Android

Google’s Search Choice Screen Had Practically No Effect On Search Market Share

About a year ago, after the European Commission fined Google for €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion), Google introduced a search choice screen for Android users in the EU that included 4 search engines to choose from that would make that selection the default search box. But, despite the choice being given to Android users setting …

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Android 11 Launches With New Messaging Tools And Business Features

The newest update to the Android OS has been just been released, according to Google. New features include more focus on messaging, privacy features, and a new call ID system to help improve how you can respond to business outreach. Regarding messaging, Google said: “In Android 11, conversations across messaging apps will be moved to …

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EU Android Search Choice Screen’s Impact Delayed Due To COVID-19

Since its roll out on March 1 in the EU, the Android search choice screen has yet to make an impact on the search market mainly in part to the effect the coronavirus is having on smartphone supply and consumer demand. Beginning March 1, manufacturers were able to submit builds to Google for approval, but …

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DuckDuckGo, Info.com Crowd Out Bing In Google’s Android Search Options

In an announcement, Google stated which search engines are going to appear on its default search provider screen for Android users in the EU. First reported Thursday by the Verge, Bing will appear as an option in the UK only, and DuckDuckGo and Info.com will appear with Google in all 31 EU territories. The Android search choice screen is …

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Warning Issued For Millions Of Google Chrome Users

Chrome 79, the latest version of Google’s browser, has automatically rolled out hundreds of millions of users around the world, but it seems to be causing problems for Android users. According to 9to5Google and expanded upon by Android Police, the newest version of Chrome was found to delete data from Android apps that access Chrome via Android’s …

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Google Assistant In Chrome Testing Duplex to Help Users Buy Movie Tickets

Google’s automated concierge feature, Duplex, has finally made it to Chrome browsers. Google confirmed that, as part of the Google Assistant in Chrome, the test is currently being applied to movie ticket booking sites, Android Police reported. Ads are already being tested in Assistant, although handling transactions seem to be a big part of the monetization …

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Android 10 Is Rolling Out For Pixel Phones, Later For Others

Android 10 (formerly named Q) begins rolling out now to Google’s Pixel phones. Non-Pixel Android devices will apparently get the update later this year. Announced at Google I/O, the update boasts a range of new features, such as: New privacy and security features (including around location). A number of “digital well-being” controls to limit screen time and …

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Ecosia Says It Will Boycott ‘Search Choice’ Auction On Android In Europe

Ecosia, the Berlin-based search engine, says that it won’t participate in Google’s “search-choice” auction for Android devices in 2020 in Europe. With this coming to light, will others follow? Earlier in August, Google announced that it will introduce a new “choice screen” in Europe for Android users in 2020. The screen will be displayed when setting …

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New App Rating Formula Headed To Google Play Will Favor Newer Reviews

Google is making some changes when it comes to Google Play app reviews. The search engine company is increasing the weight of more recent app reviews when calculating an app’s average Play store rating. The announcement came May 8 at the annual I/O developer conference. This new app rating formula will be rolling out to …

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