Google is in trouble with China. Reuters has reported that Chinese authorities plan an antitrust investigation into how its Android operating system may be used to block competition.
Huawei Technologies is said to be behind the complaint. Could this be payback for President Trump’s moves against Huawei, TikTok and other Chinese firms over allegations that they somehow pose security risks to Americans?
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This is bad timing for Google as it is facing similar antitrust charges in the U.S.
Meanwhile in a blog post Google has bragged about how it has been a help to both retailers and shoppers in Asia during the Corona Virus pandemic. The company boasts that it has been “supporting them in every way we can—including helping retailers list their products online for free.” Google maintains that this policy grants free exposure to “millions of people who come to Google every day for their shopping needs, regardless of whether they advertise on Google.” So shoppers have access to more products from more stores, and advertisers can get free listings with paid campaigns.
Google has also released its new TV service to compete with, well, just about everyone else. The new Google TV organizes movies, shows and live TV from across a user’s apps and subscriptions. The company said that it developed the service by studying, “the different ways people discover media—from searching for a specific title to browsing by genre—and created an experience that helps you find what to watch.”
And not only that. Google has added a new editor to its Google Photos. The company has added a new tab right in the editor that uses machine learning to give suggestions that it states are tailored to the specific photo that a person is editing.
In a blog post the company boasted, “These suggestions help you get stunning results in just one tap, by intelligently applying features like brightness, contrast and portrait effects. You’ll see some familiar suggestions like Enhance and Color Pop, and in the coming months, we’ll add more suggestions to Pixel devices to help your portraits, landscapes, sunsets and more really stand out. And if you want to see what changes were applied, many suggestions will show the specific edits that changed your photo, allowing you to customize further.”