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Head of Google Lens engineering teases upcoming features for the platform

Google Lens is one of the more incredible examples of machine learning in action. It’s one thing to take a picture, but it’s entirely another when you can use it as a means of learning more about the world around you. If you haven’t used it, you’ll just have to trust us – or read some of of our previous coverage – when we say that it’s highly nifty. And Google plans on making it even more useful in the future, with improvements for shopping, nature, new AR experiences, and a new OCR (optical character recognition) model.

In a recent conversation on Twitter, our own Artem was able to get a quick statement about future plans for Google Lens from the engineering lead for the project.

The most curious of these planned changes is the “Experimental AR experiences.” It could just be something as pedestrian as the company’s recent AR Stickers, but I doubt anything like that would warrant the adjective “experimental.”

The shopping and natural world improvements likely amount to an increase in the number and types of objects and scenes that Google Lens can recognize. Shopping is one of those activities that it could really be useful for, too. Imagine comparison shopping at your local retailers, all in real-time. It would even make price matching and review checking a breeze. Like all these changes, we’ll have to see precisely what Google has in store, but the potential is there.

Improvements like OCR (optical character recognition) changes are a bit more incremental. Even if the changes they represent are amazing on a technical level, for consumers the difference is likely to be less interesting. Google Lens already has the ability to recognize text, all they’ll notice is that it does a better job.

There aren’t a lot of details or any schedule associated with the statement, and I’m sure the company’s plans are subject to change. But, it seems like the informational well that is Google Lens has barely been tapped. We’ll just have to wait and see how these new improvements and features perform.

Google Launches New Experimental iOS and Android Apps

Google Research has launched three new photography-based mobile apps showcasing the company’s latest experimental technologies.

Available variously for Android and iOS, the new apps are the first in an ongoing series of what it calls photography ‘appsperiments’ which the company defines as “usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology.’’

These technologies include object recognition, person segmentation (think ‘portrait mode’), stylization algorithms (think ‘Prisma’), and efficient image encoding and decoding techniques. More importantly, they’re quite a lot of fun.

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Storyboard transforms your videos into single-page comic book layouts.

Storyboard (available on Android) takes existing video clips from your phone and converts them automatically into stylized comic-book layouts. The app searches for the most interesting moments in the video and lays them out before applying one of six built-in styles. You can’t edit the results (this app is about fun and experimentation, not professional comic book production), but a single downward swipe on the screen will generate a new comic strip. Just keep swiping down until you get one you like.

The results are quite effective but can, despite Google’s claim of ‘up to 1.6 trillion different possibilities’, become repetitive rather quickly. The ability to add text and tweak layouts would improve the app immeasurably. Maybe they’ll add that one day.

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Selfissimo! Is Google’s automated selfie photographer.

Selfissimo! (available for Android and iOS) creates a selection black and white selfies in the form of an automated photoshoot, complete with encouraging words from the ‘photographer’.

A tap on the screen begins the photo shoot which encourages you to strike poses, automatically taking a photo every time you stop moving. Between shots, it occasionally displays messages such as  “Strike a Pose!”, “Hot!” or “You’re magical!” before finally presenting you with a contact sheet of images you can share as a collection or individually.

This app is sure to raise a few laughs but is ultimately rather gimmicky. It does, however, serve as a demonstration of Google’s considerable prowess in image processing and stone-cold sarcasm.

Personally, I can see this concept developing further into something more useful. For example, using machine learning to detect bad posing techniques and offer meaningful direction to the model (you) such as “chin down a bit”. “Turn to face the light” or “wipe that stupid pout your face.”

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Scrubbies lets you ‘remix’ videos with a DJ-style ‘scratching’ interface.

Finally, Scrubbies (currently available for iOS only) lets you create video loops from the most interesting bits of your video clips. Google suggests that you might like to ‘highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments’ – and who wouldn’t!

The app works by swiping left and right on a video clip with one finger to play the video or with two fingers to capture playback so you can save it.

The result is something like a ‘Boomerang’ clip but with more sophisticated control over the motion in the video. Unfortunately, this app suffers from its inability to use pre-existing footage. You can only create a ‘Scrubbie’ from footage shot within the app.

It remains to be seen whether any of these new ‘appsperiments’ will replicate the viral success of apps like Prisma or Meitu, but it really doesn’t matter either way. What we have here are simply early glimpses of Google’s latest ideas which may or may not find their way into mainstream products. For now, they’re just a bit of fun.

