Google’s redesigned Voice app is better at juggling your calls

Google recently added Voice to its enterprise G Suite, and the revamped app has now arrived for iOS users. As suggested by the redesigned icon (which strongly resembles the Hangouts Dialer icon), its main job is to give users calling features via standard telephony over and above what you’d expect on regular apps. As such, […]

Fortnite on Android may drive its battle bus past Google’s 30% cut

Enlarge / Fortnite‘s season five outfits and cosmetics. If XDA’s report is accurate, Epic Games won’t have to give up 30 percent of Android purchases of these outfits to Google. (credit: Epic Games) Reports estimate that Epic Games’ free-to-play shooter Fortnite racks up millions of dollars per day, and that number may continue to grow […]

Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

(credit: Aurich Lawson) In light of the $ 5 billion EU antitrust ruling against Google this week, we started noticing a certain classic Ars story circulating around social media. Google’s methods of controlling the open source Android code and discouraging Android forks is exactly the kind of behavior the EU has a problem with, and […]

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future

Enlarge / Hellllloooooo Chrome OS tablets. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Chrome OS took over schools with clamshells, but now Google is shaking things up with slabs. After a spring announcement, Acer has built the first Chrome OS tablet, the $ 329 Chromebook Tab 10, to give teachers and students a more flexible device to use for […]

Google’s 11th-hour intervention puts ‘revenge porn’ bill in New York back on ice

A New York state bill that would outlaw ‘revenge porn’ has been shelved until next year, after a late lobbying effort by tech giant Google succeeded in blocking a vote in the state Senate. The bill, which existed in legal limbo since 2013, was pushed through the State Assembly after a New York Post article […]

How startups are building driverless cars without Google’s billions

Enlarge / Voyage operates low-speed self-driving taxis in two retirement communities. (credit: Voyage) There’s near-universal agreement that Google spinoff Waymo is the leading company in the driverless-vehicle business. And Waymo’s strategy for developing fully driverless cars is very expensive. Before launching a commercial driverless car service, Waymo needs to convince itself—and the world—that its cars will […]

Google’s latest VR Spotlight story watches you

Google’s latest interactive Spotlight Story has an unusual twist… namely, it’s watching you. The Piggy VR experience uses six-degrees-of-freedom movement tracking to have a pig respond to your gaze as its namesake character is tempted by a cake. Stare at Piggy and the porcine protagonist will look back with annoyance, guilt or surprise while trying […]

Google’s military AI drone program may be more lucrative than it said

Google’s Project Maven program for AI-based military drone image recognition program could net the company up to $ 250 million per year, according to internal memos seen by The Intercept. That’s a lot more than the $ 9 million Google reportedly told employees the contract was worth. What’s more, the program may be tied to […]

Google’s AR drawing app lets Android and iOS users collab on doodles

You no longer need an Android phone to try Google’s take on augmented reality drawing. The tech giant has released an iOS version of Just a Line that brings the same three-dimensional doodling to the iPhone crowd. It’s largely the same app you saw in March, but there’s a clever cross-platform twist: you can “partner” […]