Google appears to have been working on a secret project called Google Here that would have added some new features to their Google Maps product, but Alphabet CEO Larry Page decided to kill it off. Google Here would have combined Google Maps with location detection triggered by wireless beacons installed by retailers to launch “app-less” apps on a user’s smartphone. Read more
Qualcomm has announced a new anti-malware service for devices using the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor that takes a more proactive approach towards malicious apps and downloads. While most anti-malware scanners compare results from a static database, Qualcomm’s approach dynamically checks transformed malware, too. Read more
For those of you picking up Google’s recently announced OnHub router, you can grab the companion app Google On from the Play Store for free.
Earlier today, Google started pushing out an over-the-air update for its Play Services application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade bumps the version number up to 8.1 and shows initial signs of support for Android Pay.
It seems like everything is going Material these days and the ads that appear on your mobile device are no exception. DoubleClick, the company behind many of the ads that show up in the apps you use has announced their AdMob network and DoubleClick Ad Exchange spots are being overhauled with a Material design inspired look. Read more
Google is updating how searching for apps on mobile will look. If you search for virtually any app and add the word “app”, at the end, you will get to see this new grid layout above the normal layout. The color of the box is determined by the app’s icon. If you click “More apps”, more apps will flow down.
A huge topic in the tech world the past few years is the staggeringly low percentages of women and minorities employed in these sectors. A few companies have committed themselves to addressing this issue and, now, Twitter joins them.
Social network Vine has announced some upgrades to their service that focus on the music. The new features will impact how content creators as well as consumers experience the service. Vine is adding a new “Snap to Beat” option for users who want to add some music their video clips and some new features for users to discover popular music on the network. Read more
Uber has been rapidly growing, and taxi cabs in major cities have struggled to figure out how to stay competitive. New York City cab drivers are beta testing a new app called Arro that will work pretty similarly to Uber, but it favors traditional cab drivers. Read more
A platform is only as good as its developers and apps, which has posed a problem for Android Auto up to this point. Developers had no way to really test out Android Auto apps without buying an Android Auto-enabled vehicle or an Android Auto head unit. Read more