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Google Is Firefox’s Default Search Engine Once Again

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

It is pretty obvious why companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo would want their search engines to be the default on browsers. For example it has been reported that Google had paid Apple billions to remain the default search engine on iOS devices, while companies like Yahoo inked deals with Mozilla to become Firefox’s default search.

However it seems that the deal is over because it looks like Google has since reverted to becoming Firefox’s default search engine again. Speaking to TechCrunch, Mozilla Chief Business and Legal Officer Denelle Dixon said, “As part of our focus on user experience and performance in Firefox Quantum, Google will also become our new default search provider in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”

That being said, TechCrunch notes that the deal between Yahoo and Mozilla was supposed to last for five years, meaning that it should have ended in 2019, which means that Mozilla had terminated the deal early. According to Dixon, “We exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo! based on a number of factors including doing what’s best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users.”

It is unclear what this move meant for Mozilla as according to Recode, there was a clause in the contract where Mozilla would have to pay Yahoo’s potential acquirer $375 million per year through 2019 if they did not wish to work with them. Whether or not this was exercised is unclear, but there’s a chance that it could.

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Chrome OS Notifications Will Support In-Line Message Replies Soon

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017

You know how you’re able to reply to a message notification on Android in-line? Soon, you’ll be able to do this on Chrome OS-powered devices as well. Google has made a lot of changes recently to its cloud-based OS for Android apps. In order to better suit those apps, it’s now making a change to how notifications can be interacted with in Chrome OS. Users will soon be able to reply to message notifications on Chrome OS in-line.

Those who have been using Android apps on a Chrome OS-powered device would have noticed that the notifications for those apps on Chrome OS look exactly the same as they do on an Android-powered device.

Some functionality isn’t the same, though. In-line replies happen to be that functionality. While the notification appears in a similar manner, it’s not possible to reply to the message notification in-line as yet.

It’s possible to tap the reply button to try and enter a reply but it doesn’t work after that. Google is developing a fix for this and it’s going to be released soon, possibly in the next update to the developer version.

It may be a while though before this feature makes it to the public version of the operating system.

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Pixel 2’s Buzzing To Be Fixed In Upcoming Update

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

Google’s Pixel 2 phones have been experiencing quite a bit of issues ever since it has been launched, but the good news is that Google is (so far) aware of most of these issues and have been busying trying to fix them. One of those reported problems is a buzzing sound that can be heard when making calls, which is a fix Google will be addressing soon.

In a post on the Pixel User Community (via Android Police), Community Manager Orrin announced that Google will be pushing out a software update in the coming weeks that will fix the problem. “We’re rolling out a software update in the coming weeks which eliminates a faint buzzing sound on some Pixel 2 devices when the phone is placed to your ear during a phone call.”

There are no specific dates mentioned, so we guess owners of the Pixel 2 handsets will just have to wait for it, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for its release. In the meantime Google has already fixed a problem which involved the handset making weird clicking sounds, so this appears to be next on the list. Hopefully when this update is released it will address the buzzing sounds and some of the other problems plaguing the handset.

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Google Assistant Updated With Lens Support

Adnan Farooqui November 19, 2017

Google Lens was announced by Google at its annual I/O developers conference back in May this year. It’s a new take on Google Goggles, a feature that has essentially been dead since 2014. Google Lens is capable of providing virtual contextual information about things that the handset’s camera sees. The company is now rolling out support for Google Lens to its artificial intelligence-powered Assistant.

Google Lens can also be described as a camera for Google Assistant that can bring up relevant contextual information on demand. The feature is capable of identifying objects and landmarks in photos as well.

Since it’s linked to Knowledge Graph, the feature can also be used to bring up information about local businesses. Google Lens is capable of pulling contact information from business cards, surfacing event information, translating text from other languages, and more as well.

None of these features are groundbreaking in the sense that it’s already possible to do all of this but with different apps and services. Google Lens brings all of this together into a simple package that lives inside Google Assistant.

Users are now seeing a new Lens button in Google Assistant which opens up the camera when it’s pressed. They then have to tap on the object that they want to search and Assistant then relies on Lens to come up with the relevant contextual information. It functions in a manner similar to Lens in Google Photos.

The company has previously confirmed that this feature will be exclusive to both generations of the Pixel handsets initially.

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Google Changes Policy On AMP Websites To Cut Down On Deception

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

Just like Facebook’s Instant Articles, Google’s AMP websites basically loads pages in an instant. The idea is that it allows users to access content quicker, and for the most part AMP websites are a stripped down version of the main site, there pretty much only the content of the page is shown, which also helps speed up the loading process.

However some websites have taken advantage of this, and instead of showing the content, they might only post a teaser of the content and ask users to visit the main site instead, which can be rather deceptive. To cut down on the abuse, Google has announced that they will be reinforcing their AMP policy where the content of AMP websites will have to remain largely similar to that of the main website.

According to Google, “Where we find that an AMP page doesn’t contain the same critical content as its non-AMP equivalent, we will direct our users to the non-AMP page. This does not affect Search ranking. However, these pages will not be considered for Search features that require AMP, such as the Top Stories carousel with AMP.”

That being said, Google notes that only a small number of websites actually abuse the system, but regardless hopefully this change means that those numbers will be cut down even further.

