Google shares Q2 2015 financial results, mobile sector going strong

Google recently released its financial report for the 2nd quarter of the year. Highlights include an 11% revenue growth year over year, $17.7 billion revenue, and cash flow of $7.0 billion during the past quarter. The search giant saw a constant currency revenue growth of 18% year over year, thanks to the strong performance of programmatic advertising and Youtube.

Google working to improve mobile shopping experience

Do you know how Google makes a lot of money? One word: AdWords. Advertising makes Google richer than ever and in return, it's also making a lot of people and companies as advertisers earn money. There's no stopping Google from slapping those ads in websites and apps and the search giant will only look for more places where more revenue can be collected.

Some apps gained more users after adding Chromecast support

Google is proud to say that Chromecast is a success. The company's first Google Cast device has been used more than 1.5 billion times already since it was first introduced back in July 2013. This product is almost two years old but it's still making a lot of people happy--me included. The idea of casting is not originally Google's but we can say the Internet giant paved the way for its commercialization.

Paid content on Google Play Newsstand now in four more countries 

Google Play Newsstand may not be the most popular of Google products, but still, news of updates or additional countries that can access it is still worth noting. Today, the news is that people living in the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, and Ukraine will now be able to access paid content on the Newsstand, like magazines, newspapers, etc. While before they could only browse through the news items in various categories, now they can actually buy and subscribe to all these paid content available.

Google releases two Nearby APIs for messages and connections

In line with the Eddystone BLE (Bluetooth low energy) format, Google is also introducing new Nearby APIs to make communication with anyone easier, faster, and more accessible. With these APIs, getting to know nearby devices by other users will only take a few steps. In the future, you can freely and quickly pair Bluetooth devices, exchange contact information and data, or scan a QR code. The idea is for Android users to get to information from someone nearby via an easier method.

Google Map Maker edits to be available again by August

Was it just a few months ago when Google pulled the editing ability for its Map Makers due to some stupid users who made “attacks” (and some racist ones too) on the poor, hapless longitudes and latitudes? Well, hopefully, Google has managed to get things under control because they just announce that they be reopening Map Maker for edits starting this August. But they will be doing so with a new model, with some moderation still being done by Google operators, but now giving freedom to regional mappers as well.

Google launches Eddystone Bluetooth beacons

Internet giant Google has recently introduced an open source Bluetooth LE beacon platform that will work with Android and other mobile OS. Officially called as Eddystone, this service allows devices to link a physical location with online data and tell other mobile devices what's nearby and exactly where they are. These two are Eddystone's two main features that aim to improve several location-based services.

Mexico, Slovakia, Indonesia receive Play Store carrier billing support

Paying for goods found in the Google Play Store has always been easy and convenient. You only need to enter your credit card information or you can also choose to receive a bill from your carrier. I prefer credit card payment because it's more widely used but some people prefer carrier billing. It actually makes sense because it can be easier to keep track of charges while credit cards can be more easily abused.

Google SVP Sundar Pichai wants mobile phones to be less intrusive

Technology may already be at its peak but there is certainly more rooms for improvements and innovation. Google, being ahead of most companies in the industry today, aims to provide not just accurate information whenever it's needed but also provide a well-balanced life. The idea may be impossible because as technology progresses, there is the danger of people depending more on it and forgetting about the more natural stuff or things that really matter.