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.
The newest iteration of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, is widely regarded as the sleekest, smoothest take on the Google-conceived mobile OS, and the jump from 4.4 KitKat the biggest transformation in the platform’s history.
It’s hard to tell if public flak swayed Google, or the search giant simply realized pulling the plug on the Nexus 5 so abruptly would be bad for business. Whatever it was, we’re glad it happened, as hesitant Android purists will apparently get an extra quarter to decide if they want to go the phablet route, or keep things small (-er) and (more) modest.
There will be no more Nexus 5 for the masses once current inventory runs out. In the words of the actual Google spokesperson, as quoted by Tech Radar, “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”
Court cases have appeared all over the world in connection to Google Search, and at least in the United States, Google seems to be winning. A case had been filed against Google by S. Louis Martin, the owner of CoastNews who alleged Google was pushing his results too far down in searches. The case has now been heard, and a judge with the San Francisco Superior Court feels Google is in the right.
It’s been a problematic past couple of weeks for Google’s powers that be, which weren’t able to handle Nexus 6’s release very well, or dispatch Android 5.0 for older Nexus devices as quickly as we had expected.
Another Android Wear release, another series of availability hiccups. But all’s well that ends well, and Best Buy seems to have overcome its Asus ZenWatch faux pas.