Dieter Bohn

The Verge

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  • Executive Editor at The Verge
  • Previously worked at Smartphone Experts
  • He was one of those english and philosophy kids, and he kinda looks like Obi-Wan Kenobi from the prequels. This is a compliment.
Apple Watch electrocardiogram and irregular heart rate features are available today

Dec 6

A new update for the Apple Watch will enable new heart monitoring features. They have FDA clearance, but are not diagnostic tools.

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Verizon is launching RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 on December 6th

Dec 5

The next-generation texting platform has a slow rollout, but it’s finally beginning.

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Can Google make cross-platform mobile app development suck less?

Dec 4

Google has taken its and UI framework for mobile app design and development out of beta. But can Flutter really achieve the dream of good cross-platform apps?

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Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices

Nov 28

Google is getting serious about providing cellphone service with a new name and new support for a wider range of phones.

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Google Pixel Slate review: slapdash

Nov 27

Great hardware undone by a hundred tiny software indignities

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Verizon will launch RCS text messaging in early 2019

Nov 16

A Verizon SVP announced that the company will support the standard that will replace SMS early next year. How will it work? Will it interoperate? We have questions — and some answers.

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Google Maps will let you chat with businesses

Nov 14

Customers who would rather text than talk can message businesses directly inside Google Maps.

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The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape

Nov 14

Can the Home Hub be part of a multiplier effect?

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Google says Android will natively support 'foldables' to limit fragmentation - The Verge

Nov 7

The Verge Google says Android will natively support 'foldables' to limit fragmentation The Verge Google is officially announcing support for a category of Android devices it's decided to call “Foldables.” Speaking today at the Android Developer Summit, VP of …

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Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: the present of computing

Nov 6

Completely whelming

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Phone numbers should be more portable, and Palm is the proof

Nov 2

The Palm phone goes on sale on Verizon today, but why can’t you use your phone number wherever you want?

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MacBook Air 2018: hands-on with Apple’s new ultra-thin laptop

Oct 30

Apple has replaced its influential but outdated laptop with a new model that adds a high-resolution Retina display, USB-C, and Touch ID. The laptop strongly resembles the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro released two years ago, but the design has been tweaked a subtle t…

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The stakes for the new MacBook are much higher than for the iPad

Oct 30

All eyes are on Apple today, but which of the two main rumored products will be more important to more people? The iPad Pro has gotten all the attention, but the MacBook Air successor could be a bigger deal.

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Will Google’s homepage news feed repeat Facebook’s mistakes?

Oct 29

Google is putting a news feed on the most trafficked website in the world, google.com. What will it mean for news and for democracy?

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Lenovo Yoga Book C930 review: two screens and lots of compromises

Oct 25

Easy to love, hard to live with

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How Android got big

Oct 24

Android is dominant, but how did it get there? (Hint: Verizon and the Motorola Droid.) In this week’s Processor, Dieter Bohn explains the history of how one phone changed tech history.

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Intel is preparing for a dual-screen computer future

Oct 18

After a year of terrible news, Intel is trying to prove that it can invent the next big thing: dual-screen computers that run its processors. They could be the first step toward a future where computers have flexible screens and can be folded up to carry with…

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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone

Oct 15

Taking it up a notch

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The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone

Oct 15

A new phone on Verizon is using the Palm brand, but it’s a different kind of phone that’s designed to be a second phone that shares your number so you can be less distracted.

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First look at Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Oct 9

Google just got done announcing its new Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones, and although we’ve seen them repeatedly over the last couple months, now we’re finally getting an up-close look and the chance to try them firsthand.

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The Pixel Slate: first look at Google’s new tablet

Oct 9

The newly announced Google Pixel Slate is a tablet that is set up to take on the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro. Can Chrome OS compete with both iOS and Windows?

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The clock is ticking on Google’s smartwatch platform

Oct 3

Google’s Wear OS smartwatches recently got a software update, but is it enough? In this video, Dieter Bohn examines what the company needs to do to stay competitive with the Apple Watch.

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Google breathes new life into Wear OS smartwatches with today’s update

Sep 28

Google’s smartwatch platform, Wear OS, is getting updated to version 2.1 today. It features a new gesture-based interface that is much simpler than before.

