The Verge is guessing that Google has sold roughly over 1 million units of Pixel phones. It’s hard to guess how many were actually sold without Google stating the claim. Verge’s guess is based on the download counter in Google Play. Will Pixel make a dent on the Android and iPhone’s market share? Check out the comparison between Galaxy 8 and Google Pixel XL.
There’s a new open-source image encoder from Google that can reduce jpeg files even further, as far down as 35%. The resulting reduction results in faster loading websites and less waiting times. The new image reduction algorithm is called Guetzli, which means cookie in Swiss German.
Guetzli works during what is known as the quantization stage, in which parts of the visual quality are reduced to make the file smaller. Guetzli tries to minimize the quality loss while still making the cuts necessary to improve the file size, the post said.
Read TechRepublic’s post about Guetzli.
After two years of construction, Google Undersea Cable between the West Coast of the United States and Japan is now complete. Located between Oregon and in Chiba and Mei prefectures in Japan, the 5600 mile connection has a bandwidth of 60 terabytes per second. One terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Read from PCMag.
Google has acquired iOS videographer Flylabs. It could mean an overhaul of Google’s Photos app which means improvement on the video editing capability of Photos. Fly Labs is making their iOS app available for free which include Clips, Tempo, Fly, and Crop. It’s available for the next three months.
I got a chuckle reading an article from Lifehacker entitled “Google Sucks At Naming Stuff.” It talks about all the uninspiring choices that Google has made over the course of several years in naming its own products. From Google Play, Google Now, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google+, and worst of all, YouTube Red. The latter is just way too close to a website called RedTube. Funny stuff. Read more.