I can’t say I’m not excited. Google has announced that the Apple TV app, including Apple TV+ is now globally available on the new Chromecast with Google TV. Support for more Google TV devices is coming.
Ford has announced that it will be partnering Google to power millions of future Ford and Lincoln vehicles with Android and Google services. The unique six-year partnership, to kick off in 2023, is poised to accelerate Ford’s transformation and reinvent the connected vehicle experience. The car maker will also use Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider, leveraging on Google’s expertise in data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML).
Doodles that turn into noodles? That’s got to be some kind of magic, right? Involves a fairy godmother or a purple genie? Well, if you can imagine Google’s AI in some sort of magician’s hat made up of ones and zeroes, perhaps. Grab’s new Delivery Doodles feature uses AI to turn any kid’s doodles of their favourite food into actual food orders delivered via GrabFood.
Google owner Alphabet has made a bid to acquire wearable maker Fitbit, Reuters reports. The move may be to fast track the company’s entry into the fitness tracker and smartwatch hardware market. Google currently develops and markets Wear OS, its smartwatch operating system; it does not have its own branded wearable.
Apple is the current leader in smartwatch and wearables while Fitbit leads in the fitness tracker space. Other major players include Samsung and Xiaomi.
The report says that “there is no certainty that the negotiations between Google and Fitbit will lead to any deal.”
No figures for Google’s bid has been revealed.
Watch this space, this could be interesting.
If you were making guesses of what Android Q stands for, Google has announced that it’s dropping its dessert-themed naming convention for its mobile OS. Android Q is, disappointingly, just plain Android 10.
It looks like Google is giving the device hardware business another go. As reported a day ago, there was speculation about HTC’s future, with the Taiwanese company suspending trading its shares on the TWSE. Well, the rumours have been laid to rest. Google is “buying” HTC, but the extent of the deal isn’t as originally expected.
Love doodles? Google has today announced the first ever ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition in Malaysia, open to school students. Malaysia joins the ranks of several countries in the world where children are invited to create doodles based on a theme.