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The name Google is synonymous with online searches, but over the years the company has grown beyond search and now builds multiple consumer products, including software like Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Android, and hardware like the Pixel smartphones, Google Home, and Chromebooks. Its name can also be found on internet services such as Google Fi, Flights, Checkout, and Google Fiber. Here is all of the latest news about one of the most influential tech companies in the world.

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Google’s AI now goes by a new name: Gemini

Bard and Duet are gone, as Gemini becomes both the model and the product for getting all of Google’s AI out into the world.

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Is Google okay?

Just... this is a cry for help, right? Someone go over there and check on them.


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Gmail isn’t going anywhere.

You might’ve seen an image floating around on X that appears to show an email from Google about it “sunsetting” Gmail in August 2024. The email is a fake, and Gmail isn’t going away — unless you count the basic HTML view, which Google is actually getting rid of this year.


My Android bot wears ski goggles (or Vision Pros), has overalls, is purple, and is uselessly cute.

Google’s Android mascot, “The Bot,” debuted during CES in December, and now the company lets people customize their own Bots for fun. 9to5Google points out dressing up The Bot harkens back to Androidify, the avatar maker released in 2011 but discontinued in 2020.

I made a purple Android Bot with ski goggles because I’m a sucker for character creators, but what exactly I’ll use it for, as an iPhone owner, I don’t know.


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My custom Android Bot is stylin’

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Pixel 8 and 8 Pro review: in Google we trust?

These might just be the Pixel phones we’ve been waiting for, but it all depends on how much trust you’re willing to put into Google.

Honor’s affordable Pad 9 tablet gets a global launch.

A couple of months after releasing in China, Honor’s latest tablet is coming to international markets like the UK, where it’ll cost ?299.99 (around $380) or ?349.99 (~$443) with an included keyboard. The 12.1-inch tablet comes with a 2560x1600 120Hz display, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 8300mAh battery, and a lower mid-range Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor. It’ll go on sale in the UK on February 25th.


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Honor’s 21.1-inch Pad 9 tablet with keyboard attached.
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Google is reportedly Reddit’s $60 million per year AI content licensing customer.

Charging for data access was a flash point for last year’s protests, with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman telling The Verge, “...data licensing is a new potential business for us.”

Now, with Reddit’s IPO launch close at hand, Reuters is putting a name on rumors of an AI company that’s paying Reddit for training data, in a deal that could be a model for similar arrangements, citing three sources who say the company is Google.


The people who ruined the internet

SEO experts got very rich filling the web full of garbage. But are they to blame, or is Google?

From ChatGPT to Gemini: how AI is rewriting the internet

How we use the internet is changing fast thanks to the advancement of AI-powered chatbots that can find information and redeliver it as a simple conversation.

Gemini, Gemma, Goose.

These are just a few of the names that Google has bestowed upon its AI products in recent weeks.

Is it confusing for those of us on the outside to track all of these name changes? Yes. Yes, it is. And as Business Insider details in this fun story, even Google’s own employees are roasting the company by posting memes about it internally.


One such meme Googlers recently shared.
One such meme Googlers recently shared.
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The Pixel Watch 2 might get a new way to tell time.

According to 9to5 Google, you’ll soon be able to tap the Pixel Watch 2 and it’ll tell you the time through vibrations. There are two modes — one that tells you the hour and minutes via varying vibration lengths, and another that rounds the current time to the nearest quarter hour.

I’m eager to try it whenever it officially rolls out. It could be helpful for folks with low-vision, and it’s always good to have discreet ways to tell time without being rude.


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Nvidia lets Google’s Gemma AI model loose on its GPUs.

The open-source Gemma models are optimized for “the installed base of over 100 million Nvidia RTX GPUs,” installed in PCs around the world, in addition to Nvidia’s ubiquitous AI chips like the H100.

The models will also be part of Nvidia’s Chat with RTX demo, which lets AI models run locally and access users’ files to generate answers to prompts.


