Google is planning to shut down Google Play Music. It is one of the few kinds of music streaming services that let you upload your own content for free.

The tech giant has revealed that it will remove the Artist Hub on Google Play Music, that comes with up-and-coming bands and musicians. However, unfortunately, the service will no longer work as of April 30, 2019.

Google Play’s Artist Hub has stopped the new sign-ups. Google said that the move is part of its plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music.

According to its support page:

YouTube Music lets artists take advantage of YouTube analytics, connect with fans, promote tours and sell tickets, among other things.

After April 30th, musicians will no longer be able to use the service to upload or edit their tracks. Google is convincing users to become “a YouTube Artist in case you are not already” and recommending a list of YouTube partners.

The cost of YouTube Music is $10 per month. It also includes YouTube Premium, that is providing you access to original content along with removing ads throughout all of YouTube. So if you are thinking to make an account in Google Play Music then drop the idea.

Google will soon add a “scheduling feature” to its flagship email service, which will allow users to schedule their emails without having to use a third-party add-on. Google as part of its celebrations of Gmail’s fifteenth birthday has announced various new exciting features for its email service.

Google announced this news on the Google Cloud blog by saying, “We want to make it easier to respect everyone’s digital well-being, so we’re adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent”. Resources in various companies usually face this common issue, where they have to send work emails during non-work hours. The new email scheduling feature will help those resources to schedule an email to be sent later.

It is unclear that when Google will make this feature accessible to its users, but the rollout is expected to be in-line with the Gmail’s birthday, so you can expect it to be released pretty soon. In the meantime, you can go through the steps which Google described in their demo video regarding how you can use the scheduling feature in Google’s email service.

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Step 1 : Open a New Message draft in Gmail, and compose your message.

Step 2: After composing your email, when you’re ready to schedule your email to be sent, select the new downward-facing arrow icon, which is located on the blue Send button, but to the right of the word Send.

Step 3: An option labeled “Schedule Send” will appear on your screen, select that option.

Step 4: A menu will then appear having preset dates and times in it. You can either choose from one of these presets, or you can select the Pick Date & Time option to choose your own schedule.

Step 5: After picking a date and time for your message, an on-screen notification from Gmail will pop up at the bottom of your screen to let inform you that the message has been sent. This popup notification will also offer you the following options: View Message or Undo.

Step 6: The message you scheduled will then appear in your intended recipient’s inbox at the proper scheduled time.

Google also announced a “Smart Compose” feature in its cloud blog. This feature will allow users to draft new emails without needing to type in repetitive words and phrases, to Android. Gmail recently updated its mobile app’s Material theme design which offers a slicker and cleaner user interface by removing most of the app’s accent colors and by sticking with a flat white design.

With all the consumer attention and media frenzy focused on the more interesting aspects of a smartphone like its camera technology, battery capacity, and display, it can be easy to neglect what should be the bedrock of every device in this paranoid age: security. Fortifying user data and prioritizing user privacy are imperative, and no one does it better than the Google Pixel 3.

Android phones are, for the most part, not considered super secure. However, with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one never feels like one’s privacy and need for security is not being taken seriously. This is largely down to the smartphones’ usage of the pure stock version of Android Pie, so whenever a security bug or vulnerability pops up, Pixel phones are the first to receive security patches.

Additionally, Google rolls out security patches on a monthly basis thereby ensuring that you are as safe from potential exploits and attacks as possible. The company also guarantees updates for up to three years, which is all the more reason to feel confident buying a Pixel 3.

So Google is always on top when it comes to timely software updates and patches, but what’s the deal with them anyway? Well, whenever a device connects to the Internet, it essentially exposes itself to all manner of exploits that can move past its default security configuration. If the device is not adapting to the hostile environment by updating itself regularly, it can’t hope to survive.

Along with security and privacy, transparency is of utmost importance as well. Google is apparently mindful of that, as it allows you to examine the Android code for the platform version as well as all of the updates.

With a whole team of dedicated engineers and security experts, Google takes the secure nature of its devices very seriously, and the Pixel 3 encapsulates that

The account login that is required every time an Android app needs to be updated is something that we could all do without, and Google seems to have reached the same conclusion. The tech giant has recently started testing a new auto-update feature for pre-installed apps on Android devices.

Conventionally, you have to update the pre-installed apps in order to access their latest versions by signing into the Google Play Store via your Google account and if you don’t do so, the apps won’t be updated. This new feature is going to change that.

Details associated with this new development have been shared by Google with some Play Store app developers. Since some apps do require the presence of a Google account in order to function properly, it is clear that not every app will have this feature. Therefore, Google has mentioned in its email to the app developers that they ensure that new releases of their apps can work even without Google account login.

It is worth noting that this is only applicable to apps that have already been loaded into Android devices. Users will still have to log in if they want to install or update new apps from the Play Store.

The email also stated that this feature will only work on Android API version 21 or later, which essentially means that any device with Android Jellybean or a more advanced version will be able to experience this feature.

