Google and Microsoft, while not outright enemies, have been engaged in a number of public slap-fights over the years. After all: they're competitors, and Google competes with Microsoft in three areas where the company's fortunes have sharply declined (smartphones, the browser wars) or never really got off the ground to begin with (search).
Microsoft has even been engaged in lawsuits against Android and, under threat of legal action, extracted (and may continue to extract) royalties from companies that make Android devices. Microsoft also helped lead the charge in what was likely the impetus that eventually caused the European Commission to file antitrust charges against Google last week. Read More
Google's in-house Project Fi has a great app compared to what you get from other carriers. Not that it would be hard to make that happen, but it is pretty good. It's getting even better today with an update (version I.2.1) that adds a new widget and better control over call forwarding. Read More
Years back, pressing the guide button on your remote and browse through TV listings was a luxury. It meant being able to see what was playing without channel surfing or purchasing a physical TV guide. But these days, the idea of scanning through even a digital guide strikes many of us as downright tedious.
We search online instead. And pretty soon, Google will start displaying live TV listings at the top of search results when you look for a show. Read More
Google is apparently reaching out to Maps explorers with word of a new app heading down the pipeline.
The email invite calls on recipients to be the first to try a new app for travelers. There isn't much in the way of details, other than the availability for both Android and iOS. But given the recent launch of Google Destinations, travel is clearly an area of interest for the company. Read More
Android N won't be out for at least a few more months (and much longer for most devices), but you can get a little taste of the dev preview on your phone right now. The new Google Camera build that shipped with the new N preview is hitting the Play Store, and we've got an APK you can install. Read More
Chrome 50 landed this week (though it's still in beta on Android), and Google is celebrating.
How? By highlighting 1 billion active users on mobile, 771 billion pages loaded, 2 million gigabytes of data saved, and other favorable metrics. All of them have been neatly compiled in this lengthy infographic. Read More
Keep may not be the simplest form of digital note-taking, but it's pretty close. Today Google has announced a few additions that make the service quicker to access. Read More
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