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Stadia: Another big Google product failed and shutting down

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Google has now made a public announcement to end the gaming service Stadia entirely. Although Stadia was a massive cloud gaming service but failed. It hasn’t garnered user traction that Google was not able to attract an expected number of users.

However, Google is at least making an effort to set things right by issuing refunds on all Stadia hardware that was purchased through the Google Store, even though the stadia services failed news will undoubtedly have a significant negative impact on Stadia supporters.

Through January 18, 2023, players will have access to their game collection and be able to play so they can finish their final play sessions. By mid-January 2023, the majority of refunds ought to be finished.

To be noted, The Google+, Orkut, and Google Allo apps are the services that had faced the same situation as Stadia now.

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The Google+:

After Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect, and Orkut, Google+ was the company’s fourth effort into social networks. In order to compete with websites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr, it took the position of Google Buzz in 2011.

But further Google shut it down due to insecure users’ data the hackers and this makes it not survive for long on social media.

Orkut:

This application debuted just two weeks before Facebook, it allows users to meet their old friends. Orkut’s user base decreased as a result of the increase in fake accounts, duplicate profiles, and hate groups. and in 2014 Google announced to shut it down.

Google Allo:

It is supported for both Android and iOS devices users to make instant messages. It’s just like the WhatsApp application, if you have the contact number of your friend then your can exchange messages, voice note files, images, and more using the app.

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And Its AL-powered feature makes it popular among users. However, a glitch in the assistant in 2017 led to the voice assistant sharing search results from a user’s discussion and this made Allo shut down in 2018.

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Google requires atleast 2GB RAM to run Android 13

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Google and several other smartphone manufacturers keep on bringing such devices that can benefit users in every manner. Giving a good start from the high-end models, the companies also release cost-effective devices with limited features that can fit into the budget of consumers. But looks like the new Google Mobile Services (GMS) policy with Android 13 might put these devices in danger with new requirements.

According to the Twitter handle of Android expert Jason Bayton, Google has updated its minimum hardware requirements policy for the GMS (Google Mobile Services) with Android 13. Ultimately, devices must have more than 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to carry on the benefits of the Google Mobile Services.

This also means that those devices running on 2GB of RAM and having only 16GB of internal storage won’t be able to enjoy the features of GMS. Alternatively, this statement opens the probability of such devices becoming a past thing, soon.

Jason also mentions that fulfilling these requirements is quite important for the devices. Or else, they won’t be able to greet the Android 13 on their doorsteps. Thus, if you want to upgrade your device to the latest Android 13 interface, make sure that your handset meets all the conditions for preloading GMS.

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Even if your Android device is eligible for Android 13, it won’t receive the new update until it covers all the eligibility criteria regarding the GMS policy.

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Not for the first time!

Yes, it’s not the first time when Google has kept a barrier in front of the tech makers for preloading Google Mobile Services on low RAM models. The US company keeps on rejuvenating its policies so that the devices and applications could become compatible with the newest operating system.

The company has taken the same step for the Android 11 devices as well. As a result, devices with less than 512MB of RAM would not be able to step into the preloading of GMS anymore.

Hence to keep supplying the benefits of Google services to the consumers, smartphone companies have to offer a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to their handy gadgets.

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Google News brings in sleek UI design and features with 20th anniversary update

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Marking the 20th anniversary of its launch, Google has brought in a sleek user interface design and a number of new features for the Google News platform. So, what’s new with this Google News 20th anniversary update? Let’s find out.

New UI Design:

Google has confirmed that Google News is now getting a new user interface that is based on readers’ feedback. The new user interface is easy to catch and allows you to pick the content you want to read.

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Visting an example, the local news sections are now moved to the top, which makes them easy to find. You can also filter buttons to filter searches in different sections as well categories as well as localities. Google has also mentioned the carousel that has changed the way that we see the news on Google Newsstand.

New Features:

Google News’ 20th-anniversary update aims to improve content customization for topics that appears on the screen. The new feature allows you to scroll and click through to the stories that interest you the most.

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To make it work, Google News will let you add, remove or reorder topics by just clicking on the blue “Customize” button on the right corner of the topics section screen.

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There’s more in the search result information that will enable you to check more information about that published article. You need to tap on the three dots on the right of the article to know where it is coming from.

Looking back:

In addition to the new look, Google has also looked to the past and the evolution that has been made in the last 20 years. This huge readers marketplace has started its journey by gathering links in real time, grouping articles by the story, and ranking stories from publishers worldwide.

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The tech maker has promised to add new features with upcoming updates and bring more for the readers.

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On June 22, 2022, On Wednesday, Google officially announce the return of the Google News platform in Spain after 8 years of long shut down. This return is labeled under the global 20th anniversary of Google News.

The “Google News Return in Spain” has been made possible by the recent change in a copyright law that will allow Spanish media outlets to list or make discoverable content accordingly along with their own wanting of monetizing that content. These new law amendments applied to both big and small publishers.

According to Google, Spain’s news consumption fell to the lowest after Google News’s exit from the country in 2014  and this also led to a huge traffic loss into publications traffic sources, which was a great impact on their earnings.

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Google News Spain:

Google has confirmed to launch of a separate Google News website dedicated to Spanish readers. Adding to this, the company will also launch Google News Spain mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms.

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The Google News Spain platform will allow publishers and readers to find all sorts of content including small, local, and big publications all together as well as helping them to discover the news they want to read at an instance.

Moving on, Google has promised to launch its new publisher programs such as Google News Showcase in the country soon. The firm is also planning to invest in new products, programs, and funding in the country via the Google News initiative.

Google News:

Google News is available in over 125 countries and 40 languages. Each month, people click through Google Search and Google News results to publishers’ websites more than 24 billion times.

Google News directs readers to publishers’ websites when they click on links – helping drive traffic to their content, where they can show ads and incentivize readers to subscribe and showcase the readers.

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