City A.M.: Google’s record-breaking $11bn fine over Android market dominance set for Tuesday. “Sources have said that technology superpower Google is set to face the music on Tuesday, as European Union antitrust regulators are rumoured to have made a final decision against its Android operating system. A meeting deciding the company’s fate had been scheduled by the European Commission for last Tuesday, however it was moved without warning.”
Reuters: EU Google decision delayed to next week, source says, as Trump visits. “EU antitrust regulators have postponed to next week a finding against Google’s Android mobile operating system, a person familiar with the matter said, avoiding any clash with a visit to Brussels by U.S. President Donald Trump.”
Washington Post: Google may have to make major changes to Android in response to a forthcoming fine in Europe. “Google could face a record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially resulting in major changes to the world’s most widely deployed mobile operating system.”
Lifehacker: How to Get Started in Google’s New Podcasts App. “Google Podcasts covers all the basics in a quick and compelling way. It’s nowhere near as full-featured as a podcast app like Pocket Casts, but it’s a great option if you don’t want to deal with a lot of setup or are just getting started in the magical world of podcasting. Also, it’s free; you can’t go wrong with free.”
Engadget: Pocket Casts opens up Android beta to the public. “Pocket Casts, the incredibly popular podcast application, announced today that it is opening up a public beta program for Android users. This will allow any interested user access to the app’s newest features, with the caveat that builds might be broken or unstable. If you’d like to sign up for the public beta on Android, you can do so at this Google Play link.” I’ve used Pocket Casts on iOS for ages and I love it. If you’re looking for a podcast client, I encourage you to give it a try.
CNET: Google Chrome will automatically download articles you haven’t asked for yet. “Want to browse the news but don’t have connection to the internet? Google Chrome is getting a new feature for Android that automatically downloads articles when you’re connected to Wi-Fi for you to read offline — even if you haven’t asked for them.”
Axios: Google launches Android app for podcasts. “Google has launched a new Google Podcasts app on Android, available globally in the Google Play Store, with the goal of driving adoption of podcasts among Android’s two billion users worldwide.”