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HP Chromebook x2 review: semi-pro

Sep 27

The first detachable Chrome OS device

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Android at 10: the world’s most dominant technology

Sep 26

Now that Android is 10 years old, Dieter Bohn looks back at its history and just how big it’s become: bigger than the iPhone and bigger than even Windows.

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Google Search is adding a news feed to its homepage on mobile

Sep 24

Google is announcing changes to its search product today, tied in part to the 20th anniversary of the company. The biggest announcement is that Google is rebranding its news feed as “Discover.” It will be on the Google Home page on all mobile browsers, a hug…

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Amazon Fire TV Recast hands-on: a very smart and elegant DVR for cord cutters

Sep 20

Amazon’s new DVR is a fascinating blend of over-the-air antenna and cloud video streaming. Here are our impressions from their big announcement.

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Amazon’s Alexa-enabled microwave hands-on: it cooks, but does not speak

Sep 20

Amazon’s new microwave works with Alexa and can automatically reorder popcorn. It’s $59.99 and ships November. Here’s our impressions

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Amazon announces Echo Sub, a $129.99 subwoofer that pairs with Echo speakers

Sep 20

Amazon is making a more serious foray into the home audio space with a subwoofer that can be paired to two Echo speakers for a 2.1 stereo system. Should Sonos be worried?

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Apple Watch Series 4 review: the best gets better

Sep 19

Better screen, better health features, and better speed.

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Google is giving up some control of the AMP format

Sep 18

Google’s instant article format has been a point of contention among web advocates. Now, the company wants a committee to be in charge of it.

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Framing Apple’s iPhone keynote

Sep 14

Apple has a very particular way it talks about new products. Dieter Bohn examines how the iPhone XS and Apple Watch were presented at the keynote in this video.

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Apple Watch 4 hands-on: bigger is better

Sep 12

New health features might be more important, but the screen is great

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iPhone XS and XS Max: hands-on with Apple’s giant new phone

Sep 12

Apple just announced the iPhone XS and XS Max. They’re iterations on last year’s iPhone X, but the XS Max at least stands out in one very notable way: it’s so much larger. The Max has a 6.5-inch...

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Google’s Inbox app is shutting down in March 2019

Sep 12

Google is bowing to the inevitable and shutting down the Inbox email app, though users will have until March to switch over to Gmail. It’s a little sad for fans of the app, but it’s also not a very big surprise.

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Google won’t be releasing its own smartwatch this year

Aug 31

The October hardware event won’t include a Pixel watch. Google will focus on Wear OS partners instead, like Fossil and Casio.

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Lenovo’s new flagship Yoga C930 laptop has a speaker in the 360-degree hinge

Aug 30

Lenovo has a big range of laptops at IFA this year, led by its new top-tier consumer laptop. It comes with a stylus, fingerprint sensor, and an all-new design.

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Book replaces the keyboard with an E-Ink screen

Aug 30

The $999.99 dual-screen Windows 10 device will ship in October. It’s a multiuse machine with a ton of intriguing ideas, but can the execution live up to the concept?

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Google is revamping the Wear OS smartwatch user interface

Aug 29

Google’s smartwatch platform is getting new features for both iPhone and Android users. The new user interface seems nice, but hardware is still the bigger problem.

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Google Fit is getting redesigned with new health-tracking rings

Aug 21

You’ll collect “Heart Points” instead of counting steps.

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The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out

Aug 8

A new “home robot” is coming. Vector is Anki’s latest tiny device that’s designed to recognize your face, tell you the weather, and react to its environment.

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Microsoft Surface Go review: a little goes a long way

Aug 7

It’s a good, tiny Surface — don’t overthink it

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Android 9 Pie is available for Google Pixel phones today

Aug 6

Google has announced that the final, shipping version of the newest Android update is available for all Pixel phones today. And, as usual, it has announced a name to go along with the over-the-air update: “Android 9 Pie.”

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The tiny Microsoft Surface Go is available now, and it’s an overachiever

Aug 2

Microsoft’s latest tablet is a miniaturized version of the Surface Pro. It has a 10-inch display, costs $680 for the good version, and is shipping now. Here’s our hands-on.

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Lenovo Smart Display review: the Google appliance

Jul 26

Google Assistant gets a screen

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Apple MacBook Pro review: the heat is on

Jul 25

New processors, new keyboard, and True Tone displays

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Apple confirms MacBook Pro thermal throttling, software fix coming today

Jul 24

After reports that the processors on the new MacBook Pros run slow because they’re too hot, Apple is apologizing for the problem and issuing a software fix.

