Google Killing Off Sync for BlackBerries and Mobile GTalk
Google today announced a number of products that it is discontinuing or will no longer support over the coming weeks. Though most of the services are related to Google's desktop services, two mobile products are being affected. Beginning June 1, Google will stop supporting Google Sync for BlackBerry. Google said that users who have already downloaded the app will still be able to use it, but it will no longer be available for download and won't be maintained after June 1. Google suggests that Google Sync for BlackBerry users switch to BlackBerry Internet Service, or the Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Google believes these products offer a better experience for syncing email, calendar, and contacts. Also, Google is shutting down the mobile web app for Google Talk. Google recommends mobiel Google Talk users switch to the native Google Talk app on Android or any XMPP-compliant app on other mobile platforms.
Google Adds Reminders to Google Calendar
Google today said mobile device users can now add reminders to their Google Calendar. Google says reminders will remain within Google Calendar if left uncompleted.
Google Folds Google Wallet and Android Pay Into Google Pay
Google today took steps to simplify its mobile and online payment products by combining them into a single service called Google Pay. Moving forward, Google Pay will encompass the features of Google Wallet and Android Pay.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Google Lens Rolling Out to All Android Users in Google Photos
Google today said all Android users can try Google Lens via the latest version of Google Photos for Android. Google Lens is an image-recognition function that relies on mobile cameras to perform searches.
Google Pay Arrives to Fully Replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
Google today released Google Pay, the revised payment application and service that replaces Android Pay. Google Pay encompasses most features of Google Wallet and Android Pay in a single app, allowing people to use Google Pay to make payments online and via mobile devices.