Google to Shutter Bump and Flock
Bump indicated via its blog that the service will shut down come January 31. Bump, which lets smartphone owners exchange data, such as contact info, by physically bumping their devices together, was acquired by Google in September. According to Bump's former CEO David Lieb, the Bump team is now working on other projects within Google. Similarly, Google plans to shut down Flock, a service that created a single photo album culled from several different devices. Users of both services will be able to export and save their data.
Google Contacts Gains More Editing Powers
Google recently updated the Contacts application for select Android devices and made it easier to edit contact details. Most significantly, Google expanded the app's availability from just Marshmallow to Lollipop.
Nest Returns to Roost with Google's Hardware Team
Alphabet today said it is putting its Nest and Google hardware teams together under a single roof. Since August 2015, Nest and Google have existed as separate entities under the Alphabet parent company.
Google Gives Nexus Phones Access to WiFi Assistant
Google this week made its WiFi Assistant feature available to all Nexus devices. The tool is a direct carryover from Google's Project Fi.
Google's News App Learns to Speak Thai and Others
Google recently said a forthcoming update to its News and Weather application for Android and iOS will add support for seven new languages. The additions include Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Bulgarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Thai, and bump the total number of languages supported to 35.