YouTube is said to be working on a competitor to Twitch, the largest game streaming service. Amazon acquired Twitch for $1 billion last year, proving to many that game streaming is massive and is only going to continue growing.
Salt Lake City is one of the next markets that will receive Google’s Fiber internet service. Provo, a city just 50 miles from Salt Lake City, was added to the list of Fiber locations in 2013.
To monetize its Google Fiber TV viewers, Google is turning towards targeted and trackable advertising. While attempting to maintain user privacy, Google has begun testing an advertising option that will operate in a way reminiscent of YouTube ads.
Things aren’t going well for Google in terms of Android wearable sales and adoption rates, and as Apple Watch’s launch approaches, it’s safe to say the ecosystem is at an impasse. Where to from here? It’s either oblivion or a pact with Satan, some industry pundits predict, as Big G may be forced to indirectly endorse its arch-nemesis in order to survive.
Basically acknowledging its Nexus 6 is no longer the cream of the Android crop, with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge around the corner, Google has just instated a cool little promotion. Granted, the deal also makes room for the Nexus 9 and all Android Wear smartwatches sold on the Play Store under the spotlight, but clearly, the N6 is the brightest star.
I can’t be the only one who’s been ruined by the hopeless abyss that is a flight without Wi-Fi. There I was depending on my six hour cross-country flight to have Wi-Fi so I could do work. That’s right, boss, I was TRYING to be responsible. But the flight took off and no “gogoinflight” ever appeared in my Wi-Fi dropdown menu. It was horrible, and my work was late.
It’s probably no coincidence Google chose to formally unveil its second-generation Chromebook Pixel in the immediate wake of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Retina introduction. After all, this ultra-high-end Chrome OS-powered laptop has been in the works for roughly two years now.
A new YouTube app made specifically for kids is on its way. The app will feature kid-centric content that is both original and from certain channels currently on the regular version of YouTube. YouTube Kids is launching on February 23 and will be limited to Android, at least for the time being. Google is not going to charge for the app and it may not be monetized.
It will soon be easier to see content from Twitter. The social network has reached a deal with Google to get tweets into the search engine. In real-time, tweets will appear in searches and that will be possible due to Google gaining access to all of the network’s new content as it is posted. Posts from Twitter will begin appearing in searches sometime in the first half of this year.
Well, this is certainly unexpected. Sure, we heard a few whispers of a new Android build numbered 5.1 and still dubbed Lollipop possibly launching in February. Yes, this February. But that was back in December, and since then, we saw no movement on the Google software update front.
Google’s email service, Gmail, has finally been blocked in China following a period of time during which the service was disrupted. Gmail has not worked properly in China for at least six months, and now it is actually unavailable. Google has responded to the recent block by saying that the unavailability is not its fault.