Google has settled a class action lawsuit alleging serious issues with the first-gen Pixel microphone. Affected owners could get as much as $500 from the company, but the payout will probably be much lower.

Google effectively killed Nest as an independent company this week — along with its promises to keep Nest user data separate from Google’s own repositories.

For most of its life, users couldn’t access the Linux heart of Chrome OS, but that changed last year with a feature called “Crostini.” That allowed select Chromebooks to install and run Linux apps, but now Crostini is coming to all Chrome OS devices.

The first thing to know about the Pixel 3a is that its plastic frame is not water-resistant. That’s not great if you plan to use it in the rain, but it does make the phone easier to disassemble.

If Google had known the mess Android updates would become, it probably would have taken a different approach to distribution.

We’ve all expected a dark theme for Android for years, and it was not an unreasonable thing to expect.

The Intel CPU shortage is expected to begin easing in June, despite continuing into Q3 2019, but the US-China trade war could cause problems for the entire PC industry this year.

At Google I/O, the company confirmed that Android runs on more than 2.5 billion devices worldwide, which is up from 2 billion in 2017. The latest platform distribution numbers also prove that more of those phones are running the latest version of the OS than in previous years.

Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and now Google are all confirmed to be in one stage or another of trying to bring foldable phones to market. It’s all aboard the Bad Idea Bandwagon!

The Google Home team is merging with Nest, and the first consumer-facing effect is rebranding the Home Hub as the Nest Hub. There’s also a new smart display, the larger Nest Hub Max.