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.
Actual numbers are finally being attached to the European “right to be forgotten” ruling that lets regular people ask Google and other search engines to remove links to some search results. Since Google created a form for people to use when requesting that a link be taken down, over 91,000 requests have been made. Some of the requests dealt with multiple links, and so the total number of search links affected by those requests is actually 328,000.
Another Google X project is underway and it is completely different than consumer-facing projects like Glass. This time, the Google X team is enlisting the help of scientists to determine what a perfectly healthy human actually looks like, and the team is collecting data from hundreds of people to find that out.
The future of the Nexus family is settled once and for all, despite no N5, N7 or N10 sequels being on the horizon. But Google’s straightforwardness hasn’t extended to the rumored Android Silver program yet. Or to Google Play Edition devices, stuck in limbo for the time being.
For people who need to brush up on their geography or simply want to have a little trivia fun, Google has launched Smarty Pins. The Smarty Pins game combines trivia questions with Google Maps, and it asks users to drop a pin on the location that corresponds with a certain factoid. The goal of the game is to move through as many questions as possible before reaching 1000 miles, the total number of miles your pins can be away from the correct location.
One of the least publicized but most relevant Google I/O software announcements has seen a program called simply Android One go official, courtesy of which Big G intends to bring stock versions of its OS in a timely fashion to dirt-cheap smartphone users in emerging markets.