Gboard Working On “Hands-Free” Voice Typing Feature

At Google IO developer’s conference held last year, the tech giant displayed speech transcription on Pixel work on-devices and in real-time. This version of the Gboard app is now being upgraded by adding a “hands-free” voice typing feature which is more helpful than speech-to-text and includes a more extensive “Google Assistant integration” as reported by 9to5Google.

When the new feature is launched, the users will be able to tap the mic to chat hands-free. The microphone in the Gboard app is reported to stay in the same position on the right but with the addition of a new interface which will display a note saying “Speak now to type hands-free.” Read More

Google Replaces The Google Play Music App With YouTube Music

From the last few months, YouTube has been channeling Google Play Music audiences to YouTube Music, in order to allow them to shift their music libraries, personal taste selections and playlists to YouTube Music. This is because Google’s music and podcast streaming service and online music locker or Google Play Music is closing for all users in October and will be replaced by YouTube Music.

“We’re announcing two important updates. First, YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020. Users will have the opportunity to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in that timeframe. Second, in the coming months, Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. Additionally, we are making changes to the Google Play store and Music Manager,” YouTube communicated in a blog post. Read More

Google’s New $350 Phone Packs A Killer Camera & Processor

Google recently announced the release of Pixel 4a. The phone will be available for purchase starting August 30 and will cost $350. Considering that the majority of the phones cost over $1000 it is a great price. Apple’s iPhone SE and Samsung Galaxy 51 are available for similar prices. Samsung and Apple are definitely the most popular phones on the market but Google’s Pixel started rising in popularity since the release of Pixel 3A. When the phone was released Google saw the sales double year by year. The idea behind Pixel 4a is similar to that of Pixel 3 A. The phone is good, it has a great camera and an affordable price. Google had planned the release of the phone earlier this year but the COVID-19 pandemic interfered with the plans.

The factories were shut down and it became either hard or impossible to monitor and manage the production of the phones. Google will also launch its Pixel 5 that will support the 5G network and will be available for $499. For people who do not want to spend over $400 on the phone the Apple’s new iPhone SE and Google’s Pixel 4 are the best options. Pixel 4 a, similar to iPhone SE, is small and you can hold it in one hand. The screen has better colors than iPhone SE or Pixel 3 and covers the whole space from the top to the bottom. The fingerprint reader is located on the back of the phone, unlike iPhone SE that has the front fingerprint reader, thus taking space that could be used for the screen. Pixel 4a has a simple design. It is available only in black. Read More

Google Adds Smart Compose Autocomplete To Its Docs Mobile App For G Suite Users

Google is renewing its office software on mobile devices for G Suite users, affixing the latest features to the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps that might make it more manageable to get the job completed from the smartphone. The modifications done are mostly visual and incorporate a link preview feature with a new comment interface. Users can now react to comments on their files straight from Gmail. Read More

Google Launches Its Apple AirDrop-Like File Sharing Feature For Android Phones Called ‘Nearby Share’

Google has launched a ‘Nearby Share’ feature, an Apple AirDrop alternative for Android smartphones, which enables users to share pictures, files, links, and more to other nearby Android smartphones. It operates pretty much similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature for the iPhone.It is rolling out to devices running Android 6.0 and higher. This feature is accessible to some of the Pixel and Samsung devices but the company is working on rolling it out for a more extended audience. Read More

EU Begins An In-Depth Investigation Into Google’s Plan To Buy Fitness Tracking Device Maker Fitbit

The European Commission is opening an in-depth investigation into Google’s acquisition of Fitbit. EU Union regulators are concerned that the deal will entrench Google’s position as a market leader in online advertising by providing the search giant entrance to data assembled from Fitbit’s health tracking hardware that can be utilized for personalized advertisements.

“The data collected via wrist-worn wearable devices appears to be an important advantage in the online advertising markets. By increasing the data advantage of Google in the personalization of the ads it serves via its search engine and displays on other internet pages, it would be more difficult for rivals to match Google’s online advertising services,” the European commission quoted in a press release. Read More

Google Pay Declares Digital-First Bank Accounts In Partnership With 8 Banks

Eight banks in the US, including BBVA and BMO, have declared their partnership with Google to extend digital-first bank accounts directly in the Google Pay app.
“The financial side of these accounts will be managed by the partner banks and Google will provide the front-end, intuitive user experiences and financial insights,” BBVA explained.

According to another partner bank BMO, “The Google Pay app will offer built-in budgeting tools and ‘financial insights’ exclusive to Google’s digital bank accounts. Unfortunately, we still have a bit of waiting to do, as these accounts and their exclusive Google Pay features don’t launch until sometime next year.” Read More

Google Adds “Touch-To-Fill” Feature On Chrome To Make Auto-Filling Passwords More Convenient

Google announced a fresh update in the Chrome browser that will allow users to automatically enter saved passwords and credit card details into forms more comfortably and securely. The browser will now utilize biometric authentication technology to autofill credit card details without having to ask for the three-digit CVC each time. However, it will still ask you to provide CVC for the first time a card is used. Read More

Google Unveils An “Ads Transparency Spotlight” Extension For Chrome

Google will offer the most advanced tools to equip users with added information about the ads that they see, continuing with its attempts to become more transparent and expand privacy choices. Adding to its pre-existing feature of ‘Why this ad?’ the company is launching a new tool named ‘About this ad’, which will show users the verified name of the sponsor. Read More

Google One Offers Free Phone Backups To Entice Non-Paying Users To Get The App

Google is offering a free phone backup feature for Google One users as part of a more extensive update to the app. The feature will allow users to clean up files across Google Photos, Google Drive, and Gmail through the Google One app.
“Automatic phone backup will be available on Android phones, even if you don’t have a Google One membership. And if you have an iPhone, we’re introducing a new iOS app that lets you store photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events with Google,” Google announced in an official blog post. Read More

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