In the recent times, regulatory authorities are increasingly scrutinizing big tech companies. Apple has been part of anti-competitive investigations in the past and paid billions of dollars in fines. Now U.K Competition and Markets Authority have put Apple’s deal with Google for the default search engine under the scanner.
Google has announced an updated version of Google Photos app for the iPhone, and it brings a refreshed UI design, a new icon, and many more features, including a Map View. The latest version of the Google Photos app will roll out over the next few weeks. Let us have a look at all its new features that you will get soon.
Google was left out by consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and they preferred apps like Houseparty and Zoom for video calling their colleagues, family, and friends. So, the company worked on improving its video calling service Google Meet to increase the conference call limit and it is now bringing Google Meet right inside the Gmail app.
Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s advised to keep a safe distance from other people so as to stop the further spread of coronavirus. All the brands are including social distancing guidelines in their apps and services, including Apple and Google. Google has announced an updated version of Google Maps that provides critical social distancing information for safer travel of people.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against Google for tracking Chrome users when they used the browsers in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks $5 billion in damages from Google for such unlawful activity.
Five Prominent EU Countries Criticize Apple and Google for ‘Imposing Technical Standards’ on Contact Tracing Apps
Apple and Google joined their hands to create common COVID-19 contact tracing APIs and then implemented them in Android and iOS a few days ago. Those APIs were allowed to be used by authorized health agencies all over the world to build contact tracing apps. However, some countries have been steering clear of those APIs. Now, five prominent EU states have criticized Apple and Google for imposing technical standards on COVID-19 contact tracing apps.
Last year, both Apple and Google started offering Dark Mode inside their respective mobile operating systems, iOS and Android. However, not all Google apps had support for Dark Mode on iOS. Starting today, Google will offer Dark Mode to its Google search app for iOS. It will sync with the system theme of your iPhone.
A few weeks ago, Apple and Google announced a partnership to create standard APIs that use Bluetooth connections on smartphones for COVID-19 contact tracing. The companies will release apps based on the new technology on May 1, and it will get deeply integrated into iOS 14 and Android 11. Now, a story has shined the light on how this technology came to be and how it was developed.
Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs and launched the Apple Card last year. Now leaked images reveal that Google is working on Apple Card Cash rival and has partnered with multiple banks including CITI and Standard Federal Credit Union.
Apple and Google have joined hands during these tough times to bring better COVID-19 contact tracing technology through apps for smartphones. The technology will reportedly use Bluetooth and also feature better user privacy.