2017 is drawing to an end. & it’s that time of the year when Google announces the most searched words.
As announced earlier, Google has finally shut down the “app” section of the Chrome Web Store for the Windows, Linux & Mac platforms of Chrome, meaning you can’t install Chrome apps there anymore.
Reports: Engadget, Android Police, ArsTechnica
Google published its annual list of “the most downloaded apps” that appeared on the Play Store in 2017.
App analysis organization Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School conducted a study on this & found that almost all the popular apps such as Uber, Tinder, Skype & Twitter, to name a few, have hidden trackers that secretly monitor users.
Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google.
Reports: Quartz, TechCrunch, Android Authority (Blog), Live Markets Blog The Street.com, Canada Free Press
Google has made Google for Jobs better, adding stuff like salary information and location customization.
The new collaboration “leverages the full value of Google Cloud.”
Google has announced the launch of a different way of paying on mobile devices, using any card you have on file.
Reports: CNBC, ZDNET, Republica, ETTelecom.com
Something’s happening between Google & Amazon, & something’s not right. Google has reportedly decided against the Amazon Echo Show to access YouTube. If you ask the smart speaker to show you a YouTube video, it fails, with Alexa simply saying: Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show. Go, figure.
Reports: BBC News, Seeking Alpha, CNBC, 9to5Google
Alphabet Inc’s Google has agreed to buy part of HTC Corp.’s engineering & design teams for US $1.1 billion to bolster the US Internet giant’s hardware business.
Reports: The Verge, Reuters, CNBC
On Monday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched Google’s payment app- ‘Tez’. Speaking on the occasion he said Tez by Google was perhaps the simplest form of monetary transactions.
Reports: TechCrunch, The Asian Age