Hardcore vanilla Android lovers are probably starting to get anxious, as the abundant Nexus 9-related rumors don’t seem to be leading up to anything. Nor does speculation on the next-gen Nexus smartphone, the X or N6, and least of all, suspicious Nexus Watch gossip activity.
Once rampant speculation on Google possibly prepping a so-called “Nexus Watch” fizzled out a long time ago, mostly due to Android Wear’s emergence. But a tongue-in-cheek, mystery remark directed by Sundar Pichai at an interviewer on the heels of Android One’s commercial debut is bound to reanimate the rumor scene.
There’s been a lot of hearsay dispersed in the media these past few months in regards to Google’s wish to tamper with the way stock and near-stock Android-running devices are being marketed and sold. At one point, the Nexus line seemed doomed. Then, it was revived as if by magic.
YouTube is beginning to roll out a channel donation feature that was first mentioned by the company a few months ago. If a channel decides that it would like to receive donations from viewers, a tip jar feature can be enabled. Videos from channels that have enabled the tip jar will include a small icon that lets viewers know they can donate. The icon is located in the top left corner of a video, and it will open to the donation page when clicked.
It felt like the end of Google Authorship was near when Google stopped showing author profile photos in search results in June, but now Authorship is actually gone. Authorship was added to Google Search in 2011, and the feature showed author information in applicable search results. As it attempts to unify the web and mobile search experiences, however, Google no longer sees a way for Authorship to be beneficial.
American sanctions against Cuba remain strong, and as a result, the country has suffered in many ways. Even software downloads in the country are not easy to access, but Google is making progress by offering Chrome to Cuban users for the first time. People in Cuba will now be able to download the Chrome browser through Google’s official channels instead of through alternative means.
Google and Apple are both making pushes for the enterprise market through partnerships with other tech companies, and Google’s latest partnership may be with HP. The Information says that Google and HP are working on a version of Google Now for the enterprise market that will be called Google Now for Business. Rather than looking through personal data to update users, Google Now for Business would look through corporate data to provide important company information.
Google has been talking about the benefits of HTTPS a lot in recent months, and now it is giving webmasters another big reason to use the technology.
With once-booming rumors of a Nexus family reshuffling or outright extinction officially quashed, the biggest, most difficult-to-answer question regarding Google’s hardware future involves the GPe series. And since Google Play edition devices started disappearing without a trace a little while back, it seems logical to assume the end is near.
A small update rolled out for the Google Now Launcher last week. The app itself remains largely unchanged, but a couple of interesting modifications to the launcher’s compatibility listings on Google Play have been observed.
Could it be bye-bye Nexus 7 2013 at last? In all truthfulness, we’d hate it if the 7-inch budget champ would be discontinued. Sure, it lost a big chunk of the mojo it launched with back in July 2013, but it’s still pretty fly for a $215 tablet.
After selling an unfinished barge located in Portland, Maine, it appears Google will be leaving its barge ambitions behind.