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Google Launches Duo, a FaceTime Competitor

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Google launched Google Duo today, a FaceTime competitor of sorts which allows you to video chat with friends and colleagues using your mobile pone. Similar to faceTime, video calls are initiated by just pressing a button. If the person you’re calling answers, you’re joined together into a video chat where you can then communicate just like you can on services such as Skype and FaceTime.

It’s a bare bones service, used just for video chatting, which many reviewers consider both a strength and a weakness.

Google already offers video calls through hangouts. Those, which are often initiated from a computer, offer features like sound effects and sticker-like images that can give callers hats, funny glasses, or other interesting props. With Google Duo you don’t get any of that. The simple app is meant to do one thing: place video calls, and based on early reviews it does that admirably.

Setting up an account of the service simply involves signing up with your phone number and then responding to a confirmation text. Unlike FaceTime, which is tied to your email address, Duo is tied to your phone number. That’s great when you want to talk to people in your contacts list, but could potentially become problematic if you ever wanted to initiate a video call from another device, for instance a tablet.

Google Duo is available for Android and iOS, but for the time is mobile only. That means that you won’t be able to accept a video call on your laptop (a popular move for FaceTime calls), which could potentially get awkward depending on how long you’re chatting. Even with today’s larger screens, video chatting on your phone tends to start to feel a bit awkward fairly quickly.

One interesting feature in Duo: a Knock Knock feature. Only available for Android, the feature allows you to see a live video of the person that is calling you before you answer. That person could make faces, or do things to entice you to answer. At the very least, you’ll be able to see your boss is pissed before hitting that answer button.

Technology/Internet/Google

Google is planning to launch an Internet Speed Assessment Tool

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Most Internet users have a tendency of searching Google utilizing the phrase “speed test” to confirm their Mbps rate. This process is done by link surfacing the free technology product offered by Ookla, a leading analytics firm. Google seems to be taking advantage of this popular behavior, and it is creating its feature for testing Internet speed. The feature will be incorporated right into the Google’s search function. That way, when users type “check internet speed” into the search function, Google can complete the process for them.

By launching this new feature, Google might be responding to the Fast.Com, a Netflix website that allows users to verify their Internet speed by simply typing in the URL and getting the results within few seconds. Pete Meyers, a Twitter user, was the first person to notice the Google test and proceeded to post a screenshot of the test. Additionally, a Google Support Webpage describing how the test works was unearthed. Google depends on Measurement Lab to carry out the internet speed test.
Partnership with Measurement Lab

To run the speed assessment, M-Lab receives the User’s IP address excluding personal information. M-Lab proceeds to incorporate the users test results into their international internet performance data collection. The information is made public to facilitate Internet Research.

How it works

The test is completed within a span of 30 seconds. It calculates the user’s Internet speed by measuring the amount of data moving through his or her connection. The amount of data spent during the test is determined by user’s connection and geographical location. For instance, a test in the United States utilizes 9.4 MB while a speed assessment outside the U.S. utilizes approximately 4.4 MB.

The internet speed assessment measures the User’s connection’s upload speed, download speed, and latency. It is worth knowing that ideal Internet connections have high upload and high download speeds, but low latency.

Google/Google Chrome OS/Android Platforms

Google Finally gives its Users another Platform

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It has been a long search to enable Google users to apply Chrome OS on the Android platforms. Google has been in a position of trying to build a better system, and that will be installed and be able to run any app on the Android that will be used efficiently in Chrome books and Chrome boxes.

Technology discoveries are being discovered daily, and Google finally has given the users the best results that they need. It has been easier to use some of the Android apps on Chrome OS because the system was using ARC (Android Runtime for Chrome) and Native client. The current regime will be using the Linux system, and Google developers will have an easy time to make the system work for them when developing their applications.

Both the system the Chrome OS and the Android will be using the kernel and other important elements o the Chrome OS system. Requests in the Chrome OS will be running in a protected mode, and there is no need for the users and developers to fear to lose their work since even if an app gets out of the sandbox, the rest of the security features will still be intact and the app will still be controlled.

Google Play store will be available for the OS, and most of the Android developers will find it easier to develop their apps on the new OS. Bringing Chrome OS and Android is a way of adding new stuff into the system, and Google views this as the best way of unifying their systems and making the users more fulfilled.

Technology/Google/Android Device

Google Plans to Embarrass Slow Software Updating Vendors.

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Google has in the past developed a few strategies to ensure that Android device makers update their software on time. All attempts by Google in the past to ensure software get timely updates have failed.

Google has now decided to adopt a different approach and shame all vendors that do not comply will be shamed. This approach the company hopes will coerce the vendors to update their software in time.

It was reported that Google had compiled a list that ranked Android makers based on the time taken to update their software. The list has not been publicly availed, but the company might just release it to the public if the slow brand makers refuse to change.

Google is also planning to shorten the time taken to test the updates. The testing cycle is painstakingly long, and Google is pressing carriers to shorten the testing cycle for updates. The report, however, did not come directly from Google but was leaked, and Google has not yet said anything about the leak.

There are no guarantees that shaming the slow vendors will work if it’s ever made public. The alliance that had been previously formed, (Android Update Alliance) was short lived and did not work.

Vendors update their software depending on commercial reality. The list also does not seem to have direct consequences and there is no much pressure for updates like it was in the past. Google play services can update through play store without having to go through makers Carriers.

Google efforts to ensure timely updated is to guarantee the security is improved and also to protect users from hardware creators.