When Google releases their April Fools’ Day pranks, users will often find that many of them are actual, working features albeit of dubious value. The Google Gmail team tried to do that with a new feature called Gmail Mic Drop, but the attempt appears to have taken a less than fun turn forcing Google to disable the new “feature.”
Google is taking the next step forward with VR content. Up until this point, it has been no easy task putting 360-degree content on the web or in an app. Google’s new open source system, VR View, may be the best solution yet.
While our mobile phones may be all the rage these days there is still a pretty large segment of the population who rely on their landlines for important matters. Google has realized this and decided to add a new service to the Google Fiber repertoire for those of us who still need a landline; meet Fiber Phone.
One of the unique features of Google Wallet was its ability to attach to a physical card in addition to the digital wallet. You had an account within Google Wallet that you could put money in, then use that physical card if somewhere didn’t accept NFC payments.
Hopefully you weren’t too invested in that physical card, as it looks like Google is going to phase it out sooner rather than later.
Late this week, Google’s security team announced several new features they are expanding or making available to Gmail users to help enhance email security. The updates include enhancements to email encryption, improvements to Google’s safe browsing warnings to help Gmail users, and additional alerts regarding state-sponsored attacks directed at Gmail users.
With social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook boasting their own live streaming apps in the form of Periscope and Facebook Live, and Snapchat boasting 8 billion videos viewed, it seems that Google also wants a piece of the action. The search giant is reportedly developing an app called YouTube Connect to take on its competitor’s offerings, as well as bolster its YouTube service.
April 1st is also known as April Fools’ day and it’s on the horizon. Lately, tech manufacturers have joined in on the fun by posting pranks and fake products. Google is a week early, as the company appears to have posted one of its pranks already.
It seems that everyone is launching a mobile payments system these days, in the United States at least, anyway. Here in the UK we basically just have Apple Pay, which is of no obvious use for Android users, along with Barclay’s bPay solution which is limited to its own customers. Back in February, it was reported that Google might launch Android Pay in the UK in the coming months, and today the search giant has confirmed this is the case.