Google launches its own AI Studio to foster machine intelligence startups

 Another week, another new Google initiative targeting AI startups. We started the month with the announcement of Gradient Ventures, Google’s on-balance sheet AI investment vehicle. Two days later we watched the finalists of Google Cloud’s machine learning competition pitch to a panel of top AI investors. And today, Google’s Launchpad is announcing a new hands-on Studio program. Read More

Waze finally arrives on Android Auto

 After a beta that kicked off earlier in 2017, crowdsourced navigation app Waze is coming to Android Auto. The Google-owned Waze seemed like a shoe-in for gaining app support for Android’s native in-car mode, but it’s taken a while to bring it to Android Auto – but the months-long beta and the time show that Waze wanted to get the experience right for drivers. The Waze… Read More

Google launches SOS Alerts in Search and Maps to help its users during a crisis

 Google is launching a new feature for both Search and Maps today that is meant to give its users better information when a natural disaster or other crisis hits their area. These new so-called “SOS Alerts” will now prominently feature at the top of the company’s search results and in Maps when a user looks for information about an incident or an affected area. The company… Read More

Alphabet keeps printing money despite a hefty $2.7B fine from the EU

a young sundar pichai Alphabet’s advertising business continues to grow at a mammoth pace despite a very hefty setback from the EU in the form of a massive fine — but all the signs might not be pointing to a perfect future for Google. The EU slapped Google with a $2.7 billion fine at the end of June for antitrust violations pertaining to its Google’s Shopping search comparison service.… Read More

Google releases the final Android O developer preview

 Google today launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the latest version of its mobile operating system. As expected, there are no major changes in this release and according to Google, the launch of Android O remains on track for later this summer. There’s still some time left before the official end of the summer (that’s September 22, in case you wondered),… Read More

Google’s Sundar Pichai to join Alphabet’s Board

 Google CEO Sundar Pichai is joining parent company Alphabet’s board, according to an announcement Monday from the company.  “Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board,” said Larry Page, CEO of… Read More