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Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhone

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  • Google is launching a new research project to develop so-called “appsperiments.”
  • Appsperiments are new apps that use some of Google’s experimental technologies.
  • The company is releasing three new apps today, on both Android and Apple’s iOS.

Google is launching three new experimental apps, named Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, on iOS and Android (we first saw the news via The Verge).

The first will come just to Android, while Scrubbies is an iOS exclusive; Selfissimo!, on the other hand, will be released on both platforms.

The three apps are parts of a first round of products inside the Google’s new, so-called “appsperiment” program. More apps will come, but the current lineup focuses on photography.

The apps are all built on experimental technologies — a bit like Motion Still, the iOS app that transforms Apple’s Live Photos into universally shareable gifs.

“[The apps] rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun!” reads Google’s blog post.

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Storyboard is a nifty app that asks users to upload a video, and then automatically extrapolates six frames out of the clip from which it creates a comic-book like panel.

There are six visual styles, Google says, and up to 1.6 trillion different combinations for its algorithms to churn out.

Scrubbies, iOS’ exclusive apps, lets you use your fingers to scroll through a video’s timeline, DJ style, and record the movement to create a video loop that emphasises movement and action.

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The weirdly named Selfissimo! will make its way to the iPhone and Android phones, and is the simplest app out of this first appsperiments’ wave.

A simple tap on the screen will make your phone start recording (with the front-facing camera), and ask you to strike a few different poses.

The end result is a lot like a photobooth’s, with Google’s app snapping a shot every time you move and giving you back black and white pictures to save and share on social media or elsewhere.

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5 Hidden Tips and Tricks for Google Chrome On Android

Google Chrome comes as a default browser installed on most Android phones. It is fast, responsive and comes with all the basic features. The only thing it lacks is extensions which are available on Mozilla Firefox Android app.

Android app of Google Chrome has few hidden tricks up its sleeve that can enhance user experience. These are accessible from Settings within the app and through Chrome Flags.

Chrome Flags are hidden experimental settings in Android that will allow you to fine-tune your browser. You can try new features in Chrome while they are still in development or are unstable. It opens up a lot of possibilities both in desktop and mobile browsers by allowing you to change default settings.

However, Chrome wiki mentions that these experimental features may change, disappear or stop working at any time. Also, tweaking with unknown settings may compromise your device’s security.

If you find that your browser is crashing down or showing unexpected behavior after you have tempered with Flags, just go to app settings and clear data for Chrome. This will reset Chrome to its earlier state.

Also read: 8 Google Easter Eggs And Fun Tricks That You’d Love to Know

5 Hidden Tips And Tricks for Chrome On Android

1. Move the Address Bar to bottom

Are you not finding it convenient to access the Chrome address bar on your large screen device? Did you know you can change it? This hidden Google Chrome feature can be tweaked easily.

  • In your address bar type “chrome://flags” without the quotes.

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  • Tap on the 3-dot-menu on the upper right corner of your browser and tap on Find in page.

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  • In the search bar that appears, type “Chrome Home.”

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  • You’ll notice that Chrome Home is highlighted in red.
  • Tap on the tab marked Default below it and set it to Enabled.

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  • You will see a “Relaunch Now” pop-up. Tap on it. You may have to manually relaunch once again for changes to take effect.

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After you relaunch, you will notice that the address bar is now shown on the bottom of the screen.

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2. Experience faster browsing speeds.

You can speed up Chrome on Android by enabling QUIC protocol. ‘QUIC’ stands for Quick UDP Internet Connection and is an experimental process. QUIC operates over UDP and is much lower latency than TCP.

  • Type “chrome://flags” without the quotes in your address bar.
  • Search or scroll down to Experimental QUIC protocol.

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  • Set it to Enabled.

With QUIC, Google says that mean page load times improve by about 3%. Also, users who used Youtube via QUIC reported having suffered from 30% fewer rebuffers.

3. Always ON Reader Mode

Websites loaded with ads and many banners can distract you and make it inconvenient to read content. That’s when Chrome’s Reader Mode comes into play. It strips off all other elements from a page except the content. Typically, a “Make page mobile-friendly” button is shown on some websites and clicking on it will highlight the content.

  • On the flags screen, search or scroll down to Reader Mode triggering.

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  • Change it to Always, if you want to force every website to display content in Reader Mode.

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4. Switch tabs in a compact way

There is a nifty trick for Chrome on Android to switch tabs. Chrome displays tabs like cards stacked over each other. In a scenario when many tabs are open, you may need a considerable amount of time in finding and switching to a tab. “Accessibility Tab Switcher” flag allows a user to switch tabs compactly by displaying only the names of tabs organized as a list.

