Google Stamp revealed as an AMP-based competitor to Snapchat Stories

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Did you know that Google was interested in buying Snap last year? Snap is the parent company of popular Social Media Platform Snapchat, in which users utilize pictures to tell stories to each other and present content to be discovered by those who watch the stories.

Many other platforms including Facebook, and Facebook owned Instagram, have their on Snapchat inspired stories. Based on a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google will soon have a competitor in the game with Stamp, a Snapchat Stories like application where articles can be presented in a slideshow like format. The report states that the search giant has been developing the feature to compete with Snapchat Stories. The feature, titled Stamp, will be AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) based, and visible in Google Searches.

The name Stamp itself is based from the style of the application, with ‘St’ standing for stories, and ‘AMP’ standing for Accelerated Mobile Pages. With Stamp, publications who opt into the program will be able to create stories in visually different and creative ways. As stated by sources familiar to the matter;

Participating publishers would run stories that could be several swipeable slides encompassing text, photos and video, just as on Snapchat, the people familiar with the situation say.

In the world of content media being thrown at us at break neck speeds, creative ways to produce content will always be welcomed in the world, Google would indeed be playing it very smart by developing a new way for the world to consume content.

Google is currently working with major media outlets including Vox Media, CNN, and Time. Stamp may be announced as early as next week.

Check out more information on the matter here at 9to5Google

 

Foldable Lenovo Tablet footage -innovation is still alive.

Lenovo has toyed with the idea of bendable displays, and other innovative devices for the average consumer.  The Lenovo Folio is the latest entry into the world of innovative design.  The Folio starts as a 7.8″ Tablet with a hinge in the middle that enables the device to fold into a 5.5″ phone with an edge display.

The Folio was announced at Lenovo Tech World last week, where the Chinese Giant showcased their latest efforts in mobile technology, and AI, with quite a few focus points that help us see the future through Lenovo’s eyes.

As far as the Folio is concerned, Lenovo showed off the capablities of the device. Mostly how the Folio works as a fully functional tablet as well as a phone with an edge display. Bendable displays are not new, but seeing functional displays that can bend certainly is.

Good start, but from the video it looks like when the tablet folds into a phone only the one screen becomes available.  I do recall there are phones that are available with a dual screen front and back format like the Yotaphone, however that phone had an E-ink display on the back.  So perhaps the device is more functional with the phone not being dual screened.

Looking the video above, it seems like there is a possibility that the tablet can have a powered dual screen concept once the Folio folds into a phone.

The current Folio runs on Snapdragon 800, with Android Nougat 7.0 on deck.  Considering this is a prototype, its fair to say that the specifications wouldn’t be completely different if this thing comes to light in the future. The specifications are not up to par with 2017 standards, but a bendable phone would definitely be enticing for consumers desperately looking for a phone that works, and a innovative phone for 2017.

Samsung had been rumored to be working on a foldable tablet concept called the Galaxy X.  Safe to say that foldable tablets will come to market soon.  Its possible that this could be the next wave of innovation.  Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, did you check out the crazy bendable laptop concept on Mashable?

Innovation may not be dead after all. Check out more info from Mashable

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Google Play Protect rolling out with Play Services 11

Google has taken steps to protect users from malicious apps in the Google Play store with its Verify apps feature used in Android Phones.  Verify Apps monitored apps for malicious behavior in the background, giving Android users a little more security with the apps that exist on their phone.

Verify Apps started out primarily as an optional service, but as the feature evolved, it became a feature that users had to opt out of instead of opt in. It has evolved to become Google Play Protect, a more front-end program used to weed out malicious apps and malware that can be packaged in to seemingly harmless apps.

The app looks fairly clear-cut and comprehensive, showing which apps have been scanned recently, and it gives you the ability to turn off device scanning for security threats, and improvement of harmful app detection.

Play Protect was first announced at Google I/O in May.  The service will now be a more forward facing service that will give customers the ability to see that their devices are protected, or what needs to be done for their devices to be good to go.

Google Play Protect will be rolling out with Play Services 11.  The service began to roll out to customers earlier in the week, and it should reach most Android users soon.

By the way, what does this mean for you?

Google continues to make strides in protecting users from malicious apps, and harmful behavior caused by apps on a daily basis.  For folks who may not know as much about phones, about smartphone apps, and about Android altogether, it is a fantastic thing for a company to make advances in protecting their customers in different ways.  Google Protect can give users an extra layer of security, which is useful for those who may not seek out security apps and other system processes that can protect the user.

Check out Android Police for more information on Google Play Protect.

Tech Homie Rumor Central: Pixel 2 edition

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Today’s blog is focused on the rumors surrounding the upcoming Pixel 2.

Phone rumors are always fun to check out. Especially if you are in the market for a new phone and you don’t have a clue what to get.  However, the biggest question that crosses our minds when it comes to rumors is whether to believe them, or to take them with a grain of salt.

When it comes to the rumors about the Pixel 2, it’s hard to say.   Here’s what we have found so far rumor-wise.  The first set of Rumors you see below come from 9to5Google.com:

  • LG will be (possibly) building the Pixel XL successor. If this is true, we could be looking at something modeled after the G6.  What does that mean for people like you and I? Easier time taking in media (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, playing games, etc) because of the new screen ratio that was introduced with the G6.
  • The XL version will have a nearly 6 inch 1440p OLED panel from LG.
  • The headphone jack may be leaving us. Now on the one hand, you can say goodbye to the tons of wired headphones (I’ve got about 4 myself) that you probably have. On the other hand, more people are getting Bluetooth headphones (I have a pair), and with the popularity of Bluetooth speakers, maybe it’s not so bad after all.  Up to you guys to decide on this one.
  • The codenames for the the Pixel are ‘walleye’ and ‘taimen’. Fish. Tasty. Maybe. Walleye will be made by HTC, and the Taimen model will either be made by LG, or by HTC.  as stated before there may be third model, which may be the LG model.
  • Walleye, will basically have the the same design as last years model.  Bezels will be larger, surrounding the 4.97 inch 1920 x 1080 display.  Not necessarily that bad, but with the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, folks who are longing for less bezels wont find it here.
  • The specs will be updated to match this years flagships specs.  Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB storage options.  Last year, the Pixel had a 32GB option and a 128GB option.
  • The Pixel models will stick to a single lens, staying away from dual camera crazy and deciding to be a little different.  Most folks don’t always have a need for dual cameras, so this may be a welcome change for a flagship phone.
  • Expect to see a slight change to the two tone back of the phones, as well.
  • From Japanese Blog Soku (found by way of BGR) traces of the Pixel 2 devices were found in the code of the squeezable HTC U11.  So will the both devices be made by HTC?  Or will LG have an option as well?

As the rumors come fast and furious for the Pixel 2 devices,  this blog will be updated.  The Pixel still stands as one of the more important devices to launch from Google.  Hopefully the devices will continue the trend.