About the Author

Abner Li

@technacity

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

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 4 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

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.

August 17

AAPL: 157.86

-3.09

YouTube TV adds 14 more cities, now available in 29 markets around the U.S.

Last month saw YouTube TV expand to 10 more markets around the U.S. Today, the $35 per month cord cutting service is launching in an additional 14 locations, with Google’s cable competitor now available for residents of 29 areas around the country.

August 14

AAPL: 159.85

2.37

Google pays $3 billion for default search on iOS, estimated to be bulk of Apple services business

Being the default search engine on iOS is highly lucrative for Google, with Apple’s devices predicted to account for approximately 50% of Google’s mobile search revenue. So much so that one financial firm estimates that Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default.

August 7

AAPL: 158.81

2.42

Earlier this year, YouTube launched a new private video sharing functionality for the service on mobile. After first launching in Canada and then expanding to the rest of North America, the Shared tab is now rolling out globally.

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August 1

AAPL: 150.05

1.32

Last year, Facebook poached Regina Dugan, the head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects, to lead a new hardware group. Building 8’s first products are now coming into light as a new report notes the development of a HomePod smart speaker competitor and a video chat device. For those that remember Mark Zuckerburg’s security advice from last year, the rumors of these new products come with some irony.

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The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac

July 25

AAPL: 152.74

0.65

Version 60 of Google Chrome is rolling out now to macOS with the long awaited Touch Bar support. This release also adds support for a number of developer-focused features, including the Payment Request API and an updated Credential Management API.

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July 20

AAPL: 150.34

-0.68

YouTube TV expands to 10 new locations around the U.S.

As announced last month, YouTube TV is now available in 10 more locations around the United States. For $35 per month, users can watch the Big Four networks, sports, and other cable channels on iOS and Apple TV (via AirPlay) clients that feature an unlimited DVR for saving movies and TV shows.

July 12

AAPL: 145.74

0.21

After a brief delay last month, Google’s Backup and Sync desktop app for Mac is now available for download. With this revamped client, only one application is needed to back up files on a desktop to Google Photos and Drive.

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June 28

AAPL: 145.83

2.10

Google Photos starts rolling out Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries to iOS and web

Google Photos is beginning to rollout Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries following their announcement at I/O 2017 last month. The first feature recommends images to share, while the latter allows entire libraries to be continuously shared with another person.

June 23

AAPL: 146.28

0.65

Google will soon stop scanning your emails to personalize ads in Gmail

Since Gmail’s launch in 2004, one point of frequent contention was how the free service scanned emails to show tailored ads. Google has today announced that it is ending this personalization practice in Gmail later this year.

June 14

AAPL: 145.16

-1.43

Google currently has separate desktop clients to back up to Google Drive and Photos. With the upcoming Backup and Sync for Mac, the company is replacing the Drive client with a new app that features better integration.

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May 10

AAPL: 153.26

-0.73

Google Search adds ‘Events’ view to find and filter nearby activities on iOS

Google Search on mobile is adding a new view that better surfaces and summarizes events from sites like Eventbrite and Ticketmaster. Available on iOS, users will now be able to filter based on location and other factors.

May 5

AAPL: 148.96

2.43

While Apple is rumored to announce a Siri Speaker at WWDC aimed as a high-end Echo competitor, Amazon is readying an Alexa device with a built-in display. In a leaked image, the new device is more monolithic, featuring a touchscreen and possibly a camera.

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April 25

AAPL: 144.53

0.89

Google Maps for iOS gains useful parking reminder feature

Google Maps is adding a small, but very useful feature that lets users save where they parked. Available on both iOS and Android, the feature can also provide reminders for when your parking meter is about to expire.

April 4

AAPL: 144.77

1.07

Apple Music for Android gets first major update with iOS 10-style redesign, lyrics

Apple Music for Android has received a huge revamp today to match the release of iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad last September. That redesign is now making its way to the streaming service’s Android app. The interface is nearly identical with features like iOS 10-specific features including lyrics and an improved Library available on Android for the first time.

March 22

AAPL: 141.42

1.58

Google Photos updated with faster backup and sharing, Duo adds audio-only mode

With a focus on parts of the world that have slower connectivity, Google updated Photos today to have faster backup and sharing, while the Duo video chatting app received an audio-only mode.

March 9

AAPL: 138.68

-0.32

With the launch of Allo and Duo last year, Google telegraphed that Hangouts would become an enterprise product. Today, the service is being fully revamped into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. The former is a Slack-like group chat app, while the latter improves video conferencing.

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February 28

AAPL: 136.99

0.06

YouTube has finally announced its long-rumored online television service that doesn’t require a cable subscription. Known simply as YouTube TV, it features local broadcast networks and channels like ESPN for $35 a month.

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January 23

AAPL: 120.08

0.08

Google Voice updated w/ redesigned web & iOS apps, promise of ‘regular’ updates

Update: The redesigned Google Voice app is now available on the App Store.

Back in 2009, Google launched an ambitious voice-forwarding service that allowed users to maintain one number across multiple devices. Today, Google Voice received its first major update in years that sees a redesigned web interface, iOS app, and the promise of continued updates.

January 5

AAPL: 116.61

0.59

Google Calendar adds Apple Health integration to mark completed fitness Goals, tailor times

With the addition of intelligent Goals last year, Google Calendar became more than just a regular scheduling and to-do app. Today, the iOS app is gaining Apple Health integration that will automatically mark as finished and adjust your fitness-related Goals.

December 15, 2016

AAPL: 115.82

0.63

Google Motion Stills updated w/ motion tracking text, super-resolution videos, & cinemagraphs

Following new features for Google’s other photo apps this morning, Motion Stills is getting a major update that allows you to add text that tracks an object in a video, super-resolution videos, and automatic cinemagraphs.

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