Almost a year ago Google announced an initiative encourage the building of “transformative technologies” for people with disabilities. Through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, Google offered to provide $20 million to organizations who are pushing innovation for people with disabilities. Today the full list of 30 organizations to be awarded funds was announced by Google. Read more
When Google I/O takes place this May, one of the topics that will likely be covering is the release of a new set of tools from Google intended to help small businesses cope with the challenges of “Mobilegeddon.” Google’s managing director of small-to-medium business sales, Yong Su Kim, revealed the new Test My Site with Google diagnostic tool will roll out in May, which is the same month as Google I/O, so the odds seem pretty good the event will coincide with the launch of the new tool. Read more
Yahoo has been clinging to life for years now, and it looks like it’s finally starting to see the writing on the wall. It’s planning on selling auctioning off its web business next week to whomever is willing to throw the most money at it. Yahoo has its fingers in many different pies, but nothing has really paid off for it against massive competitors like Google and Microsoft. Read more
For the past couple iterations of Android Google has allowed adventurous users to download and test out preview versions of the software before it’s officially available. There are a few caveats to this program, the biggest of which is that you’d have to own a compatible Nexus device. That might change in the near future, though. Read more
Google’s long-term focus is on exploring the power of augmented reality rather than virtual reality, according to a report from The Information. Read more
It’s that time of the month when Google publishes the Android distribution numbers showing which versions of the mobile operating system are rising and falling worldwide.
The only version of Android to grow from last month is Marshmallow, which climbed from 2.3% to 4.6% while moving into fourth place in terms of popularity.
Hit the break for the full breakdown.
Google Play has updated its icons with a new, flatter design, doing away with the colored gradient effect of old in favor of a more vibrant style. Read more
Google usually tries to take a lax approach towards what apps are on the Play Store, but occasionally it steps in to remove something that’s a blatant offender of its app store policies. That’s happened this month with a Taliban propaganda app that reportedly violated Google’s policy on hate speech. Read more
If you have been by the YouTube web site any time today, you may have noticed a new icon in the video control bar. Matching the logo shown above, the button gives viewers the ability to switch over and watch videos in the new SnoopaVision mode. Read more
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.” Read more