  • Search or scroll down to Accessibility Tab Switcher and tap on Enable beneath it.

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  • Then tap Relaunch Now.

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You will notice that you can now visualize tabs more clearly without a preview of the content.

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5. Enable Zooming on any website

Not all websites allow you to zoom in on their content. This can be frustrating when you have to tap on links or copy some text. Thankfully, Chrome on Android has a hidden trick to override this problem.

  • Tap on the 3-dot menu and tap on Settings from the drop-down menu.
  • Tap on Accessibility.

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  • Check the option Force Enable Zoom.

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Did you find these hidden tips and tricks for Google Chrome on Android to be useful? Share your reviews in the comments.

Also read: Amazing Google Chrome Tips And Tricks You Must Know

Google launches three experimental photo apps for iOS and Android

GOOGLE RESEARCH has launched three new photo apps across iOS and Android.

The “appsperimental” triptych consists of three apps for Apple users and two for Android, spurred on by the success of Motion Stills (Android iOS), an app released over the summer which uses AI to stabilise and animate short films.

Storyboard (Android iOS) takes your video and turns it into a comic strip by intelligently selecting the best frames to tell the story, before turning it into one of six stylised layouts.

If you don’t like what you get, pull to refresh and it’ll try a new one. Soon you could be able to make your own Dear Deirdre problems. All you need is a head-mounted camera, a woman in a negligee and to be the sort of person that has speech bubbles coming out of their head when they talk.

Selfissimo! (Android iOS) allows you to strike a pose and get a selfie every time you stop moving. The selfies are always in black and white (always lets you look your best) and at the end of a ‘session’ you can choose to save selected shots or the whole lot. The idea is to show off your “best self”. Blue Steel everyone!

Scrubbies (iOS only) is a video manipulator – think of it like record scratching, but for video. You can swipe to go forward, backwards, freeze, capture, replay individual moments and see parts of the action that you’d never have managed to get with a still camera.

It’s not known if Scrubbies will come to Android, but we’d assume so.

Google bought AI Photo company AIMatter back in August and doubtless, this is, in parts, the fruits of that. 

Alex Kauffman, Interaction Researcher at Google Research explains: “Each of the world’s approximately two billion smartphone owners is carrying a camera capable of capturing photos and video of a tonal richness and quality unimaginable even five years ago. Until recently, those cameras behaved mostly as optical sensors, capturing light and operating on the resulting image’s pixels.

“The next generation of cameras, however, will have the capability to blend hardware and computer vision algorithms that operate as well on an image’s semantic content, enabling radically new creative mobile photo and video applications.”

These apps are designed to be the first in a series that will embrace the potential that these two billion eyes on the world will bring, and use Google’s AI skills to make the most of them.

Other photo experiments from Google have included the zoom and enhance technique from Bladerunner, µ

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Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhone

6a584_sundarclose Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhoneGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai.Justin Sullivan / Getty Staff

  • Google is launching a new research project to develop so-called “appsperiments.”
  • Appsperiments are new apps that use some of Google’s experimental technologies.
  • The company is releasing three new apps today, on both Android and Apple’s iOS.

Google is launching three new experimental apps, named Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, on iOS and Android (we first saw the news via The Verge).

The first will come just to Android, while Scrubbies is an iOS exclusive; Selfissimo!, on the other hand, will be released on both platforms.

The three apps are parts of a first round of products inside the Google’s new, so-called “appsperiment” program. More apps will come, but the current lineup focuses on photography.

The apps are all built on experimental technologies — a bit like Motion Still, the iOS app that transforms Apple’s Live Photos into universally shareable gifs.

“[The apps] rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun!” reads Google’s blog post.

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Storyboard is a nifty app that asks users to upload a video, and then automatically extrapolates six frames out of the clip from which it creates a comic-book like panel.

There are six visual styles, Google says, and up to 1.6 trillion different combinations for its algorithms to churn out.

Scrubbies, iOS’ exclusive apps, lets you use your fingers to scroll through a video’s timeline, DJ style, and record the movement to create a video loop that emphasises movement and action.

Animated GIF – Find Share on GIPHY

Discover share this Animated GIF with everyone you know. GIPHY is how you search, share, discover, and create GIFs.

The weirdly named Selfissimo! will make its way to the iPhone and Android phones, and is the simplest app out of this first appsperiments’ wave.

