Earlier this week Google announced the results of a study they conducted on ads that appear on your screen while using one app trying to get you to buy some other app, ads known as “interstitials.” Most users see them as annoying, a finding confirmed by the Google study. However, Google also found they were highly ineffective and has decided to retire them while asking others to follow suit. This announcement has brought a rebuke from Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman who says Google is being hypocritical and may be trying to flex some monopolistic tendencies. Read more
Google introduced the Android One program back at Google I/O in 2014 in attempt to bring reliable, affordable devices to emerging markets. Google’s ultimate goal is to bring Android to more places around the world. The program began in India and has now expanded to many countries. Most recently, Android One arrived Myanmar and Pakistan. Android One is not going away any time soon. The company is proud to announce that today it has added Lava to its list of partners.
The Google Play Store is running a sale on a variety of awesome mobile games, including the hit geometric puzzle game Monument Valley. The sales will continue over the weekend, ending on Monday, July 27.
There are some other cool titles discounted, such as Hitman: GO, The Dark Knight Rising, Game of Thrones, and The Room Two. And there’s a whole lot more available! For a full list of titles on sale, be sure to hit the source link below.
source: Google Play
Google today took to its official blog to announce that Google Voice voicemails are now 49 percent less confusing, thanks to user-submitted feedback. Google Voice is notorious for creating terrible transcriptions from voicemails, but things might just be getting better.
Google is getting a head start for the new upcoming school year by launching its back to school promotion on many products in the Google Store. However, it seems like the only new sales we’re seeing are on select Acer Chromebooks.
YouTube recently added 360-degree videos mainly for mobile phones and VR devices like the Google Cardboard. Unfortunately they plan on bringing 360-degree ads as well. Google research has found that users are much more likely to watch an entire video when they can control it like with 360-degree videos.
As Google moves to reposition they next version of Google Glass to be primarily used for business and enterprise purposes, reports indicate the Glass team is beefing up the device to be a little more business friendly and more rugged to handle the stress of a workplace environment. Despite some of these changes, the overall form factor will stay much the same as the Explorer Edition with a prism located above the right eye and the electronics hanging on the right temple. Read more
Google had announced earlier this week that it will be shutting down Google+ Photos as a way to “ensure everyone has the best photos experience”. After facing backlash from Google+ users, head of Google Photos Anil Sabharwal posted a statement on Google+ to clarify a couple points regarding the announcement. Read more
Google wants you to make documents with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Microsoft wants you to make documents with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Then, when storing those documents or any other files, the two companies are split between Drive and OneDrive. Among the benefits of sticking with one company’s services is how everything works seamlessly. Google, however, wants Microsoft Office users to enjoy the benefits of Drive despite using a competing service.
Google is known for buying smaller companies and the search giant has acquired Pixate in its latest round of purchases, a company that creates tool for developers. Details on the purchase are slim, but Pixate CEO Paul Colton said that this acquisition allows the company offer their tools for free.