Google eying China app store with renewed Vigour

Google eying China app store with renewed Vigour

Google is planning to make an entry into the Chinese market once again. The tech giant in a strategic shift will be opening an app store in China. Google had a fair presence in the Chinese market but it did withdraw in 2010 after a censorship row with the Chinese government. Google has diversified its platform in the recent months and is increasingly focussing on developing its mobile platform. Google is also working on developing its hardware component. This hardware component is the key factor which Google plans to develop at its Chinese facility. Google had also approached the Chinese officials last year too as it intended to open a China based version of its play store. However, despite this proactive approach taken up by Google, it is not sure that the Chinese administration will allow Google to operate finally. Google might have to ban some apps that offer information [+more]

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Google Chrome Web Browser for Android Gets Fresh Updates

Google Chrome Web Browser for Android Update

Google’s customary and widely-used web browser ‘Chrome’ for Android devices has been restored with fresh updates, offering latest security features and fixes. The automatic update offers the browser a clean look and feel.       Under the new Google Chrome Web Browser, users will enjoy multiple benefits. The browser will update automatically on devices, for free.     Along with the browser’s update, Google has also rolled out updates for the Chrome 35 Android Beta. Available in the Play Store, the new features for the Chrome 35 Android Beta update include-   Undo Tab Close Subtitles and HTML5 controls in fullscreen videos Multi-window devices support Support for casting some videos with Chromecast However, Google still hasn’t addressed two major issues including YouTube support for casting videos and full-screen video controls.  

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Google Reportedly Buys Twitch For USD1 Billion

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US-based search engine giant Google has reportedly acquired Twitch after closing a deal with a payment to the tune of USD1 billion. The information has been reported by Venture Beat sources who are “familiar with the matter.” We first heard regarding the planned acquisition of the video game live streaming company in May 2014 at almost the similar amount. During that time, the Wall Street Journal had reported that the deal is in its initial stage, while Variety claimed that the deal is scheduled to be announced in short order. However, there has been no confirmation yet from the company regarding the sale and its exact price. The acquisition will be a big achievement for YouTube in the ongoing competitive world of spectator gaming. Twitch is a popular platform and in February 2014 it managed to secure the fourth rank in peak US internet traffic behind Netflix, Google and Apple. [+more]

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Chromecast To Finally Have Android Screen Mirroring

Google Enhances Services With The Acqusition Of Streaming-Music Service Songza

Chromecast is scheduled to finally have a much awaited and anticipated feature – Android screen mirroring, which will enable users to mirror their small Android screen onto a large TV. It is one of the most highly requested features by the users of the Chromecast. Google has taken into account the request by the users and announced the addition of this much-touted feature to Chromecast. Google has been quoted saying that “Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device – only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature [+more]

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Google Buys Songza; Terms of Deal Undisclosed

Google buys Songza

US-based tech giant Google has announced that it has purchased operations of the streaming service Songza. This Google buys Songza deal is being seen as something more than the music. Songza released its app back in 2010 and its user base stands at 5.5 million, which is quite less than 75 million for Pandora Media, and 40 million for both Spotify and Apple iTunes Radio. However, the streaming service has a great reputation when it comes to its technology that uses variables like time of day, day of the week, and a listener’s location to create customized music playlists. Google and Songza did not provide any details regarding the price of the deal. Google has been quoted saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Songza to Google. They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time.” Meanwhile, Songza’s team [+more]

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Self-Driving Cars: Google to Launch Cars Without Steering Wheels in Few Years

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Google is all set to expand the horizons of car driving. The search giant is reportedly working on an innovative concept of self-driven cars, which will be sans steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. The much ambitious project is speculated to make way for a self-driving small electric car, which will seat two passengers. The project is still in the ongoing stage and Google has built prototypes in partnership with automotive suppliers and manufacturers. “Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years”, Firstpost quoted the Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Google has been keen to make waves in the automotive industry since 2009. They have been testing several concepts of self-driving cars including laser sensors and radars. Interestingly, the self-driving cars could be used to pick up passenger and has [+more]

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Google Launches Standalone Apps For iOS and Android: Google Docs & Google Sheets

Easter Eggs: What is Google Planning, Google Doodle on Easter Monday

Google is again in the news as it has launched two standalone apps for the users of iOS and Android. The standalone Google Docs and Google Sheets apps will enable users to create and access documents and spreadsheets offline on their smartphones. The new Google Docs app for iOS or Android is having the feature that will result in displaying a menu of the documents you stored in Drive as well as listing the ones you edited most recently on top.  The app also has the option that allows users to customize the view and sorting, enabling better editing across devices. Until now, the users only have the option to access Google Docs and Google Sheets via Google Drive or online, but these apps have provided the whole new experience as specific content is now more easily accessible and that too in the offline mode. Google has been quoted saying [+more]

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Google Pokemon Challenge: Catch Pokemon Using Cell Phones

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Google plunged into the spirit of April fool’s day by offering a new Google Maps update for Android and iOS devices. They invited users to spot Pokemon using the Google Maps App on their smart phones. Google invited users to play ‘Pokemon Masters’ by spotting the highest number of Pokemon. Though Google’s trick was a prank, there were many users who actually decided to find Pokemon. Google also took the liberty to post a video, which showed people looking for Pokemon at different regions with the use of Google Maps and capturing the Pokemon using their cell phone cameras. How to find the Pokemon The users must first get the updated Google App launched on their devices. Choose search option, which is there on top of the screen. There are Press Start button as well as the icon of blue Pokeball. This is the spot where the search for Pokemon [+more]

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Google Is Central to Latest Apple-Samsung $2 bn Case, But How?

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Apple has once again filed a suit against Samsung seeking $2 billion in damages. The iPhone maker has said Samsung has violated five of its mobile software patents. Yet again, a battle of the giants will be fought at a San Jose courtroom. However, Samsung has said that it has licensed 4 of such features as a part of the Android operating system of Google. This has dragged Google into the big fight. Apple and Samsung are leaders in the smartphone market and they have been in a tough fight in sales for the last couple of years. Together, both of them are accountable for maximum profit generated in the smartphone market. However, it’s important to consider here that a major part of the fight is due to their operating systems—Apple’s iOS versus Google’s Android OS. The world is divided between Google and Apple because their dominant operating systems provide [+more]

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Google Nexus 6 Release Date Could Happen In June–Motorola or LG?

Google chief official Patrick Pichette has stated that the LG-crafted Nexus 5 sales have been going quite strong. The Nexus 5 has been rising to great heights and puts Google at par with Apple and Samsung sales. LG has recently signaled that the Google partnership was fruitful for the company, significant enough to make the South Korean company the third leading manufacturer in the smartphone market. And if the device has brought so much success to LG and Google, then an advanced replacement in 2014 will be automatic. The rosy signs from Google take away from rumors that the complete Nexus line could be undergoing a retirement treatment. However, this plan will commence from 2014 and attain completion in 2015. According to tech blogger Eldar Murtazin, Nexus 6 will probably be the last release from Google and the manufacturer is still unknown. However, Google made a Google-Lenovo merger last week. The [+more]

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