Google's working on its own phone to take on the iPhoneGoogle wants more control to make a premium competitor to Apple's iPhone, the Galaxy Note 7 specs are leaked and Google Maps gets even better.
[MUSIC] What's up? Brian Tong here with your Googlicious for everything Google we can pack inside of a show. There's a lot to talk about and we startup with the new telegraph report that says Google is planning to release its own Google band of smartphone that will compete directly with the iPhone. We've heard rumblings about this over five months ago that Google wanted a more integrated Apple-like experience For their Nexxus phone line. At the moment Google developed the Android software but unlike Apple it partners with a rotation of manufacturers each year for the Nexxus phone hardware. The new device is expected to be released by the end of 2016 according to their sources and we will see Google take more control over the design, manufacturing, and their software. That's an example of where Google wants to be more like Apple and then the other times where... Apple wants to be more like google but don't worry, Google has stated it's not going to just stop supporting the Nexus phone line. For example an Android police reporter says Google is working on a life support App for Nexus devices. It's tentatively called Google Support and think of it as Amazon's Mayday help service, but for Nexus products. Google's App reportedly also has the ability to share your screen with an agent on the other end so I would just make sure you clear out your photo library before you set up a help session. Alright the googs might also be redesigning androids home and navigation buttons, according to Android police. This image is believed to be the next stock navigation bar in android that we might see released with the new phone. Specs for the next-gen Nexus phones manufactured by HTC this year have also been leaked out. Android Police reports two phone with a 5-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes. And the code name sailfish and marlin. Now, Sailfish is the 5-inch phone, according to the report with a rumored 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, and a hefty 4GB RAM, but we expect to officially hear about these new models this fall, in the September October time frame. Now, in other hardware, Evan Blass is back at it again on On his Twitter evleaks account, after he revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, indicating a jump from the Note 5 to the Note 7 name to catch up with the entire Galaxy product line. Now the Note 7 will come with the long-rumored iris scanner And Evleeks confirmed specs with a 5.7 inch screen, wide AC2 super Amo ledge display with 64 gigs of storage and an additional micro SD card slot and more. Now it will also bring IP 68 water resistance even with a slot for the Samsung pen, that's pretty slick. It's expected to release potentially on August 2nd for another one of Samsung's unpacked events. And in other Google bits and pieces, a new collaboration with Stanford, IDEO, and Google will bring a new project that makes learning how to code a whole lot easier for kids. It's a new open hardware platform that allows younglings to build physical coding experiences called Project Bloks, that's Bloks with no c in it. Of course it is. Now the system is made of three core hardware components And Google knows that kids naturally learn to build with their hands and collaborate with others. Project Bloks is looking for participants who wanna take part of this studies so check out the website if you wanna find out more. Also at VidCon last week, YouTube announced it's bringing live streaming capabilities Directly to it's YouTube app on iOS and Android. You'll be able to see audience numbers and metrics with the live chat happening at the same time, where people keep telling you take your top off. Now select YouTube partners are getting it and the feature will continue to roll out more widely over time. And finally, Google Earth and the satellite layers in Maps. are getting a huge boost with sharper and more detailed images thanks to the Landsat 8 Satellite. It was launched in 2013 and it captures images with greater details, truer colors, and even more frequency. Now you can see the difference in this comparison Between the old data and the new imagery. That's pretty. Now Google calls it its freshest global mosaic to date. It looks really impressive, and it's definitely worth checking out. All right, that's going to do it for this week's show. You can email us at email@example.com. Or tweet me @briantong. Thanks so much for watching. We'll catch you all next time for some of that Googlicious. [MUSIC] Googlicious. [BLANK_AUDIO]