A simple tap on the screen will make your phone start recording (with the front-facing camera), and ask you to strike a few different poses.

The end result is a lot like a photobooth’s, with Google’s app snapping a shot every time you move and giving you back black and white pictures to save and share on social media or elsewhere.

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Google Promised a Way to Jailbreak the iPhone and It Delivered

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Last week, a Google security researcher announced that he’d be releasing the goods that are needed to jailbreak the latest iPhones. For years, it was pretty easy to get all the customization options of Android on iOS, but the developer scene has since dried up. Even if you don’t plan on jailbreaking your phone, there’s reason to celebrate.

Jailbreaking is just a method of exploiting a vulnerability in Apple’s mobile operating system that gives an iPhone the ability to install any app you like, customize the interface, run emulators, and basically do anything that Apple has decided it doesn’t like. We haven’t seen a major public jailbreak since iOS 10 for several reasons, so when Google’s Ian Beer announced that he’d be releasing the necessary tools to crack open the iPhone, the jailbreak community rose from its grave in anticipation.

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Beer works on Google’s Project Zero, a unit focused on discovering security issues and informing other developers that something needs to be fixed. The team gives other companies at least 90 days to fix their shit and then releases the information to the public. In this case, Beer found an exploit in iOS 11.1.2 that was fixed on December 2nd. On Monday, Beer followed through on his promise to give away his findings and tweeted a link to the code.

As soon as the link was out, hackers got to work turning it into a full jailbreak. The thing about Beer’s release is that it’s for research purposes only. For now, the only way to take advantage of it is to know what you’re doing and sit there with your phone tethered to a computer. Others will have to do the work of turning this into a convenient app with one-time jailbreaking. This work is already being done and shouldn’t take too long.

The news brought a couple of surprises. One is that the exploit apparently works fine with tvOS 11.x and Apple TV 4K, which could mean that the Apple TV will become a lot more useful—i.e. able to do illegal or prohibited tasks. The other good news is that while Beer said he only tested it on iPhone 7, 6s, and iPod Touch 6G, “adding more support should be easy.” In other words, an iPhone X jailbreak should be around the corner.

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Generally, this is going to be of most interest to tinkerers. If you just have to have an iPhone that acts like an Android, and if you’re willing to take on the security risks that come with running an outdated, cracked system, you’ll be flying high soon. But there are also people out there who just like to make devices do things they aren’t supposed to do. These people can be very helpful to us all. Give them the tools to play around with Apple’s OS, and they might find more things to report to Apple and keep us all safe.

This is a rare occurrence, at least in part, because quietly reporting bugs can be a lucrative business. Beer is unique in that he gets paid to release this stuff to the public. If you want to play around with a jailbreak, you’ll likely be stuck in iOS 11.1.2 for a while.

[Ian Beer via Bleeping Computer]

Google: Southeast Asia’s internet economy is growing faster than …


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Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google.

China and India typically dominate the conversation when looking at emerging economies in Asia, but Southeast Asia is rapidly being acknowledged as a market where the internet is changing daily behaviors and creating new opportunities. A lack of data has traditionally made it difficult to pinpoint that potential but Google and Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek today released an update to their highly referenced 2015 ‘e-Conomy SEA’ report — the main takeaway is that growth has exceeded their initial expectations.

The original report forecast Southeast Asia’s internet economy hitting $200 billion per year by 2025, but now it is estimated that it will top that number, reaching $50 billion in 2017 alone.

Online travel remains the biggest segment for internet-based spending — jumping to $26.6 billion in 2017 from $19.1 billion in 2015 — but e-commerce and ride-hailing saw the highest growth.

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E-commerce, and this does not include second-hand/consumer-to-consumer sales, grew at a compound annual rate of 41 percent to cross $10 billion for the first time in 2017. The e-Conomy SEA project expects it will go on to hit $88 billion by 2025 to become the most lucrative segment.

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Uber and Grab are battling it out in Southeast Asia’s ride-sharing market, while local unicorn Go-Jek has plans to expand beyond Indonesia, and that competition is reflected in the report’s newest findings.

It concluded that total spend on the taxi apps has more than doubled over the two years to cross $5 billion in 2017. The ride-hailing industry is expected to develop further still and reach $20 billion by 2025, that’s up from an original estimate of $13 billion in the first report.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is likely to account for the majority of that, with the 2015 research pegging its share of revenue at more than 40 percent.

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Going into more depth, the study estimated that the number of passengers using ride-hailing apps daily has more than quadrupled since the first study in 2015, while driver numbers are also up 4X.

