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Google To Offer Browser, Search-App Choices In Android Europe Set-Up Flow

Due to an antitrust decision last year in Europe, Google had been ordered to stop compelling phone makers to pre-install Google apps to gain access to Google Play. The decision came with a €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) fine, which Google is appealing. Even though the company is appealing the decision, Google is still complying …

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Google Has Added Voice Input And Spoken Results To Mobile Web Search

Google has added a microphone to the Google.com search field on Android phones to enable mobile voice search.  With this addition, it begs the questions as to why add this at all since users had the ability to do voice search on the mobile web, with the Android keyboard microphone. Below are screenshots from Search Engine Land …

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Google Shutting Down Allo, Where Google Assistant Made Its Debut

For years now, Google seems to have been struggling with its messaging strategy.  Ever since it launched back in 2005, Google had done several experiments and false starts since Google Talk first came out.  Add that to the list of two more of the newer initiatives, Hangouts and Allo, which are both being shuttered. Hangouts will …

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Google Appeals Record $5 Billion EU Antitrust Android Fine

On October 9, Google filed an appeal of the European Commission’s (EC’s) record €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) antitrust fine, which was imposed in July because of Google Play app pre-install requirements. In the eyes of the EC, the practice of requiring handset makers to pre-install specific Google-made apps as was counted as “an abuse of market position.”  …

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Google Expands Assistant Device Network, Adds Polyglot Support

When to comes to advantages, Google Assistant devices has one over Echo in international markets.  The company, who wants to capitalize on this fact, is expanding multilingual support and has announced a raft of new partners. One of the many things that was announced, one of the things users can do s switch between languages …

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Report Says Google Is To Launch Own Smart Display In Time For The Holidays

According to Canalys, looking at over 50 million Alexa devices sold, fewer than 500,000 have been the Echo Show.  The device fails to live up to the promise of a “smart speaker with a screen.” If we take the Echo Show and use it as a point of reference, the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant, which has …

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Google Uses 265.com To Build China Search Query ‘Blacklist’

A report that came out of The Intercept last week claimed that Google was developing a search engine or mobile search app to re-enter the Chinese search market.  According to the article, it described how the search tool would censor content that was deemed offensive or sensitive by the Chinese government. there was more details on the project in The …

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Google Plans To Re-Enter China With Government-Approved Search App

In a report found in The Intercept, Google will be formally re-entering the Chinese search market.  Reportedly, the search company will will offer censorship of keywords and topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese government, such as “human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.” It seems that the talks that took place between Google and Chinese officials have been …

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Google Lens Comes To Android Devices Through The Side Door — Google Photos

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Google Lens is there.  But when it’s used, it can work surprisingly well depending on the image or object captured.  In case you don’t know what Google Lens is, refer to the following tweet by Google: With Google Lens, your smartphone camera won’t just see what you see, but will also understand …

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