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Google Assistant Can Help Troubleshoot Your Phone

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Say you have some problem with your phone, what do you do? You could search online to see if there are others who have the same problem and who might have solution, or you could take your phone back to the shop where someone can assistant you, or if you want some help on the spot, Google Assistant might do in a pinch.

It has recently discovered that Google’s digital assistant can do more than tell you about the weather, the latest news or traffic updates, or schedule your appointments. As you can see in the screenshot above, it seems that Google Assistant is also capable of troubleshooting your phone’s problems, at least to a certain extent.

For example Android Police reports that they can ask Google Assistant about their phone’s battery problem, and the software will then be able to run a battery health check and also look for any apps that could potentially be the cause of the problem. If it is unable to find anything and you’ve exhausted all options, it will then offer to connect users to Google Support either by phone or through chat.

It seems that this feature isn’t available to all users yet and could be limited to the Pixel 2 phones for now, because Android Police notes that one of their writers was able to use the feature in the US on a Pixel 2 running a dev preview of Android, while another in the UK running on Android 8.0 Oreo could not.

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Google Gives Google Maps A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

Over the years we’ve seen how Google has improved upon Google Maps by introducing various new features to it, such as telling users when is the best time to drive to avoid traffic, reminders of where they parked their car, and so on. Now it looks like Google has brought about one of the biggest changes to Google Maps by giving it a brand new look.

This new look was announced on Google’s Blog in which they’ve made a bunch of changes to various aspects of Google Maps, such to the driving mode, navigation, transit, and have also given it a new coat of paint that makes it look slightly brighter and cleaner. Google claims these changes will help to highlight the information most relevant to each experience, such as making gas stations more visible when using Google Maps for driving.

According to Google, “We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map.”

It seems that this fresh coat of paint and new colors won’t be limited to Google Maps. Google has also announced that these changes will be applied over the course of the next few weeks to all products/services that use Google Maps, so do keep an eye out for those changes.

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Google’s Job Search Engine Improved With New Tools

Adnan Farooqui November 15, 2017

Not only can you use Google’s search engine to find restaurants and places to visit, you can also use it to find jobs. Google launched its built-in jobs search engine earlier this year and the company has now announced that it’s making the feature even better by rolling out some new improvements. These are the basic improvements that users felt the need for after the initial launch of this feature.

Google says that since this feature was launched, it has seen more than 60 percent of employers showing jobs in Search and has connected tens of millions of people to new job opportunities.

Based on the feedback from job seekers, it has made some improvements to the feature. Users will now see salary information for job postings. It will display estimated salary ranges alongside many jobs based on title, location, and employer. The estimates are drawn from sources like PayScale, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn.

Many users want to have control over the location that Google uses to match them to jobs. The company has added an easy way for users to tell Google what search area to use when searching for jobs that match their query.

In a couple of weeks, it’s also going to add the ability to save jobs inside Google Search. Each posting will be accompanied by a bookmark button so saving jobs will be as easy as a single tap.

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Google Assistant For Tablets Could Be Coming Soon

Tyler Lee November 14, 2017

When Google Assistant was first introduced, it was assumed that just like other Android features, it would be available for all Android devices. However it seemed that Google was attempting to do something different with its Pixel phones and made Google Assistant a temporary exclusive.

However we’ve seen Google start to open up Assistant to more devices, such as Sony’s Android TVs, and last we heard it could be arriving on Chromebooks soon. But what about tablet owners? The good news is that Assistant for Android tablets could also be coming soon, thanks to a recent discovery in the Assistant settings where it was discovered that the row of icons that support Assistant now includes a tablet icon as well as mentioning that it is “Available on Google Home, Android 6.0+ phones and tablets, Chromebooks, and TVs”.

Like we said, Google has been slowly opening up Assistant to more devices, where the feature was initially only available for phones. Presumably Google wants the same widespread adoption and ubiquity that Amazon is enjoying with Alexa which has found its way onto phones, smart speakers, and a bunch of other gadgets.

Unfortunately there is no telling when Assistant for Android tablets will be released, but presumably the addition of the tablet icon does suggest that it could be coming soon.

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Google’s Pixel 2 Cameras Seem To Have Trouble With LED Lights

Tyler Lee November 13, 2017

While Google’s Nexus handsets weren’t exactly known for their cameras, the Pixel 2 has changed all of that, with DxOMark ranking the Pixel 2 as having the best smartphone camera. It is quite an achievement, but unfortunately it seems that users have recently discovered an issue with it, and that is it seems to be unable to handle LED lights.

According to a post on the Pixel User Community (via Pocketnow), user Chazzdjr claims that when taking photos and videos with the Pixel 2 under LED lighting, it has led to strange banding that appears in the footage. Chazzdjr is not alone in this as other Pixel 2 owners have since stepped forward with similar claims.

That being said we should point out that this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon as LED and fluorescent lights do flicker, although they tend to flicker at the frequency of the power supply and generally speaking, our eyes do not notice it. However if you’ve ever tried to record a video of a monitor or TV, you might have noticed that effect.

Some have pointed out that this is not an issue with other phone cameras, and based on the comments it seems that Google is giving customers replacements for their phones, which means in a way the company is acknowledging that it might be a problem. It is unclear if a software update could fix the issue, or if it might be a hardware problem. In any case you can check out the problem for yourself in the video above.

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