Today, at Game Developers Conference 2019, Google unveiled “Stadia,” a cloud gaming service. Using this service, you can play AAA games on multiple devices without the need for a dedicated graphics card. All the processing is done on Google’s servers and you can simply stream the gameplay right onto a laptop, desktop, tablet, phone, or even a Chromecast.
I’m a Google fan, but there has always been one product that I’ve been hesitant to try: Chrome OS, Google’s desktop operating system that powers all Chromebooks on the market. If you’ve ever heard anything about Chromebooks, chances are that you’ve heard the stereotype that it’s just a “glorified web browser.” I’ve been following Chrome OS for years and I know that there is so much more to it now—Android apps, Linux support, etc. But I never actually ditched Windows and exclusively used a Chromebook as my only laptop—until now.
Today’s the day! The public beta for the next version of Android, Q, is finally open. It’s available for all Pixel phones, including the first-gen Pixel, which technically reached EOL for Android version updates in October of last year.
Just two weeks ago, Spotify finally launched in India with Spotify Premium starting at 119 INR ($1.67) per month. Today, Google India announced that it’s bringing YouTube Premium and YouTube Music to the country.
It’s the first week of March, and right on cue, Google’s monthly security updates are here. Head over to Settings > System > Advanced > System update to update your Pixel devices.
Finally! After only being available on Chromebooks through the Android app, Google Duo now has a proper web client for both video and audio calls.
Finally, after all the wait, speculations, and rumors, Spotify has launched in India. Spotify’s late entry into the Indian market comes after competitors like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, and even local streaming services like Saavan and Gaana which have been present for quite a while.
Today, The Verge and several other members of the media received invites from Google to attend a keynote at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on March 19th (12 PM/CT). The cryptic invite simply said that “all [would] be revealed” and included the following GIF:
Sparked by Apple’s endeavors with the iPhone X, Google took the wraps off its own version of navigation gestures with Android Pie. However, unlike OnePlus and Apple’s implementations, Google kept the bottom nav bar to accommodate a pill-shaped button in the center and a dedicated back button on the left, effectively doing away with the overview button.
A lot of people were quick to bash Google’s decision to keep the nav bar and the back button. However, Google stubbornly stuck to its guns and released the Pixel 3 phones without the option to revert back to the classic back, home and overview buttons, which was quite controversial. While that seems to suggest confidence, the latest leaked build of Android Q seems to suggest otherwise.