YouTube testing automatic video chapters and timestamp button for creators

YouTube is testing two new features that are aimed at helping creators and video uploaders spend less time when editing their videos. The first feature is an automatic video chapter creator and the second is a simple timestamp button, both of which are being tested right now with a small set of people.

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Google Pay confirms it won’t charge money transfer fee for users in India

Last week Google Pay got a new update for iOS and Android that brought redesigned UI with better organization of payments, and improved privacy controls. It also said that users won’t be able to use pay.google.com to send and receive money from other people starting early in 2021 and it will add a fee on instant money transfers for its users in the US. Continue reading “Google Pay confirms it won’t charge money transfer fee for users in India”

Google releases new AR app experience for The Mandalorian show

One of the most popular shows of 2020, Star Wars: The Mandalorian from Disney+ is getting a new AR experience from Google. Made in collaboration with LucasFilm, “The Mandalorian AR Experience” app is available for select 5G films, giving users a way to recreate some iconic moments from the show.

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Google Phone may get rebranded to Google Call app with new icon

The stock Phone by Google app can be found on the Pixel devices and a few other smartphones as the default dialer app, with Pixel users getting some exclusive features such as Hold for me and Call Screen. The app is rumoured to be getting a rebrand with a new icon and name change to Google Call.

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Google Assistant now lets users to schedule light timings

Google recently rolled out an update on Google Assistant that enables users to schedule lights on and off timings. Anyone who has a Google Home and smart lights know the drill. This feature allows users to schedule a smart home command to trigger at a later time. Previously, Google Assistant has been able to turn lights on/off for a while, but  it could only do so immediately. Continue reading “Google Assistant now lets users to schedule light timings”

Google is testing Task Mate app in India that lets you earn money by doing tasks

Google is reportedly beta testing a new app called Task Mate with select Indian users, with the idea of awarding users money for performing certain tasks. These tasks can include recording certain phrases, taking photos of businesses, etc. and the app will reward the user with real Indian rupees, which can be cashed out directly into a bank account.

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Google completes global rollout of RCS messaging; end-to-end encryption coming soon

Google has slowly been rolling out their new chat features in Messages that is based on the open Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard over the past year now. They have finally finished the rollout globally and also has begun beta testing new features in the app such as end-to-end encryption.

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Google finally brings Gmail, Drive and Fit iOS and iPad OS widgets; Calendar and Chrome widgets coming soon

With the launch of iOS 14 and iPad OS 14, Apple added support for a feature that existed previously in Android for many years — Widgets in the home screen. While many apps had widgets ready on the day of release, Google only had widgets made for Google Photos and YouTube Music. That is finally changing as Google has now released widgets for Gmail, Drive and Fit.

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Google Fit app update adds workout shortcuts, improved home page, weather screen updates and more

The Google Fit app for both Android, iOS and WearOS is receiving a new update that brings a bunch of new changes to the interface and some new features to keep up with the times. The home screen now shows information from connected apps along with new sharing capabilities and WearOS has new workout shortcuts along with updates to the weather screen and breathing exercises.

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Google Meet for Workspace will now indicate when a participant raises their hand

Google is releasing a new update in Meet for their Workspace customers that will help reduce interruptions during video calls. Participants can now virtually raise their hands to notify the moderators that they would like to speak or have a query.

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Google Chrome update brings tabs search, more address bar actions, performance improvements and more

Google has announced an upcoming update for their Chrome browser, bringing lots of performance improvements along with a few new features to help improve the user experience. Tabs on Chrome is gaining a search function, the omnibox is receiving new functionality, and the New Tab page is getting a small update too.

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Google Maps update brings live crowdedness information, live food delivery status and more

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Google added nearly 250 new features and improvements to Google Maps including live busyness information and access to critical health and safety information, and more. In the latest development, Google is planning to roll out two new improvements in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Google Maps update brings live crowdedness information, live food delivery status and more”

Google Pixel 4a gets a new Barely Blue color variant

Google introduced the Pixel 4a smartphone back in August in Just Black colour variant, now the company has introduced a new ‘Barely Blue’ variant for the phone. Other than the colour, it has the same polycarbonate body with a matte finish and similar specifications. Continue reading “Google Pixel 4a gets a new Barely Blue color variant”

Google will soon give you a choice to turn off smart features and personalization in Gmail, Chat, and Meet

Google already does an excellent job with organizing your Gmail, categorizing them into Primary, Social, Promotion, etc. While the option to turn off this organization feature already exists, Google is adding a new personalization option to control how to process personal data that enables these smart features.

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