The first-ever free app on the Play Store is from PBS Kids and is listed in the Play Store’s new Family section. Downloading the app through the regular games category will not attract the special offer. It’s isn’t clear if Google’s free app of the week promotion is a one off, or if the company plans on capitalising on it in the future.
Google revealed plans of introducing family-focused features in the Play Store back at I/O 2015. Apps in the Family section have been hand-picked to be appropriate for kids of varying ages. The move is aimed at making it easier for parents to find and install apps for their kids. The new section was first spotted only on the web, but since has made it to Android too.
The company said that the troubling search results weren’t reflective of its views. The company blamed the issue on the way the images was described on the Internet which yield surprising results for the specific queries. The query also throws up photos of Dawood Ibrahim, Osama Bin Laden, American gangster Al Capone, Sanjay Dutt, Hafiz Saeed, Bill Gates and Arvind Kejriwal.
Mahindra & Mahindra has joined the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) to work along with Google and bring ‘Android Auto’ into the dashboards of its future car lineup. The company has already announced that it will bring Android Auto to its flagship XUV 500 and Scorpio SUV. Android Auto basically functions as an extension of a user’s smartphone in the car.
The company isn’t offering new controls to users but is only making it easier for them to choose what information Google services have access to. Google announced My Accounts at its I/O conference last week and detailed two of its main features – Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup. Further, there’s also an Ads Setting tool that helps you define what ads you want to see
The company has announced a new project called Google Hands Free. The service will be tested out in San Francisco at McDonalds and Papa John’s in the coming years. The company made no mention of how Google Hands Free works or intends to work though.
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.