Epic Games, the company that developed Fortnite, decided to go against Google and publish the famous game outside of Google’s app store. Today, about a year and a half later, Google won the case.
After Fortnite broke into our life and had millions of users all over the globe, many thought that Epic Games will publish a version of the game to all Android users – a market with billion of potential users. But Epic Games tried to do things differently – instead of publishing the game on Google Play, the company tried to avoid paying Google fees and launched the game outside of the Google Play store. (Google takes about 30% of the apps fees)
On August 2018, Epic Games released an Android version, but in order to download in, users had to download it from the browser and allow app installation form outside sources – which exposed user’s devices to viruses and hacking attacks.
Epic Games hoped that Google will come with a special offer (lower fee), but Google didn’t. After 18 months of quite “war”, Epic uploaded the game to Google Play. Epic Games claims that Google’s acts put apps outside Google Play at a disadvantage. For example, Google Play Protect blocks all apps outside Google Play.
Google just avoided a big hit in their revenue. If Epic would have won the fight, many app developers would have “rebel” against Google Play and avoid paying 30% fee.
You find yourself bored in the living room too often? Good!
Google just announced a new feature that will turn your photos into art pieces of the most famous painters.
So? Are you ready to add some art to your life?
To open the app go to Google Arts & Culture app, then select “Art Transfer”.
Then you can pick from many different styles to apply to your photo.
If you wish to customize your picture you can click the scissors and select the part of the image you want to apply the art to.
Artificial Intelligence seems like a very powerful tool in the hands of artists and in the hand of everyday people as well. People can learn much about art with these kind of apps in a very fun and interactive way.
If you are worried about security issues Google says the app will transform the photos on you device without using any cloud services.
This project was made by google with the help of varies art institutions around the world like UK’s National Gallery and Japan’s MOA Museum of Art. Thanks to the app, users are now expose to art memorials of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Frida Kahlo.
The tech giant Google purchased the smartwatch and wearable
tech company in a major deal.
This step shows Google has an interest to get into the
According to Rick Osterloh, VP of Googles wearable gear,
this purchase made in order to improve Wear OS – Googles operation system for
wearable gear. Google probably looking into develop and expand this line of
products in the future.
According to Google, Fitbit will work the same way Nest
works (which Google purchased few years ago). For many years we hear Googles
intentions to get into the smartwatch market and even the term “Pixel Watch”
was already heard before.
Google is known to work smarter rather than longer. Google
already purchased HTC as a base for the Pixel phone, Google purchased Nest as a
base for their smart speakers, and now they purchased Fitbit in order to get
into the smartwatch market.
This is an explicit move to challenge Apple who runs this
market with their Apple Watch, and with Googles marketing and tech abilities,
this goal doesn’t seem so far fetched.
Fitbit already tried to calm down their current customers
and said that the customer information won’t be used in Googles marketing.
Osterloh said that with Fitbit technology and Googles understands in AI, they
will be able to create better products for people all over the world.
Google started to pay attention to “Digital Wellbeing” – The
ability to track the use of our smartphones and try to change habits – shorten
the time we spend on our phones or notice how much hours we use our apps.
Google launched 5 apps that will be available for android
users only. Each app should solve a different need.
Morph – This app will match the app you need according to
the time and your current place.
You will be able to create different profiles that contains
different apps and services. The app will match between your current location
and time to the right profile.
Unlock Clock – Google understood that opening your phone is
the lazy equivalent for opening your fridge – but you can do it without moving.
This app will show on your home screen the number of times you opened your
We Flip – When you meet with your friend, this app will
become useful. This app will track the time before one of the participants unlocked
Post Box – This app will change the way we receive apps. You
will be able to set a certain time windows for you to get notifications.
Desert Island – You will have to choose 7 apps that you couldn’t
life without, and this app will send angry notification if you used any other
of these 7 apps.
On Tuesday, Google held an event in New York where they
revealed their new line of product for 2019-2020, and on the top of the list – The
But it appears as they forgot to few important things that
you might want to consider before deciding.
What about Google Photos?
One of the greatest features of all Pixel phones that Google
released over the years is the amazing camera. In all previous models, Pixel
users got 2 years free of unlimited storage for all of their photos and videos so
they will be able to save their precious memories in the highest quality
possible. But this time, Google said nothing about this service.
Google home is missing something
Google missed some of the simplest features that Amazon
already has on their Echo Dot product, their direct competitor against Google Home.
The Echo Dot has LED screen to show the time, while Google
Nest (the successor of Google Home) has an alarm clock, you can’t tell what
time it is.
Google managed to create the Nest Wi-Fi – a router with
speakers which makes it a great combination between a router and a Google Nest
device. But these expensive devices don’t support Wi-Fi 6. While Intel, Apple
and Samsung already applied this feature it seems like Google is a step back.
Google didn’t raise their prices this time, but it’s still pretty
high for the features of their products. The Pixel 4 will cost around $800,
which is much more compared to the One Plus 7t which costs $600 and has better processor,
bigger battery, bigger screen and more RAM.
about new features that will arrive to your Chrome browser in the next weeks.
Some of these are
already works on some beta versions of Chrome but soon enough it will apply for
For users who like
working with multiple tabs at once, the tab manager will show you screenshots
from each tab and quick scrolling between them.
When you drag on tab into another, a “Grouped Tabs” will be
created and it will allow you to open all these tabs at once. This feature is
already working for IOS users and will apply to Android users soon.
The address bar which we can use for search, now will offer immediate
answers to questions in many fields like sport, translation, weather and more.
The answers will appear in the bar itself and will save you time moving to the
will offer new customization options such as changing the colors photos in one
push of a button.
Of course, Google
says it’s not the only updates for the Chrome and they will reveal more in the near