Google Assistant can now help order takeout from restaurants online

The pandemic has made ordering restaurant takeout a little less of a guilty pleasure, both because it’s safer and it helps support local businesses. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/14/22382754/google-duplex-web-assistant-online-food-orders-android

Google’s Phone app can automatically record calls from unknown numbers

Google quietly added call recording to its Phone app last year with a bunch of restrictions based on your device and region. Now, it’s expanding the feature to let you record calls automatically from unknown numbers. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/google-phone-app-automatically-record-calls-133949592.html

Supreme Court rules in Google’s favor in copyright dispute with Oracle over Android software

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Google against Oracle in a long-running copyright dispute over the software used in Android. The court’s decision was 6-2. Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the case. via Technology and News Today https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/05/supreme-court-rules-in-googles-favor-in-copyright-dispute-with-oracle-over-android-software.html

Google is testing Memory, an upgrade for Assistant to ‘save and find everything’

Google is reportedly working on a new feature for Assistant called Memory, a combination of a to-do list, a notes app, a Pocket-like reading list, and Pinterest-style collection board into a single overarching digital locker integrated into the broader Google Assistant app. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/25/22350173/google-assistant-memory-save-to-do-pocket-pinterest-notes-reminders

Google Fit’s camera-based heart and breathing rate trackers arrive March 8th

Google will start rolling out the Fit app’s camera-based heart and respiratory rate trackers on Monday, March 8th. The tech giant first revealed the new features, which rely on the power of a phone’s camera, at a Health event in early February. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/google-fit-camera-heart-respiratory-rate-trackers-rollout-150852255.html

Google updates Gmail and other iOS apps for the first time in months

Google has updated the Gmail iOS app for the first time in months, along with Meet, Sheets, Docs, Calendar and Tasks. Aside from Tasks now supporting widgets on iOS 14, these are minor updates centered around bug fixes and performance improvements. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/google-ios-apps-update-gmail-meet-sheets-docs-calendar-tasks-200335624.html

Why Google caved to Australia, and Facebook didn’t

Why Google caved to Australia, and Facebook didn’t

On February 16th, I wrote that Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code threatened to splinter the internet. On February 17th, the splintering arrived: Google cut a deal with News Corp.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/18/22288510/google-facebook-australia-news-media-bargaining-code

Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its app

Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its app

Google Maps is adding a couple of new useful features: the ability to pay for parking or buy a train ticket right from the app. Google Maps is integrating two mobile parking payment services into its app, Passport and ParkMobile.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/17/22287043/google-maps-pay-parking-public-transportation-cities

Google Photos’ new video editor offers more control over footage

Google Photos’ new video editor offers more control over footage

Now that Google has revamped Photos’ still image editing, it’s turning its attention to moving pictures. Google has overhauled the video editor in Photos for Android and iOS to give you much more control than the usual trimming, stabilization and rotation.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/google-photos-video-editor-170007133.html

Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android

Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android

Google is looking to develop an anti—tracking feature for Android similar to the one Apple is rolling out with iOS 14.5, according to Bloomberg. The tech giant is reportedly in the early stages of exploring how it can limit data collection and cross-app tracking for its mobile OS.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/google-antitracking-feature-android-063114151.html

Google now owns Fitbit

Google now owns Fitbit

Google has completed its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit, more than a year after the deal was first announced. The EU approved the acquisition in late December, clearing the way towards Google’s ownership over what is perhaps the best-known brand out there for mainstream fitness-tracking devices.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/google-now-owns-fitbit-141747501.html

Google confirms plans for new Nest Cam lineup this year

Google confirms plans for new Nest Cam lineup this year

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is no longer available to buy, Google has confirmed to 9to5Google, after the site noticed that the camera was out of stock in most countries around the world.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/6/22216568/new-google-nest-cam-lineup-confirmed-outdoor-iq-discontinued

Google workers have formed a union

Google workers have formed a union

A group of 226 engineers and other Google workers have formed a union, according to an article and opinion piece in the New York Times. Called the Alphabet Workers Union, it is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America and was organized in secret over the last year or so.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/googles-engineers-have-formed-a-union-121809363.html

Google and Qualcomm are working together for faster Android updates

Google and Qualcomm are working together for faster Android updates

Qualcomm and Google have announced they’ll be working to expand Project Treble, Google’s ambitious multiyear project that aims to simplify OS updates so it’s easier for device manufacturers to upgrade phones and tablets to new Android versions without worrying about Qualcomm’s chipset-specif

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/17/22178833/google-qualcomm-snapdragon-888-faster-android-updates-four-years

How to Export Your Google Photos Library

How to Export Your Google Photos Library

Google Photos keeps your pictures and videos backed up online. But to save your moments in case of an accident or to free up cloud space, you should still periodically back up your Google Photos library locally. Here’s how to do that with Google’s export tool, Takeout.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.howtogeek.com/695839/how-to-export-your-google-photos-library/

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/11/21560810/google-photos-unlimited-cap-free-uploads-15gb-ending

Google Search will help you identify that song stuck in your head

Google Search will help you identify that song stuck in your head

Over a billion people every day use Google Search, the company said. Despite having worked on the software for more than 20 years, every day there are 15 percent of queries that Google has never seen before.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/google-search-hum-to-search-song-ai-200947045.html