We're all eagerly awaiting the release of Android 12, but it's not the only mobile OS update launching this fall. iOS 15 went live for iPhone and iPad users yesterday, complete with improved notifications, a new customizable "Focus" mode, and more. Google has been spending its time getting apps ready for Material You, but it's also bringing some changes to its services on Apple devices, taking advantage of all the new capabilities brought forth by iOS 15.
One of the many things that set Google's search capabilities apart from the rest is its excellent personalized results. While that might make some users feel a little unsure about their privacy, it does make for a more accurate search engine. If you're not interested in having your results customized and tailored to your history, Google has added a new toggle in its app to disable it altogether.
Google Assistant is great. Calling it the one virtual assistant to rule them all wouldn't be much of a stretch, but that doesn't make it perfect. There are some things it still struggles with, including pronouncing words from varied languages. Thankfully this is something Google is looking to rectify, starting with Assistant's take on Spanish.
News of the city's death seems to be greatly exaggerated as Big Tech is acting on plans to cut down on remote work and open up their urban bases in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Google, for one, is doubling down on its presence in New York City, splashing out $2.1 billion for an office building near the SoHo neighborhood.
As the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE nears, so do the leaks surrounding it. Google has now further hinted at the impending release of the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition by adding it to the list of devices that support Play Services for AR.
Gmail on Android has always felt rather neglected compared to its desktop counterpart. To this date, it isn't possible to set up and change filters for incoming mail in the mobile app, and you can't use custom inboxes. While we've given up on ever seeing this functionality in the app, Google has at least budged to bring a more minor but still useful feature to Gmail on Android. The company shared that you'll soon be able to use search filters in mobile Gmail, dubbed chips.
Google's international antitrust woes continue. This time it's a federal regulatory agency in India giving the company some expensive trouble: the Competition Commission of India found that Google is engaging in "anti-competitive, unfair, and restrictive trade practices" in the mobile phone market and related areas. The report concludes that Google violated five different sections of India's Competition Act of 2002.
As usual, Apple’s recent mega-event created quite a stir across the entire tech industry and beyond. One little-talked-about segment of the keynote looked at what Apple is doing with its subscription-based fitness service that builds upon and supplements its blockbusting timepiece. Many of the new Fitness+ features that Apple demonstrated on stage truly show the power of deep integration across platforms — and, at the same time, hold a mirror up to Google and its comparatively feeble efforts in the fitness space.