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Google Photos teardown suggests the app could offer free Google One trials

A teardown of a recent update to Google Photos revealed that the search giant will soon offer free trials of its cloud storage subscription program through the photo backup service. There are a few things to keep in mind before we dive too deep into teardown. First, the teardown is courtesy of 9to5Google, which decompiled Photos update 5.24 and checked the code. Due to the nature of teardowns, many features hinted at in the code snippets are incomplete or may never be released. As such, take a whole grain of salt and hope things change if they are officially released. With that said, let's dig deeper. from 9 to 5Photos version 5.24 teardown revealed code snippets pertaining to a Google One free trial offer. Google One, if you ha...
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Apple and Google take action against Parler for failing to moderate content

In a flurry of activity Friday night, various platforms cracked down on US President Donald Trump. Twitter suspended Trump's account and shortly thereafter, both Apple and Google took positions against another social media platform called Parler. For those unfamiliar with Parler, it is a social network known for its lax moderation and used by conservatives and extremists. Apple threatened to remove Parler from the App Store unless he submitted a "moderation improvement plan within 24 hours." Additionally, Apple cited allegations that Trump supporters used Parler in planning the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. Google followed suit, removing Parler from the Play Store. The company said Parler would remain suspended...
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Is the Canadian smartphone market diverse enough?

From Samsung to Apple, manufacturers are expected to introduce a variety of smartphones in Canada in 2021. Indeed, Samsung is kicking off the year with the Galaxy S21 series and is expected to introduce two Z Flip 3 series and two Z Fold 3 series this year (although all four folding phones are unlikely to launch in Canada). Apple is likely to launch several iPhone 13 models as well. We will also see the Pixel 5a and Pixel 6 series throughout the year. Throughout the year, TCL, OnePlus (but online only), LG, and Motorola will launch phones as well, but that's pretty much the entire Canadian market. Personally, I'm a fan of the brands I mentioned above, and I'm honestly excited for one that LG is going to introduce next with its Exp...
bluetooth, Google, News, Wear OS, Wearables & Gadgets

Google is preparing Wear OS to support contact tracking

Due to the global pandemic, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) decided to enable contract tracking on Bluetooth low-energy devices such as wearables, and now, Google appears to be preparing its operating system for the feature. XDA Developers Encoding detected within Play Services beta 20.50.14 that reveals Google's intention to add COVID-19 exposure notifications to its platform. The chain reads: “Your phone will use this device to securely collect and share random IDs with other nearby devices. You can be notified if you have been around someone who reported having COVID-19. The date, duration, and signal strength associated with an exposure will be shared with the app. " This would mean that your portable device's Blu...
Google, News, Wear OS, Wearables & Gadgets

Google’s Wear OS will soon allow developers to create custom tiles

Google will reportedly make it possible for third-party Android developers to create their own tiles for their Wear OS app. When Tiles - Wear OS widget access to apps was first released, it only worked for Google's own apps like Fit and the weather app. Now, however, a new code change in the Android open source project detected by 9to5Google notes that Google is working on a 'Wear Tiles API', which will allow Wear OS developers to create their own custom Tiles. Wear Tiles API initial confirmation. This checks the application side of the Wear Tiles API. The tests (and test libraries) have not been added yet, but will come in a future CL. This version really exists to start releasing API revisions. from 9 to 5 says that the code i...
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Google’s iOS apps will get new privacy labels in the coming weeks

A (somewhat hilarious) report began circulating yesterday suggesting that Google purposely stopped updating its apps on iOS to avoid putting the required new Apple App Store privacy labels on its apps. Since then, the company has confirmed plans to add these tags. For those unfamiliar with Apple's privacy labels, the company released them in mid-December alongside the release of iOS 14.3. Tags appear on applications available through the Apple App Store and detail what data an application can access. That can include "linked to you" data, such as financial information or identifiers, data that is not linked to you, such as location or search history, and more. Along with the new App Store privacy labels, the Cupertino, California-based company said developers would need to report...
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Google confirms plans to launch a new Nest Cam line this year

