Google finally held its highly anticipated event and let us just say that there is plenty to be excited about. The highlight of course is the company’s unveiling of its new Pixel smartphones, but apart from that, the tech giant also debuted some other cool stuff. So without further ado, here are the cool things you should check out.
Recently this week, Google has officially announced its Google Stations project, with the objective of delivering free Wi-Fi connections inside trains and buses across the globe. The tech giant has actually began this movement (or something like it) last year when it started bringing free Internet service to train and bus stations in India. Moving forward though, Google is envisioning country in the world to have a similar experience.
Apparently so, at least according to mobile market research firm Wave7 Research and then later reported by Fierce Wireless. The fourth biggest wireless carrier in America appeared to have began ending its leasing program for mobile devices that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system as recently as a few days ago.
Google has just debuted a new mobile app offering called Google Trips, and it is designed to help users better plan their vacation trips. What the app (it is made available for Android and iOS mobile users) does is collate data from various sources, including Google’s own Google Maps as well as crowdsourced suggestions and feedback from other users, especially those who have traveled to the places you are planning to visit.
About a week ago, Samsung decided to recall every unit that has been sold of its latest phablet offering, the Galaxy Note 7, due to reported claims (at least 35 separate cases) of overheating and even exploding battery issues. Some however pointed out that the decision by the South Korean tech giant to voluntarily recall the Galaxy Note 7 may not be enough because apparently, some units are still being displayed in store shelves.
At this year’s IFA tech trade show held in the city of Berlin in Germany, Sony took the opportunity to officially announce not one, but a couple of new additions to its current Xperia lineup of smartphones. The Japanese tech giant’s latest offerings include the Xperia XZ handset and a small smartphone offering called the Xperia X Compact.
Motorola has definitely been busy with its Moto Z lineup of products. It has only been slightly more than a month since the phone maker released its Moto Z and Moto Z Force devices in the United States mobile market, and now it is introducing a new addition to this smartphone family.
Members of Walgreens Balance Rewards are now able to easily apply their loyalty account at checkout by way of Google’s mobile payment system, Android Pay. By becoming the first retail store to directly integrate loyalty points with the contactless mode of payment, Walgreens provides its more than 85 million active members of Walgreens Balance Rewards access to Android Pay, which could serve as a fast, easy, and safe means for members to earn and make use of loyalty points in-store.