Starting next year, Google will show Android users in Europe a new choice screen to select the default search engine on their device while setting it up. Besides Google itself, there will be three more search providers that would be a part of the list.
Google Assistant finally gets the ability to read and reply to messages on Telegram, WhatsApp, and other third-party messaging services. Until now the functionality was restricted to SMS texts and Hangouts. In some cases Google Assistant let you send messages but was restricted from reading the new messages.
Google is testing Play Pass subscription where it would provide users with access to hundreds of premium apps and games on the Play Store for a monthly subscription fee. All the apps and games would be ad-free and fully unlocked meaning there won’t be any IAPs.
Until recently infotainment systems on automobiles were complicated and riddled with issues. Features like voice commands rarely worked. With the advent of Android Auto and Apple Car Play we have seen things improve, people finally got to use touch screens powered by a mobile operating system on their cars. Google has now updated Android Auto and the new version aims at competing with infotainment systems from auto manufacturers.
Thanks to a slew of leaks and reports, a lot about the Pixel 4 has already been speculated. This time around Google has revealed that Pixel 4 will ditch the fingerprint sensor in favor of face unlock. Furthermore, Google also mentions that Pixel 4 will arrive with “Motion Sense” that uses Project Soli chip to sense hand gestures.
Over the years, Google Assistant has gained a lot of new features which helped improve user experience. As of now, Google Assistant cannot be used to send texts from the lock screen. Perhaps, this restriction was enforced for security reasons. Now Google is trying to change that and is thus testing a feature that lets you send texts directly from the lock screen.
Google’s affordable Pixel 3a is known for offering superlative camera experience. The imaging prowess of the Pixel 3a is said to be similar to the Pixel 3. Now we have numbers in the form of DxOMark review to confirm the same. DxOMark released the review of Pixel 3a and the device seems to have fared very well.
I always wondered if a real person was listening to Google Assistant or SIRI recordings. Well, the answer now stares me in my face. A Belgian based broadcaster has revealed what happens behind the scenes of Google’s Assistant voice transcription work. The broadcaster sourced the news from three anonymous sources and also listened to 1000 human recordings while doing so.
Earlier this year, Google and Amazon announced that they are making up and that Prime Video would make its way to Android TV and Chromecast. The YouTube app would also make its return to Amazon’s Fire TV devices. That day has finally arrived as the YouTube app is now once again available for the Fire TV.
Google has been tweaking its API policy to enforce better privacy. Once the new restrictions are imposed, app makers are expected to make changes accordingly. A recent change for SMS and Phone permissions has apparently forbidden apps from offering Gmail related functionalities. The list includes popular Android apps like SMS Backup+, Nine, Kiwi for Gmail and Swiftkey.