About the Author

Abner Li

@technacity

“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is Abner’s philosophy and why in his 6 years of writing about tech Google and Android has been the main focus.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

Today

Over the past several weeks, gapless playback rolled out to some YouTube Music subscribers. The capability is now officially available for all Premium users on the Android app and web client.

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Google’s Analytics newsroom dashboard integrates Google Trends topics

Back in March, Google released a useful Analytics-powered dashboard for newsrooms. Great on large screens, Realtime Content Insights (RCI) is now integrating trending topics from Google Trends.

Google Duo, WebRTC creator Justin Uberti now leading Stadia engineering in Seattle

Getting AAA games to stream over the internet is a monumental engineering effort that’s made possible by several years of advancements. One of those is WebRTC, and its creator is now joining Stadia to head engineering.

One year ago, Waymo launched a public self-driving ride service in Phoenix, Arizona. To mark that anniversary, Waymo One is getting an iOS app, while the Alphabet division shared usage details for the Lyft/Uber competitor.

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Alphabet-owned DeepMind is widely regarded as the premiere artificial intelligence research lab. Co-founder Mustafa Suleyman announced today that he’s joining Google directly.

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When getting a package tracking number, most people today just Google it, as the search engine has long been able to direct users to the correct shipping carrier’s site. Google Search package tracking could soon be directly integrated.

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December 4

One of the most impressive features debuted alongside the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL was a Recorder app that works completely offline to transcribe and search text. It’s officially still exclusive to the 2019 devices, but Google said it plans to make Recorder available for older Pixel phones. The first step towards that is now here.

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Last month, Google enabled Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max detection capabilities powered by ultrasound sensing. The company today detailed how the feature works, upcoming uses, and its accessibility origins.

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With Stadia just over two weeks old, Google is planning to advertise its new game streaming platform around the world next week. Stadia Holiday Pop-Ups are coming to Los Angeles, London, and Paris.

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Google Fiber still exists today in 18 cities and continues to sign-up new customers. The ISP is now simplifying its service by no longer offering a 100 Mbps plan and committing entirely to gigabit Google Fiber speeds.

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YouTube in recent years has been pushing its subscription services from Premium to TV. To boost sales this holiday season, the Google company is bringing YouTube gift codes to the US, starting with Amazon.

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G Suite admins can now restrict security codes to same device, network

Two-factor authentication (2FA) — or 2-step verification (2SV) in Google’s parlance — is a crucial security measure. G Suite is now adding the ability to restrict codes to the same device or network on which they’re generated.

At I/O 2019 in May, Google announced the latest Digital Wellbeing features to build on last year’s initial launch. In testing for the past several months, Focus mode for Android is now rolling out with new features following beta feedback.

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In addition to a free title every month, Stadia Pro offers discounts when purchasing games. Initial deals went live with the platform’s launch on November 19th and ended December 3rd. The day after, there are no immediate replacements.

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December 3

Google Play this year rolled out a big Android redesign and corresponding dark theme. In October, we spotted work on a Material Theme account switcher and it’s now beginning to roll out alongside a new splash screen.

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Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced this afternoon that current Google CEO Sundar Pichai is also taking on the role of Alphabet chief executive. This is described by the co-founders as a move to simplify management.

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Before Stadia launched, Google said that it was “aiming to release” new Stadia features weekly. This morning, Google announced on r/Stadia that it’s “experimenting with a new method of information delivery this week.”

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Stadia launched last month with some marquee features not yet available and listed as “coming soon.” The first notable update to the underlying game-streaming platform is Google Assistant for the Stadia Controller on TVs.

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Back in September, Google introduced a slate of new Photos features, including story-like “Memories” and more printing options. Google Photos today is rolling out a built-in chat service for mobile and desktop.

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With the year coming to a close in a matter of weeks, it’s time for annual recaps. Google today published the Play Store’s Best of 2019 that takes a look at apps, games, movies, television shows, and books/audiobooks.

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