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In regions outside of China, Google apps have been a standard expectation for Android devices. That is, until a US ban on Huawei changed things. Now, it seems Google wants to make it clear who has Google apps as it allegedly forces Android OEMs to mention “easy access” to the company’s apps.

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Google Stories April 3

Big data is being leveraged around the world to help mange the wide-ranging impact of coronavirus. Google’s contribution are “COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports” that leverage location history to quantify how the pandemic has changed society, and help public health officials better respond.

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Google Stories April 2

In the midst of the coronavirus spread, Google previously shut down advertising related to the pandemic. Now, a report is revealing that Google is easing restrictions on ads related to coronavirus.

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Neighbourly, Google’s Indian Q&A app, is shutting down on May 12

Google is set to shut down its India-focused social Q&A app Neighbourly after just two years.

Google Stories April 1

Google providing Wi-Fi to 100,000 California students and 4,000 Chromebooks

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom reiterated that schools in California are not reopening this academic year given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure that remote learning is accessible to all, California announced a partnership with Google to make available Chromebooks and Wi-Fi to students.

Google Stories March 31

Due to the US government adding Huawei to the Entity List, the Chinese smartphone maker has been unable to use Google apps on its smartphones. As a result, Huawei has been building out its “AppGallery” store for devices like the P40 Pro, but Huawei still wants Google apps in that store.

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