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By Jay Bonggolto
You will soon be able star a message in the Android Messages app
by Jay Bonggolto
In April of this year, Google expanded the Android earthquake alerts system to Greece and New Zealand, where users can receive notifications about earthquakes in those countries. Google today announced a new expansion for that feature along with new updates for Android that focus on new experiences and improved security.
The alert system is now rolling out in regions where the risk of earthquake is high including Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. People in these countries will get notifications a few seconds before an earthquake happens. Google is expanding it to more countries over the coming year.
Google is also launching a new capability in the Messages app that will let you star an important message. It's available from today and will go live to more users over the next few weeks. To get started, you can simply tap and hold a message to star it. You can then visit the starred category to view messages you've marked as important.
The Emoji Kitchen is also adding contextual suggestions after you've composed a message. It's available from today in Gboard beta. It's set to exit beta in the summer and will go live for messages written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on devices running Android 6.0 or later.
Android now also lets you open and access apps using your voice. In addition, Voice Access has added gaze detection in beta so you can use your voice to navigate your phone or an app only when you're looking at the screen. Google has also improved its password input so you can input letters, numbers, and symbols using your voice when a password field is detected.
Finally, Android Auto has received new customization options such the ability to change your launcher screen directly from your mobile device and turn on dark mode. It also gained a “back to top” option and new tabs in the media apps so you can browse content more easily. Messaging apps are also now available directly via the launcher screen while EV charging, parking, and navigation apps are now accessible in Android Auto. These features are live globally on phones running Android 6.0 or later.
Google Chrome 91.0.4472.106 (offline installer)
by Razvan Serea
The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: when you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop. Chrome has many useful features built in, including automatic full-page translation and access to thousands of apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
Google Chrome is one of the best solutions for Internet browsing giving you high level of security, speed and great features.
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Canonical announces Ubuntu Pro for Google Cloud
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu Pro is now available on Google Cloud. According to the firm, Ubuntu Pro is a premium version of Ubuntu aimed at enterprise and production use that comes with several additional features including live kernel patching, a 10-year maintenance commitment, and patches for software in Ubuntu’s universe repository.
Commenting on the news, June Yang, VP and GM, Compute, Google Cloud, said:
Unlike the Ubuntu you may be familiar with on desktop systems which is free, Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud is not free. According to Google, Ubuntu Pro will cost 3%-4.5% of your average computing cost. Customers can purchase Ubuntu Pro through the GCP Console or Google Cloud Marketplace where they will receive a streamlined procurement process with access to the commercial features offered by Canonical.
As Ubuntu Pro offers ten years of support, it means that users can use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which, on the main track, reached end of life earlier this year. With more access to Ubuntu 16.04 via Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud, companies will have more time to migrate over to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
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By Abhay V
Google will skip the release of Chrome OS 95 to adjust to the new four-week release schedule
by Abhay Venkatesh
Earlier this year, Google announced that it was moving to a four-week release cycle for Chrome, shortening the duration between releases for consumers. The change is slated to be made with Chrome version 94. Today, the company announced its plans for Chrome OS and the release schedule changes coming to it.
The company says that it will be moving Chrome OS to the four-week release cycle starting with version 96, which is expected to make it to users sometime in late November. Chrome version 94, on the other hand, is expected to roll out in the stable channel in the third week of September, with the corresponding Chrome OS version slated to release in the week of October 14. Keeping in mind these schedules, the search giant says that it will be skipping Chrome OS version 95 completely to “bridge the gap” between version 94 and 96.
The firm also revealed that it will be introducing a new six-month update cadence for enterprise and educations users of the OS. This is likely aimed at focusing more on stability and security, and less on feature additions. The firm, however, has not provided much information in this regard. A similar eight-week Extended stable option is also planned for the browser.
Google’s Marina Kazatcker adds: