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According to the latest data released by Google Trends, the peak of global users searching for "iPhone" the keyword through Google appeared in September 2012, before and following the release of iPhone 5. Based on this data, they pointed out that users' interest in the iPhone has dropped. But does it really means that consumers are less purchasing iPhones? Well, here are our thoughts on that matter.

Google Trends reports that this year's Google search peak on the "iPhone" keywords is only half of that 2012 peak, this year's iPhone search peak appeared during the Apple September event. Google Trends’ data is just a reference for analyzing users’ interest in the iPhone. It doesn't take into account other ways that users to gather information about new products, such as social media and uses other search engines, considering its privacy issues.

Also, It does not tell the user why someone is searching for a product, and other buyers would rather search for "iPhone XS" or "iPhone XR" instead of directly "iPhone." Perhaps most importantly, Google Trends does not match the number of users who brought iPhones. Apple has sold 125 million iPhones in 2012, and this year, even though users are “not so interested” with the iPhone, Apple has sold nearly 217 million iPhones.

Google has rolled out its latest update to the Assistant app for iOS, and for the first time, it includes a Siri Shortcuts feature. Google Assistant users will able to see an "Add to Siri" button following the update that lets them record a phrase of their choosing to be used like "Hey Google" or "OK Google".

As we have tested that after the Assistant Shortcuts added to Siri, you can invoke Google's AI assistant using Apple's virtual assistant, without even having to launch the app, as long as the device is unlocked, or else you will need to unlock it to process the request. The Verge notes that you can trigger Voice commands you use the most, like "Hey Google, Search Loveios", Siri will invoke the app and do that for you.
You can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant. So you can come up with a custom voice command for a single smart home action — or even trigger your Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri. Saying something like “Goodnight Google” to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door. Pretty neat.
Surely it will open a lot of possibilities for users, but it's not exactly the most seamless approach in the world, as users perhaps prefer Assistant to be their voice assistant. Now to add the custom Assistant shortcuts, go to the Shortcuts app, scroll down until you see the "Create Shortcut", tap on it, and then click on the Search bar, scroll down, and choose the Assistant icon, and you should able to add most frequently used voice commands.

On October 9, 2018, Google held the 2018 fall hardware event, unveils Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL smartphone, Pixel Slate tablet, Google Home Hub Smart Display, and the product lineup is still very rich. In the event, Google says there will be three parts that represent their future vision: the AI, software, as well as hardware.

Google Home Hub, As a new addition to Google’s smart home family, Home Hub adds a new feature – the screen. It is still a smart speaker but also severs as the Smart Home Hub. You can use Home Hub just like normal Google Home speakers, just say "Hey, Google" plus what you want to ask it to do, but, with the display, it makes the results more intuitive.

Google Home Hub also add a new feature called Live Albums, which can display photos in users' Google Photos in real time, and machine learning can filter out faulty photos. Of course, Home Hub is also a smart home hub that displays and controls all connected smart home devices in the house, clearly, it wants to rival Amazon's Echo Show device.

Google also announced launched the Pixel Slate tablet. The search giant emphasizes that the Pixel Slate is the excellent tablet for work and play, so it too supports a stylus and a backlit keyboard cover that can be switched between entertainment and working environment.

The Pixel Slate features a 12.3-inch 3000*2000 pixel screen with a pixel density of 293ppi, making it one of the highest resolution tablets available today. It is equipped with Chrome OS and is specifically optimized, such as automatically switch to the desktop mode when connected to a mouse or trackpad. The keyboard, however, uses magnetic design, suck on the back of the tablet, and the ability to manage multiple angles.

Spec wise, it featured with Intel's Celeron M3, Core i5 and i7, with 4GB of support, up to 16GB, with dual 8-megapixel camera front and back, the battery life of up to 12 hours, and the fingerprint sensor is integrated on the power button.

Pixel 3 includes 5.5-inch and 6.3-inch versions, all with OLED screens, Pixel 3 is a three-stage design, Pixel 3 XL has a notch. For other configurations, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are identical, including the Snapdragon 845 processor, 4+64/128GB storage, memory card expansion, and 3.5mm headphone jack, and new IP68 waterproof design.

The main upgrade of the Pixel 3 series is reflected on the Camera and Software features. the front dual camera has a wide-angle self-timer, which is 184% larger than the previous vision, no longer have to worry about a group of people being squeezed out when taking a selfie. Other camera features include “Top Shot”, and “Super Res Zoom."

