Chrome OS Set to Get Touch-Friendly Controls in Upcoming Redesign

August 19, 2017

Chrome OS on Chromebooks was initially not designed as a touch-friendly interface but after the introduction of support for Google Play apps, things were bound to change. It now seems like the operating system might soon receive a design overhaul that would focus primarily on support for touch-based controls. A new video, shared by Google Chromium Happiness Evangelist Francois Beaufort, shows an app drawer just like Android with Google Search bar and some app icons that can be launched with a…

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Google to Pay Apple $3 Billion to Remain Default iOS Device Search Engine: Report

August 18, 2017

Google will pay Apple nearly $3 billion (roughly Rs. 19,276 crores) this year to remain as the default search engine on iOS devices, US-based research and brokerage firm Bernstein has said. According to a note to investors on Monday, Google has increased the amount – from $1 billion three years ago to $3 billion this year – and Google’s licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business. “Court documents indicate that…

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Google’s Contacts App Is Now Available for All Android Users

August 18, 2017

Google’s Contacts app has been exclusive to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One users till date, however, moving forward, all Android phone users can now use the app instead of the inbuilt one forced on them by OEMs. Google has now made its Contacts app available on Google Play as a free download. The app can only be installed on any Android device running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. If you’re…

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Google Allo Finally Gets a Web Version, But It’s Available Only for Android

August 18, 2017

Back in February this year, Nick Fox, VP, Communications Products at Google, announced that the search giant will be releasing a Web client of the Google Allo app. Now, after a few hiccups in between, the company has finally introduced Allo for Web for Android smartphone users utilising the desktop Chrome browser. While the Web client currently doesn’t support iPhone, the company says it is coming soon too. In order to use Allo for Web, you…

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Google Search Lite App Being Tested for Regions With Spotty Internet Connections

August 18, 2017

In a bid to get the ‘next billion’ on to the Internet, tech giants are trying various methods to lure the audience that still do not have access to proper Internet connections and gadgets like smartphones. One such effort is now seen by Google with the new Search Lite app that is reportedly being tested in Indonesia. Android Police reports that the app appeared in Facebook ads for many users in Indonesia, and users…

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Android Instant Apps Now Accessible by 500 Million Devices, Says Google

August 18, 2017

Google’s Android Instant Apps lets you run Android apps instantly without requiring installation, and now the company claims it can be accessed on 500 million devices globally. After kicking off live test of Android Instant Apps with select developers earlier this year, the company has now opened it to all Android developers. Google in a blog post on Thursday announced the milestone, and added that Android Instant Apps can be accessed across countries where Google…

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Lithuanian Man Pleads Not Guilty to Defrauding Facebook and Google

August 18, 2017

A Lithuanian man accused of defrauding Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in US court on Thursday. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, entered his plea through an interpreter before US Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses in federal court in Manhattan, clad in a blue and white striped shirt and faded blue jeans. He arrived in New York on Wednesday night after being extradited from Lithuania, US prosecutors said….

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Facebook, Google Activate SOS Features After Barcelona Attack

August 18, 2017

Soon after the Barcelona attack that left 13 people dead, Facebook and Google activated their safety check features to let users in the vicinity inform their friends that they were safe and get nearby support. Facebook created a page, titled “The attack in Barcelona, Spain” which users used to “check in as safe”, The Telegraph reported on Thursday. Recently launched SOS alert feature by Google gave people up-to-date news and information about Barcelona attack. The page…

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Google Pays High School Student $10,000 for Reporting Security Flaw

August 14, 2017

A high-school student from Uruguay has been rewarded with $10,000 (roughly Rs. 6.5 lakh) after he discovered and reported a vulnerability to Google. The student, Ezequiel Pereira, says he chanced upon the vulnerability after a bout of boredom last month when he was poking around Google services using Burp Suite, a popular Web security testing tool. After a few failed attempts, Pereira says he came across yaqs.googleplex.com, an internal webpage which…

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Google Camera App Modified to Bring Pixel’s HDR+ Feature to Select Compatible Phones

August 14, 2017

One of the major selling points of Google’s Pixel smartphone since launch has been its camera, which has managed to impress both users and critics alike. Interestingly, an app developer has now figured out a way to bring the same camera improvements (on the software side) that are carried out on by the Google camera app on Pixel smartphones to other Android smartphones that feature capable processors. Separately, Google has pushed out a new update to the Google Camera app…

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