For the first time since debuting its Project Fi offering, Google is incorporating an unlimited data plan to its wireless service. With its new Bill Protection option, the tech giant will be capping charges for voice calls and text messaging, as well as data, at $80 every month, while letting customers enjoy high speed speed data, free of charge. The Bill Protection will also work for roaming customers, and for those who use data only SIM cards.
Google’s video calling app, Duo, is now allowing users to make calls to other people who do not have the app installed in their mobile devices or have not registered before with the service. This applies to both video calls and audio only phone calls as well. The recipients of Duo calls can answer by dragging up on the icon, put their mic on mute or shift cameras, and end the call by hanging up.
And if ever users accidentally navigate away from the app’s interface while engaged in a call, they can just tap a notification icon that instantly navigates them back. For those non-Duo users, they will get a prompt to install the app at the end of the phone call. Of course, there is also an option to block certain people from making calls.
In a blog entry recently posted in Google’s official blog by Pali Bhat, the vice president of product management for payments at Google, it was announced that existing payment features Android Pay and Google Wallet will now be merged under one brand name -- Google Pay. As described by Bhat, the decision is more of a rebranding move, not only to unify the tech giant’s current payment platforms, but more importantly to simplify everything for its users.
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.
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