Google Expands Mobile Push With Ads in Its Maps App

Google Expands Mobile Push With Ads in Its Maps App

Google for the last few years has been working to prioritise mobile, not only trying to enhance the user experience for consumers but giving advertisers more ways to reach them. Now the company is making another leap in its mobile ad offering, rolling out ads in its Maps app. The new products, announced at the annual […]

Royal Mail’s new app sends postcards from your phone

Royal Mail’s new app sends postcards from your phone

Royal Mail has launched its first consumer app, called Swapshots, which can customise, print, post and deliver photos within three days. The app is free and available to download from Google Play and the App Store. The cost of using the service is 85 pence per image. Credit can be bought either via a debit […]

IMAX Partners with Google to Solve VR’s Content Problem

IMAX Partners with Google to Solve VR’s Content Problem

IMAX has partnered with Google to develop a ‘cinema-grade’ VR camera that can be used to record 360° video at a comparable quality to IMAX films. The camera will be specifically built to make use of Jump, Google’s platform for creating and viewing 360° stereoscopic video. As it makes its biggest step yet into VR […]

Google takes on Slack and WhatApp with ‘Spaces’ group sharing tool

Google takes on Slack and WhatApp with ‘Spaces’ group sharing tool

Google has launched Spaces, a collaborative messaging app similar to the increasingly popular Slack. Spaces features integration with other Google products, such as Chrome and YouTube, allowing users to share articles and videos without leaving the Spaces app. A ‘space’ can be started and maintained around anything: a weekend getaway, a love of comic books, […]

Google uses I/O to unveil app promotion tools to Apple developers

Google uses I/O to unveil app promotion tools to Apple developers

Google has opened this year’s I/O conference by unveiled the latest additions to its Universal App Campaigns offering, including the extension of the service to Apple developers, plus tools to help them find high value customers. The Universal App Campaigns suite is expanding beyond Android to help developers grow their iOS apps, meaning all app […]

Microsoft Sells Off Nokia for $350m

Microsoft Sells Off Nokia for $350m

Microsoft has sold off the Nokia brand and its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, for $350m (£243m). The deal also includes the company’s Hanoi manufacturing facility, Microsoft Mobile Vietnam. A further deal with Nokia will give FIH the exclusive rights to the Nokia brand until 2024, which […]

Google puts search functions directly into mobile keyboard

Google puts search functions directly into mobile keyboard

Google has launched a new keyboard for iOS devices that directly integrates search functions, such as maps, GIFs or shopping results, into user’s messages. Called Gboard, the keyboard features a button on the upper left that lets users perform web searches, look for images or GIFs, or even search for emoji without ever leaving the […]

Pret A Manger Hints At Imminent Android Pay Launch in UK

Pret A Manger Hints At Imminent Android Pay Launch in UK

Google’s launch of its Android Pay platform in the UK may be extremely imminent, according to tags seen on payment terminals at fast food chain Pret A Manger, which suggested that the brand was now accepting Android Pay. According to The Telegraph, multiple Pret A Manger branches in London have added tags to credit card […]

Facebook’s controversial facial-recognition app Moments launches in Europe

Facebook’s controversial facial-recognition app Moments launches in Europe

Facebook has launched its photo-sharing app in the EU and Canada after adapting its controversial facial-recognition software to work around each region’s privacy laws. The program – Moments – was released in some countries in 2015, but withheld elsewhere because of local data privacy rules. The company has created a different version of the software […]