Additionally, there will certainly be an option for users to disable the new feature, but that is not advisable considering the importance of security in Android apps. Ultimately, Google is aiming to further simplify and streamline the Android user experience. This also enables the tech giant to minimize costs associated with maintaining older versions of apps.

Keeping an eye on your children today is a hectic job as you cannot really tell what they are up to with their smartphones and basically since you the parent is not always around them To cater to this, Google has updated its Family link parental control app, Google family link in order to support Google’s account for children.

Regarding this, Google announced that:

parents would soon be able to allow or block apps, lock devices, and limit the screen time of their teen’s Android phone, and much more.

Previously, the family link app controls were only available to parents and children younger than 13 years. However, both parents and teens will give their consent to device monitoring. children will be able to turn off the supervision when they want to.

“24-hour lockdown,” though, and Google will inform the parent of the child’s actions. “Ultimately, it’s up to each individual family to have a conversation and decide what’s right for them,”

Meanwhile, Google additionally revealed that complete Family Link support for teenagers and kids will show up to Chromebooks in the foreseeable future that is near and support for Bing Assistant from in a few days .

For sure children will be running away from this app as no one likes their moms and dads to be more controlling? — but I do believe it is born out of a spot that is great as lots of parents are worried about how precisely their children spend time online.

Nevertheless, I suspect that if a parent is forced to make use of an app to find out where the youngster is going in the evening, you can find conditions that Family Link won’t manage to fix.

Six years after its introduction, the Apple Maps app is now starting to collect its own data, with a fleet of vehicles equipped with cameras and LIDARs flooding the streets of California to take their own view on things, instead of relying on third-party mapping data.

Apple is pouring a lot more resources (and thinking) into improving it so that it is now perfectly usable for your day-to-day navigation purposes but that’s still six years behind Google who has being updating their maps regularly to still better them. Looking for a restaurant on a Sunday afternoon? Google Maps.Need direction to a unknown place? Google Maps, even Iphone users still download and use Google Maps as their default navigation app.

You catch the drift, but Google Maps is still way ahead of Apple in the navigation game, and the latest user survey comes to prove it. Market researchers from the Manifest took the two apps to task, and asked around to see which one is more popular and why. It turns around that Google Maps plus Waze (again Google-owned) hold a vast 79% usage share, followed by Apple Maps with 11% and all car riding app all use Google Maps.

When asked why they prefer their first navigation choices, the respondents cited a litany of features that Google does better, such as clearer directions, more useful features, better interface, bike and pedestrian options and so on, outgunning Apple Maps in almost every important category imaginable. If you have never used Apple Maps, and wonder how much better the mapping and directions could be, just get an Apple device and try it out.

 

 

Infinix, the TRANSSION Holdings premium smartphone brand, committed to bringing cutting-edge technology and stylish designed mobile devices to young generations on Saturday, 7th July 2018 unveiled the Infinix Note 5, the brand’s “Beyond Intelligent” smartphone, which is part of the Android One program, designed to deliver a software experience by Google. Encased in the beautifully designed hardware of the Note 5, Android One brings secure and smart AI-powered innovations – like the Google Assistant and Google Lens – to everyone.

The event took place at the Movenpick hotel graced by the media and some invited personalities.

Key features

  • Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen and 18:9 screen ratio provide users with superb visual experience
  • 16MP low-light front camera helps users take professional selfies even in low light
  • 4500mAh battery gives 3 days battery life for average use.
Infinix Note 5 Specifications:
Network: 4G
OS Version: Android  One
Display: 6.0″FHD+; 18:9,TDDI; 2.5D
Processor: MT6763
Dimensions: 158*75*8.4mm – 2.5D glass
ROM / RAM: 32GB+3GB/64GB+4GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Front “Selfie” camera: 16 MP ,low light selfie ;4in1
Back camera: 12MP,1.25um large pixel;F2.0

 

The “Beyond Intelligent” Note 5 smartphone is equipped with an amazing display, which provides users with superb viewing and entertainment experience with an Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen and a 18:9 screen ratio. The edge-to-edge screen also makes the device look stunning, both from a design and a technological perspective.

The Note 5 device features a perfect 16MP low-light front camera, which allows selfie lovers to take professional selfies even in low light. As for the rear camera, it is supported by a 12MP resolution.Its long-lasting battery will provide 3 days on average usage with a 4500mAh battery, built with a 3A Fast Charge, that will keep users fully functional throughout the day.

 

“Targeting trendsetters, and young professionals, Infinix Note 5 comes with a software experience designed by Google,  combined with great hardware from Infinix/TRANSSION. We empower our users to go beyond the limit with our newest breakthrough technology. All while they enjoy an intelligent lifestyle through the fusion of technology and stylishness. In partnership with Google on Android One, we will provide the young generations with unprecedented mobile experience and revolutionize their mobile life with Note 5.” Said Benjamin Jiang, Managing Director of Infinix Mobile.

