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Files by Google officially starts rolling out PIN-encrypted ‘Safe Folder’ - 9to5Google
Back in June, we spotted the Google Files app working on a password-protected "Safe Folder." This feature is now rolling out in beta...
Back in June, we spotted Google’s Files app working on a password-protected “Safe Folder.” This feature is now rolling out in beta, while the company reports 150 million monthly users. Files by Google — originally Files Go — started out as an app primarily for the “Next Billion Users” in developing countries with different usage patterns and priorities. The Safe Folder feature reflects how devices “in many places around the world” are shared due to a “cultural expectation.” As part of Googles research, we hear the perspectives of people like Shainaa woman in Bangladesh whose children use her phone after school, both to learn and to play. Shaina worries that her important files could be accidentally shared or deleted. For Rashid, a father in India, the lack of privacy means he cant keep his identity documents on his phone, even if he needs them for job applications. There are some risks to this model, which is why Google created a “secure, 4-digit PIN-encrypted folder” meant for storing important documents. Appearing at the bottom of the Browse tab, you can change the code at any time in settings. Once inside, users cannot take screenshots, just like when browsing with Incognito Mode in Chrome. The company does warn that “backups and duplicates may still be available in other apps.” The folder is securely locked as soon as you switch away from the Files app, so none of its contents can be accessed when the app is in the background. As a security assurance, it will ask for your PIN again on reentry. The Safe Folder in Files by Google is rolling out to the beta channel now and will be more widely available in the coming weeks. The company today reported that “more than 150 million people around the world regularly use Files each month.” It hit 500 million Play Store installs in late May. Usage highlights since 2017 include 1 trillion deleted files, 12GB freed every second, and over 400 petabytes of saved storage. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Meet zooms past 100 million download milestone - 9to5Google
Group calling app Google Meet for Android has now zoomed past the 100 million download milestone over on the Google Play Store.
Google Meet for Android has now zoomed past the 100 million download milestone on the Google Play Store. Considering that the group calling platform has now been integrated into Gmail as of late, it’s impressive just how quickly it has hit that 100 million mark. It’s even more impressive when you consider that it has doubled its install base in just 50 days (via Android Police). The app reached 50 million downloads in mid-May and has since exploded in popularity. Launched as an enterprise-only video calling and conferencing app, the move to open up the platform to all users was a masterstroke. Google Meet has therefore increased in popularity as a result and downloads have grown exponentially. According to app tracking and analysis platform AppBrain, Google Meet has been amassing an incredible 1 million downloads every single day since mid-May 2020. That is seriously impressive for an app that in most cases, directly competes for consumer mindshare with Google’s own Hangouts and Duo. As many firms and companies have moved to a “work from home” model, it’s probably no surprise. The fact that rival Zoom has had numerous security and privacy issues will no doubt have had an effect too. Integration within Gmail and the limited free tier will also have helped Google Meet’s download reach on top of that. While features are still steadily being added, Google Meet is still a great video conferencing app with plenty of tools to help businesses and educational institutions of all sizes work and learn effectively remotely. More on Google Meet: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google has fixed a Gmail issue that broke the spam filter for some users - 9to5Google
An issue with Gmail led to the service's spam filter temporarily breaking for a number of users. Luckily, though, the issue has been resolved.
Gmail is the email service of choice for billions of people around the world, so any issues affecting even a portion of users are a relatively big deal. Over the past week, some Gmail users have noticed that the spam filter isn’t working properly, but Google has since fixed the issue. UserreportsfromTwitter, Reddit, and other platforms reveal that an issue popped up during the last week of June and the first week of July 2020 where Gmail’s spam filter wasn’t working as intended. As a result, some emails that would have been captured by the filter and kept away from the user’s eyes instead showed up directly in the inbox. Whatever the cause of this issue, Google has apparently fixed it. The company offered a statement to the folks over at Android Police that reads: We have identified and since fixed the issue of a small number of promotional emails and spam being incorrectly sent to users’ primary inboxes. During this time, scans to filter malware and the most egregious spam and harmful content remained fully operational. Additionally, Gmail users remained protected by the many other features such as link protections and download time security scans which apply for messages in the inbox. We have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as a result. If you happen to notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam. More information on how to report spam can be found by visiting our Help Center. There’s no cause for concern regarding what happened here, thankfully. If your account was affected, simply delete the spam emails that breached your inbox and you’ll be good to go. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Gmail for Android gets new compose button - 9to5Google
In recent weeks, Gmail on the web has picked up Google Voice and Chat integration for G Suite customers. Gmail for Android compose...
