Android Messages gets Verified SMS in India, real time Spam Protection rolling out in the US

Google is rolling out a new feature called Verified SMS that ensures users can confirm the true identity of the business that’s texting them. This feature will better protect users from possible phishing scams received via SMS. Along with this Google is also rolling out better Spam protection for Messages.

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Google Assistant Interpreter Mode rolling out to Google Home devices and Smart Displays [Update: Rolling out to Android and iOS phones worldwide]

Update: Google has announced that the interpreter mode is now rolling out for Assistant-enabled Android and iOS phones worldwide that lets you translate across 44 languages. It’s integrated with the Assistant on Android phone. To access it on iOS, you can download the latest Google Assistant app.

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Google releases developer-focused streaming media device for Android 10 TV app testing

Google is releasing a new developer focused streaming media device called ADT-3 for developers to built and test out Android TV app implementations on Android 10. With the release of Android API level 29, Google is adding more performance and security updates with Android 10 to Android TV.

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Google Search will now organise top stories by relevant articles

Google has now improved its Search, in particular timely topics, with better organisation using machine learning to help users explore more useful, recent articles. The newer Search will present results grouped by topics that are related to the searched term, letting users choose the angle at which they want explore deeper into the topic.

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Google Chrome gets better password and real time phishing protection

Google has rolled out an update to the Chrome browser that includes more secure password protection in the case of a data breach, real time phishing protection, predictive phishing protection and small UI tweaks to make it easier to see what used account is being used.

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Pixel feature drop brings more photo controls, easier Duo calls, automatic call screening and more to the Pixel 4

Google is releasing a bunch of new features and updates to Pixel users with the Pixel feature drops via software updates. The first feature drop will include updates to Google Photos, Duo, Call Screen, improved memory management and more. Google promises it will continue improving the experience on Pixel phones with more Feature drops in the future.

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Google Maps incognito mode rolls out for iOS, Timeline Bulk delete coming to Android next month

Recently, Google Maps enabled incognito mode for Android which stoped searches or places you navigate to within Maps from being saved to your Google Account. Google is now rolling out this feature for iOS user and will soon roll out bulk delete options of your Timeline for Android by next month.

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Gmail now lets you add emails as attachments

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Google has finally added the feature to send email as attachments without needing to download them first. Users will be able to write a summary email message and attach a set of supporting emails, which can be opened directly with the recipients email client.

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Android Focus mode tool in Digital Wellbeing rolling out globally for Android Pie and Android 10

Google introduced Digital wellbeing along with Android 9 as a bunch of tools to help users unplug from their smartphones and have more fulfilling lives. Since then, Google has constantly been working on adding more tools to the suite, with the latest being Android Focus Mode.

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Sundar Pichai takes on Alphabet’s CEO role as Larry Page steps down

Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google has now taken up the role of CEO of Google’s parent company — Alphabet. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were the previous CEO and President respectively at Alphabet, will be stepping down but will remain in the board of directors.

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These are Google Play’s best apps and games for 2019

Google has announced the list of the best games and apps for Android smartphones on Google Play during 2019. The best app of the year in India goes to Ablo: Talk to new people & explore the world and the best and fan favourite game of the year goes to Call of Duty: Mobile. Best fan favourite app goes to Spotify: Listen to new music, podcasts, and songs.

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Google Pixel phones get December 2019 security update, brings Live Captions, Gesture navigation in third-party launchers and more to older Pixels

Google has started rolling out new over-the-air (OTA) update for Pixel devices and also posted factory images as part of monthly Android Security release for December. Pixel and Pixel XL get the final patch, as it had promised. Google is also adding Live Captions (for Pixel 3 and later), Styles & Wallpaper (Pixel 3 and Later) Pixel themes, Swipe-down gesture for notifications and Gesture navigation in third-party launchers (Pixel 2 and later), as noted by Android Police. Continue reading “Google Pixel phones get December 2019 security update, brings Live Captions, Gesture navigation in third-party launchers and more to older Pixels”

Alphabet’s Google under EU investigation for data collection: Report

Google has yet again fallen into the scrutiny of the European Union (EU) for its collection of data. The EU antitrust regulators, despite having fined the search engine giant billions of dollars is now seeking an investigation into how and why Google is collecting data.

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Google Night Sight Astrophotography Explained

Astrophotography on the Pixel 4 was announced as one of the highlight features during its launch event. The sample photos shown by Google were impressive and once the phone released, social media starting filling up with incredible photos people clicked with their Pixel 4. In this article we explain how Google produces beautiful starry photos of the night sky with just a smartphone camera.

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Google Shopping to integrate Translate and Google My Business early next year for Indian users

Google has introduced new integrations for the Google Shopping experience for Indian users, namely Google My Business and Google Translate integration. These changes are aimed at making Google Shopping more accessible for new small to medium businesses and non English speaking Indian users.

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