Google was fined $17.4 million in September last year by the Turkish authority. The authorities found that Google had violated competition law and had given six months to make the changes. Interestingly Google has now informed its Turkish partners that they will not be able to work with them.
Google Pixel is known for timely updates and unique features. This time around Google has announced a bunch of new features that will soon be available on Pixel devices. The company calls it “Feature Drop” and the list includes, automatic Call Screen, Portrait Blur, improvised memory management, more.
It is not unusual for Google to restrict new features to the latest Pixel phone before making it available on older Pixels. They did the same with Google Lens and many other apps. One of the biggest highlights of the Pixel 4 was the audio recorder which not only recorded audio but also transcribed the same. Now Pixel 4’s audio recorded is available on older devices including Pixel 2 and 3.
Google has released security patches for Pixel phones. The company had said that this would be the last patch for 2016 Pixels. It is worth noting that the first Pixel missed out on security patches for the last two months. That apart, Google is yet to issue a security patch for the latest Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Face detection is one of the best features Google Photos has to offer. I personally use this feature to search for photographs of my friends and family. Until now Google Photos face detection worked automatically. However, this is set to change with the latest Google Photos update which allows you to manually tag people.
Google has rolled out an update for Google Assistant. The “Your News” update aims at giving a new spin to audio news. The feature works by constructing a news feed aided by an algorithm, similar to Facebook feed. Once populated it audio streams the entire stream. Next time you want to catch up with news all you need to do is say “listen to the news.”
Google has made yet another big-ticket purchase by buying the fitness giant Fitbit. Google has just announced that it has bought Fitbit for $2.1 billion. It seems like the company wants to gain traction in the fitness segment as it did with the Pixel in the premium smartphone segment. Just yesterday a report by Reuters had claimed that Google was in talks to buy the fitness tracker company.
Google’s latest Pixel 4 was perhaps one of the most leaked phones. Pixel 4 was announced last week and now it has come to light that the device supports 11W wireless charging. Strangely, Google didn’t mention the same during the launch.
Google has pulled the wraps from Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event held in New York. The latest Pixel phones come equipped with a radar sensor that is used for Motion Sense feature. As expected the Pixel 4 and 4XL arrive with a camera upgrade incluing a dual rear camera. Furthermore, Google’s M Security chip is likely to enhance security.