Google has hit the new year in full swing having joined other technology companies to challenge the Snoopers’ Charter, seen Android Auto adopted by big car brands, and rolled out bug fixes for its Nexus devices.
The company also came close to offending Russia after a bug in its Translate service saw the country referred to as ‘Mordor’.
Microsoft, Google and Facebook slam government's encryption plans in Snoopers' Charter
Google joined Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo to criticise several aspects of the government’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill as they feel if would negatively affect trust, information security and privacy.
“The actions the UK government takes here could have far-reaching implications for our customers, for your own citizens, and for the future of the global technology industry,” the companies warned at the start of a joint submission to the government.
CES 2016: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be adopted by Ford and Fiat Chrysler cars
Google’s Android Auto software interface for controlling smartphones safely while driving has been adopted by Ford and Fiat Chrysler.
Both car makers have plans to have the software integrated by default into the infotainment systems of their next wave of vehicles.
Google rolls out five critical security fixes for Nexus devices
Google rolled out 12 over-the-air security fixes, five of which are listed as critical, to squash bugs in Nexus devices as part of the firm's monthly Android security update.
The most critical flaw could allow hackers to remotely inject malicious code into a device through email, text message or the web browser.
Google glitch translates 'Russian Federation' into 'Mordor'; it has a ring to it
Google’s Translate tool was reported to have a glitch that translated the Ukrainian for ‘Russian Federation’ into ‘Mordor’.
Google apologised for the error, blaming it on the automated system that Translate uses.
Google still struggling to make more Android 6.0 Marshmallow users
The software was reported as running on just 0.7 percent of devices since its release on 5 October, making it less than a quarter as popular as Android 2.3 Gingerbread, released in 2010.
Q3 losses reverse Q2 gains
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