This week on Pureinfotech: Google I/O developer conference happened this week with a lot of announcements. The search giant introduced Google Home, which is a new home assistant to crash Amazon’s Echo party. It’s a small device featuring speakers and microphones powered by the new Google Assistant, and it will help users to quickly find answers to queries and control small devices around the house, such thermostats and speakers and more.
Google also announced Instant Apps, which is perhaps the best feature of Android N. Instant Apps is a new feature arriving next year that will allow users to access apps instantly without installation.
Apparently, we don’t have enough communication apps, so on that note, Google at I/O 2016 showed two new apps: Allo, which is a new messaging app that features smart reply, and Duo a new video calling app that let you see who is calling before picking up. Both apps use your phone number instead of a Google Account, and they will be available later this summer.
Along with all the announcements, Google also talked about Android N, which is the next version of the popular mobile operating system, and announced that anyone can install and test the preview version of the operating system on select devices.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update preview received updates for PC and Mobile. Early this week Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile build 14342 to the Fast ring with a few improvements for Microsoft Edge, a lot of fixes, and a few known issues.
In addition, later the same week, the software giant issued yet another update for Mobile, but only containing a few new fixes without changing the version number of build significantly.
At the same time, the company also released Windows 10 build 14342 to the Slow ring and pushed a cumulative update for the operating system to fix a number of issues and bugs.
The OneDrive Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app launched this week with a touch-friendly UI and an alternative to the dilemma with placeholders, which the company removed from the sync client on Windows 10.
Microsoft Health also launched this week for PC and tablets, however, the app is only a mirror of the same app in mobile, and it’s not as good as the MSN Health & Fitness app that it replaces.
This week Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup update, which is a new package containing all the updates since Service Pack 1 was release to help users quickly and easily bring the operating system up to date.
Microsoft updates Cortana on Android enabling sync app notifications with Windows 10 PCs, and here I showed you how to set it up on your phone.
I have also created a new video tutorial to guide you step-by-step to help you upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC to Windows 10 after the free upgrade promotional offer ends on July 29, 2016.
Finally, you also learned to fix the Store app on Windows 10 with one click without complicated commands or workarounds when the Store app isn’t working or apps aren’t downloading on your PC.
If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.
Short takes around the web
Here are a few other things that happened this week around the web.
Netflix launched a new super simple website called Fast.com to help everyone to test your internet speed.
Microsoft to implement easier way to install Windows 10
While the company hasn’t shared any specific details, Microsoft Program Manager on the Windows Insider Engineering team, said that the company is currently working on making the process to make a clean install of Windows 10 a lot easier, even more for Insiders.
Google to help kill Adobe Flash forever
With HTML5 taking over the web, Google wants to accelerate the deprecation of Flash on the web, and to do that the company will be making setting HTML5 as the default technology on the Chrome web browser. However, Chrome will continue to offer an alert to enable Adobe Flash on those old sites that still require that technology.
New changes are coming to Twitter
If you’re a Twitter user that often share links and photos, you may be happy to hear that the company is planning to stop counting photos and links as part of the 140-character limit. While the company hasn’t announced the new change, Bloomberg reports that we could be seeing the new change in the coming weeks.
Xbox games now available on the Windows Store
It’s been known for some time that Microsoft is merging Xbox Store with Windows Store to build a single unified store for all platforms. However, ahead of the Anniversary Update, which is when the company supposed to introduce the merge, Insider members have already been spotting Xbox One games in the Windows Store. Some of the spotted games include, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Overwatch, and the Metro Redux Bundle.
Microsoft gets rid of Nokia
One of the noticeable headlines this week was Microsoft announcing selling Nokia’s phone division to Foxconn. The company sold the mobile business for $350 million. As part of the deal Foxconn will also get Microsoft Mobile Vietnam.
Microsoft also assures customers that will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones.
Microsoft is making changes to make IE11 work better with Edge
In Windows 10, the software maker introduced the Microsoft Edge web browser, but it continues to ship Internet Explorer 11 only for compatibility purposes.
Now the company is announcing that is making some changes coming to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to better integrate the old browser with Microsoft Edge by improving the Enterprise Mode feature removing friction that is currently present when using both browsers.
For more information, you can read up the Microsoft’s announcements at the Windows Blog.
Google to let you share paid apps with family members
Currently, everyone in your family has to paid for the Android apps they want to use, even though on an iOS device you have been able to share paid apps for a long time.
Playing catch up, Google is now sending letters to developers noting that Google Play will soon offer the ability for users to share paid apps with up to six family members without paying any extra money.
The new changes won’t be a requirement for developers to publish apps in Google Play, but once they decide, they won’t be able to retract the choice.
Google to make its own processors
Yes, Google will start making its own processors, but for now these processors are not going to replace Intel, NVidia, or Qualcomm processors found on Google products. The company is actually creating new processors to take advantage of future technology: artificial intelligence (AI).
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