YouTube introduces 15 second “Shorts” video experience for creators and artists starting from India

Short-form video consumption has sky rocketed in the last few months with apps like TikTok and Instagram Reels being extremely popular. Now, YouTube wants a piece of that pie as they have introduced their own 15- second video experience on their platform called YouTube Shorts.

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Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Chromecast with Google TV, new Nest speaker to be announced on September 30

Google already confirmed that it will introduce Pixel 4a 5G  and Pixel 5 this fall. Now it has confirmed that the new Pixel phones will be introduced on September 30th. The ‘Launch Night In’ invite also confirms new Chromecast and smart speaker will be introduced at the event. Continue reading “Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Chromecast with Google TV, new Nest speaker to be announced on September 30”

Android 11 (Go Edition) update brings 20% faster app loads, better permissions, gesture-based navigation and more

The Android Go Edition is version of Android that is specifically designed for low spec-ed smartphones. The program was started back in 2018, and now Google has released the Android 11 (Go Edition) with improvements to speed, improved permissions, gesture-based navigation and more.

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Google Pixel 5s surfaces in live image

Google already confirmed that Pixel 5 will be introduced in late 2020. Now a new Pixel 5s live image has surfaced online. This reveals a similar camera design and rear-mounted camera design as the Pixel 5, so it is not clear if there will be internal changes to this phone. Continue reading “Google Pixel 5s surfaces in live image”

Google Phone app gets Verified Calls feature to let you know why a business is calling

These days with apps like Truecaller, it is very easy to spot and avoid spam calls. However, there are situations when a business genuinely needs to make calls, but loses out as the customer falsely identifies it as spam and denies the call. To circumvent this, Google is introducing a new feature called Verified Calls in the Google Phone app.

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Android 11 stable update released, now rolling out to Pixel smartphones

After developer previews and beta updates, Google has finally started rolling out Android 11 stable update starting from Pixel smartphones. Those who have signed up for beta program are getting smaller OTA updates. Google is also be pushing sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Continue reading “Android 11 stable update released, now rolling out to Pixel smartphones”

Google announces Kids Space, a mode for children for Android tablets

As worldwide tablet usage has sky-rocketed during the pandemic, Google is introducing a new children mode for Android tablets called Kids Space. The mode will first appear select Android tablets and will feature apps, books and videos aimed at helping kids explore, learn and have fun in a safe environment.

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Google Assistant Snapshot will now show upcoming tasks, recommended activities and more

The Google Assistant Snapshot feature was announced two years ago as a way to give users a quick overview of their day. Now, Google has announced a few new updates to the feature, bringing notifications for upcoming tasks, recommended activities, etc.

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Google Meet now supports Google Cast and Google Duo Beta is coming to Android TVs soon

Google has announced new ways to conduct video calls on their two video conferencing apps. Google Meet is now receiving support for Google Cast, enabling users to cast their videos to any Chromecast enabled device and Google Duo is rolling out a beta app for Android TVs in the coming weeks.

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Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 live image, specs surface

When the Pixel 4a was announced, Google also confirmed their next two smartphones to be released later in 2020, the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5. Now, a user on reddit has leaked an image of both devices, showing their rear camera modules along with some leaked rumoured specs for both.

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Google Maps update brings better detailed land features and detailed street information

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Google has announced an update to its Maps, bringing two visual features that will add a lot more detail in land features and in street information. With these two visual updates, users will be able to easily understand and visualise what an area looks like, simple through the map view itself.

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Google introduces multi-room audio control for Nest devices and Smart Displays

Google has announced a very useful feature for its suite of Nest devices and smart displays called Multi-room audio control. It will allow users to dynamically group and control multiple cast-enabled Nest devices in their home, with sliders to each individual speaker’s volume.

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Google Chrome Beta v85 for Android introduces “Fast page” label for URLs

Google Chrome on Android is already known to be one of the fastest browsers offered to users, with multiple features that enable a speedy browsing experience. They are now testing a new feature in Chrome Beta v85 that will label fast links on the web via the link context menu.

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Google reportedly looking to replace Duo with Meet

It looks Google will soon offer only one video conferencing app, as they are reportedly looking into replacing their consumer focused Duo app with their enterprise focussed Meet app. The decision was made after Duo, Messages, and the Phone app was brought under the leadership of G Suite’s head Javier Soltero, who stated that it did not make sense for both apps to exist simultaneously.

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