The so-called Titan Security chip was also embedded in Pixel 3, making Google Assistant smarter and safer, for example, when a spam calls it, the phone will tell who is calling, and then decide whether or not answer it. Finally, Pixel 3 also supports Qi wireless charging standard.

For price, Google Home Hub will retail for $149 that bundle with six months of Youtube Premiere, for the Pixel Slate, it's priced at $599, just little bit cheaper than current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, and the Pixel 3 will cost $799, as Pixel 3 XL will cost $899, you can order Pixel 3 and 3 XL on October 18th, but will only limit to the US.

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This week, Apple was named the world's most valuable brand in Interbrand's 2018 Best Global Brands ranking this week, marking Apple's sixth consecutive year in the position. Thanks to the revenue record and that its Market Cap hits 1 trillion US dollar, the Cupertino headquartered company is able to maintain the spot this year.

Apple's Interbrand valuation rose 15 percent to $214.5 billion, beats Google ($155.5 billion), Amazon ($100.7 billion), Microsoft ($92.7 billion), and Coca-Cola ($66.3 billion. Both Apple and Google two companies have been holding the top two positions over few years, but Amazon #3 position is new as its stock price been went up storgingly.

Not surprisingly, Apple didn't make to top 5 in Top Growing Brands, as Amazon led the category with 56 percent growth, followed by Netflix (45 percent), Gucci (30 percent), (23 percent), and Louis Vuitton (23 percent). However, last year's champion Facebook didn't appear in the list since its privacy issues that's ongoing

To check the cumulative value of the brand, Interbrand considers the financial performance of the brand's products and services, the role of the brand in influencing customer choice, and the brand's ability to achieve high prices.

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We are just under a week before the Google held their hardware events, the latest leaks say that Google will at least launch a new Pixelbook successor. Today, Android Police editor David Ruddock posted a tweet saying that Google Pixel Slate is the name of Google's first Chrome OS tablet since it was already been discussed multiple times and from a trusted source.

Google Pixel Slate is the name of Google's first Chrome OS tablet. This name has been offered up so many times as a possibility I don't even think it's worthy of a story, but this is from a source I trust.

Although Pixel Slate is not the first Chrome OS tablet, however, it's the first tablet launched by Google. According to the 9to5Google report, the 'Pixel Slate' name has appeared on the accessory manufacturer Brydge website, reporting that the manufacturer is producing a new keyboard for the new Google Pixel device, indicating that the device should be a tablet.

Alongside Pixel Slate, which will be directly competing with Apple's iPad lineup (which happens to be refreshed in this next month), Google will also unveil Pixel 3 and Pixel XL that said to be featured with a notch, and a Pixel Watch. The event will hold in October 3rd in New York City.

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Google Turns 20: Google, the biggest search engine in the world now turns 20 years old, the company was founded on September 4th, 1998 by Larry Page‎; ‎Sergey Brin. To celebrate this, Google launched its popular browser Chrome with a refreshed design, rounded tabs, a new color palette, and new icons, address bar combined with the search bar, and more!

Amazon now worth $1 Trillion: Believe or not, Amazon, the largest online retailer now has a market cap of $1 trillion, it's officially the second trillion dollar publicly traded company in the world, joins the trillion dollar club, as Apple has already surpassed that milestone since early of August.

Samsung to announce foldable phone this year: Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh announces that they plan to release a foldable smartphone this year, it would be called Galaxy X, since it will feature its own branding. The device is said to like a small tablet, but you can fold it and fit your pocket. The Korean- based tech giant aims to beat Apple in the development of foldable phones (Via CNBC).

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According to a new report by Android Police, Apple Music's latest beta for Android supports the Android Auto platform, which means the music streaming service may soon be able to log into Google's in-vehicle infotainment system.

Apple Music for Android support for Android Auto has been added for the first time in the 2.6.0 beta. To get the beta, users can initiate an access request through Google Group and download it from the Play Store beta sign up page. After downloading, users will see Apple Music as a source for Android Auto.

Apple's move will give Android users a new option to experience Apple Music, not just the previous play it through Aux external or Bluetooth. Many in-vehicle entertainment systems support both CarPlay and Android Auto, which can really improve the user experience for Android users.

In addition to supporting Android Auto, the latest beta also brings features that were previously unique to iOS, such as search songs based on lyrics, Artist Pages, and Friends Mix.

