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Google Updates: Pixel launch, wearables left from Play Store, giveaway apps

YES, WE’RE messing with a format again. From now on, Google Updates will be updated each Friday as usual, though we’ll be updating underneath headings and comparison news will sojourn up, so we can bookmark this page and come behind to it. Hurrah!

Search
29/9/17: 
Reports explain that Google will spin off a Shopping use into a standalone territory in a bid to keep EU regulators happy. While Google Shopping will sojourn partial of a company, it will have a possess income that it will use to make bids for ads opposite a rivals. We initial listened about Google’s devise to auction off ad placements progressing this monthReuters reported that the will concede opposition firms to bid for spots, famous as ‘Product Listing Ads’ on a Shopping service.

Elsewhere in Search this week, Google has sealed a understanding with Apple that will see a hunt hulk take over from Microsoft’s Bing as a default hunt engine for a Siri voice assistant.

15/9/17: Unsurprisingly, Google has reliable that it will interest a €2.42bn (around £2.1bn) antitrust fine handed to it by a European Commission (EC) progressing this year. In its preference behind in June, a EC said that Google “abused a marketplace prevalence as a hunt engine by giving an bootleg advantage to another Google product, a comparison selling service,” a pierce that comes to a “detriment of customers” and “stifles innovation” in a online selling market.

8/9/17: Google has expelled a beam to a most searched “how to” questions from around a universe in an interactive essay. If we wish to magnitude a bra, change your name and afterwards get pregnant, afterwards you’re in a majority.

Cloud
15/9/17:
The Google Drive desktop app is being taken out of use in Feb for reasons not wholly transparent to us yet, though we consider it’s something to do with examination pirated Game of Thrones episodes on it. We’ll come behind to you. 

DeepMind
6/10/17: DeepMind has launched an ethics unit to contemplate a large doubt of AI like ‘is it ok to be nursed by a robot’ and ‘can we trust a possess creations’ and substantially loads of other things so intellectually severe it hasn’t crossed a minds

Android
6/10/17: Of course, a large news of a week is a bolt of products launched. You can review about a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Smartbuds and Google Clips by clicking by and we can review a thoughts on a launch here. Meanwhile, pre-ordering has begun.

Something else happened too. Note that there’s no discuss of Android Wear? Yeah. Check a Play Store. The Wearables territory has left completely. No proclamation was made, no reason has been given. It’s, during a really least, mysterious.

Other things we competence have missed from a eventuality – there’s a new Ambient Services app in a Play Store, to energy a ‘always on’ song identification, and Google Assistant has some-more voice options, including a masculine one, if we need.

Google Allo for Web is now accessible opposite vital browsers, not only Chrome. But a still tethered to your phone tie and is therefore a rubbish of space. It can also now be triggered from an iOS device. Because, sigh.

We’re also awaiting to hear about a new intelligent orator with a screen earlier rather than later, since Amazon launched theres and a held Google on a hop.

Elsewhere there is disturbance as Google has sensitively suspended a intelligent clear by NFC.

29/9/17: Full specifications for Google’s arriving Pixel smartphones have leaked online, divulgence that they will dump a 3.5mm headphone jack along with the, er SIM slot. The handsets will be strictly denounced subsequent week during Google’s 4 Oct hardware launch event. 

22/9/17: The apparent large news of a week is that Google has taken on a billion-dollar understanding to work with struggling phone builder HTC. The understanding will concrete a operative attribute between a dual firms that already exists, and will see a group from HTC pierce to Google to work on hardware.

It comes as we see a outrageous trickle that suggests that a eventuality on Oct 4th will have a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, a mini chronicle of a Google Home, and a “Pixelbook” using Chrome OS with Android apps. 

As we were going to press, we listened that Bose is to be a initial in a operation of headphone makers to supplement a dedicated Assistant button, to opposition a even expanding nails of Amazon Alexa. 

15/9/17: Google has reliable that it’s holding a launch eventuality on 4 October, where it’s approaching to betray a Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. There’s also speak that a fast-approaching launch could see a attainment of a new Google Home, new Chromebook Pixel and Google Assistant-powered wireless headphones – adding weight to a rumours that a subsequent Pixels will embankment a headphone jack.

8/9/17: There’s a large gossip brewing in a Android sphere. We already know that while Pixel inclination are branded as Google, they’re indeed finished by HTC. So given that HTC hasn’t finished most impact lately, there’s a proof to a story that apparently, Google is about to buy them out as a inclination division. We could hear as early as subsequent week. It’s not Google’s initial squeeze of a phone builder – formerly it bought, and afterwards sole Motorola to Lenovo after substantiating a complicated Moto G and X lines with their nearly-stock chronicle of Android.

Also new this week, it sounds like there are more teething problems for Android 8.0 Oreo. In further to a Bluetooth issues, we’re now conference that a 4G information environment doesn’t spin off when we switch to WiFi. Could be costly to punters on metered connections.

Chrome
15/9/17:
There’s been a lot of Chrome-related news this week. First off, Google announced that, as expected, it’ll start distrusting Symantec confidence certificates with Chrome 66. Earlier today, a organisation announced that Chrome 64, due in Jan subsequent year, will start restraint autoplay videos, as it follows in a footsteps of Apple’s Safari. 

8/9/17: Chrome 61 is out in a fast channel. It adds granular Javascript, WebUSB support and stops sites approved by dual Chinese authorities who were vouchsafing sites with malware trip through. It’s also accessible for Android.

Smart home
6/10/17: So we got not one though dual new intelligent speakers. The Google Home Mini and a Google Home Max. See adult a page for links. 

29/9/17: Rumour has it that Google is accelerating skeleton for a some-more extensive intelligent home hub in light of a tellurian recover of a Amazon Echo Show alongside a raft of new inclination powered by a Alexa AI assistant. The supposed ‘Manhattan’ will exaggerate a 7in shade charity video calling, Google Assistant, a common bolt of services like YouTube, and home controls for a Nest operation and other intelligent home devices.

Also this week, Google has yanked YouTube support from a Amazon Echo Show, claiming that Amazon has unsuccessful to repair a “bad experience” offering to consumers. 

22/09/17: Nest is releasing a whole garland of new stuff in a US this Nov including a video doorbell and a intelligent close grown with Yale. It’s all a bit expensive. 

Free apps
Incisive Media creates no guarantees that these offers will still be on, prices are scold during time of writing. All prices simulate a UK Google Play Store.

Blue Light Filter Pro (£2.49) – If your phone doesn’t already have a night mode, you’ll do good with this filter app that reduces a possibility of your phone gripping we awake. 10 mins of smartphone use is homogeneous to a crater of espresso, so get it while it’s free.

Mobile Doc Scanner (MD Scan) + OCR (£3.99) – Another app on complicated discount. Photograph your papers and let a program do a magic. We didn’t get a possibility to exam a OCR part, though hey, it’s free, value a punt, right?

Freelance Simulator: Game Developer Edition (£0.89) – for any of a readers that aren’t freelance diversion developers anyway, here’s your possibility to find out how a finished with this sandboxing game. Nothing to do with cat litter, by a way. µ

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