Google Announces Tez Mobile Payments App Specifically for India

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According to Google’s numbers, India is home to 300 million smartphone users. As more are becoming connected to the web, Google has introduced Tez, a mobile payments application built specifically for Indian users who wish to make paying for things a digital experience. As described, Tez is not just for paying at local stores. The app is capable of direct, bank-to-bank payments using the country’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) standard. On top of transferring money easily, folks can use the app’s “Cash Mode” to make purchases ...

Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations Now Support New Languages and Countries

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Should you feel the need to get out of your current environment, for whatever reason, Google is rolling out new language and country support for Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations on Google. In total, there are 14 new languages supported by Flights, a service that lets users browse and purchase airline tickets. Those languages are Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, and Slovenian. If you want to go somewhere previously unsupported by these services, those countries are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia ...

Gboard Gets Stickers and Bitmoji Support

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The latest update to Google’s Gboard keyboard on Android brings with it support for both stickers and Bitmoji. As Tim just explained to me, Bitmoji are personalized emoji that you design to look like yourself and are super popular with 12 year olds and his 40-year old sister. Sounds right up my alley! To get into this Bitmoji and stickers thing, you’ll need today’s update before diving in and expressing yourself in ways you never thought digitally possible on your OG Droid. The buttons for stickers ...

Finding a Place to Park Sucks, But Google Maps is Making It Better With New “Find Parking” Feature

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When you’re headed to a busy destination, parking can sometimes be a nightmare. Back in January of this year, Google Maps introduced the parking difficulty indicator for select areas, which has been highly beneficial. Today, Google Maps announced a Find Parking feature, which helps you locate parking in congested areas, then provides navigation by foot to your final destination. When you plug a destination into Google Maps, the app will showcase your probability of finding a spot to park. If parking isn’t looking too hot, you ...

DEAL: Save $70 Off a Google WiFi 3-Pack + Google Home Bundle

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Two of Google’s non-Android connected products that I personally have become a big fan of are heavily discounted right now when bundled at a variety of retailers. I’m talking about Google WiFi and Google Home, together with a $70 discount should you buy them right now. The deal is actually for a Google WiFi 3-pack that’ll cover your whole house and then some, non-mansion owners, along with a Google Home unit that now makes calls to friends, family, and businesses. I call them two of my favorites ...

Google is Going to Show You Video Previews Now in Search Results

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I don’t know that video previews were something I was ever looking for when performing Google searches, but they are coming and they could be cool. Google announced this afternoon that alongside the short text snippets you see for results, you may also find GIF-style previews of videos that autoplay and show you a bit of the fun before you tap through. To see this in action, check out the animated GIF below. If you’ve used YouTube at all recently then you’ll know how this works. ...

Q&A, FAQ Section Rolling Out to Google Maps Listings

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There’s likely been a time when you’ve had a question concerning a place you were thinking about going to. For example, maybe you’re curious about outside seating at a local eatery or want to know about parking at a particular business. Well, Google Maps has a new feature this week, allowing you to ask these important questions with knowledgable users fielding them. The way it works is pretty simple. Simply find the place you have a question about inside of Google Maps, scroll down a bit until ...

Google Improves Collab Tools in Sheets, Slides, and Docs

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Google is rolling out many improvements for collaborative users of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Moving forward, users should find it much easier to finish up documents and forms that require multiple people. Specifically for Docs, individual users inside of a collaboration can name versions of a document, preview “clean versions” of documents, and also accept or reject all edit suggestions at the same time in a document. What’s New in Google Docs Name versions of a Doc, Sheet or Slide Preview “clean versions” of Docs Accept or reject all ...