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Here are other nuggets from the report as gleaned by Google:

  • 3.6 hours on the mobile internet every day. Southeast Asians spend more time on the mobile internet than anyone else on the planet. Thailand is top of the list with 4.2 hours per day, with Indonesia a close second at 3.9 hours per day. To compare, the U.S. spends 2 hours per day, the U.K. 1.8 hours per day, and Japan 1 hour per day on mobile internet.
  • 140 minutes shopping online every month. Southeast Asians spend almost twice as much time as Americans in e-commerce marketplaces. The region will have an $88.1 billion e-commerce market by 2025.
  • 6 million rides booked through ride-hailing platforms every day. The ride-hailing market in Southeast Asia has grown four-fold since 2015 and will be $20.1 billion by 2025.
  • More than $12 billion raised by Southeast Asian startups since 2016. At 0.18 percent of GDP, the amount of investment into Southeast Asian startups is on par with India’s and a vote of confidence in Southeast Asia’s huge internet potential.

Full details of the study can be found here.

Featured Image: KYTan/Shutterstock

Google finally enables button to instantly start Duo video calls from ongoing phone calls

During Google’s reveal of the Pixel 2 on October 4th, we spotted a new video call button appearing on the Phone’s in-call screen. Tapping on it was meant to switch both members to a video call using Google Duo. Google later added details to support articles that implied this functionality was already live, but the button remained hidden through a few updates to Duo and a couple to the Phone app. That changes today as the video call button is now going live in Google’s Phone app when you’re calling a number registered with Duo.

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Left: in-call screen. Center: starting video call. Right: recipient switched to Duo.

The switch to a Duo call is mostly seamless. After hitting the button, both ends of the call will launch the Duo app with the caller’s video camera being automatically active with the Knock-Knock feature. There aren’t any audio tones or clues that this is happening, so it’s easy for the recipient to miss if they’re not watching the screen. Just remember to say something if you’re going to use this.

Once the video call is connected, it will automatically hang up the original phone call and continue on with Duo. In my quick tests, I didn’t even notice any gap in the audio since the video call takes over instantly.

If the attempt to start a video call goes on for too long without a response from the recipient, it will timeout and return to the in-call screen. Also, Duo requires that the phone be unlocked before it can switch to a video call. That means that a recipient may have to actually leave the in-call screen to reach the lockscreen and enter a PIN, pattern, or even just swipe to bypass it. Until that’s done, the recipient only gets a subtle toast message that video calls can’t start while the phone is locked, and the caller gets an unhelpful message that the other person is ‘unavailable.’ This should be fixed.

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Switching to a video call in this way will leave two entries in your call log, one from the phone call and the other is from Duo.

The video call button doesn’t appear to be tied to any specific versions of either Phone or Duo, so it was probably activated remotely and may not be available to all users yet. It worked for me when I called from my Pixel 2 with v14 of the Google Phone app and v24 of Duo. Naturally, the video call button isn’t available to anybody that doesn’t use Google’s Phone app.

Google: Southeast Asia’s internet economy is growing faster than expected


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Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google.

China and India typically dominate the conversation when looking at emerging economies in Asia, but Southeast Asia is rapidly being acknowledged as a market where the internet is changing daily behaviors and creating new opportunities. A lack of data has traditionally made it difficult to pinpoint that potential but Google and Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek today released an update to their highly-referenced 2015 ‘e-Conomy SEA’ report — the main takeaway is that growth has exceeded their initial expectations.

The original report forecast Southeast Asia’s internet economy hitting $200 billion per year by 2025, but now it is estimated that it will top that number, reaching $50 billion in 2017 alone.

Online travel remains the biggest segment for internet-based spending — jumping to $26.6 billion in 2017 from $19.1 billion in 2015 — but e-commerce and ride-hailing saw the highest growth.

8b49f_southeast-asia-map Google: Southeast Asia's internet economy is growing faster than expected

E-commerce, and this does not include second-hand/consumer-to-consumer sales, grew at a compound annual rate of 41 percent to cross $10 billion for the first time in 2017. The e-Conomy SEA project expects it will go on to hit $88 billion by 2025 to become the most lucrative segment.

8b49f_southeast-asia-map Google: Southeast Asia's internet economy is growing faster than expected

Uber and Grab are battling it out in Southeast Asia’s ride-sharing market, while local unicorn Go-Jek has plans to expand beyond Indonesia, and that competition is reflected in the report’s newest findings.

