Google and Amazon might release truly wireless earbuds in the second half of 2019, claims a noted analyst. The two companies would be seen as Apple’s biggest competitors due to their respective ecosystems. Google and Amazon are established players in the speaker market with their Home and Echo devices, respectively. They might not have been first, but the Apple AirPods continue to take the lead of a market now filled with an endless number of alternatives. If word from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, Google and Amazon are prepping AirPods alternatives of their own.According to a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted that Google and Amazon will launch truly wireless earbuds in the second half of 2019. Kuo said Google and Amazon would be Apple’s two largest competitors due to the former’s influence on Android and the latter’s Alexa voice assistant. Editor's PickBest AirPods alternativesThe AirPods are still turning heads … [Read more...] about Analyst claims Google and Amazon might be making AirPods alternatives
As a registered Android developer, today I, along with thousands of other devs, got the following email from the Android Market Support team. The email informed me that the developer console, which is the interface used for publishing new apps, will be unavailable this Thursday, November 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. The customer-facing Market itself will continue working just fine (or so I hope at least), but no new applications or app updates will be allowed. Now, what could this update be for? It could be as simple as the promised Market housekeeping that was announced 5 days ago, although it seemed far less serious, and I got the impression that it did not require any downtime. Alternatively, Google may be preparing the Market for something much-much bigger. If you remember, the day before the housekeeping alert, Tim Bray from the Android team mentioned the following after listing 6 new Market features that had been implemented in the last months: You’ll notice that I … [Read more...] about Major 6-Hour Google Market Maintenance Coming This Thursday. What Could It Be For?
Just in time for the holidays, Google Assistant is introducing a bunch of new smart home features, including the ability to reply to broadcast messages, create and use cookbooks, and access enhanced storybook content for kids. Broadcast messages Most of these enhancements work with Google Home Hub smart displays and/or Google Home Mini smart speakers. Google demonstrated them in a chic San Francisco home Tuesday outfitted with all manner of smart home hardware. The most impressive demo involved the ability to turn a Google Assistant broadcast into a chat. The relatively new broadcast feature lets you use Google Assistant to transmit spoken messages to all Google Home-enabled speakers in your household, which then play them intercom-style. Now, a listener can reply by tapping a button on a display or simply talking to a speaker. The message is then transmitted to the original broadcaster. In the demo example, a person driving home from work could broadcast a message asking if their … [Read more...] about Google Assistant adds smart home bells and whistles in time for the holidays
Google was reportedly offered the former East German Stasi secret police headquarters in Lichtenberg, Berlin, for its new Berlin campus, according to German media sources. Wired Germany, Berliner Zeitung, and Le Figaro reported on the offer, which was reportedly made to Google after the company was denied a campus in Kreuzberg for fear of rising rent costs and gentrification.“A possible alternative location has already been found: The former Stasi headquarters in the district of Lichtenberg,” reported Wired Germany. “Google is invited to take a look at the massive concrete block. For several years, a sensible and sustainable use of the building has been sought.” “On Twitter and Facebook [it] is already joked about the irony, if Google would actually move just into the house of the former East German secret police. After all, it was known for its sprawling surveillance and data-gathering rage,” Wired Germany continued. “However, that’s not … [Read more...] about Report: Berlin Invites Google to Work from Former ‘Stasi’ Secret Police HQ
For years, Android has allowed apps to modify the behavior of other applications, using Accessibility Services. While the intended purpose is for developers to create apps for users with disabilities, the API is often used for other functionality (to overlay content, fill in text fields, etc.). LastPass, Button Mapper, Signal Spy, Tasker, and Greenify are just a few examples of applications heavily using this API. While Accessibility Services can greatly extend the functionality of applications, they can potentially create a security risk. Once granted the right permissions, the API can be used to read data from other apps. Likely for this reason, Google has sent emails to app developers regarding the usage of Accessibility Services. The developer of BatterySaver received this message: We’re contacting you because your app, BatterySaver System Shortcut, with package name com.floriandraschbacher.batterysaver.free is requesting the … [Read more...] about Google will remove Play Store apps that use Accessibility Services for anything except helping disabled users