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Google Allo web version finally goes live, Compatible only with Android Phones as of now

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Google Allo web version: Google’s Instant messaging application Allo finally arrives on the web for desktop users. Google Allo for web is available in the Chrome web browser. The smart messaging application will let you chat with your friends with many features like stickers, smart replies and much more.

Currently, this service only works on Android phones, and iPhones users will soon get this app. Allo on the web requires similar pairing process to Whatsapp to connect to the web using its mobile device. The users need to install Allo app by scanning a QR code on Android phone.

In February 2017, Nick Fox, Google VP of Communications Products had tweeted out a screenshot of the Allo web client, saying then that it was still in “early” development.  On August 15th, Google Allo’s Head of Product, Amit Fulay tweeted,” Allo for the web is here! Try it on Chrome today. Get the latest Allo build on Android before giving it a spin.”

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To get started, you need to open the link https://allo.google.com/web in Chrome web browser. Then you will need to open Allo on your Android Phone. Then, go to the menu option and select Allo for web. Finally, scan the code with your device.

The User Interface (UI) for Allo for the web is almost similar to the mobile application which allows emojis, smart replies, stickers, and media sharing. Google Assistant is also available which will keep the history log of requests. It can also help in suggesting restaurants and movies inside the chat. Just like Chrome, Allo also allows incognito mode for conversations allowing the user to set them to expire and have private notifications.

Google has Android Messaging app for mobiles as well and it also started a new messaging platform within YouTube.

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Google to pay $3 billion to remain iPhone’s default search engine

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Google is paying $1billion for Apple from past three years to remain default search engine in iPhones and iPads. Now this year it is estimated to pay $3 billion to Apple. Google licensing fee make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business.

The research company says Google might delay dropping the licensing deal. It is because they are millions of Apple devices in the market and they contribute around 50 percent of Google’s search revenue on mobile.

According to Analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr  “Court documents indicate that Google paid Apple $1B in 2014, and we estimate that total Google payments to Apple in FY 17 may approach $3B,”

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He added, “Given that Google payments are nearly all profit for Apple, Google alone may account for five per cent of Apple’s total operating profits this year and may account for 25 percent of total company OP growth over the last biennium,” On the other side, Sacconaghi said Apple IOS devices contribute nearly 50 percent to Google’s mobile search revenue.

On the other hand Apple is already to launch its new flagship device iPhone 8 into the market. As per the reports the prestigious iPhone 8 launch would be delayed to due to some technical issues. Apple is taking utmost care in building up the iPhone new model to give tough competition to Samsung, Oneplus and other leading mobile makers

Android O, Google’s new OS is expected to release on August 21: check out new features

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After going through four developer previews, Android O is just a few days away for the launch. Google’s new Operating System (OS) is rumored to be released on August 21st with many new features.

Google released Android O developer preview four last month. The preview let  the makers to complete total development of the app, testing, fixing bugs and optimizations and the final Application Planning Interface.

Dave Burke, Android’s Vice President of engineering posted in a blog, the developer preview 4 for Android O, will be the last preview before the release of last final version of the customers. He also mentioned that the full form of Android O would also be released on 21st.

With the official roll out of Android O, Pixel and Nexus devices will be the first to get the update. Other Android phones will take some time to get the new update.There will seven new features coming to your smartphone with the Android O update.

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Picture-in-Picture mode: The new Picture-in-Picture mode allows the user to perform two tasks simultaneously. For ex: users can do video calls and work on a different app at the same time.

Notification Badges: This feature in common in Apple iPhone. Now users will able to see the count of notification at the corner of the app icon without opening. They can turn off the notification badges from Settings app.

Smart Text Selection: Android O powered smartphone will now able to select texts by just tapping and recognize it as address, email, or contact number and show related option.

System Optimizations: Android O is designed to make the apps run faster and smoother. It has made Changes in runtime including concurrent compacting garbage collection, code locality and more for the development.

Battery Boost: Android O will bring new limits on background location and Wi-Fi scans which help to increase battery life and clear up more RAM on the device.

Auto fill with Google Chrome: This will make it easy to set up a new device and synchronize authentication details. Initially, only a few apps will be supported with this feature.

New Home screen for Android TV: Android TV will be arriving with Android O. This app makes it easy to find, preview and watch.

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Leaked Anti-Diversity Manifesto Created Gender Discrimination issues in Google

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Storm at Tech Giant Google over engineer’s anti-diversity manifesto. Engineers in the Google expressed their view on the new ‘Anti-diversity manifesto’ authored by a senior executive officer in the company. The Manifesto got leaked by a famous website called Gizmodo, which deals with economic or political theory. Soon the memo circulated internally at Google and became viral.

The manifesto written by the officer represents the gender inequality regarding work. He states that gender and racial diversity should not be encouraged. At the same time by ‘ideological diversity’ says that technical work needs to be assigned to men rather than giving importance to women.

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The official feels that the way of thinking differs due to biological term. He tries to highlight the point that racism should be avoided and also the tech work should be assigned to men who would make a difference because of biological phrases.

Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber’ leaked before getting approved and received criticism from the co employees. The engineers responded through tweeter by slamming his way of representing the gender discrimination.

Google is a huge organization, such kind of action from an employee representing gender inequality in the Anti-diversity manifesto was not expected. That leak of manifesto created a buzz in public too. Apart from this, the response of Google engineers and other officials prove that Google doesn’t encourage gender discrimination, Racism, and sexism.

Danielle Brown, Google’s new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance, spoke on the manifesto that created the issue in the views of Google employees. In response to that, she gave memo stating ”I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions.”

She also added “If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately, our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber.”

By not encouraging the argument she said that the manifesto not yet approved, so that will not make a difference in the work environment. Everybody has their point of view that can be presented, but sometimes it is concerned with the respect and equality issues.

Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and Amazon to support UPI-based Payments

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Digital payments in India are going to get a boost as the global companies like Google, Facebook, Uber, and WhatsApp are planning to implement UPI on their respective platforms. To make their debut, the companies are in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to enable Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on their platforms. Search engine giant Google has completed its talks, and the Google UPI may launch soon.

Google has completed the testing to integrate its Android Pay with UPI and is in advanced talks with NPCI.  Recent reports confirm that Google is awaiting Reserve Bank of India’s approval to launch its UPI service in India. The report quotes NPCI’s CEO for this.

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“Quite likely Google would come first, because their testing is more or less complete. We have written to RBI seeking approval just two or three days back,” says NPCI MD & CEO A P Hota. Officials have added that Android Pay will be launched as an app, along with the integrated UPI feature.

Android Pay is a mobile wallet originally launched in 2015 in the US. This e-wallet stores credit cards, debit cards and loyalty cards, etc. Android Pay allows contactless user payments using their smartphone at selected retailers. Google Android Pay is similar to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay and could boost service If UPI is included in it. Considering the fact that Android is a dominant operating system in India with the huge user base.

On the other hand, other global players like Facebook, WhatsApp are claiming for UPI integration on their platforms. Besides that, Facebook announced peer-to-peer payments on its Messenger app back in 2015.

“Google, Facebook, and Whatsapp are very big players.  Technically it is feasible, but RBI would have to take a holistic look. They will have to look whether there are any risks other than the technical aspect,” says, A P Hota.