About the Author

Abner Li


“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 4 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

January 22

Google Drive File Stream adding M1 Mac support in April, Backup and Sync already updated

Since the November launch of Apple Silicon-powered Macs, third-party developers have been steadily updating their apps with native support. Google now plans to update Drive File Stream in April with M1 support.

January 18

Pocket Casts is up for sale nearly three years after acquisition by public radio consortium

In May 2018, Pocket Casts was acquired by NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life. That consortium of “top podcast producers” is now looking to sell the Android, iOS, and web application.

December 18, 2020

Google Photos storage bug ‘inaccurately counted’ uploads for some on iOS, Google One refunds triggered

A Google Photos storage system “mistake” this year resulted in image and video uploads being “inaccurately” counted towards your cloud storage quota. This Photos issue, which is now fixed, was present throughout 2020 and Google is offering a refund for One storage during that period.

December 16, 2020

Apple TV app coming to Chromecast with Google TV in early 2021, Android TV expansion later

On Android, Apple’s streaming service is currently only available on Sony televisions. That’s changing next year when an Apple TV app comes to Chromecast with Google TV. 

December 2, 2020

Google Authenticator for iOS gets dark theme redesign, bulk 2FA account transfers

Earlier this year, Google’s 2FA authentication app received a big Android update that modernized its design. That dark theme, along with an account transfer feature, is now available in Google Authenticator for iOS.

November 24, 2020

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS add Microsoft Office editing

Following the web last year and Android in September, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS can now edit Office files. 

November 19, 2020

Stadia will be playable on iOS via Safari in the coming ‘weeks’

Apple’s tough enforcement of its App Store policies has led to a sad lack of a playable version of Google Stadia on iOS. That is set to change very soon as public testing of a dedicated progressive web app is set to start within “several weeks.”

November 18, 2020

Gmail for iOS adds home screen widget as Chrome makes multi-window support on iPad official

With the launch of iOS 14 in September, Google’s key apps were updated to support the latest platform features. After adding default email app support, Gmail now has an iOS home screen widget. Google is also highlighting how Chrome on iPad supports opening multiple windows.

November 17, 2020

[Update: Now available] Google releases Apple Silicon-optimized version of Chrome for Mac

Following today’s launch of M1-powered Macs, Google has quietly released a Mac version of Chrome that is optimized for Apple Silicon.

Chrome 87 rolling out with significant speed improvements, more battery life

The last Chrome update of 2020 is starting to roll out and Google is touting a handful of performance improvements. Chrome 87 features tab throttling and better resource management, as well as a number of user-facing additions.

October 29, 2020

Google One’s 2TB+ plans adding Android VPN, coming to iOS & Mac/Windows soon

Back in July, Google’s storage subscription service made phone backups free on Android and announced plans for iOS. The next move for Google One is including a VPN on higher storage tiers.

October 26, 2020

YouTube rolling out player page redesign with gestures, suggestions for Android and iOS

YouTube today announced a series of Android and iOS updates as part of a video player page redesign. The general look stays the same, but the Google company has worked to optimize button placement and layouts, while adding some convenient shortcuts.

October 22, 2020

Google Photos adds delightful ‘Your memories’ iOS 14 home screen widgets

In addition to YouTube Music, Google today is bringing iOS 14 home screen widgets to Photos. It delightfully lets you see “memories” every time you unlock your iPhone or iPad.

October 13, 2020

YouTube Music gets simple Apple Watch app before Wear OS client

To follow a big Android TV update yesterday, Google has just released an Apple Watch app for YouTube Music. It provides basic playback controls and browsing of what’s on your phone.

September 18, 2020

Google adds iOS 14 Search widget as Chrome and Gmail getting default apps support

Apple launched its latest mobile OS on Wednesday and app developers are in the process of supporting the latest features. Google has two iOS 14 updates ready with a Search widget and Chrome browser default, while it’s readying a third.

August 13, 2020

Fortnite is offering direct payments w/ discounts to get around app store fees on Android, iOS

Epic Games has been very vocal about its distaste for 30% fees charged by Google and Apple, despite giving in and distributing its hit game Fortnite through the Play Store and App Store. Now, to get around those fees, Fortnite is adding “direct payments.”

August 1, 2020

[Update: Refund] Apple shuts down Dark Sky for Android and Wear OS

Apple made a surprise acquisition of Dark Sky in March and there are signs that it’s already live in iOS 14. As part of this, the weather forecasting service is gradually being deprecated for non-Apple devices and clients. The Dark Sky shutdown is now complete for Android and Wear OS, but the website sees a reprieve.

July 31, 2020

Google: 20 US states ‘exploring’ COVID-19 Exposure Notification apps, first launches in ‘coming weeks’

Google today provided an update on its work with Exposure Notifications to help combat COVID-19. This includes improvements to the underlying API, adoption by US states, and user-facing tweaks since May.

June 25, 2020

[Update: Live] Google Photos for Android, iOS redesign adds map view

Back in May, Google quietly marked the fifth anniversary of Photos with direct album sharing. Google Photos today is now getting a big redesign that modernizes the mobile app’s look, and very notably its icon.

May 14, 2020

Rare photos show Larry Page and Steve Jobs at Google in 2007

Before the launch of Android and the T-Mobile G1, Steve Jobs had quite a close relationship with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Rare pictures of Jobs, Page, and then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Googleplex have surfaced today.

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