Google just announced third-party add-on support for its Docs and Sheets Android app. In other words, Google is “allowing the mobile version of its office suite to seamlessly integrate with other productivity tools,” Engadget writes. “Starting today, users will be able to sign documents, import CRM data or create apps from spreadsheets -- so long as they download the appropriate add-on, that is.”
Don’t expect to buy an Apple car anytime soon, if ever. Regarding the tech giant’s auto ambitions, Bloomberg writes: “The initiative is now prioritizing the development of an autonomous driving system, though it’s not abandoning efforts to design its own vehicle.” To that end, “Apple Inc. has hired the former head of BlackBerry Ltd.’s automotive software division.”
GoPro posted second-quarter revenue of $220.7 million, which was actually above analyst forecasts of $194 million, TechCrunch reports. “But this wasn’t enough to appease some investors, who are concerned about declining sales,” it writes. “Revenue for the same period last year was $420 million.” More broadly: “Investors have been skeptical of GoPro, which has seen shares down over 80 percent in the past year.”
During the second quarter, Samsung Electronics saw revenue increase 5% year-over-year to $45.2 billion, and operating profit rise 18% to $7.22 billion, The Verge reports. “Samsung's mobile division accounted for over half of that revenue and profit, with the company pointing to strong sales of its well-received flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones that continued from the previous quarter,” it notes.
Analysts are struggling to factor the immense popularity of Pokemon Go into their valuations of parent company Nintendo. “Take Bank of America Corp.’s Hiroyasu Eguchi,” Bloomberg writes. “He cut his rating on the stock in April and lowered his price target on July 6 -- one day before Pokemon Go debuted in the U.S and shares began a tear that more than doubled their price over two weeks.” As a result, “Eguchi reversed course this week.”
The Google Play Store is finally launching its Family Library feature, which includes expanded sharing options for everyone’s apps, movies, TV shows and books. “With a little bit of setup, your Google Play Store purchases are now available across every device in your household,” Engadget writes. “While all Google Play apps and media will sync across any of your family's Android devices, only books, TV shows and movies will be available to iOS users.”
For users of its Nexus and Android One phones, Google will now give a clear warning if an incoming call is potentially a spam call. “The incoming call will show a red screen as opposed to blue and label the call as ‘Suspected spam caller,’” 9To5Google reports. “After the call has been rejected or answered, users will be able to block that phone number or report it as not spam if it was marked by mistake.”
Audiobooks are now the fastest-growing format in the book business. Year-over-year, sales in the U.S. and Canada jumped 21% in 2015, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing new data from the Audio Publishers Association. “The format fits neatly in the sweet spot of changing technology and changing behavior,” The Journal noted.
Google Maps is slowly adding some new features, including notifications for mass transit delays and an option to restrict data usage to Wi-Fi only. “The first time Wi-Fi only mode is enabled, it will show a quick reminder that Google Maps may still use a small amount of data during operation,” Android Police notes. “As long as the switch is turned on, a small bar will appear across the top of the screen to make the status obvious.”
Verizon is nearing a deal to buy Yahoo’s core business for about $5 billion, Recode reports, citing sources. “The telco giant has long been considered the favorite to buy Yahoo’s internet assets, which it wants to combine with AOL, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion,” Recode writes. “Part of Verizon’s pitch to Yahoo’s board is that it is the logical choice, since it is already operating a similar business.”