With Google Voice back in action, Android Messages getting a major push as the RCS client of the future, Allo out here doing nothing but acting as a punchline, and Hangouts transforming into a 2-piece enterprise solution going forward, we have some clarity on Google’s messaging direction for the first time in years. (more…)
Google released its 2016 Android security report today, highlighting the progress they have made over the past couple of years in terms of protecting you and I from Potentially Harmful Apps (PHA) and also getting our phones up-to-date with the latest security patches. On a PHA level, Google is still doing a bang-up job on not letting through many bad apps that could do you harm, but the security patch situation still isn’t great even after a solid year of improvements. For the year 2016, only about half of Android devices even received a security update. Woof. (more…)
Today in Brazil, Google held an event where they made a handful of announcements surrounding some of their newest and/or most popular products. Two that fall in the “newest” category that are receiving updates are Allo and Duo, the communications tandem that was first announced at Google I/O in 2016. (more…)
Google Maps is getting a pretty awesome new feature on Android, iOS, and the web. How would you like to share your location with friends, family, or colleagues you are meeting up with? What if you could share the progress of a trip on any platform? It’s coming. Real-time location sharing via Google Maps is on the way.
Google would only announce today that location sharing is rolling out “soon,” but they did share a fun little video that shows how it will work. You can watch it above to get the basics. (more…)
If the two or three write-ups we have already done about the new Android O Developer Preview weren’t enough, we now have a recap in video form. I know, I know, even though there doesn’t appear to be a lengthy list of new goodies in Android O, we still managed to show you quite a bit of stuff in the clip below. (more…)
Google just released the first Android O Developer Preview! For real, though, it’s here!
Android O will introduce new features by way of background limits on apps (think battery life boost), notification channels (more control over notifications), picture-in-picture, adaptive icons, autofill in apps, and more. Full details on what’s new can be found here.
This morning, Google announced that Google Search will soon (starting today) begin showing shortcuts to some of its most popular tools. This is the broader rollout of a feature that has been in testing for some time. In fact, we showed you these shortcuts back in early February.
The shortcuts, once they start showing on your device, will be found just under the search bar as you load up the Google app or swipe over into Google Now in the Now Launcher. You can see exactly what this looks like in the image above. (more…)