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Justice Department preparing Google antitrust investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to launch an antitrust investigation against Google, according to several recent reports.

Google reportedly kills Chinese search engine amid company turmoil

It was an incubating product dubbed “Project Dragonfly” and was meant to pave a path for Google to launch censored web search services in China.

Google Feed, formerly Google Now, is now Google Discover

The way that Google informs its app users on the latest news and personal information will be the way that it will inform all of its mobile web users.
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Google faces record fine (again) for gaming Android’s dominance in Europe [UPDATE]

Google has been fined more than €4 billion for tying up Android with its search and web services. We’ve updated this story with a statement from Google.

Google Podcasts is all about suggesting new shows

Podcasters will have to adapt to Google’s new podcatching platform to optimize traffic for new show suggestions for users.

Google Podcasts inching closer to existence

There’s code from an upcoming version of the Google Android app that signals a dedicated app for podcasts. They’re currently tucked into Google Play Music.

The 1975 are playing… games with Android SMS logs and Google search

If you’re searching up details about the rock band from Manchester or a Portuguese travel agency, you may end up finding out more about your recent texts instead.

Google Assistant Shopping Actions may finally compete with a core Alexa feature

But Shopping Actions are also integrated on the search app level as well as with Google Express for the rush delivery crowd.

Custom hot phrases allowed in future update to Google app

“Hey, Google,” “OK, Google,” “Yo, Google?” Perhaps soon enough with a roll-out of a new feature for Google Assistant to be updated through the Google app.

Google Assistant can listen out for songs on all devices, but only if you ask

It’s one less step to finding out what’s playing at the party, but this bypass from Shazam and SoundHound has been with Google for much longer.

Google estimated to be paying Samsung even more than Apple for search engine pre-loading

As the world’s number one smartphone vendor, Samsung is likely charging Google around $3.5 billion a year for search engine preinstallation.

Paid App Store listings trick gullible into giving scammer devs $100 a week

In one app’s case, the Search Ads feature that’s available to iOS developers was able to get 200 users to pay $100 a week for a sham of an app.

Google Shortcuts gives you instant access to the important, local things

You’d rather vocally ask Google to “do a barrel roll” or type in “when does the sun set?” or something else. Why not tap a few buttons instead?

Google alpha APK brings Google Assistant to non-native devices

An alpha version of the Google app is getting around with several new features — nowhere near ready as they may be — are revealed and scrutinized.

What might “Bixby Vision” have to do with the Samsung Galaxy S8?

First, “Bixby,” now, “Bixby Vision.” The names are suspected to be the branding for Samsung’s digital assistant for the Galaxy S8.

Ask Google offline, get search results later

If you have an Android device and are stuck in a bad signal area, send some Google search requests and get them fulfilled later, automatically.

Google search bar widget now has feed sub-bar in beta

A little box below the search bar will pop up the weather, scores, news or anything that tops your Google feed at the moment.

Microsoft joins AMP project with Bing results showing them off

Bing will load Accelerated Mobile Pages from content partners who have agreed to participate in the open source project. The result? Faster access.

App subscriptions just part of series of changes Phil Schiller to make to App Store

Apple is adding new ways for its app developers to make more money than they are right now. Will it be enough? And how will customers react?

Accelerated Mobile Pages comes to Google iOS app

On a need to know basis? Need something you need to know to load up fast? On iOS? Google has an update for you to save your butt.

Apple Music search confused, leaves users the same

Users across different iPhones and different versions of iOS are finding that Apple Music can’t. Searching up songs and artists just isn’t happening.

Google Drive makes it ‘super easy’ to find your cloud stored files, regardless of origin

Searching for Google Drive-stored content has never been easier, with new filters added for the Android, iOS, and web apps, as well as other improvements.

Google updates technology behind voice search to improve speed and accuracy

Learn more about some of the new technology changes that Google has pushed to its voice search services, as the company continues to push for innovation
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OK Google hotword detection goes system-wide in Search update

The latest Google Search update makes one very important change to how the OK Google hotword works on your phone.

Google Search now shows recipe ingredient checklists when searching for food

Google Search recipe checklists are now available. The search service will now let you narrow down on ingredients when searching for food.