that’s enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you’ll receive an update to Developer Preview 4 in the next few days. If you haven’t enrolled your device yet, just visit the Android Beta site to enroll and get the update.

You can go to http://www.android.com/beta to enroll and download the Android O Developer Preview 4 on your device.

Announcing the fourth class of Launchpad Accelerator featuring new countries!

Two startup from the Philippines have been accepted into the program;

  • BLOOM: Transforming remittance businesses with blockchain technology
  • Honesty Apps: A Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.

Google Developers Blog;

Launchpad Accelerator includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.

Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Google;

Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth—on the web and Android—two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.

I tried out the new Google Earth and it looks better than the old Google Earth. Plus the Voyager features is perfect for kids who wants learn more about our world and other place around the world.

The Google Assistant is coming to more Android phones

Google;

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Google launches Android Wear 2.0, will come to all supported watches

Google;

Today, we’re announcing Android Wear 2.0 to give you more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant. We’re also introducing two new watches that run Android Wear 2.0.

Here are the supported smartwatches that will be getting the Android Wear 2.0;

  • ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Casio PRO TREK Smart
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE
  • Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen
  • Moto 360 for Women
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • New Balance RunIQ
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Connected

Chrome for iOS is now open source

Chromium Blog;

Historically, the code for Chrome for iOS was kept separate from the rest of the Chromium project due to the additional complexity required for the platform. After years of careful refactoring, all of this code is rejoining Chromium and being moved into the open-source repository.

Due to constraints of the iOS platform, all browsers must be built on top of the WebKit rendering engine. For Chromium, this means supporting both WebKit as well as Blink, Chrome’s rendering engine for other platforms. That created some extra complexities which we wanted to avoid placing in the Chromium code base.

Given Chrome’s commitment to open-source code, we’ve spent a lot of time over the past several years making the changes required to upstream the code for Chrome for iOS into Chromium. Today, that upstreaming is complete, and developers can compile the iOS version of Chromium like they can for other versions of Chromium. Development speed is also faster now that all of the tests for Chrome for iOS are available to the entire Chromium community and automatically run any time that code is checked in.

We value the open source community and all of our contributors, and we’re glad that Chrome for iOS can finally join in.

Google to roll out public beta of Android Nougat 7.1.2

Dave Burke, VP of Engineering at Google;

The next maintenance release for Android Nougat — 7.1.2 — is just around the corner! To get the recipe just right, starting today, we’re rolling out a public beta to eligible devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program, including Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. We’re also preparing an update for Nexus 6P that we expect to release soon.

Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.

You can apply for the Android Beta Program here.