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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.

Google Search Has A New Anxiety Self-Assessment Tool
Are you feeling anxious? Do you think it might be a temporary thing or is it something you might have been experiencing for a while? There is no doubt that the current coronavirus pandemic has gotten many of us worried, and the lockdown is surely not helping with our mental health either, but Google wants to help.

Google Turns To Augmented Reality To Help With Social Distancing
Last month, Snapchat launched a new lens that used augmented reality to help users get a better idea of how far apart people should stand away from other people with regards to social distancing. The idea is that by standing a certain distance away from others, it reduces the chance of the coronavirus spreading.

Switzerland Will Be The First To Take Advantage Of Apple And Google’s Exposure Notification API
Apple and Google have recently released their Exposure Notification API to the public, and now the onus is pretty much on governments and app developers to take advantage of it, and it looks like we might have our first candidate. A team in Switzerland will be the first to release an app that will be using the Exposure Notification API.

More Evidence Suggests That The Pixel 5 Will Not Use The Snapdragon 865 Chipset
Google’s Pixel 5 is largely expected to be announced later this year. It will be the company’s flagship phone for 2020, except that there is mounting evidence to suggest that the handset will not be sporting flagship hardware If you were rightfully assuming that the phone could come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, think again.

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Google Could Be Looking To Bring End-To-End Encryption To RCS Messages
SMS and MMS have been around for a while now, but it’s safe to say that they haven’t necessarily been updated to keep up with the times, and have since been replaced by the likes of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and so on. However, with RCS messages, that is set to change.

Google’s CEO Is Open To Working With Apple On Other Projects
As some of you might have heard, both Google and Apple had teamed up not too long ago to develop the Exposure Notification API. This API would allow developers to create contact tracing apps to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. This was actually a surprise announcement as both companies are typically seen as each other’s rivals.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Found To Have Shared Data With Foursquare And Google
One of the selling points of Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API is the emphasis on privacy, where both companies will be using anonymized data and explicit user consent. As a result, some governments are choosing not to use the Exposure Notification API due to the various restrictions Apple and Google put in place.

Apple And Google’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification API Is Now Available On iOS And Android
Earlier this year, Apple and Google announced that they would be working together on developing a COVID-19 contact tracing system. Dubbed Exposure Notifications, if you have an iOS or Android device, you might be interested to learn that the API is now available in the latest update to both operating systems.

Google Fi eSIM Support Now Available For Existing iPhone Customers
Last month, new customers to Google Fi on the iPhone could sign up using the embedded eSIMs in their devices (assuming it is supported). Now in a recent update, it seems that eSIM support has since been extended to existing iPhone customers, meaning that if you wanted to free up the physical SIM slot on your iPhone while using Google Fi, you will be able to.

Google’s Upcoming Pixel 4a Gets An Early Hands-On Review
Had the coronavirus pandemic not forced Google to cancel its I/O 2020 event, there is a very good chance that the event could have seen the company officially announce its next smartphone, the Google Pixel 4a. At this point in time, it is unclear when the handset could be announced, but we have a feeling it might be soon.

Google Testing Out New User Interface To Make Smart Displays Easier To Use
In recent years, we’ve seen companies start to transition from creating smart speakers to smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers that comes with a built-in display to allow for users to make video calls, watch videos, use it to see who’s at the door if you have a smart doorbell, and so on.

Google Survey Seemingly Confirms The Pixel 4a, Pixel 5’s Prices
Last week, a rumor had suggested that the price of Google’s upcoming Pixel 4a could be set at $349. This not only makes it cheaper than its predecessor, but it also makes it cheaper than Apple’s iPhone SE. Of course given that this is a rumor, it was hard to tell how accurate this price is.

Chrome Will Soon Protect Users Against Resource-Hungry Ads
Not all ads were made equal. Some ads are simple images, while others include videos and animations. This means that in terms of resources, some ads might end up consuming more of a computer’s resources than others. If you don’t have a particularly powerful rig with a lot of spare RAM available, then you have probably come across websites that feel a bit laggier than others.

Pixel 4a Could Be Priced At $349, Making It Cheaper Than The iPhone SE
It’s starting to feel like handset makers are realizing that customers are no longer as interested in spending $1,000 on a smartphone, at least not these days and not in this current climate where due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are out of work. Google might have an idea about that and for its upcoming Pixel 4a smartphone, they could be looking to reduce the price.