Speaking on the partnership, Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President TRANSSION said: “As a  provider of mobile devices and mobile value added services in global emerging markets, we focus on serving a wide range of consumer groups and we firmly believe that the mobile communication device that has revolutionized social life belongs to everyone. We are pleased to partner with Google to cater to the young generations and present them with an intelligent and trendy lifestyle with the launch of Note 5.”

“If you get a new smartphone you expect it to be amazing. That’s why we teamed up with TRANSSION through our Android One program. Together we strive to give users a range of smartphones, such as the Infinix Note 5, that combine beautiful hardware with Google’s smartly designed software – from the latest AI powered innovations to the highest grade of security,” said MahirSahin, Director Android Partnerships for Africa.

Infinix Note 5 will also support Google Lens – a new way to search what you see and interact with the world around you. You can take action on text, identify distinct plant and animal breeds, learn more about popular landmarks and discover products similar to the ones that catch your eye – like furniture and apparel. The feature will be available right in the Note 5 camera and through the Google Assistant.

Some pictures from the event.

 

Social media apps or websites have come under fire for being too addictive and has led to it being blocked at workplaces and schools so the social media giant is coming up with a solution to manage your time on Facebook.

Facebook developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered a code for a feature “Your Time on Facebook” on Facebook’s Android app. Facebook has since confirmed the feature and said it is in active development, saying “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is well spent.”

 

The new tool lists will monitor how much time you spent on Facebook in the past week and your average time on the social media app per day. You can even set a time limit for your usage and to manage notification settings. “Time well spent” and “digital wellbeing” are the latest features in tech world which help you to curb social media and mobile phone addiction respectively. Google and Apple have already introduced such features trying to help you spend less time on social media, and now Facebook is going to give it a go.

Mark Zuckerberg earlier responded to the changes in News Feed by saying:

“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to help you have more meaningful social interactions.”

At WWDC 2018, when Apple announced this feature, it used the example of Facebook. At I/O conference, Google also announced a new initiative to improve the digital wellbeing of its users by helping to understand their online habits and learn when it’s time to switch off.

Youtube is adding new ways for content creators to make money from the video streaming platform. While various of these options have already been integrated with popular social media platform.

1 – Channel Membership

The first feature is a $4.99 Channel Membership that will allow users to pay for exclusive content on a channel. The content can range from live streams to extra videos, emojis to special badges, depending on the offerings of the channel. This feature can be the most beneficial for original content creators and vloggers. The feature will be available for Channels with over 100,000 followers.

2 – Merchandise Shelf

This feature will allow users to sell their merchandise underneath every video. Before this feature, YouTubers would link their e-stores in the description of every video. Now, they will have a section on their channel where they can display merchandise with prices and pictures of each item.

Earlier this year, Instagram also introduced something similiar, allowing users to shop directly on the platform instead of being redirected to a storefront via a link.

3 – Premieres

The third feature will enable YouTubers to upload pre-recorded videos in a live stream with a public landing page. They can also interact with the fans as the video goes live. Users can also pay to YouTubers to have their comments pinned to the top of the stream for each upload.

These new monetization options have been introduced after YouTube has garnered a severe backlash for the change in its monetization policies. A lot of YouTubers started complaining that their videos were being demonetized despite not containing any controversial content. Amidst this backlash, YouTube HQ was attacked by a woman who believed the video streaming platform was ruining her channel by keeping her from earning money. She allegedly killed herself.

The new monetization options will not only enable content creators to earn money from their hard work but also help YouTube retain them while Instagram launches a competitive product long-form video platform, IGTV.

Google Play Store is one of the most comprehensive sources out there for Android apps, one has to rely on other sources for their app needs. Thankfully, Google doesn’t block you from installing apps via third-party outlets, but it’s a double-edged sword as it opens the door to a ton of security problems. There are a multitude of reasons why someone would download an app from an unofficial source, ranging from regional restrictions to piracy.

In a bid to combat piracy, Google has expanded on their existing security measures by adding small security metadata on top of developer’s uploaded APKs in the Play Store. This will make sure that the application is distributed from Play Store. According to their blog post:

In the future, for apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels, we’ll be able to determine app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online. This will give people more confidence when using Play-approved peer-to-peer sharing apps.

Another reason why the new measure was implemented was to enable peer-to-peer sharing in locations where mobile data is hard to get. The change will ensure that an app downloaded via P2P is indeed from the Play Store and not anywhere else. The change is a godsend for developers, who can now rest easy knowing that a lack of mobile data won’t hinder potential users from downloading their app.

With the latest update, app authentication can now happen in offline mode as well. One will no longer need any kind of internet connection for making sure of an applications authenticity. The best part is, developers don’t need to do anything other than update the APK file. The new metadata will be integrated into the app itself and Google has adjusted the maximum app size to compensate for increased APK size.

Will this move deter people from pirating apps? Probably not. We’ll probably see a workaround for it hit the internet soon enough, as the battle between developers and pirates continues to rage on endlessly.