Google Improves Its App To Give iPhone Users A ‘Better Experience’

Google has never mistreated or given inferior treatment to iPhone users for its apps and services. In fact, apps and services are given first to iPhone users and then to Android users. Now Google is working to make the experience on iPhone even better. According to reports of 9to5Mac, the staff engineering lead for Google Design on Apple platforms, Jeff Verkoeyen, spoke about this in a long Twitter thread. He said, “as we continued on the pursuit of cross-platform pixel parity, our iOS components were slowly drifting further and further from Apple platform fundamentals because those fundaments were also evolving year over year.”

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Google To Increase The Free Storage Deadline For Some Of Its Apps

The free storage of Google was supposed to end in June this year but Google has now extended the limit to February 2022. But this extension is only for some existing Google apps like Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, or Jamboard files limited to WorkSpace and GSuite users. For personal Google account holders, the free storage will be available till June 2021 only as decided earlier. Google in a blog post said, “High-quality photos will count towards the Drive quota beginning June 1, 2021. There is no change to this timeline.” It further continued, “Any newly created Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, or Jamboard files will count towards storage. Existing files within these products will not count towards storage, unless they’re modified on or after February 1, 2022.”

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Google’s Failed Social Networking Service, Google+, Is Officially Replaced By Google Currents


Google shut down personal accounts from its social networking service, Google+ in April 2019 after a series of security concerns and its failure in keeping the audience engaged. The service was still available for enterprise customers to communicate within the organisation and launched Currents in beta version shortly after the shut down. Google+ is now officially gone and is rebranded to Google Currents. Google Currents has moved from beta and is now available widely for iOS and Android users. The tech giant had sent out a notice to G Suite admins last month about the rebranding and the general availability of the service. If you search for Google+ on App Store or Google Play, the result will show Google Currents with the Google+ logo changed to a blue waveform like icon giving it a Google Material Theme design. The existing plus.google.com URLs will continue to function and automatically redirect the users to currents.google.com. Read More

Google Makes Creating Spreadsheets Easier With Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup

Working on spreadsheets and analyzing data has always been a tedious task. Google announced several new updates to Google Sheets, which will make filling data and building spreadsheets a bit easier. Google is bringing Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup to Google Sheets, leveraging G Suite AI. With Smart Fill, the data entry in sheets will be automated, similar to Smart Compose in Gmail that helps users to write faster by predicting repetitive phrases. Product Manager of G Suite, Ryan Weber explained how Smart Fill will work in a blog post, saying, “Say you have a column of full names, but you want to split it into two columns, first and last name, for example. As you start typing first names into a column, Sheets will automatically detect the pattern, generate the corresponding formula, and then autocomplete the rest of the column for you.”

Google will not literally auto-fill a coloumn for you, but instead will build a formula and suggest to fill it based on patterns that it collects, giving the user flexibility to manage it accordingly. Read More