Google cancels its popular April Fools’ Day jokes this year due to coronavirus outbreak

The 1st of April month is known for Fools’ Day jokes and many companies come up with a number of pranks. But this year, it is not going to be the same as the world is fighting a pandemic. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus and the present situation, Google has taken a major decision on the Fools’ Day jokes.

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YouTube to set Standard definition quality as default worldwide [Update: Restricted to 480p on mobile phones in India]

Update: YouTube has now made Standard Definition (480p) as maximum when streaming on mobile (both 4G and Wi-Fi) in India temporarily to manage the server load during the lockdown period. Since this only applies to India, you can use VPN if you want to watch videos in 720p or more.

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Google Podcast with better discovery, progress sync and more now available for iOS

Just three days ago, a new update for Google Podcast was spotted for Android, which overhauled the UI, bringing a lot of sought after features. Now for the first time, Google has released its Podcast app for iOS, adding new features cross-platform progress sync, subscriptions for Web client and more.

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Google Stadia Makers program announced in partnership with Unity

It has been four months since Google launched its own game streaming platform, Google Stadia, in a rather lack-luster fashion. However, it seems like Google is committed towards developing Stadia, as it announced a partnership with game engine developer Unity, by launching a program called Stadia Makers.

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Google Podcasts update brings auto-download, redesigned interface and more for select users

Being one of the lesser feature-rich podcast apps, Google Podcast has been steadily receiving updates to bring feature parity with other popular podcast applications like Pocket Casts, Spotify, etc. One of the new updates to the app include auto-download of newly released episodes, redesigned UI for better navigation, suggestions and more.

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Google rolls out helpful resources and information regarding Coronavirus

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, the amount of people using Google search to get relevant information has greatly increased. In response, Google is rolling out multiple resources like websites and Search redesigns  to help the public access correct and certified information quickly.

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Google Camera Go announced for Android Go devices

Google launched Android (Go Edition) back in 2017 and since then, they have been steadily releasing new Go edition versions of their core apps and services. The latest app to join their family is the Camera Go that is designed to work smoothly with low storage requirements.

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Google Advanced Protection accounts get auto Play Protect app scanning, limited external app download

Google offers Advanced Protection for personal or business Google Accounts of those who work with sensitive data like political campaign teams, journalists, activists and business leaders. To enhance security its security, Google is adding new updates that will turn on Play Protect app scanning automatically and limited apps from outside the Play Store.

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Google Translate for Android can now transcribe foreign languages in real time

In recent times, the ability to live transcribe speech has become popular in a few Google apps and now, yet another feature has come to Google Translate. Users can transcribe speech from one language to the language of their choice in real time, which can be a great feature when travelling abroad or if you have an international friend.

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Next generation Google Chromecast Ultra may get a dedicated remote, based on Android TV

Google’s Chromecast Ultra has become a very successful product in the Made By Google Portfolio. However, it has faced stiff competition from other streaming hardware like Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, etc. Now, Google might be working on the second generation of the Chromecast Ultra which might come with its own remote.

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Google Pixel 4a with punch-hole display, square camera module live images surface [Update: Detailed specifications, price tipped]

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Google Groups beta with modern design, controls and more rolling out to G Suite users

Google is redesigning Groups in G Suite with a new interface and better controls, bringing it in-line with other G Suite tools like Gmail. Google is currently rolling it out in beta to those customers who wish to try and provide feedback for the new experience and worldwide rollout is expected sometime later this year.

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Google Search mobile-first indexing to be made default by September

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Google rolled out mobile-first indexing back in 2018 after testing it for more than a year, as more people search Google on a mobile device. Today they announced that they are making mobile-first indexing as the default for all websites starting September 2020.

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Google ‘Read it’ feature in Assistant can read aloud web pages in 42 different languages

Google announced a pretty neat little feature that is going to make reading web articles on phones a lot easier. The feature, called ‘Read it’, can be used to make the Google Assistant read articles out load that are open on the Chrome browser, Google Search or the News app.

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