Google has confirmed that it plans to launch a new Nest Cam line this year. The tech giant saying 9to5Google that "Nest will continue to invest in new innovations" and will launch a "new line of security cameras by 2021." Google hasn't provided any details on when the new line will launch or what it will include, but we will likely learn more in the coming months. The company currently offers Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam IQ Indoor, and Nest Cam Outdoor, none of which are newer than 2017, showing that an update is somewhat overdue. Google has also confirmed that it will continue to support its current cameras and roll out new features on them and provide security updates. It's worth noting that a recent FCC filing suggests that Goo...
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Google could launch a new Nest Hub with Soli’s aerial gestures

A new device from Google has made its way to the FCC, but don't get too excited as it's not a new smartphone. The presentation suggests that the company is working on a new Nest Hub smart display. The new smart home product, listed under the name 'A4R-GUIK2, 'is classified as an "Interactive Device", which features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Zigbee, a wireless communication protocol for smart home devices. The term Interactive Device is what Google has used for its other smart home products, like the Nest Hub. Also, the FCC list for this device provides an electronic FCC label, which means that it has a display. Google isn't ready to release another smart home device for quite some time, so it's interesting that we're seeing something ...
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Google Releases January 2021 Pixel Security Patch

Google's January patch is now available. The update is available for Pixel 3a / XL, 3 / XL, 4 / XL, 4a, 4a 5G and Pixel 5 phones. Most security patches have a severity level of "High", some of "Critical" and some of "Moderate". Notable fixes for Pixel phones include "More adjustments and improvements for system sound volume level" for Pixel 5 and "Fix for issues causing speaker noise in certain scenarios" for Pixel 4a 5G. You can check out the full box of fixes below:The wireless update is rolling out now. If you don't see the notification, go to Settings> System Update and it will be there. For those who like to do things the complicated way, they can download the OTA or download the factory images. ...
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Google Video Shows How To Fold Your Own Android Origami Logo

If you are a fan of origami and Android, Google just released a 'folding' video that teaches you how to make an Android logo on paper. The 11+ minute tutorial takes you through the steps to fold an Android pet. The end result looks a lot like the current Android logo. It's worth noting that the steps are quite intricate, so if you're new to origami, you may want to start with a slightly easier fold. If video isn't your thing, there's also a PDF that shows the 30 steps to folding your own Android pet. The PDF features a legend that describes the different types of folds used in this trade. If you are looking for a short ship to fool around while stuck in 2021, this could be a great option for you. You can get the PDF instructions hereor Watch the video here. Source: 9to5Goo...
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Google’s Nest Audio vs Amazon’s Echo (2020)

Google and Amazon updated their smart speakers this year with a renewed focus on music. We've been going head-to-head with the two speakers over the past few weeks to figure out which smart speaker to buy this holiday season. The Amazon Echo (2020) is the magic eight ball of your dreams with the ability to answer thousands of questions and more. This year, Amazon chose to revamp the look of the regular Echo and Echo Dot to turn them into cloth-covered spheres. The regular Echo also got a big boost in sound quality now that it has three internal speakers. The new Nest Audio is Google's replacement for the original Google Home smart speaker that looks like an air freshener. This model also includes a nice speaker update and a compelling redesign that involves a lot of tissu...
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Google is testing TikTok and Instagram videos in search results

If you saw a particularly awesome TikTok, but forgot to like or send it to that certain friend who you always bombard with memes, it will soon be easier to search for it again. According to reports from Search Engine Roundtable, Brian freiesleben and TechCrunch, Google is testing a search feature that highlights Instagram and TikTok content in a new "Short Video" search result carousel.I noticed that Google was embedding videos from Instagram and TikTok into this "short videos" carousel this morning. pic.twitter.com/iDr3C8OEAE - Brian Freiesleben (@type_SEO) December 27, 2020Google said TechCrunch in a statement that the role is currently limited to a small group of users and that it will not appear in all searches. It's curre...