It concluded that total spend on the taxi apps has more than doubled over the two years to cross $5 billion in 2017. The ride-hailing industry is expected to develop further still and reach $20 billion by 2025, that’s up from an original estimate of $13 billion in the first report.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is likely to account for the majority of that, with the 2015 research pegging its share of revenue at more than 40 percent.

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Going into more depth, the study estimated that the number of passengers using ride-hailing apps daily has more than quadrupled since the first study in 2015, while driver numbers are also up 4X.

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Here are other nuggets from the report as gleaned by Google:

  • 3.6 hours on the mobile internet every day. Southeast Asians spend more time on the mobile internet than anyone else on the planet. Thailand is top of the list with 4.2 hours per day, with Indonesia a close second at 3.9 hours per day. To compare, the U.S. spends 2 hours per day, the U.K. 1.8 hours per day, and Japan 1 hour per day on mobile internet.
  • 140 minutes shopping online every month. Southeast Asians spend almost twice as much time as Americans in e-commerce marketplaces. The region will have an $88.1 billion e-commerce market by 2025.
  • 6 million rides booked through ride-hailing platforms every day. The ride-hailing market in Southeast Asia has grown four-fold since 2015 and will be $20.1 billion by 2025.
  • More than $12 billion raised by Southeast Asian startups since 2016. At 0.18 percent of GDP, the amount of investment into Southeast Asian startups is on par with India’s and a vote of confidence in Southeast Asia’s huge internet potential.

Full details of the study can be found here.

Featured Image: KYTan/Shutterstock

Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

d108a_huawei-watch-2-review-aa-11-of-18-840x560 Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

Google announced the rollout of Android Oreo for Android Wear towards the end of last week. While not as significant an update as Android Wear 2.0 was, the new Oreo software will nonetheless bring some useful tweaks, including a Touch Lock — supposed to help in wet conditions — notification channels, battery improvements, and adjustable vibration strength (you can read about what else is included in the update here).

Over the weekend, Google revealed the list of Android Wear devices set to receive the update on its Android Wear help page (via Android Police), though we don’t know when individual watches will receive it. We’ll be tracking the progress of the Android Wear Oreo update deployment in the coming weeks and months in this article and you can find out what we know so far below.

Which smartwatches will get the Android Oreo update?

According to Google, these are the smartwatches due to receive Android Oreo:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart (WSD-F20)
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD-F10)
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

Which smartwatches already have Android Oreo?

The Android Oreo update has already rolled out to a handful of smartwatches, and these are:

  • Fossil Q Venture
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit

Note that the update for the devices listed above may have only recently started rolling out and not all devices may have received it.

Which smartwatches won’t get the Android Oreo update?

There are a number of popular watches that weren’t on the Google list which we’ve outlined below. These watches may still receive certain updates through the Google Play Store, but the software will remain on a previous version (such as Android Nougat).

  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (including ATT and Verizon versions)
  • Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.)
  • Motorola Moto 360 Sport

That’s all we have right now but we’ll bring you more information on the latest Android Wear updates as we get it.

Next: Best Android Wear watches

Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

d108a_huawei-watch-2-review-aa-11-of-18-840x560 Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

Google announced the rollout of Android Oreo for Android Wear towards the end of last week. While not as significant an update as Android Wear 2.0 was, the new Oreo software will nonetheless bring some useful tweaks, including a Touch Lock — supposed to help in wet conditions — notification channels, battery improvements, and adjustable vibration strength (you can read about what else is included in the update here).

Over the weekend, Google revealed the list of Android Wear devices set to receive the update on its Android Wear help page (via Android Police), though we don’t know when individual watches will receive it. We’ll be tracking the progress of the Android Wear Oreo update deployment in the coming weeks and months in this article and you can find out what we know so far below.

Which smartwatches will get the Android Oreo update?

According to Google, these are the smartwatches due to receive Android Oreo:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart (WSD-F20)
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD-F10)
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

Which smartwatches already have Android Oreo?

The Android Oreo update has already rolled out to a handful of smartwatches, and these are:

  • Fossil Q Venture
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit

Note that the update for the devices listed above may have only recently started rolling out and not all devices may have received it.

Which smartwatches won’t get the Android Oreo update?

There are a number of popular watches that weren’t on the Google list which we’ve outlined below. These watches may still receive certain updates through the Google Play Store, but the software will remain on a previous version (such as Android Nougat).

  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (including ATT and Verizon versions)
  • Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.)
  • Motorola Moto 360 Sport

That’s all we have right now but we’ll bring you more information on the latest Android Wear updates as we get it.

