Users Can Now Send Directions On Waze From Their Computer To Their Smartphone

Google‘s Waze navigation App is being frequently updated to add important features. The newest one involves the option to send directions from the web to your smartphone in a few clicks.

For quite a while now, the online Waze Live Map has been available for users to check the traffic conditions before they step out. Now, the Live Map will allow users to send a navigation route from the Waze website to their smartphones. Read More

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Create Your Own Virtual Music Room Through Google Magenta’s Lo-Fi Player

Lo-Fi Player, a new Google Magenta Project, lets users mix lo-fi, hip-hop music tracks allowing them to create a custom music room in their browser. It requires no prerequisite musical ability.

Magenta is designed for the creation of music and art. Lo-Fi Player is a typical example of what it can do using Google’s machine learning systems. Magenta is powered by Google’s open source TensorFlow system, part of an ongoing research project “explorting the role of machine learning as a tool in the creative process.” Read More

New Update To Bring Android Auto Wireless To Your Current Car Using Just A Dongle

Android Auto is a feature that enables you to connect your smartphone with your car if your car supports the feature already. Most cars use a cable to run Android Auto, but the new update enables you to use the feature with the help of a dongle. The dongle will connect into the USB port of your car and establish a wireless connection between your smartphone and your car. Read More

Google Maps Will Now Show COVID-19 Hotspots

Google has been a constant source of information and relief amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It has been providing useful data to its users through most of its services and Apps, among which Google Maps has had its fair share. Now, Maps is all set to introduce another layer which shows at what locations the outbreak has hit the hardest.

Jane Wong on Twitter discovered the new map layer that Google has been working on. This new layer, titled “COVID-19” shows alongside options like transit, traffic, Street View, etc. Read More

YouTube Adds Big ‘Create’ Button For Android To Prompt Users

YouTube is a primary source of all kinds of entertainment for all users, with only a fraction of users creating content through the mobile app. Google wants to encourage users to create more content, and for that they have made changes to the layout of the home page of the mobile app, emphasizing the “create” button. Read More

‘Dogfood’ Build of Google News To Roll Out Via Play Store

On opening the Google News App, users are seeing a notice that they’re using a confidential “dogfood” build of the App.

A never-seen-before update of Google News was rolled out to Android users via the Google Play Store. It seemed like Google accidentally released a “dogfood” build, complete with confidentiality notices and a tweaked icon featuring a paw print. Read More

Google To Launch Duo For Android TV

Following the announcement of Google Meet coming to Chromecast, Google has now revealed that its video calling App, Duo, will be coming to Android TV in the form of a default App. It will allow users to start video calls from their TV screens. A beta version for the same will be released “in the coming weeks”.

“If your TV doesn’t have a camera built-in, you can simply plug in a USB camera,” Google said in its blog post — if your TV supports the feature. One can make both one-on-one and group video calls with the App. Read More

Chrome OS 86 To Make All App Icons Circular

Last year, Google expressed the desire to make all App icons in Chrome OS use a circular design. This year, it seems like Chrome OS 86 will help Google fulfill that desire.

Before anyone had even heard of the Pixelbook Go, we came across evidence that suggested Chrome OS was planning to introduce a handful of new Apps on its shelf as default. In addition, it was mentioned that Chrome OS App icons would soon become circular, instead of the otherwise mixture of shapes available currently. Read More

Google Redesigns The ‘Saved’ Tab In Maps, Makes It More Useful

Following the placement of the ‘Saved’ tab in the bottom bar of Maps, Google has now redesigned the said tab with some new features, making it more useful than before.

Previously, the screen had top tabs for Lists, Labeled, Reservations, Following, and Maps. The ‘Saved’ tab let you bookmark your favorite locations and sort them by “favorites”, “want to visit”, or any other customized list. Read More

Users Can Now Enjoy Dark Theme on Google Home 2.27

Mostly all of Google’s first-party Apps support dark mode and, fortunately, version 2.27 of Google Home has recently added the dark theme as well.

The Google Home dark theme is pretty straightforward as, starting at the splash screen, the stark white background simply turns into the same shade of dark gray used by every other Google App. If you use your phone throughout the day and long into the night, the dark mode makes a lot of difference. Read More