Category: Google: Android

Report: Arizona attorney general investigating Google location tracking

Roughly a month ago AP reported that Google continues to collect location data when ‘Location History’ is turned off.  The company acknowledged this and subsequently updated its help pages to clarify for users. Google uses location data for a number of...

/ September 12, 2018

Google expands Assistant device network, adds polyglot support

Google Assistant devices have an advantage over Echo in international markets. Seeking to capitalize and expand on that, the company is expanding multilingual support and announcing a raft of new partners. Among the laundry list of announcements, users will now...

/ August 30, 2018

Chrome browser to update to material design ‘across all operating systems’

Based on Google Chrome enterprise release notes, The Verge reported that Google’s browser will get a “new design across all operating systems.” That will bring material design aesthetics to all platforms. The design changes reportedly will be most pronounced on iOS,...

/ August 22, 2018

Report says Google to launch own smart display in time for holidays

Out of more than 50 million Alexa devices sold, fewer than 500,000 have been the Echo Show, according to Canalys. That’s partly because the device fails to live up to the promise of a “smart speaker with a screen.” With...

/ August 17, 2018

AP: Google collects location data when ‘Location History’ is turned off

Yesterday, the AP reported that Google collects user location data regardless of user Location History settings: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated...

/ August 14, 2018

Report: Smartphone shipments down globally, Huawei pushes Apple to #3 position

International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that Q2 smartphone shipments were down just under 2 percent annually. According to the tracking firm, “the drop marks the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines for the global smartphone market.” The report also asserts...

/ August 1, 2018

US market becoming a smartphone duopoly

Last week, Google received the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC). At the highest level, that fine is about Google’s dominance of the world’s smartphone market. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with...

/ July 23, 2018

Report: Smart speaker ownership driving voice adoption on smartphones

NPR and Edison Research have released a new “smart audio” report. It’s the third installment of research that began in 2017, intended to investigate device adoption and evolving consumer interaction with smart speakers. Extrapolating from a sample of just over...

/ July 20, 2018

FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google

Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also...

/ July 18, 2018

Google hit with largest-ever $5 billion antitrust penalty in Android case

It’s the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC) and nearly double the last antitrust fine Google received over alleged abuses in shopping search. Earlier today, the EC announced a €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) penalty and...

/ July 18, 2018