Category: Google: Mobile

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

5 ways to improve ROI on seasonal pages by optimizing your SEO crawl budget

What is a crawl budget? Google’s goal is to make useful information available to people searching the web. To accomplish that, Google wants to crawl and index content from quality sources. Crawling the web is costly: Google uses as much...

/ August 28, 2018

Google faces potential class action, FTC penalties for ‘surreptitious’ location tracking

A California resident named Napoleon Patacsil has filed a lawsuit against Google in federal court (Patacsil v. Google, Inc.) seeking class action status. The suit alleges personal injuries in the form of various California privacy violations stemming from “surreptitious monitoring”...

/ August 21, 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

Google releases AMP Stories v1.0 with new features, including an ads beta for DFP users

Examples of Google AMP Story ads. Following on the introduction of AMP Stories for publishers in February, the AMP team has announced several updates to AMP Stories, including monetization capabilities. Version 1.0 of AMP Stories is now available to all...

/ 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

Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a...

/ May 15, 2018

Google betting its Assistant can close the wearables gap with Apple

Right now, Apple is winning the battle of the smartwatch vs. Google. Google is betting that the Assistant can close the gap. Android-based smartwatches historically have offered a weaker user experience than Apple Watch, though their third-party ecosystem of designs...

/ May 4, 2018