Next: Best Android Wear watches

Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

d108a_huawei-watch-2-review-aa-11-of-18-840x560 Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

Google announced the rollout of Android Oreo for Android Wear towards the end of last week. While not as significant an update as Android Wear 2.0 was, the new Oreo software will nonetheless bring some useful tweaks, including a Touch Lock — supposed to help in wet conditions — notification channels, battery improvements, and adjustable vibration strength (you can read about what else is included in the update here).

Over the weekend, Google revealed the list of Android Wear devices set to receive the update on its Android Wear help page (via Android Police), though we don’t know when individual watches will receive it. We’ll be tracking the progress of the Android Wear Oreo update deployment in the coming weeks and months in this article and you can find out what we know so far below.

Which smartwatches will get the Android Oreo update?

According to Google, these are the smartwatches due to receive Android Oreo:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart (WSD-F20)
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD-F10)
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

Which smartwatches already have Android Oreo?

The Android Oreo update has already rolled out to a handful of smartwatches, and these are:

  • Fossil Q Venture
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit

Note that the update for the devices listed above may have only recently started rolling out and not all devices may have received it.

Which smartwatches won’t get the Android Oreo update?

There are a number of popular watches that weren’t on the Google list which we’ve outlined below. These watches may still receive certain updates through the Google Play Store, but the software will remain on a previous version (such as Android Nougat).

  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (including ATT and Verizon versions)
  • Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.)
  • Motorola Moto 360 Sport

That’s all we have right now but we’ll bring you more information on the latest Android Wear updates as we get it.

Next: Best Android Wear watches

Google reveals which Android smartwatches will get Oreo

2e359_adroidwear Google reveals which Android smartwatches will get Oreo

Oreo-based Android Wear is being rolled out and includes a number of new features.


Image: Google


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After announcing the rollout of Android 8.0 for Android Wear, Google has updated its support page to clarify which smartwatches will actually get the update.

The update will bring select watches up from the Nougat-based Android Wear 2.0. The Oreo version of Android Wear introduces a notification vibration strength setting, a touch lock button for wet conditions, support for new countries and new languages, and battery-saving tools.

Google notes that the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michal Kors Sofie, and Montblanc Summit have all got the Android Wear Oreo 8.0 update already.

According to Android Police, certain watches won’t be getting the Oreo update, including the Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3, the first Fossil Q Founder, the second Moto 360 and 360 Sport, and the first Huawei Watch.

Google lists a further 25 Android smartwatch models that will get the update, but exact date of the update isn’t known. Google suggests contacting vendors if the watch isn’t listed on its support page.

Smartwatches that will eventually get the Oreo Android Wear update include:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • MIsfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

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After announcing the rollout of Android 8.0 for Android Wear, Google has updated its support page to clarify which smartwatches will actually get the update.

The update will bring select watches up from the Nougat-based Android Wear 2.0. The Oreo version of Android Wear introduces a notification vibration strength setting, a touch lock button for wet conditions, support for new countries and new languages, and battery-saving tools.

Google notes that the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michal Kors Sofie, and Montblanc Summit have all got the Android Wear Oreo 8.0 update already.

According to Android Police, certain watches won’t be getting the Oreo update, including the Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3, the first Fossil Q Founder, the second Moto 360 and 360 Sport, and the first Huawei Watch.

Google lists a further 25 Android smartwatch models that will get the update, but exact date of the update isn’t known. Google suggests contacting vendors if the watch isn’t listed on its support page.

Smartwatches that will eventually get the Oreo Android Wear update include:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • MIsfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

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LTE smartwatches allow you to stay in touch even when your smartphone is at home. Here’s a selection of the leading players right now.

Is Germany right to tell parents to destroy kids’ smartwatches over snooping fears?

After banning smart dolls, Germany now says no to smartwatches that allow parents to listen in on classrooms.

Apple Watch and beyond: The strange history of smartwatches, in pictures

Tech giants have been trying to get the smartwatch right for nearly two decades. Take a tour starting with the earliest smartwatches right up to the very latest LTE models — and all the weird and wonderful in between.

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26eef_adroidwear Google reveals which Android smartwatches will get Oreo

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Pixel and Nexus owners will get the September Android patch as part of the Android 8.0 Oreo rollout.

Read More

After announcing the rollout of Android 8.0 for Android Wear, Google has updated its support page to clarify which smartwatches will actually get the update.

The update will bring select watches up from the Nougat-based Android Wear 2.0. The Oreo version of Android Wear introduces a notification vibration strength setting, a touch lock button for wet conditions, support for new countries and new languages, and battery-saving tools.

