YouTube to reportedly have monthly ad-free subscription service soon

With the popularity of video streaming services as an alternative to watching TV shows on an actual TV, it looks like the way we consume media has been changing over the past few years. One major reason, aside from having videos on demand, is that these are ad-free platforms, and as analysts say, consumers are "learning to avoid advertising" and some are even willing to pay to do it. This is what YouTube is currently looking at, and reports say they will soon offer a monthly subscription service for users.

Google Calendar update brings back month view in new update

It's been two months since its latest update, so you know that the folks over at Google are dying to tweak something again with their Calendar app. For their latest update that will be rolling out soon for Android devices, they listened once again to what their users have been asking for, bringing back the month view and seeing more events at just one glance on your smartphone or tablet.

Things are moving slowly in the monthly Android Distribution

Things seems to have slowed to almost a standstill in the Android world, at least as far as version adoption is concerned. After an initial growth burst for Android 5.0 Lollipop, things seem to be business as usual, with OEMs getting some of their devices up to date on the more recent Android versions. There are, however, some that seem unwilling to give up the ghost and to go silently into the 0.1 percent night of the Android Distribution chart, lingering around as long as they can.

Google working on GMeet, could be a new telemeeting platform for businesses

The dawn of the Internet has brought instant messaging platforms and mobile technology to the business enterprise. Before, traveling from one city to another or from one country to another was required so people could meet with other colleagues and possible business partners. Now, you can just call the other person or set up a meeting over on Skype or Google Hangouts. Believe it or not, some people rely on Facebook Messenger, iMessage, WhatsApp, or Viber to connect with other business partners.

ChowNow adds Google Wallet to payment options in the app

If you're the type of person who'd rather order take-out from restaurants instead of braving it out in overcrowded dining places or even if you're too tired to cook for yourself or your family, the advent of apps to help you have food delivered to your home is probably a blessing. ChowNow is one of those apps that will get your food to you and their new partnership with Google will make life even easier for you.

You can make faster Hangouts voice calls when new update rolls out

If you're not satisfied with just chatting with colleagues or friends over Hangouts and have been dependent on making voice calls through the app and/or desktop, chances are you've noticed that it's not as fast as it should be. Don't worry, it's not just your carrier's fault, but it's the connection speed within some of Google's apps like Gmail and Inbox where you can also make the voice calls. But a new update to the apps and to the desktop will solve that problem and allow you to make faster calls.

Google+ Stories card starts showing up on Google Now

Just the right information at the right time. This is what Google wants you and me to experience with Google Now. The smart personal assistant feature has been seeing a lot of developments lately especially after the launch of Android Lollipop and Material Design. Google has allowed Google Now to send Hangouts messages by voice commandsNew gas stations on route cards, low flight fare tracking, and more Now cards were recently added.

Google discussing plans with Three to bring cheap overseas calls

You'd think that with the advent of the Internet, mobile networks, and instant messaging platforms, people would no longer need to make expensive overseas calls. It may be hard to believe but not everyone has or can afford a mobile phone in other parts of world. Google wants to help by bringing cheaper overseas calls. One of Google's goals is to build a global network that will offer cheap voice calls to communicate overseas with the same cost as local texts, calls, and mobile data.

Antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed by US judge

Google is used to facing lawsuits from different tech giants and rivals left and right. The last one that we know was recently withdrawn by the plaintiffs. Back in May 2014, two smartphone customers in the United States filed a case against the search company in a court in California. Almost a year later, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman dismissed the class action lawsuit in San Jose, California.
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