The service will manage a user’s passwords on Android and across the web, and will even automatically sign in users across devices. Smart Lock For Passwords does what Chrome has done on for website passwords, except in this case it’s for Android apps. Google’s justification for the service is that the process of typing in passwords is painful, and by making it more seamless, developers can increase their sign up and sign in rates.
The Brillo developer preview will be out in Q3 2015. While the OS is built on Android, the company has hacked off all the unnecessary bits to make it run on low-power devices. Brillo will support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, and a few other connectivity solutions. Apart from Brillo, Google also announced Weave, a language that allows IoT devices, smartphones and the cloud to communicate.
Android Pay will support tap-to-pay as well as in-app payments and will support multiple banks, carriers and merchants. Google says 70,000 merchant locations and 1,000 apps will support Android Pay by the time it launches later this year. The company has also introduced fingerprint authorization on Android M in order to complement Android Pay.
Android M will be out later this year, while those looking to get in on the action early can download the developer preview right now. The new OS looks mich like Lollipop, with Google instead focusing on optimisation and usability of its software. There are several changes the company has made, most notable being updated app permissions, new contextually aware services such as Now on Tap and Android Pay and Fingerprint support.
The company introduced the Roboto family of fonts with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Initially, only the font was released to the public, but now Roboto is fully open source, meaning even the toolchain used to create the font is up on GitHub. Roboto has become a big part of Google’s identity and is a huge part of Material Design.
A Google engineer working on Chrome for Android posted on the Android subreddit that the mobile browser was almost entirely open source, with bulk code available in the Chromium repository. By making Chrome for Android open source, developers can now build their own mobile browsers with different features on top of the solid Chromium codebase.
Brillo will be able to run on devices with as little as 32 or 64 MB of RAM and will be based on the company’s Android mobile OS. Google is expected to launch the code for Brillo as early as next week at its I/O conference in SF. However, the smart device OS fight won’t be easy, with players such as Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and Intel vying for the same piece of the pie.
The move is directed at boosting revenues from video ads on YouTube. The overviews will be from the same advertiser that has sponsored the TrueView ad. Some early testers have said that the new ads generated three times as much revenue from sales. Google won’t charge advertisers a premium for the new ad service.
The new photos tool is expected to be launched at I/O later this month. The move is in-line with the company’s stopping to force people to sign up for Google+. The new service will allow users to post images directly onto rival social networking platforms Facebook and Twitter. The strategy to unbundle services that were built around Google+ began ever since the departure of Vic Gundoltra.
Google Search now throws up Tweets in a more graphical way on mobile devices, with both companies announcing the feature and adding that a desktop version was also on the way. The whole premise for the tie-up is to serve users of Google Search with more real-time information that surfaces on Twitter, which also seems to be the case of how Google decides whether to showcase tweets.
The price cuts extend across all Compute Engine Instance types and will be rolled out for the US, Europe and Asian markets. The company claims that its Cloud Platform is now 40% cheaper for many workloads. Further, the new Preemptible VM is 70% cheaper than regular VMs as the company runs them on idle resources at its data centres.
The campus will be spread across 7.2-acres at Gachibowliand and will be Google’s first own campus in Asia. Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao said the company would invest Rs 1,000 crore to set up the facility spread across 7-acres that will create over 6,000 jobs. Hyderabad will also be the first in India to be covered by Google Street View.
The most recent of such attacks was one where an image of an Android urinating on the Apple Logo was uploaded onto Google Maps, forcing the company to make the move. Just in April Google announced that it was working on improving spam detection for Map Maker, but now it seems as though the company is resorting to more drastic efforts. Pavithra Kanakarajan, project manager of Google Map Maker said that the service will remain shut until the team figures out “more intelligent mechanisms to prevent such incidents.”
Google claims that just 54% of video ads on average across the web are viewable, excluding YouTube, where video ads are 91% viewable. Low viewability was casused due to ads playing in the background, with 76% of non-viewable ads were in a background tab or never on-screen at all, while the remaining 24% were scrolled off-screen or abandoned in fewer than two seconds.
The new feature rolled out by Google requires users to update the Google app on their Android device and turn on notifications via Google Now. Once this is done, users can simply type, “send a note to my phone” or “send directions to my phone” into the search bar, which will open up a small card that lets you type in the note, or specify directions. This data is then sent to the users’ smartphone as a notification. The functionality isn’t just limited to notes and directions, with users being able to set reminders, alarms and find the location of their phone directly from the search bar on their PC.
If Cache servers are located in India instead of in US, then the search results will show up fast and it will take noticeably less buffering time for the YouTube videos as less bandwidth is being used.