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If you are thinking about the upcoming Mass Effect game, then you probably do not know about Google's ongoing work where the internet giant is planning to bring the Chrome OS and the Android OS together as one. Although Google has not yet made it official, Project Andromeda is very much alive and probably has the alternate name of Fuchsia.


Fuchsia will expand Google's reach to devices of all kind; be it fully-fledged computers or advanced mobile devices. If you are wondering whether Android will be discontinued in the wake of this new OS, it won't be, at least not exactly anyway! Although Andromeda will eventually replace Android as the base OS, the latter will probably be retained as a legacy API within the OS.


The main advantage which Fuchsia will bring over the Android OS is its ability to simultaneously provide updates to all devices running on it. It could potentially eliminate the Android fragmentation issues, ensuring better security and uniformity across multiple devices. Reports indicate that Google is testing out Andromeda on the next gen Qualcomm flagship SD 835 SoC. Whether that means the first Fuchsia powered device will be released in 2017 or not, remains to be seen.


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Verizon has the sole right to sell the Google Pixel phones as a carrier, but T-Mobile has a deal for you that might just tempt a few of the Pixel phone owners towards committing to T-Mobile for the long run. If you have a Pixel, a subscription to T-Mobile's Unlimited One plan will earn you a bill credit of $325. Considering that it will shave off half the price from the 32GB variant of the Pixel ($649) and the price of an additional mid-range smartphone from the cost of the 32GB Pixel XL ($769), this plan already has the attention of the customers.


However, before you start getting to excited about the offer, there are a few stipulations that you must take into account. Firstly, the Unlimited One plans start at $70 per month and in spite of being touted as "unlimited," it downgrades videos to 480p resolution, as well as throttling tethering speeds. Secondly, you WON'T be receiving the entire $325 in one bill credit; rather, it will be evenly distributed over the course of 24 months, at a rate of $13.55 per credit. Finally, in order to avail this offer, you will need to sign up for it within 30 days from your Pixel's date of purchase.


Considering the insane price tags on the Pixel phones and especially the Pixel XL, will you go for this plan? More importantly, will it actually benefit you and suit your needs?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Pixel phones were the highlights of the Google press event earlier, but the two smartphones were not the only things unveiled by the company there. The Chromecast Ultra has been announced at the event, which will be able to stream 4K content with ease. Consider this as an upgraded and beefed up version of the popular Chromecast 2. Along with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, supported apps include YouTube, Vudu and Netflix for starters. It should also be able to playback Google Play Movies by November.



According to Google, users will experience a general increase in speed compared to the Chromecast 2 (1.8 times to be exact) in any stream. If you do not have a Wi-Fi connection that is fast enough to stream video content at 4K resolution, the Chromecast Ultra can also directly take in an Ethernet cable, thanks to an Ethernet port on the accompanying power adapter. As with the previous versions, Android mirroring on your TV will be supported and so will Google Home. It will go on sale in November with a price tag of $69 in the US.


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Google has launched its first router ever, but you will have to wait till December to get your hands on one. Although the pre-orders will start from next month, it won't be until December that the company will start shipping the Wi-Fi router to their customers. A single unit will set you back by $129 but if you can find two other interested friends, you can have a pack of three for only $299. Provided that you have a big enough house, you can also use multiple of these as the modular devices may also be used to widen the signal area of your primary router's connection.


Google Wi-Fi will allow the admin to control network usage by enabling him/her to restrict data consumption on any of the connected devices. The Network Assist feature will continue to improve the performance of your network, in addition to decongesting it. It supports mesh networking as well, in case you already have an OnHub router.


Check the hardware specifications below.


802.11ac AC1200 2X2 dual-band wireless
2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
512MB of DDR3L memory
710 MHz quad-core processor
4GB of eMMC flash



After months of rumors, the Pixel phones have now been officially revealed and here's a short summary of what Google announced about them. Check the photo above if you want to see the hardware specs.


Size, color and material - The Pixel (5-inch display) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch display), both will come in silver, black and blue (limited Edition). They will sport an aluminium (aerospace-grade) unibody design with an overall smooth texture.


Unlimited cloud storage - All Pixel users will be given unlimited cloud storage options for their photos and videos via Google Photos.


Pixel Imprint and "Moves"- The fingerprint scanner at the back (Pixel imprint) will now notify you about new messages, emails and other notifications.


Google Assistant and Google Duo - Google Assistant will replace Google Now and the two phones will come with the virtual assistant preloaded as an in-built feature. It's the same with the Google Duo video calling app, which also comes pre-loaded into the two smartphones.


Support Tab - There's an actual Support Tab inside the Settings menu which will let you connect with an expert to solve any problem that you might be facing on the phone.


Personalised case - A user customizable live case will work in sync with Google Earth and Google Trends.


Quick Switch Adapter - The Quick Switch Adapter will let you transfer your media, contacts and even iMessages to the new Pixel phone.


Best camera ever? - Google has proudly announced that the two phones will sport the best camera ever seen on a smartphone yet (DxoMark score is 89).



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