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Gemini is now officially part of Google Workspace, too.

The best thing about Google’s Gemini model is the way it works with your Google stuff. So this is no surprise: Gemini is being built right into Workspace. The Gemini Enterprise plan costs $30 a month, and Gemini Business, with slightly fewer generative features, is $20 a month. (You can always pony up $20 a month for the Google One package with Gemini, too.) Bye-bye Duet AI, it’s just Gemini all the way down.


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Who reviews the reviewers?

House Fresh, a blog focused on air quality, is just the kind of source you might want when you’re shopping for an air purifier — but it’s getting harder and harder to find them.

In a post titled, “How Google is killing independent sites like ours,” managing editor Gisele Navarro explains how bigger publishers like BuzzFeed, Better Homes & Gardens, and Rolling Stone outrank the independent site in Google Search:

These Digital Goliaths shouldn’t be able to use product recommendations as their personal piggy bank, simply flying through Google updates off the back of ‘the right signals,’ an old domain, or the echo of a reputable brand that is no longer.

As a team that has dedicated the last few years to testing and reviewing air purifiers, it’s disheartening to see our independent site be outranked by big-name publications that haven’t even bothered to check if a company is bankrupt before telling millions of readers to buy their products.


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Google Maps might soon show Plug and Charge EV stations — where you pay with your car.

Android Authority spotted three strings of related code when it pulled apart the Android APK, including this description:

Charging stations with plug and charge let you charge more conveniently, without using your phone or charging card. You can set up plug and charge in your vehicle’s settings and payment app.

Some cars already support Plug and Charge, and there was even talk of standardizing on it in North America.


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All Tensor, all the time.

Android 15 is official and as Android Police points out, it serves as a milestone for the Pixel line: the start of the all-Tensor era. The developer preview released today is compatible with the Pixel 6, 7, and 8 series — leaving the Snapdragon-powered Pixel 5 series in the history books. Gone but not forgotten.


Here’s what editing texts in Google Messages might look like.

After tinkering with the beta version of Google Messages, TheSpAndroid found that the upcoming edit option could surface as a pencil icon that appears when you tap and hold a message. You’ll get the option to edit your text from there, but it seems it will only work if you’ve sent the message within the past 30 minutes.

It’s still early though, so we don’t know when Google will actually start rolling the feature out, or if it’ll make any other tweaks in the meantime.


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The OnePlus 12R is a $500 phone with flagship tendencies

Time for Samsung and Google to make some room in the midrange.

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Google Pixel Fold review: closing the gap

The Pixel Fold is a powerful device with an entertainment-friendly inner screen, but it feels like it’s at least one generation away from greatness.

Is OpenAI the next challenger trying to take on Google Search?

A source for The Information says OpenAI is working on web search (partially powered by Bing) that would more directly compete with Google. It’s unclear if it would be standalone, or a part of ChatGPT.

This comes one year after Microsoft CEO (and OpenAI backer) Satya Nadella targeted Google by adding Copilot AI tools to Bing, saying on Decoder, “I want people to know that we made them dance.”

Between Google’s Bard / Gemini, Copilot, and newcomers like Perplexity, the dance floor is filling up quickly.


Google’s latest doodle roasted me on Valentine’s Day.

The doodle is a combination dating app and high school chemistry lesson. Answer a few questions and find out what element you are, then swipe left and right to bond or deny other elements.

It’s an annoyingly good time. I love the chemistry jokes, but did it really have to do me like that?


An image of quiz results. It says “CHLORINE: Swipe right if you have a passion for cleanliness. I have a very reactive personality, so chances are we’ll definitely find something to bond over, but be warned: you can have too much of a good thing (I’m best enjoyed in low doses).
I’m great, but also I’ll turn your hair green and can be combined with other elements to make acid.
Screenshot by Alex Cranz/The Verge
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