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In October last year, Google released its Pixel 2 smartphone and this year it rumors that Google will also choose to release a new generation of Pixel series and other products in October. And now, Telegram user LuchkovCh has leaked photos of Pixel 3 XL production unit.

In the photo is the final version of Pixel 3 XL, which showcased the front and back of the device, and a Notch that is taller than the iPhone X. Previously, CAD leaks confirmed that the 5.4-inch Pixel 3 would not come with the notch design, but the 6.2-inch Pixel 3 XL will include the notch.

The Pixel 3 XL will running Android 9 software, 8-core Qualcomm processor, Adreno 630 GPU, 4GB of RAM, screen resolution of 1440 x 2960, 494 PPI. as well as to feature what looks to be a pretty new iPhone-like wallpaper.

Notwithstanding, it appears that the phone adopts the similar design to the current Pixel 2 XL, featuring a single camera lens, flash, and a rear fingerprint reader. In the box, there is charging brick, charging cable, a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, and a wired Pixel earphone.

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Google today hosted its annual I/O conference designed for developers, it announced several new updates and features to its softwares and services. The company shared several news about its AI, machine learning, Android P, as well as its Google News app updates.

To begin, Google Assistant, its own version of Siri, is gaining six new voices, continued conversations that you don't need says OK Google activation phrase, capable of respond to questions that include two requests at once, and make actual phone calls to businesses like book a restaurant reservation.

Next up, the search giant unveiled a revamped Google News app with personalized news suggestions that is based your designated favorite news sources and past reading history, a For You tab recommends the most important headlines and the topics you’re interested in, it will lets you access paid content from subscription news sites, and so on.

More importantly, Google's upcoming software updates designed for Android devices - Android P, will getting iPhone X-style swipe gestures, new Android Dashboard shows how much time you're spending on your phone and individual apps, but also sets time limits, the Do Not Disturb feature to silence calls, notifications, etc.

Other features including new Wind Down mode is designed to set bedtime, Adaptive Battery and Auto Brightness options that learns you use habits, new machine learning tool for developers called ML Kit, and more! Android P beta is available starting today on the Google Pixel and other flagship devices.

For more announcements, visit Google's official blog page

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Render Imagines iPhone SE 2 Could Look Like: Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin has tweet renders of iPhone SE 2 that based on 3D CAD. Geskin mentioned in the comments that he does not believe it will have a notch on the front, but again these images are based on 3D CAD files.

As you can see from the picture, the iPhone SE 2 will have a notch that's similar to the iPhone X but seems much smaller The bezels around the model appears slimmer than the iPhone X's border. However, when you turn to the back side, it doesn't look like a glass back, meaning it won't support wireless charging.

Google Assistant Now Works Over 5,000 Smart Devices, How About Apple? According to Google, its Assistant now works with "every major device brand" in the U.S., meaning that it can connect with more than 5,000 smart home devices, up from 1,500 in January. But that's still far away from Amazon's 12,000. Meanwhile, Apple's HomeKit and Siri solution only available on 200 smart home products.
Just how many devices is that? Today, the Google Assistant can connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home—up from 1,500 this January. That includes cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, ovens … we can keep on going!
In the third beta of iOS 11.4, Apple has added the ability to allow users control AirPlay through Siri, so they can use the AI assistant on their iPhone to play songs on their HomePod. The update also includes AirPlay 2, which allows users steam song to their devices & enables stereo mode with two HomePods.

Google has announced today that its official Google Search App for iOS has added the new search extension for iMessage allowing users to search and share Google results within the Messages app on iPhone and iPad by tapping on the new Google search app in conversation interface.

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The new messages extension not only allows you to search web results but also to access the weather, restaurants located nearby, attractions in the area like parks and museums with quick buttons. Furthermore, the app will have a GIF button for quickly searching for GIFs to share.

Google's new iMessage extension is available today, you do not need to update the app or install anything to get the new feature. In addition, they has also added support for drag and drop on the iPad to the app.

The Google app for iOS now supports an iMessage extension to help you search and share GIFs, restaurants and videos, whenever you're messaging a friend. You can tap on the icon for "Food" or "Nearby" to share your favorite locations, or perform a search and share a card directly into the conversation. Want to research a new restaurant before sharing it with friends? Just tap on the restaurant card, and we'll take you to the Google Search page, where you can look up the busiest times, as well as menus and reviews. Switch to GIF Search mode, and you can find and share a "happy birthday" GIF.

