The collaboration database can seriously improve your ability to work with a remote or hybrid team
The pandemic has made digital business tools and apps popular for companies around the world. From the rise of Zoom to the frequently updated Microsoft Teams platform, several online resources can make life easier for professionals who work remotely. An increasingly popular type of business resource during and after the pandemic has been collaboration platforms that allow for remote communication while facilitating work. Google Tables is poised to be one of the more popular options available.
You don't need to browse Google in dark mode all the time
While browsing the web at night in the dark mode prevents eye strain, you should switch back to the light theme during day hours. Being the most popular search engine, Google supports a dark theme on desktop and mobile, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Whether you access Google on Android, iOS, or a top Chromebook, it's easy to turn off dark mode.
Find the song stuck in your head!
Do you have a song stuck in your head and can't remember its name? Maybe you are at a pool party and want to know what music is blasting on the Bluetooth speakers in the background so that you can add it to your song library. We all encounter times when we want to find out a song's details. When you want to find a song, Google is your best friend. So, let's find out how to find a song on Google.
Don't miss out on one of Google's most useful tools
Google Lens is a clever tool you can access from your smart device. Touting AI visual recognition powered by neural networks, Lens looks at saved photos and the display on your camera and then offers information about what it sees. Anyone passing on Lens is missing out on one of Google's most valuable services.
The company also wants to automatically enroll millions of users for two-factor authentication
It’s October, and that doesn’t only mean it’s the Halloween season, no — it’s also the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Google is using the opportunity to share a few updates on its security measures for accounts and apps. The highlight is likely the announcement that the company is finally adding an easily accessible shortcut to its password manager right to the Google app.
There's a new 'Personal results' toggle in Search
One of the many things that set Google's search capabilities apart from the rest is its excellent personalized results. While that might make some users feel a little unsure about their privacy, it does make for a more accurate search engine. If you're not interested in having your results customized and tailored to your history, Google has added a new toggle in its app to disable it altogether.
Unfortunately there's no sign of Weather Frog
At-a-glance weather has to be one of the most popular options for homescreen widgets out there. So it's strange that Google doesn't have a self-branded option, beyond the tiny little nugget in the Google News widget. It looks like that's about to change: code in the Google app indicates that a new Assistant-branded weather widget.
It's boobs. We mean boobs. There are boobs on the internet.
Google's SafeSearch keeps you from stumbling into the seedier side of the internet without warning. It's a super useful tool, especially if you're sharing your devices with younger family members. On Android, SafeSearch's toggle is buried within the Google app settings, but it's about to get a whole lot easier to access.
The Pixel Launcher's feed gets a new coat of paint
Google Discover is a key part of the Pixel Launcher, even if it isn't everyone's cup of tea. While some people still miss Google Now years after its replacement appeared, many users rely on it to access a curated list of recommended news stories and topics. With Android 12 bringing a whole new look to your phone, Discover just wouldn't feel complete without an extra splash of color to match your device.
Things have changed, and they're now in a more sensible location
Google has been in the process of redesigning its Android apps for a while now. Specifically, it's been moving individual app settings into the account switcher in the top right corner of most of its applications. The Google search app is among the last outliers with its settings living in a More bottom tab in the bottom right corner. But now, a Reddit post suggests that this layout might not be there for long.
A rogue update seems to be behind the problem
Several users have taken to social media to report that the Google app on their Android phone is constantly crashing. While there's no clear reason why this is happening, a new update seems to be causing the problem.
Google Doodles spread their background color down the feed
Google is focusing on the visual experience of Android 12. The latest fruit of that endeavor is a bit of fresh paint on the Discover feed. Google Doodles, the little shifting variations on the Google logo, have appeared at the top of the feed for a while now. But with the latest version of Google search installed on Android 12, Doodles now theme the background of the feed itself. Neat.
An easier way to snooze your alarm every morning
Unlike most other developers, unfinished features constantly appear in Google's updates, hinting at plenty of new content in the works. Following an update to the Google app on Android, a new "Guacamole" menu is appearing in the Assistant settings list for some users. Once active, it'll let certain tasks be performed without saying "Hey Google" at all.
We're not sure how this differs from pre-existing Routines shortcuts, though
Google Assistant is arguably the best voice assistant on a smartphone right now — from making restaurant reservations to holding calls for you, it can do so much. But if you're not in the mood for talking, an upcoming feature will give you a handy, speech-less way of getting Assistant to help you out.
A welcome change
Last year, Google swapped Chrome custom tabs for an in-app browser in the Google app for Android. While the new browser was flashier, it was sort of a downgrade as it lacked certain features. It seems like Google is working on improving the experience with a bottom bar in the latest Android beta.
Very cool, this is
You won't have to go to a galaxy far, far away to meet a beloved character who has been an internet sensation since it first featured in Disney's The Mandalorian show last year. Thanks to Google, you can now virtually place a life-sized Grogu — colloquially known as Baby Yoda — right in your room.
From the outback to your back yard 🐨 🇦🇺 🦘
AR animals came to the Google app at just the right moment earlier this year, when many of us were stuck inside due to the pandemic and in need of cheering up. Since the feature first launched in April, Google has steadily added to the available creatures with various mammals, insects, fish, birds, and even several species of dinosaur. The latest critters all have one thing in common: they hail from down under.
Although Google Maps still doesn't have dark theme support, a workaround as been spotted that could give us a glimpse of what the feature will look like when it does arrive. Some searches in the Google app load their own stripped-down Maps view, and if you can get the app to work in dark theme on your phone, that Maps view is dressed up in a snazzy dark theme, too.
Many users subjected to frustrating 'This internet connection isn't strong enough' error message
After a large number of complaints about a bug affecting Assistant on Android Auto, Google has finally released a fix along with the latest version of the Google app that should put the issue to bed. A post outlining the problem on the Android Auto support site received more than 1,200 upvotes and a similar number of replies from other afflicted users.
What's wrong with Chrome custom tabs?
Google introduced Chrome custom tabs five years ago, and most apps use them these days. Instead of creating their own custom browsers, developers can just hand over websites to a Chrome tab without the added bulk of a regular browser interface. The advantage is that devs don't have to spend resources on creating their own webview implementations and that users can quickly open these custom tabs in proper Chrome without reloading or losing their scroll position. It's a great system. But Google wouldn't be Google if it stuck with a great system (looking at you, YouTube Music). The company began experimenting with a custom browser for its Google Search app around six weeks ago, and it's now rolling out to more people. While it looks snazzy, it comes with more downsides than upsides.