Today, the EU filed antitrust charges against Google related to the Android mobile operating system. The internet is absolutely alight - both for and against the allegations the European Commission has levied at our favorite search company that also makes our favorite mobile operating system. The key complaints boil down to three core ideas.
- Google requires manufacturers to bundle Google Chrome and Google Search, and set Google as the default search provider on their devices if they are GMS (Google Mobile Services) partners. This, allegedly, reduces competition for apps that perform similar or identical functions.
- Google does not allow manufacturers to both be GMS partners and produce incompatible "forks" of Android on other, non-GMS devices.
Google is rolling out some big features for Inbox today aimed at making it easier to stay on top of the deluge of email you probably deal with. That's really the idea behind Inbox itself, so this all goes to the heart of what makes Inbox preferable to boring old Gmail for some. This app is getting three new experiences including better event overviews, newsletter link previews, and a "save to Inbox" feature with its own Chrome extension. Read More
A couple of days ago we told you that Google added podcasts to Google Play Music. Today, Google is making it even easier to listen to your favorite podcasts. All you have to do is search for a show in the Google app and you'll be greeted by a short description of the podcast, a list of the three most recent episodes, and the option see more episodes.
Hit the play button next to any of the episode titles and the podcast will play immediately from within the Google app. If you leave the app, the podcast will continue to play in the background (even if your screen is off) and controls will automatically appear in the notification shade. Read More
The Play Store is, of course, a core Google app. While this time there's no version change, in the last 24 hours, a new server-side change to the app has begun to roll out, this time affecting the Accounts screen and how it is organized, making it clearer which setting belongs to which section.
The change segregates the different options into four categories: Payment methods, Subscriptions, Rewards, and Order history. Formerly, these were all in one large top-level category encompassing everything to do with your account, but Google has obviously seen fit to change this and make it a little easier to work out what is being looked at. Read More
Motorola's upcoming Moto G refresh has leaked a few times lately, and the latest image is the best yet. Previous leaks have been grainy spy shots, but @evleaks just posted what appears to be a press render of the new Moto G. Again, it's sporting that odd square fingerprint sensor. Read More
If you're into rooting these days, there's a good chance you've at least tried out FlashFire by well-known SuperSU developer Chainfire. It's one of the friendliest tools to use for flashing firmware images and mods, and it can even install official OTAs while keeping root intact. Today, Chainfire is releasing a new version of FlashFire with a pair of new features that will make it even more powerful: it can now create fastboot-flashable backups and there's a new option to preserve the existing recovery after installing OTAs and ZIPs.
FlashFire has long had the ability to create backups, but they could only be restored through a custom recovery or from FlashFire itself. Read More
Regardless of how you pronounce it, there's little doubt that Artem loves his gifs. Ha! The man's entire Google+ feed is essentially a scrolling list of various gifs so much so that I've come to doubt that he has a secret stash of gifs saved and meticulously organized in some folder somewhere that he rushes to each time he needs to express an emotion. Any emotion. He has emotions, he's not a robot you know, even if some of you have your doubts.
Alright so this post is for Artem but also for those of you who share with him this excessive love of gifs and animated image thingies. Read More
The European Union today filed charges against Google, relating to the search giant's use of Android contracts and agreements to stop rival manufacturers from creating Android forks, and hindering them building applications and services that could topple Google's dominant position in the European mobile market.
This isn't totally new: the EU has been probing Google and the Android operating system for some time, trying to establish whether Google's dominant position at the pointy end of the market has caused it to breach the antitrust regulations, which are in place in order to halt any company from stopping other companies from competing with them. Read More