Techradar: Google launches three fun new experiemental photography apps. “Google is experimenting with photography, and it’s inviting us to join in on the fun. Today the tech giant released three different apps focusing on experimental tech along the lines of object recognition, person segmentation, algorithms for stylization and image encoding, but for all that lofty language, they mostly resemble the one-trick-pony apps you often see on Google and Apple’s app stores.” Storyboard sounds like it’s worth a try.
The Next Web: World’s first AR app for Twitter is a preview of what’s to come. “Twitter in augmented reality is exactly as cool as it sounds. TweetReality brings tweets, search, mentions, profiles and all your favorite features and displays them neatly on a virtual screen that overlays your iPhone or iPad display (sorry Android fans).”
Ars Technica: Public outcry causes Google to rethink banning powerful ‘accessibility’ apps. “A month ago, Google started warning developers about a coming crackdown on apps that use the Android accessibility APIs for things other than accessibility. For years, the accessibility APIs have been a way for power-user apps to hook into the operating system, but Google apparently had a change of heart last month, telling developers they had 30 days to explain how an app using the Accessibility APIs was helping a user with disabilities or face removal from the Play Store.”
Ars Technica: Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section. “More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we’ve come to that point today. Google has shut down the ‘app’ section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can’t install Chrome Apps anymore. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018.”
Search Engine Land: Google Lens an impressive start for ‘visual search’. “Google Lens has gone live or is about to on Pixel phones in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore (in English). Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using it extensively and have had mostly positive results — though not always.”
BBC News: Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach. “Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. The app offers themed keyboards for phones and tablets. The researchers claimed data left visible included names, phone numbers, locations and Google queries.”
CNET: Google’s newest app aims to free up space on your Android phone. “Google has released an app called Files Go that wants to help you free up space on your Android phone, the company announced today on its blog. Some of the features of Files Go include personalized suggestions about which files to delete to make more space available and smart filters that automatically organize the files on your phone.”