Google is now providing padded boxes instead of flimsy envelopes for trade-ins

When Google started its recent trade-in program, the most common gripe was that the packaging provided by the company was seen as insufficient protection for your phone. In fact, there were multiple reports of devices being damaged in transit as a result of the flimsy envelopes. Well, that shouldn’t be a problem anymore, as Google has now switched to padded boxes. 

For the unfamiliar, Google provides an option to trade-in a limited selection of phones in exchange for credit towards a purchase made through Project Fi or the Google Store.

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Google+ adds a ‘delete, report, and block’ button for comments

Google+ has had problems with spam since… well, forever. If you regularly encounter spam on the platform, at least Google has now made it easier to deal with the problem. The company is rolling out a new ‘delete, report, and block’ button for comments to help you quickly get rid of spam replies.

Leo Deegan, an engineer manager at Google, announced the new feature on his G+ account. It’s similar to the ‘remove, report, and ban’ option given to community moderators a while back, but this is for normal users.

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Google is killing off Project Tango, come March 2018

The road to progress, especially in the tech realm, is almost never a straight and smooth one. Few companies actually understand this better, in practice, on a grand scheme than Google – an innovator, startup adopter and visionary for many breakthroughs, but also a cold executioner for many others. It seems Project Tango – the ambitious AR platform, is officially getting the latter treatment as well and heading towards the discarded idea pile. Pretty fast at that, with an expiration date set for March 2018. Still, as sad as this news is for AR enthusiasts, not to mention early…

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[Update x2: Available for more watches] Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it

As the name implies, Android Wear is simply a variation of Android specifically tailored to smartwatches. This year’s Wear 2.0 update ran on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and while some components can be updated through the Play Store, the underlying system can only be updated through normal OTAs.

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Google shutting down Tango augmented reality platform

Google Tango logo

Project Tango began life in early 2014 as a Google ATAP experiment aimed at helping developers to use augmented reality and create experiences like 3D scanning, indoor navigation, and immersive gaming. The effort had its ups and downs, and now it’s coming to a close.

Google today said that it’s ending support for Tango on March 1, 2018. The reason for the decision is ARCore, Google’s latest augmented reality effort. Google recently used ARCore to offer augmented reality stickers to Pixel and Pixel 2 owners.

Following the debut of Project Tango, Google offered Tango tablets and teamed with Lenovo and ASUS to launch Tango-enabled smartphones. The platform never really seemed to catch on, though, so it makes sense that Google is deprecating it and focusing instead on ARCore.

Have you tried Google’s AR stickers that are a product of ARCore?

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