Two days ago, Google unveiled new licensing terms for Android phones and tablets in the European Union, following the EU’s record $5 billion fine. Device manufacturers can now sell phones with heavily-modified builds of Android while also producing normal Android devices with the Play Store, and some apps (like Chrome and Google Search) are now separate licenses. According to a report from The Verge, device makers are still strongly incentivized to ship Search and Chrome, or they could pay as much as $40 per device for access to the Play Store. Read MoreGoogle apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
One of my most frequent searches on Google are conversions. From inches to centimeters, Kilograms to pounds, Celsius to Fahrenheit, I’ve had to use it all because I work on a US-centric website (and browse US-centric news and shops) but I live in a country that uses SI units throughout. I inherently understand and visualize SI units, but I can’t do that for imperial or US units. I’ve learned a few of the easy conversions though, so I can get an approximate answer in my head when in a hurry, but Google has just rolled out a feature that could help me even more. Read MoreGoogle Search explains the formula for all its unit conversions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
With the growing commercial use of AI, the platforms we use daily are becoming more and more customized. When a social media platform recommends the best content for you, it’s distilling out things that you don’t like — providing you with that infamous echo chamber effect. Of course, this isn’t constrained solely to social networks. Google Search uses AI, as well. In fact, the tech giant has just announced that it’s adding several “intelligent” recommendation features to its original product, with a focus on what it calls “longer [search] sessions,” that span multiple days. Read MoreGoogle Search undergoing ‘fundamental’ shift towards more tailored, personalized results — but will that hurt discovery? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.