In India, Google is hosting an event on September 15th — we suspect that it may involve the announcement of Android One. Android One is a platform that will enable Google to bring higher quality Android devices to far regions.
Google[x] has built self-driving cars and Google Glass. Now the Google X team has been working on a drone-based delivery system over the last couple of years. The drones can be used to deliver goods. It could also be used for disaster relief scenarios like delivering supplies to places in need.
Google is shutting down the Authorship program. Google Authorship launched in June 2011 as part of the Agent Rank patent of 2007. Google stopped displaying authorship in Google Search. It will no longer track data from content with the rel=author markup also.
Google is launching an office in Seoul, South Korea. Google has similar bases in London and Tel Aviv. It will allow entrepreneurs utilize company resources and support. Google said “that Campus Seoul will supercharge tech entrepreneurs, strengthen the startup ecosystem and encourage even more innovation in Korea.”
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired a visual effects cloud company called Zync. Zync worked on movies like Star Trek and Looper. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) already has iOS apps for Google Docs and Sheets and now these apps can natively open, edit, and save files from Microsoft Office. Google Slides is now available as a standalone app for iOS. The new Slides app uses Google’s new Material Design user interface language. Google is now offering its productivity platforms on Android, Chrome OS, iOS, and the web. Microsoft launched Office for iOS earlier this year, but it requires users to have an Office 365 subscription.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Gecko Design to add to the Google X Lab team. Google X is known for building the self-driving car, Google Glass, and Project Loon. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Here is what Gecko Design wrote:
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) launched ads for app developers last spring. The ad formats launched on Google’s AdMob in June. It is now available on Google search and YouTube. The mobile app install ad appears on Android and iOS devices. On Android devices, the ads will automatically be excluded from showing on devices that already have the app installed on Android devices. However, it will still show up on iOS devices that already have the app installed.