AFTER THE FALLOW patch following Google I/O, we're back in full flow with announcements from the company back to being a daily occurrence.
Apart from the commitment this week to the TAG campaign against malicious bots, and the partnering in the new containerisation foundation launched with the donation of Google's Kubernetes code to the open source community, there's plenty else to shout about. Let's begin.
Most Android stock apps have had an update recently, but the one that has caused the most stir is YouTube, which has finally fixed a bug that has niggled for ages.
Finally, if you're watching a video that some idiot has filmed vertically, Google will no longer show it the wrong way round with black bars. You'll see it natively. It's a small thing but it's a godsend from an OCD point of view.
The other big news is the closure next week of Google+ Photos, which is to be replaced by Google Photos. There was some concern earlier in the week about exactly how the transition would take place and whether any photos would be lost.
The short answer is, no they won't. The big change highlighted by Google was that the "private photo management component of Google+, which includes backup, editing, creations, private album management (album management for shared content is still available on Google+) and sharing to other apps, is being replaced by Google Photos".
Quite how all this is going to work in practice remains to be seen, but "closure" is such an ugly word. Let's merely think of it as a "conscious uncoupling".
Elsewhere it seems that the company has got its purse out again. Pixate is a mobile app prototyping company. In other words, if you have an app idea, Pixate can show you what it would look like. And now it's Google's.
We don't know how much it cost, but all of its services which used to cost many pennies are now free of charge, among assurances from Google that nothing is going to change, there or thereabouts.
Blah, blah, more rumours about the new version of Google Glass, blah, blah.
Chrome and Chrome OS have both reached version 44, with the somewhat vague promise of "a number of new apps/extension APIs [and] lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance".
There are more specific changes for Chromebook users, including wireless headset support, write-access to MTP devices and OCM Point Smartart rendering support. Which is nice.
We've already told you about the arrival of a Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office, so let's move on to the realisation that suddenly we have proof that Google knows where you are, where you've been, where you're going ...
OK. Well we kind of knew that. But it's now cold hard fact thanks to a new update to Google Maps (9.12.0 to be exact) which can show you your entire location history. On a map. Yes. You knew they were watching. But now you can be sure. Feels ... strange, doesn't it?
More next week. If the black (driverless) helicopters haven't come for us all. µ
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