Google Maps has evolved and gained a slew of new features in the recent past. Now Google Maps on the iPhone gets improved street-level details and natural imagery in select cities, including San Francisco and London.
Apple introduced Dashboard Mode on CarPlay in iOS 13 last year. The new version of CarPlay offered a split-screen view of a map alongside a music menu. Until now, the feature was limited to Apple Maps on CarPlay. Apple extended Dashboard Mode support for third-party apps with iOS 13.4. Now Google has finally implemented a split-screen interface for Google Maps in CarPlay.
Google One is a cloud subscription service that was launched two years ago. Last year, the company added automatic Android phone backups to Google One. Now Google has extended automatic phone backups to iOS and is free for anyone with a Google account. iOS users will be able to access the feature via a new Google One app.
Google Chrome has always been known to be a battery hog, especially on MacBooks. While Google has improved the performance and power efficiency of its web browser on macOS over the years, it is nowhere are power efficient as Safari. Even Microsoft Edge seems to be performing better than Chrome. Now, a new version of Chrome is being tested that dramatically improves battery life on laptops.
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.