Google is now expanding image search to include a fact check, and a “dark secret” of smart speaker software is also coming to light.
In recent months, Google had significantly expanded its involvement in the field of video telephony. On the one hand, group calls have been significantly expanded on Google Duo and, on the other, Google Meet has been activated for private users. The novelty of the Nest Hub Max is that you can initiate new group calls by talking. The feature is initially limited to the US, so it was only of limited interest to us, and therefore only worth pointing out.
One of the most popular ways to use Nest Hub Max is with video calls. Until now, this has meant one-on-one meetings with friends and family. Starting today in the US, you can make group video calls with Duo and Google Meet on your Hub Max. With a simple voice command, the Google Assistant can now connect you with multiple people at the same time. – Google
Simply Android Smartspeaker software
Google has Chrome OS and Android as the main operating systems; Wear OS and Android TV, for example, are based on Android. Meanwhile, Google Cast of smart screen speakers is also known to only use Android. XDA’s Mishaal Rahman reports, however, to a very shortened and old version (4.0.3).
“It’s basically AOSP without any recognizable Android features.”
Interesting thing I learned about the Google Home Hub and Google Home: The “Google Cast” platform that both have been reported to work on appears to still be Android-based. A very, very, very reduced version of Android.
Elaine / estelle = Home Hub / Nest HubNewman = Home
– Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 15, 2020
Fact Check in Google Image Search
Fake news is now also spread through fake videos, but manipulating photos is even easier. Among other things, Google offers a fact check on YouTube, but has now integrated it into image search as well.
Now when you search Google images, you might see “Fact Check” below the thumbnail results. Tapping on any of these results to view the image in a larger size will bring up a fact check summary and display on the underlying web page.
Chrome: Dangerous extensions have reappeared
Google seemed to have had a bad grip on the Chrome web store for years. Once again, extensions have appeared that had a malicious background, but were installed by 32 million people. Google reportedly removed more than 70 malicious extensions from the Chrome Extensions Web Store in the past month. Unfortunately, this was not the first such incident, so as a user you need to be careful not to blindly install everything from an official store.