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Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm announces revised charging standard with Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm has provided details of its latest charging technology, designed to act more efficiently than previous generations. The new standard, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, includes three central areas of improvement.

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Google Data Gif maker

Google’s new tool creates GIFs from data

Data can play a major role in explaining, and providing evidence for, a wide range of subject matter. Yet data itself is not always easy to present in an appealing manner; an issue that has lead Google to create an easy-to-use visualisation tool.

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Google announces Android emoji overhaul

All current Android emojis are to be retired, with a new set of icons to be introduced in their place. News has come following an announcement at the Android I/O developer conference, with confirmation that design features first introduced in 2013 will now be dropped.

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Google hoping Project Treble will result in faster Android updates

With Android 8.0 O, a new initiative will be introduced which is designed to ensure that users experience shorter waiting times for Android updates. Project Treble will simplify the update process for device manufacturers, which should in turn reduce delays.

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Fuchsia OS

Google’s new Fuchsia OS appears online

In what could prove to be a major development, a new operating system from Google has emerged online. The platform, currently known as Fuchsia, is very different from Android, and employs an all-new interface.

News about Fuchsia is not a complete surprise, as its existence has been rumoured for some time.

Fuchsia’s current development status has been uncovered by Ars Technica. As well as looking very different to either Android or Chrome OS, it is not based on Linux.

Google is well known for investing heavily in new projects, many of which do not become viable long-term products.

Arguably the most interesting aspect of this news breaking is a comment that was made by developer Travis Geiselbrecht, in Fuchsia IRC channel.

Geiselbrecht was very clear that Fuchsia is an important project – not experimental or speculative research.

“[Fuchsia] isn’t a toy thing, it’s not a 20% project, it’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore,” he said

[via Ars Technica]

Nexus 6P - Aluminium, Graphite and Frost

Google prepares for Android O public beta release

Having made the stable build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat available to those who are part of the Android beta programme, Google has started to increase focus on the development of its next mobile operating system. The search engine giant has ended the Android Nougat beta releases, declaring it will now concentrate on Android O.

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Google rushes out Docs phishing email fix

A phishing email has been receiving a lot of attention over the past day due to its sophisticated structure. And with the issue being heavily discussed online, Google has acted fast in an attempt to mitigate the damage.

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Chromebook Pixel 2015 running Google Play

Topics come to Google+

Google+ has introduced a new way to discover content within the social network. The feature, called topics, does not just focus on what is trending within posts, but instead highlights areas across the platform.

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Goolge Play Music and Samsung

Samsung partners with Google for music service

Samsung and Google have made a surprise announcement, with news that the two companies have joined forces to deliver a custom Google Play Music experience. The revised service will be available to Samsung smartphone customers, with Google Play Music becoming the default music player on new devices.

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LeEco abandons plans to purchase VIZIO

Chinese technology company LeEco will not go ahead with its plans to purchase American television maker VIZIO. The $2 billion (€1.89 bn/£1.60 bn) deal has been cancelled, with regulatory difficulties being cited as the reason behind the decision.

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