Google notes that the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michal Kors Sofie, and Montblanc Summit have all got the Android Wear Oreo 8.0 update already.

According to Android Police, certain watches won’t be getting the Oreo update, including the Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3, the first Fossil Q Founder, the second Moto 360 and 360 Sport, and the first Huawei Watch.

Google lists a further 25 Android smartwatch models that will get the update, but exact date of the update isn’t known. Google suggests contacting vendors if the watch isn’t listed on its support page.

Smartwatches that will eventually get the Oreo Android Wear update include:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • MIsfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

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LTE smartwatches allow you to stay in touch even when your smartphone is at home. Here’s a selection of the leading players right now.

Is Germany right to tell parents to destroy kids’ smartwatches over snooping fears?

After banning smart dolls, Germany now says no to smartwatches that allow parents to listen in on classrooms.

Apple Watch and beyond: The strange history of smartwatches, in pictures

Tech giants have been trying to get the smartwatch right for nearly two decades. Take a tour starting with the earliest smartwatches right up to the very latest LTE models — and all the weird and wonderful in between.

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Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

e6ab7_100417-google-pixel-2-xl7159 Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

CNET/CBS Interactive

Google on Monday launched three experimental photography apps for iOS and Android to test experimental technology like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding, and decoding technologies.

Google is calling the three apps, Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, part of “appsperiments” inspired by Google’s Motion Stills app.

The first app Storyboard for Android transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. The app allows users to shoot video, and then it will automatically select what it believes are interesting frames, lays them out, and applies visual effects.

Selfissimo! for Android and iOS is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photo each time you pose. Once you tap the screen to begin a photoshoot, the app encourages you to strike a post and captures a photo when you stop moving.

e6ab7_100417-google-pixel-2-xl7159 Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

(Image: Google)

Lastly, Scrubbies for iOS allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

The new photo features could presumably make it into Google’s future stable consumer app releases in the future. Google’s other experimental app, Motion Stills for Android and iOS, allow users to turn Live Photos into smooth GIFs for sharing on the web.

On Monday, Google also released AR stickers for Pixel 2 owners that allow users to drop augmented reality characters onto photos and video. The new feature was released as part of Android 8.1.

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Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

7331f_100417-google-pixel-2-xl7159 Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

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Google on Monday launched three experimental photography apps for iOS and Android to test experimental technology like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding, and decoding technologies.

Google is calling the three apps, Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, part of “appsperiments” inspired by Google’s Motion Stills app.

The first app Storyboard for Android transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. The app allows users to shoot video, and then it will automatically select what it believes are interesting frames, lays them out, and applies visual effects.

Selfissimo! for Android and iOS is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photo each time you pose. Once you tap the screen to begin a photoshoot, the app encourages you to strike a post and captures a photo when you stop moving.

7331f_100417-google-pixel-2-xl7159 Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

(Image: Google)

Lastly, Scrubbies for iOS allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

The new photo features could presumably make it into Google’s future stable consumer app releases in the future. Google’s other experimental app, Motion Stills for Android and iOS, allow users to turn Live Photos into smooth GIFs for sharing on the web.

On Monday, Google also released AR stickers for Pixel 2 owners that allow users to drop augmented reality characters onto photos and video. The new feature was released as part of Android 8.1.

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Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

7331f_100417-google-pixel-2-xl7159 Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

CNET/CBS Interactive

Google on Monday launched three experimental photography apps for iOS and Android to test experimental technology like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding, and decoding technologies.

Google is calling the three apps, Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, part of “appsperiments” inspired by Google’s Motion Stills app.

The first app Storyboard for Android transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. The app allows users to shoot video, and then it will automatically select what it believes are interesting frames, lays them out, and applies visual effects.

Selfissimo! for Android and iOS is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photo each time you pose. Once you tap the screen to begin a photoshoot, the app encourages you to strike a post and captures a photo when you stop moving.

7331f_100417-google-pixel-2-xl7159 Google launches three experimental photo apps for Android, iOS

(Image: Google)

Lastly, Scrubbies for iOS allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

The new photo features could presumably make it into Google’s future stable consumer app releases in the future. Google’s other experimental app, Motion Stills for Android and iOS, allow users to turn Live Photos into smooth GIFs for sharing on the web.

On Monday, Google also released AR stickers for Pixel 2 owners that allow users to drop augmented reality characters onto photos and video. The new feature was released as part of Android 8.1.

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