Have a catchy tune stuck in your head, but don’t know the lyrics? Simply hum to search with Google’s latest feature. As of today, users can hum, whistle or sing a melody to Google to figure out what the song is. If you’re on a mobile device just open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon, say “what’s this song?”, and then start humming for 10-15 seconds. Read more for a video and additional information.
Let’s face it, most of the humming you do is probably not worth recording, but after running it through Google’s machine learning Tone Transfer tool, you may reconsider. Using your Android smartphone, tablet or desktop, you can turn these simple hums into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. Google research scientist Hanoi Hantrakul considers this tool to be deconstructing the sound into “Play-Doh”, which can then be molded into something else. Read more for a video and additional information.
At $699, Google’s new flagship Pixel 5 smartphone features a 6″ OLED (2340 x 1080) display with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 765G SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, dual rear camera setup (12MP main / 16MP wide-angle lens), a front-facing 8MP front camera, and a 4080mAh battery with 18W quick charging over USB-C. Plus, there’s also reverse wireless charging, which means you can charge other devices (AirPods, Pixel Buds, etc.) by simply placing it on the back of the smartphone. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on, and additional information.
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Google will officially be unveiling the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G smartphones on September 30th at a press event, but apparently, the former has already been leaked. WinFuture managed to snag two screenshots of the actual handset, and a few specs to go along with them. It allegedly features a Snapdragon 765G processor with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support and a 6.0-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED panel (19.5:9 aspect ratio) with a 90Hz refresh rate. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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The problem with most power banks is that once drained, it could take a few hours to recharge. Meet the Google PixelBloc, a modular power bank that lets you easily add modules for extra capacity. It starts off with a 2,500mAh base unit equipped with a USB-C port and two USB-A ports, when more power is needed, simply plug another module on top. One thing to note is that only USB-C port will be available for use at any time, since each module plugs into it. Read more for additional pictures.
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The Google Pixel 4a has been out for a week now, but here’s a purported first look at the 4a 5G and its successor. In this image, we see a black Pixel 5 and then the Pixel 4a 5G right next to it in white. The former features a dual rear camera setup (16MP Sony IMX481, 12.2MP main sensor), an 8MP Sony IMX355 front camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G CPU, 8GB of RAM, 6.0″ OLED 90Hz display, and a 4,000mAh battery. Read more for a video on the Pixel 5 and additional information.
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The Google Pixel 4a may have just been released, but the company is nearly finished with its successor, the Pixel 5. It’s rumored to have a 6-inch, 90Hz OLED display, which is slightly smaller than the Samsung S20’s 6.2-inch display, along with a 3,080mAh battery. Out back, there appears to be a fingerprint sensor and a square-shaped camera array with two sensors, an LED flash, and possibly a ToF sensor. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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The Google Pixel 4a is already touted as the best budget-priced Android smartphone in its class, and a Pixel Smarwatch would be the perfect companion. Industrial designer James Tsai thought so as well, and came up with this minimalist design. Less is more, and that’s why you won’t find a rotating crown or bezel, but rather a small button on the right side of the device. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Google Lens is getting a new Education mode that will help students solve difficult math equations. How does it work? Just snap a photo of the problem using Lens, and then Socratic will provide a detailed explanation on how to solve the equation. For those who don’t already know, Lens is a service within the Google App, so all you need is the latest version to gain access to this new mode. Read more for a video and additional information.
Always wanted to relive some of your vacation photos, but only have photos? Well, Google researchers may have the tool for you. They’ve managed to reconstruct detailed 3D scenes of famous landmarks, like the Trevi Fountain in Rome, using regular photographs and machine learning. These aren’t basic models, but rather 3D renderings that allows you to move the camera around like you’re actually there.