Just this week, Google has finally decided to roll out the fourth and final developer preview version of its Android O, the upcoming newest version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. As far as anyone can see, this latest developer preview does not offer any significant updates.
Nearly half a decade ago, Google had debuted its Google Now offering, an artificial intelligence driven digital assistant. But in the next four years or so, the tech giant would try to sort of disassemble Google Now and integrate the functionality into its core branded services. The result is nothing short of a miracle -- search results and other services (like YouTube, for instance) are now more tailored to any Google account holder’s particular interests.
There have been rumors flying recently that Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone will be released some time later this year. But just a few days ago, there is some increased talk that the said device will feature a squeezable body.
It is no secret that mobile users everywhere are using up more data than ever, but wouldn’t it be nice to actually have a tool that allows people to better manage how their smartphones and tablet devices are consuming mobile data? Google tries to address that with a new, experimental Android mobile app called Triangle.
Google’s wireless service, Project Fi, which only works with the tech giant’s own branded mobile devices powered by its Android mobile operating system (more on this later), is introducing a new feature called Group Repay. This latest feature is basically an automated system that allows a customer of Project Fi to split his group plan among up to half a dozen members of that same plan.
According to a recent report published by Ars Technica just this week, the number of installations of the Pixel Launcher mobile app (which can only be utilized with Google’s Pixel smartphones) has reached more than a million.
Android Pay, the mobile payment system developed and released by Google, can now be used by Android users to facilitate peer to peer (P2P) money transfers from one country to another. This is made possible through WorldRemit, which revealed recently that it will now allow customers to send money internationally via Google’s contactless mode of payment.
According to Nick Fox, the vice president of Communications Products at Google, US wireless carrier Sprint and Canadian mobile operator Rogers Communications have completed the first ever cross carrier Rich Communications Service (RCS) interconnection in the North American continent.
When it comes to app stores, Google Play and Apple’s App Store are two of the most dominant in the world, but it appears that the place for Android apps is not generating as much revenues as its iOS equivalent. According to a report recently released by Sensor Tower, Android mobile users based in the United States on average are spending 33 percent less on Google Play as compared to iOS mobile users are doing on the App Store.
It seems YouTube is making its mobile live streaming feature more and more available to all users by reducing the number of subscribers needed for one to enjoy access to the functionality. But Google is making it clear that it still is not made available to everybody. Officially, YouTube mobile live streaming can only be accessed by a limited number of account holders for now.
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