Another app-related news comes from MoviePass, an app that allows you to watch a movie in theaters each day for the low price of $10 per month, and now the company's CEO is unsurprisingly revealed that it plans to use your location data to make money, as reported by TechCrunch. Here is their privacy policy:

MoviePass(R) requires access to your location when selecting a theater. This is a single request for your location coordinates (longitude, latitude, and radius) and will only be used as a means to develop, improve and personalize the service. MoviePass(R) takes information security very seriously and uses reasonable administrative, technical, physical and managerial measures to protect your location details from unauthorized access. Location coordinate data is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology into password-protected databases.
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With the Settings app on your iOS devices, you can change your location setting to "Never," "While Using the App," and "Always." You should leave it on "While Using the App," because the location information is required when making tickets purchase. The MoviePass now has over 1.5 million subscribers, download the app here for free.

Apple has confirmed on its latest version of iOS Security Guide that it's using Google Cloud Platform for storing encrypted iCloud account data, but it doesn't include any of the user-identifying information. It wasn't being noticed until it was spotted by CNBC's Jordan Novet earlier today.

Google won't able to accessing these encrypted data, so there's no way to tie even that to any particular individual. Even though that Apple doesn’t go into specifics about its use of third-party servers, it's also possible that a same user data is spread across more than one platform.

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Piror this, Apple used Microsoft Azure for its iCloud storage, but now is replaced by Google Cloud Platform. On the other hand, the company's still rely on the Amazon's S3 web service for additional storage.

iCloud Data stored on Google may include contacts, calendars, photos, videos, documents, and so on. but Apple is keen to stress that Google has no means of accessing that data, as each file is broken into chunks and encrypted with AES-128 and SHA-256 keys.

According to a report from The Information, which details Google’s plan to grow its chip development efforts, which in turn is costing Apple some considerable talent. The report explains that Google has hired several key chip engineers from Apple, including the well-regarded Apple chip expert John Bruno.

Bruno has been working on the silicon architecture for iPhones since 2012. Prior to joining Apple and helping it build ARM-based mobile chips, Bruno was working with AMD in charge of the Fusion processors for PCs. Bruno has confirmed the move on his LinkedIn page, where he says he’s working as a System Architect at Google.

Bruno founded and manages Apple's silicon competition analysis team, which tries to keep the company ahead of competitors in terms of chip performance. In the past year, there have been several experienced chip engineers who switched from Apple to Google, including Manu Gulati, Wonjae Choi, and Tayo Fadelu.

These moves indicate that Google is trying to keep up the pace with Apple, which started designing its own chips from 2010. Google said it would sell to other companies what it called the TPU chip, Cloud Tensor Processing Units, which will allow them to reap the benefits from its deep learning tool set, TensorFlow. 

According to Jim McGregor, an analyst at Tirias Research who spoke to The Information said that in fact, Google's first mobile chip may come out soon. The Mountain View-based tech giant can build a versatile SoC chip in six months, McGregor said. All these suggest that Google is making own-branded chips for Google's Pixel smartphones.

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Google believes your opinion is valuable, valuable enough to pay for it. Now the app available for iOS is Google Opinion Rewards. Previously it was only limited to Android, the app pays users to complete surveys that are 10 questions or less. Google Opinion Rewards gives you the chance to earn real cash incredibly easily by answering surveys.

Google Opinion Rewards users on Android have been asked questions like what Project Ara‘s modules should cost, and what Android ‘N’ should be named. The company has spent the past few years slowly rolling out Opinion Rewards across various countries. And right now the first time that the application is officially available on iOS.

According to Google, these surveys should “take less than 30 seconds to complete”. Once you finished, users will receive a $1 deposit to a linked PayPal account. Surveys cover a variety of topics including “TV shows you like to apps you may have used”. Users will receive a notification when a new survey becomes available as well to be given the option to skip or accept it.

It's worth to note that Google sends out over 3 million surveys every week from a range of companies. Now you get the chance to answer some of them within 20 seconds and paid up to $1 per time for your efforts. At present, the app only available in the U.S. App Store for free, although the Android app is available in additional countries, we hope this will follow soon.

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Google today hosted a press event in San Francisco, California, where the company is unveiling its latest generation of Google Home, Android and Chrome OS devices, including updates to its Pixel phones - Pixel 2, and a so-called Pixelbook convertible Chromebook.

