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Google is an Internet Search company with profits mainly derived from its AdWords advertising program. Google is also known for other high-profile web-related products such as Chrome, GMail, Google Docs or Google Map, and it has also made a very successful entry into the mobile handset market with its Android mobile operating system. The company was created in 1998 and went public in 2004. Google is one of the most visited site in the world.

Android 8.0 Oreo Installed On Only 0.5% Of Android Devices
It has been several months since Google released Android 8.0 Oreo to the public. However the latest figures shown on the Android Developers website (see screenshot above) has shown that so far, only 0.5% of Android devices are running on the latest update, which is rather unfortunate given the ton of neat features that the Oreo update is packing.

Google Home Max Is Now Available For Purchase
Back in October, Google took the wraps off a couple of new Google Home devices, like the Google Home Mini and the Home Max. The Home Mini has since been released, but the Home Max was scheduled for a later release. The good news is that if you were holding out for the larger device, you’ll be pleased to learn that it is now available for purchase.

Job Listing Hints At Google Home Device With Touchscreen
Amazon’s Echo has evolved from a simple speaker to devices like the Echo Show which offers a touchscreen display for watching videos. In fact we have heard rumors that Google could be working on something similar, although this failed to make an appearance at Google’s October event in which the Home Mini and Home Max were unveiled.

Google Releases A Trio Of Experimental Photo Apps
From time to time, just like many companies probably do, Google experiments with various ideas to see how it could potentially be turned into a product or service. However it isn’t always that Google’s experiments are released to the public, but the company has recently announced a trio of experimental photo apps that users can check out if they’re so inclined.

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Google Home Can Send Directions To Your Pixel Smartphone
The Google Home can do many things, such as controlling your smart home devices, but now users can add one more thing it can do to the list, which is the ability to send users directions from the Google Home to their Pixel handset. The latest feature of Google Home was confirmed by a tweet by the @MadeByGoogle account.

Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update
According to a recent report, it has been suggested that these days, consumers appear to prefer keeping their smartphones updated to the latest OS versus buying a brand new device. This makes sense when you consider that some smartphones are starting to see a rather huge hike in price.

Google Assistant Command Lets Users Sync Smart Home Devices
If you’re looking to furnish your home with multiple smart devices, then you might have done your research and know that for some devices, they require a separate hub to connect them to your home’s network, which means that trying to sync up multiple smart devices can get rather complicated and messy.

Google To Reevaluate Apps That Use Android’s Accessibility API
Last month Google announced that they will soon start to remove Android apps that uses the Accessibility API for non-accessibility purposes. While we understand Google’s desire to prevent developers from abusing or taking advantage of APIs for purposes other than what it was intended for, this led to a bit of a backlash.

Google Home Mini Update Restores The Touch Functionality
Back in October, there was an issue discovered with the Google Home Mini in which it appeared to be recording everything the user is saying or doing even without being prompted. However it later turned out that this was not a privacy issue or a bug, but rather a hardware issue in which the button on the device got a bit sticky and continued to hold record.

Google To Bring Google Assistant To Feature Phones
Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant that is available on Android phones. These days with smartphones being as ubiquitous as they are, it is easy to forget that feature phones still exist, and that there are plenty of markets out there that still rely on it. Google recognizes this, and has made an attempt to boost feature phones by bringing Google Assistant to them.

YouTube To Deploy More Human Moderators To Combat Abuse
YouTube has been having a bit of a content problem in recent times, where it seems that with some clever maneuvering, some content creators have managed to upload some rather disturbing videos. YouTube has stated several times that they will be cracking down on this, and in their latest blog post, they share some of the details on how.

Two-Wheeler Mode Introduced To Google Maps
Just last month, Waze introduced an update that brought about motorcycle mode that was aimed at motorcyclists. Given that Google owns Waze, we suppose it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that Google will be bringing that feature over onto Google Maps, although it should be noted that the feature will be launched in India first.

Google Launches Android Oreo (Go Edition) For Lower-End Handsets
Earlier this year during Google I/O, Google announced a new Android initiative in the form of Android Go. Similar to Google’s approach with Android One, Android Go is basically Android designed for lower-end handsets and is the software side of things, versus Android One which focuses on the hardware.

Google Releases Android 8.1 Oreo For Pixel & Nexus Devices
It has been a couple of months since Google released Android 8.0 Oreo for its Pixel and Nexus devices, but it looks like the company has another major Android update that they have recently released. This comes in the form of Android 8.1 which is still part of the Oreo build, but will come with various improvements, new features, and bug fixes.