Every year’s end, the world’s most popular search engine publishes its annual Year in Search report, which basically shows which topics and stuff Earthlings most often Google in their waking hours. The most searched term is literally a force of nature in itself, Hurricane Irma, which is considered by many as the strongest Atlantic Ocean storm in a dozen years (specifically, since Hurricane Wilma in 2005).
Owners of smartphones and tablet devices powered by more recent versions of the Android mobile operating system have long taken full advantage of the capabilities of Google Assistant. But for some Android mobile users who are still utilizing old versions of the mobile OS, they have yet to experience what it is like to have Google’s digital assistant at their disposal.
Some may remember that back in May earlier this year, Google had taken the opportunity to introduce a new project called Android Go during its yearly I/O conference. For those not in the know, Android Go is basically a stripped down and more light version of Android Oreo meant for low end handsets. When Google first introduced the project about seven months ago, the tech giant said that Android Go is capable of functioning with devices possessing less than 1 gigabyte of memory, not only supplying connectivity but also supporting mobile apps, especially those compatible with Android Go.
Google is officially confirming the existence of Datally, which is basically a new app that helps users better track, manage, and ultimately save on mobile data. As of this writing, the app is already made available in the Google Play store, and should work in any Android powered mobile device with Android 5.0 Lollipop (or newer version) installed.
Google has been busy developing a new artificial intelligence feature that alerts mobile users when another person is peeping at their device over their shoulder. The feature is called the Electronic Screen Protector, and it was created by Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff, a couple of researchers at Google.
According to a report published by Quartz, it turns out that mobile devices powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system transmit cellular tower location information to Google even while the location services of those devices have been deactivated. Quartz even claims that even if the handsets have been reset to default factory settings, location data is still being collected. Specifically, Android phones connected to a Wi-Fi network or using cellular data have been observed to be transmitting data to Google every time the devices are within range of a new cellular tower, including handsets without any SIM cards inside.
Google has officially announced the start of the roll out of Google Lens to all users of Pixel smartphone devices. Of course, this is as expected, considering that back in October earlier this year, the tech giant had confirmed that Google Lens would be coming to Pixel handsets as part of Google Assistant.
It was during last month when some owners of Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone started complaining of a weird buzzing sound emanating from the device’s ear piece, especially when taking a phone call. And interestingly enough, there were other strange noises too, including a high pitch noise and what sounds like a ticking clock.
Essential Products, the startup company built by Android founder Andy Rubin, is making a beta version of Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo (the newest version of the most widely used mobile operating system in the planet) available by way of its developer portal. Sure, this particular Android version is still in beta, but it is generally accessible to anybody who wants to give the Android Oreo experience a try, even if it is not quite the finished version yet.
Google has recently rolled out a new security patch that comes with fixes for screen related issues currently being reported with regards to the company’s Pixel 2 XL flagship device. Specifically, this latest update should protect against burn-in issues and offer expanded options in terms of color saturation (as earlier promised).
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