In recent weeks, Gmail on the web has picked up Google Voice and Chat integration for G Suite customers. Gmail for Android is now rolling out a tweaked compose button that does away with the style introduced last year. The floating action button (FAB) in the bottom-right corner of the inbox screen is no longer a circle. Instead, it’s oblong with a new pen icon instead of the multi-colored plus sign, while “Compose” makes the function explicit. Both items in the button are tinted red, thus matching other highlights in the application. It retracts into a simple circle as you scroll down, while swiping up will expand it again. It’s not clear if Gmail on the web will follow for visual parity with this particular style matching Google Messages. The old plus sign, which reflects the four colors in the Google logo, is still present in other G Suite apps like Drive and Docs. It dates back to Gmail’s big Material Theme revamp in 2018. This subtle tweak to the compose button is live with Gmail for Android 2020.05.17.313130477 and widely rolling out now via the Play Store. Thanks tipster FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Classic Hangouts to Google Chat migration starts in earnest for G Suite - 9to5Google
Last August, Google delayed the Hangouts transition for G Suite customers into this year. The classic Hangouts Google Chat...
Last August, Google delayed the classic Hangouts transition for G Suite customers into this year. Starting today, admins can migrate their users to Google Chat in earnest and get access to Gmail integration. For the past year, Google has been testing the transition within an Accelerated Transition Program. Anyone can now use Chat in Gmail if their G Suite admins select the Chat preferred preference. The Chat preferred setting allows you to migrate all of your users at once for the most effective and seamless transition. If some people use classic Hangouts and others use Chat, it can lead to missed messages and become burdensome for admins. And if you have a remote or distributed workforce, unifying your users onto a single chat network can help everyone communicate successfully. As the setting implies, Google Chat will “become the default chat application for your organization.” This will disable the classic Hangouts applications for Android and iOS, though hangouts.google.com will remain available. Users are advised to use the Chat mobile apps and chat.google.com, which is now a PWA. Google will also offer a classic Hangouts bot to notify users of unread group messages. Meanwhile, classic Hangouts in the bottom-left corner of Gmail on the web will also be replaced. Google Chat 1:1 and group direct messages will appear instead, along with full-screen rooms. Other features include bot integrations, forward to inbox, emoji reactions, and message edit/delete. This “Chat preferred is rolling out now to Admin console and available for all G Suite users. For Google, this marks Phase 3 of the classic Hangouts deprecation timeline. The final step where classic Hangouts is disabled entirely will see all enterprise users “upgraded” in “late 2020.” FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
This week’s top stories: Pixel Buds launched, Google Meet free to all, IdeaPad Duet pre-orders, more - 9to5Google
Top Stories: Google launches Pixel Buds and Play Store app, Google Meet free without G Suite, Lenovo IdeaPad Duet pre-orders, and more.