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Chrome OS isn’t ready for tablets yet

Jul 18

Android tablets are on their way out, and everybody expects Chrome OS tablets to replace them. But the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, an education-only device, shows why that is still a ways away.

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First impressions of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro

Jul 13

The latest MacBook Pros have quieter keyboards and True Tone displays. In this hands-on, we examine these subtle new features.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards

Jul 12

Apple has updated its top-tier laptops with Intel’s latest processors, better Siri support, and True Tone displays. It also has slightly changed the keyboard design to make them quieter.

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Integrating a smart assistant in the living room is still too complicated

Jul 11

There are a ton of ways to get Alexa on your TV and on your high-quality speakers. All of them are very different. In this video, Dieter Bohn explains them all.

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Polk Command Bar review: smarter than it sounds

Jul 3

Another take on Alexa in a soundbar

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Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer

Jun 27

Google demonstrated its AI system for making telephone calls for restaurant reservations. The voice sounded remarkably human, and the company says it will disclose that the calls are being recorded.

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In praise of customizing your computer

Jun 20

Dieter Bohn lists six menu bar utilities for the Mac that supercharge how you’ll use it every day. Customizing your computer can make you feel more empowered, and these window managers and search tools can help you do it.

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What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

Jun 19

IBM’s Project Debater research project is able to make real-time arguments about complicated debates like subsidizing space exploration.

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Apple finally has the right attitude about notifications in iOS 12

Jun 13

The upcoming software update for the iPhone has a ton of new notification management features. It signals a shift in Apple’s attitude toward simplicity in iOS.

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Twitter is putting more live news events in your timeline and notifications

Jun 13

Twitter is taking another shot at defining itself as the place where things happen live. It’s added a new feature that will curate and collate tweets related to live events.

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Apple and Google are heading in the same direction, but on different paths

Jun 8

In the aftermath of WWDC and Google IO, Dieter Bohn looks at the many similar things Apple and Google announced. Each company is doing the same thing, but in very different ways.

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The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room

Jun 6

Sonos has announced the Beam, a $399 soundbar that works over HDMI to provide sound for TVs and uses Alexa to become a smart speaker than can take on the Echo and the HomePod. Can the hybrid Sonos Beam convince consumers to upgrade?

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AirPlay 2 will launch on ‘newer’ Sonos speakers in July

Jun 6

No word on Google Assistant timing yet

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Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch is a clever riff on FaceTime Audio

Jun 5

The new feature on the Apple Watch announced at WWDC 2018 works differently than you might expect.

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Uber in ‘discussions’ to get Waymo self-driving cars on its network

May 31

Speaking today at the Code Conference, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says that his company is in “discussions” to have Waymo self-driving cars added to its network. “I’d welcome Waymo to put cars in our network,” he says.

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A better metaphor for technology

May 30

Think of tech as an instrument, not a tool

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Why Android P gestures are a risk worth taking

May 23

Google is making a huge gamble with Android - switching to a new system for getting around the OS. If it works, it will be great — but if it doesn’t it could be a distaster.

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Hands-on with the RED Hydrogen One, a wildly ambitious smartphone

May 20

Come for the holograms, stay for the modules

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How to get a great patina on your iPhone X leather case

May 16

Apple’s iPhone X saddle brown leather case is a little too yellow out of the box. In this how-to, Dieter Bohn completely overthinks how to add a nice, dark patina to it.

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Google’s software design is having a reformation

May 10

Google unveiled the next stage for Material Design. Explicitly not called “Material Design 2,” it is instead a suite of tools and guidelines for designers to extend and expand the Material Design philosophy with their own brand styles.

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JBL’s Android-powered soundbar does a lot of things right

May 8

JBL puts a relatively smart set top box into your sound bar, making a sort of a hybrid between a smart TV and an HDMI switcher. Also a smart speaker. It’s a lot of things crammed together in honestly clever ways.

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Android P: an exclusive first look at Google's most ambitious update in years - The Verge

May 8

The Verge Android P: an exclusive first look at Google's most ambitious update in years The Verge This year, Google is doing something different with Android. Instead of showing you all the ways you can use its phone operating system to do more, it's creating…

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Exclusive: Satya Nadella on the future of Microsoft

May 7

In this exclusive interview with Dieter Bohn, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicks of the Build developer conference by speaking with Dieter Bohn about Windows, AI, and the ethics of cloud computing.

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The best gadgets are the ones you know how to use

May 2

In this week’s episode of Processor, Dieter Bohn and Vjeran Pavic talk about the gear they use when they cover a high-stakes tech event.

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Microsoft responds to e-waste recycler’s jail sentence: ‘he was counterfeiting Windows software’

Apr 27

In response to stories about the 15-month jail sentence given to e-waste recycler Eric Lundgren, Microsoft has written a strident blog post detailing its perspective on the case and defending position.

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How to choose a smartwatch if you use Android

Apr 25

There are a lot of smartwatch options for Android users, but none of them are as good as the Apple Watch. Dieter Bohn explores why and what Android users can do about it.

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Google is finally making a standalone Tasks app

Apr 25

After years of confusing options for saving tasks in Google’s ecosystem, the company is finally making an app.

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Google is ‘pausing investment’ in Allo

Apr 20

Although Google’s texting app isn’t shutting down, it’s not going to be developed further as the company refocuses on Android Messages.

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Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

Apr 20

Google is trying a next texting strategy. Instead of trying to make Allo win, it’s going to partner with carriers to launch the successor to SMS, all so it can finally take on iMessage

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Why iPhone notifications need an overhaul

Apr 18

Notifications are annoying, but they’re also necessary. Dieter Bohn explains how Android does a better job than iOS at providing tools to corral them.

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What should the future of computing look like?

Apr 11

The Apple iPad, the Microsoft Surface Pro, and even the Google Pixelbook all have different visions for what the future of computers should be. But are any of them getting it right? In the first episode of Processor, Dieter Bohn examines that question.

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Tim Cook on building Apple’s next campus: ‘We’re not doing a beauty contest kind of thing’

Mar 28

In an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Apple CEO Tim Cook made thinly-veiled remarks about Amazon’s city-search for a new headquarters.

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Logitech’s new rugged case for the iPad has its own smart keyboard connector

Mar 27

Keyboards are really useful

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The Logitech Crayon is great, but it’s limited to the education market

Mar 27

We just got a look at the new iPad accessories Logitech announced: the $49 Crayon and the $99 Rugged Case. Both accessories are specifically designed to sell to the education market and will not hit general retail.

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Apple’s new, cheaper iPad is very, very familiar

Mar 27

We just spent some time with Apple’s new $329 iPad, announced here in Chicago at its education event. The new iPad is very familiar — the same basic 9.7-inch screen size, bezels, TouchID sensor, button placement, and cameras. The big new features are Apple Pe…

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You can finally send money to your contacts by asking Google Assistant

Mar 22

But only via Google Pay

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Instant Apps are Google’s latest play to woo game developers to its services

Mar 19

Google Play Instant allows game demos to be played on Android devices simply by clicking a link, rather than fully installing the game. It’s also pointing to improvements in its game ad ecosystem and a new way to set up multiplayer game servers.

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Watch the Vergecast Live from SXSW today at 1PM ET

Mar 9

The Vergecast podcast is recording at SXSW at 1PM ET in front of a live audience! Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Ashley Carman, and Casey Newton will talk about the week’s tech news and get heckled by Verge fans in Austin.

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Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP

Mar 8

Google is embarking on a project to convince the group in charge of web standards to adopt technology inspired by its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework. In theory, it would mean that virtually any webpage could gain the same benefits as AMP: near-insta…

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Android P messaging notifications take some inspiration from the iPhone - The Verge

Mar 7

The Verge Android P messaging notifications take some inspiration from the iPhone The Verge This part of the UI can look wildly different depending on which version of Android you're using. Google's panel looks different from Samsung's or LG's, for example. B…

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Android P developer preview is now available — here’s what’s new

Mar 7

Google’s next version of Android has lots of features for developers and just a few for users. The feature that will probably garner the most discussion is built-in support for a notch cutting into the display at the top of the screen

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Come see The Vergecast Live at SXSW on March 9th!

Feb 28

Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Ashley Carman, and Casey Newton at SXSW for our podcast. It’s happening at The Belmont (305 W 6th St), a whole building that Vox Media will set up for events.

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Businesses can now send Android users multimedia texts via RCS

Feb 22

Google is throwing more weight behind the new rich communication standard

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