First off, The Pixel 2 comes in 5 and 6-inch screen sizes, with the XL model featuring slimmer bezels. It features a bolder look with an aluminum body with a soft sculpted back and premium coating, a glass top, and buttons with a pop of color. Like Samsung Galaxy S8, there's a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, no headphone jack, and IP67 water resistance.

Active Edge lets user squeeze the side of the Pixel 2 to activate Google Assistant, silence phone calls, and the OLED display is always-on to display notifications and the time (XL models uses a P-OLED display). A fast charging feature allows for 7 hours of charge in 15 minutes. It also carries pretty standard flagship specifications with a Snapdragon 835 processor, and 4GB of RAM.

The Pixel 2 supports the Google Lens feature, first announced back at Google I/O 2017 this May. Using the power of Assistant, Lens can detect what is in the real world around you and provide relevant search results and much more. This will almost definitely land on other phones eventually, but you’ll need a Pixel 2 device to try it first.

As for camera improvements, the Search Giant adds support for Portrait Mode in its new Pixel smartphones, a feature similar to the Portrait Mode in the latest iPhones. However, Portrait Mode on Pixel 2 requires just one camera and is available for both the front and rear cameras. Google says DxO has given the camera a score of 98, while the iPhone 8 Plus received a score of 94.

Pricing for Pixel 2 starts at $649 for 64GB storage. The Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 for 64GB of storage. Pre-orders are available starting today. Google is releasing new wireless Google Pixel Buds alongside the Pixel 2. When connected to Pixel 2 over Bluetooth, they have a wire between the left and right earbuds, unlike the AirPods. Pixel Buds feature real time language translation and are priced at $159.

The Google Home Max and Google Home Mini speakers as well received official unveilings following new product announcements from competitor Sonos earlier today. Home Max, or the best comparison to Apple’s upcoming HomePod speaker, and packs in premium design and stereo sound for $399 (HomePod cost #349).

Lastly, Google introduced the high-end Google Pixelbook, perhaps it's thinnest and lightest laptop they ever made. Pixelbook is 10mm thick and weighs a kilogram, and it can convert from a laptop to a tablet. It has a 12.3-inch touchscreen, Core i5/Core i7 chips, 16GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, built-in Google Assistant, and 10 hours of battery life. The premium priced Chromebook priced of $999.

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Apple on Monday invited several media sites to its Cupertino HQ to show off some upcoming ARKit apps being developed by companies like The Food Network, Ikea, Giphy, and AMC, seeking to promote its ARKit platform for creating augmented reality apps on the iPhone and iPad

First example of ARKit demos is the previously announced "Ikea Place" app, which designed to allow customers to preview what Ikea furniture will look like in their homes ahead of a purchase. According to The Verge says it's highly customizable, letting users see the size, materials, and texture of furniture.

While another app by The Food Network is an app that will let users create custom digital desserts that can then be reproduced in real life through a custom recipe. CNBC describes Food Network’s ARKit app as one that allows you to create custom digital desserts, then receive the recipe for making them in real life.

There are also a couple of cool content apps. For instance, the popular children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” turned into an app, will take advantage of ARKit to offer kids a chance to raise a virtual caterpillar, feeding it until it turns into a butterfly. Meanwhile, Giphy also has an ARKit app called Giphy World that lets users place gifs in 3D space and shares to other social networks.

Speaking to AR, Google has also announced it's own augmented reality initiative called ARCore —but the new AR framework only available for Android 7.0 Nougat, assuming it could works on the latest Google Pixel phone, or Samsung Galaxy S8, to compare Apple's ARKit, it will support A9 and newer processors - iPhone 6s, iPhone SE to iPhone 7 Plus, as well as some iPad models.

ARCore can detect the surrounding surface of the user and display the AR content.The Android smartphone sensor detects the horizontal surface, predicts the way the light enters the room, and adjusts the virtual display object according to the environment.

Google does promise that by the end of the preview that it is hoping to support 100 million total android devices, and as more advanced smartphones launch the company said that ARCore will only grow stronger. However, not clear when the preview is slated to end, or what specific hardware will be required for cameras, sensors, or processors.

Last but least, Apple today updated its developer site with new sample code for ARKit, providing developers with additional details on what can be done with the upcoming feature. The new code is available with new ARKit "best practices" published in the Human Interface Guidelines. The tech giant today also informed developers that starting in the fall, apps will need to support App Store transactions of promoted in-app purchases for in-app purchases to be properly displayed on the App Store.

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