In this week’s top stories: the Pixel Buds app arrives in the Play Store, Google Meet to become free to use without G Suite, Lenovo’s affordable Chrome OS tablet IdeaPad Duet appears for pre-order, and more. The biggest piece of Google news this week is that the company officially launched their first true wireless earbuds, the 2020 Google Pixel Buds. The launch was hailed by the arrival of a new Google Pixel Buds app into the Play Store. However, many Pixel owners were not pleased to see the Pixel Buds app essentially install itself as an “update,” and they responded by flooding the app with 1-star reviews. The Google Pixel Buds app itself can be installed on any device running Android 6.0 or higher, although this is likely as the application and earbud features require added frameworks from these builds to function properly. As they will undoubtedly utilize standard Bluetooth protocols, it would be safe to assume that basic listening functions will still work on devices running older builds or even other desktop and mobile OSes. For more on Google’s latest first-party accessory, be sure to check out our extended coverage: As many of us have begun working from home and visiting with family from a distance, Zoom has exploded thanks to its availability to the public and low, low price of free. This week, Google announced that their competing product, Google Meet (née Hangouts Meet) would soon be free to all, lifting the previous G Suite only restriction. Google Meet will gradually become free over the coming weeks to those with a Google account, with access being given in phases until everyone can get logged in. Luckily, you can sign up to be notified when its available which is a nice touch. You can have up to 100 simultaneous participants, which will no doubt be beneficial to all but the largest of organizations, groups, and families. On the Chrome OS side of things, we’ve been hotly anticipating the release of an affordable, yet reasonably good-enough tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, since it was shown off at CES. This week, the IdeaPad Duet briefly appeared for pre-order at Best Buy, potentially revealing its release date. As of late [Thursday] morning, Best Buy has removed the ability to place a pre-order for the IdeaPad Duet. The listing is still live though, with the original May 6th release date still in place. According to Robby at Chrome Unboxed, his pre-order is still showing as valid and is still set to ship on May 11th. The Google Messages app achieved a significant milestone this week, reaching a massive 1 billion downloads in the Play Store. What makes this even more impressive is that unlike other highly-downloaded apps like Google Maps, Google Messages does not come pre-installed on most Android phones. Unless you purchase a Pixel or Android One device (or a handful of other devices from different OEMs), Google Messages is not installed on your device by default. Rather, your OEM whether that be Samsung, LG, OnePlus, or others has a texting app of its own that is installed on the device to handle SMS messages. We all know that there are not a billion Pixels out there, so clearly Messages has become a popular alternative messaging app for the wider Android userbase. Finally, we uncovered a major shakeup potentially coming to Chrome OS in the future. Work has begun on a project called “LaCrOS,” which promises to separate Chrome browser updates from Chrome OS system updates. Should the effort succeed, Chromebooks will be able to continue to receive browser updates after their normal “expiration date,” ensuring longer-lasting security. Obviously, this would be no small undertaking and would require thorough testing before reaching the average persons Chromebook. In the early days, this LaCrOS version of Chrome will show up side-by-side in the Chrome OS shelf with the typical Chrome icon. This will help developers and early testers try to find any differences and/or bugs between them. To distinguish the two, LaCrOS will initially use the all yellow Chrome Canary icon. The rest of this weeks top stories follow: Android | Apps & Updates | Google | Google Stadia | Made by Google | Samsung | Videos | FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Search results will proactively warn when ‘there aren’t any great matches’ - 9to5Google
Last October, Google significantly improved how Search understands queries asked in a natural, everyday manner. A Google Search great matches warning...
Last October, Google significantly improved how Search understands queries asked in a natural, everyday manner. However, there are still scenarios when “there just isnt information available on the web that matches what you typed in,” and Google Search will now proactively warn you when that’s the case. Google’s systems can currently account for misspellings in your query, while the neural network-based BERT technique introduced last year finds relevant results “even if you dont phrase something exactly as its written online.” Despite these advancements, there are still occasions when Search doesn’t return links and answers that line up with what you’re looking for. In these cases, the following message will appear at the top of the feed: “It looks like there aren’t any great matches for your search.” It specifically appears when “Google hasnt been able to find anything that matches your search particularly well.” Even with this warning, the search engine will still display results, but Google wants to appropriately adjust your expectations before browsing. The company will provide tips like “Try using words that might appear on the page you’re looking for,” and link to others. There’s also a list of queries similar to your original that might yield better results. This feature shouldnt show up too often after all, theres usually something helpful we can find! But when it does, we hope it helps save you some time and gets you to the information you wanted more quickly. This message will start rolling out to Google Search in the US today. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: