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.
Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.
Check out the new Google logo. It’s a flat design with a sans-serif font.
If you’re interested how Google has evolved over the years, here’s a short video.
I just sent an email to email@example.com for an invitation to newly minted Google Inbox. I really would like to write a review of it. We’ll see how soon will I get it. I heard it’s hard to get by. Google is touting Inbox as a trend that will change email forever. It’s a way of organizing and prioritizing with important and relevant email. I would love to get my hands on it.
Email has been around for a long time. It predates the Internet. Google is tweaking how email is displayed to users by adding features which makes it easier to get to the important data. Several months ago, Google added tabs to differentiate social updates and promotions from regular email. With Inbox, Google is adding Bundles, a feature that will group together similar messages, like bank statements and receipts for example. Another feature is called Highlights, which places important emails to the front and center. Inbox also has Reminders, Assists and Snooze. Reminders are pretty much self explanatory. Assists work with reminders to bring out relevant information. Snooze dismisses information in the background. Google Inbox is not available yet to all. You can ask for an invite by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can now Livestream an event using Google Glass. How cool is that! Except that Google Glass sucks. At the moment, yes. Maybe, Google can make it better and affordable. By the way, Livestream now has apps for iOS, Android and now Glass.