+ Thursday April 25th, 2019

Apps, Games & Google Services

Google weighs-in on Hangouts shutdown, confirms migration of consumer users to Hangouts Chat and Meet

It’s been a roller coaster weekend for Google Hangouts users, with news first surfacing that Google was looking to shutter the consumer side of the messaging platform, before the product manager for Hangouts also weighed in. Now Google has officially made a statement on the future of Hangouts for consumers. …

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A navigation-optimised version of Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps for Android

Google is rolling out improvements to Google Assistant within Google Maps to make it more tuned to the navigation experience. With a lower visual profile to help users focus on driving, Assistant will be optimised for navigation, and take up less space to minimise distraction for drivers. Simply say “OK …

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Google executive scotches rumours of Hangouts 2020 demise, instead users will move to Hangouts Chat and Meet

After yesterday’s rumours that Google would shutter Hangouts for consumers in 2020, it appears that Google has a product manager for Hangouts, and also, that reports of its demise may be premature. Yesterday we reported that Hangouts would be closed in 2020, as did a number of other tech sites, …

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Instagram will now describe photos using AI for users with visual impairments

Instagram has announced it will roll out features to make the app more accessible for users with visual impairments. The app will allow screen readers to describe photos, either automatically using AI or using custom descriptions added by users. The descriptions, known as “alt text,” are already widely used online …

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