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OnePlus 5 launches on June 20

Enlarge (credit: Android Police) The OnePlus 5, the follow-up to the excellent OnePlus 3T Android smartphone, launches on June 20. In classic OnePlus style, the OnePlus 5 will debut via an online livestream that starts at 5pm UK time (12pm EDT), as well as at several pop-up events in London, New York, and other cities in Europe. Details on the OnePlus 5 other than its release date are thin on

No More Nexus Devices

After the launch of Google’s Pixel phones, many people wondered if the Nexus brand will be retired or we’ll still see Nexus phones, tablets and other Android devices. It looks like the first answer is accurate. According to The Verge, Google says that there are no plans for future Nexus products. “The idea was to show everyone how it should be done,” says Brian Rakowski, VP of product management for

More Chromebooks That Run Android Apps Heading Down the Pike

Long ago, in a post titled “Why It’s Doubtful That Google Would Merge Chrome OS and Android,” I disagreed with a story The Wall Street Journal posted suggesting that Chrome OS might disappear as a standalone entity and merge with Android. Soon after that, a Google for Work blog post titled “Chrome OS Is Here to Stay” stated that “…while we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best

Google Calendar Events in Google Maps

The latest version of the Google Maps app for Android adds more integration with Google Calendar. There’s a new upcoming tab in “Your places”, which shows a list of upcoming events, including your bookings and reservations from Gmail. Click an event to quickly see the location on the map. There’s also a new “personal content” section in the settings, which lets you disable the integration with Google Contacts, Google Photos,

Google Gets Serious About Hardware

Google has a new hardware division and Rick Osterloh, the former Motorola chief, is in charge. This hardware division merges Google’s disparate hardware projects to bring more cohesive products that work well together. Google announced a lot of products today and all of them are made by Google. Nexus phones have been replaced by Pixel phones, Daydream View is a comfortable VR headset that works with Pixel phones, Google Home

Why Google Can't Sell Expensive Products

Google announced its first phone and many people wondered why it’s as expensive as an iPhone. Nexus phones were sometimes inexpensive (Nexus 4: $299, Nexus 5: $349, Nexus 5X: $379) and sometimes more expensive (Nexus One: $530, Nexus 6: $649, Nexus 6P: $599). Now the 5-inch Pixel costs $649 in the US, while the 5.5-inch Pixel XL costs $769, which is more than any other Nexus phone. Obviously, Google’s pricing

Android 7.1: Pixel-Only, For Now

Pixel phones will ship with a new Android version: 7.1. It looks like many of the important Nougat features have been left out from the 7.0 release. Android 7.1’s unofficial changelog published by Android Police has many Pixel-specific features, including a new launcher, a new camera app, Google Assistant, a support tab in the settings, solid navbar icons, Smart Storage that removes old backed up photos and videos when storage is full.

The Raspberry Pi Hits Important New Milestones

As we’ve noted here before, when it comes to top open source stories of the past couple of years, it’s clear that one of the biggest is the proliferation of tiny, inexpensive Linux-based computers at some of the smallest form factors ever seen. The diminutive, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi, which has been priced at only $25 and $35, has grabbed most of the headlines in this space, and has recently