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Google Developing Controller For its Game Streaming Service

"Project Stream" is a video game streaming service in development at Google which was hosted on the company server for beta tests that ended earlier in February

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google is developing a controller for its rumoured Chromecast-powered game streaming service according to a newly discovered patent filed by the company, the media reported.

“The patent itself is for a notification system for the controller that notifies a player when a game is now available, that a user has received an invitation, a status chance on a leaderboard, or a chat request from another player,” The Verge reported on Saturday.

The document contains multiple design illustrations showing a dual-joystick setup, as well as shoulder, trigger and gameplay buttons which could be part of Google’s game controller.

The illustration also includes what appears to be a microphone button, which could hint at some sort of voice assistant compatibility as well, the report said.

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

However, it is also a possibile that none of the shown designs become part of the actual product.

Later this month, during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) which is to be held in San Francisco, Google will be hosting a much-talked about mysterious event.

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“The event could revolve around Google’s rumoured streaming service, which in past reports has been called the ‘Netflix for games’ and is said to be built on the technology Google developed for its ‘Project Stream’ trial last year,” the report added.

“Project Stream” is a video game streaming service in development at Google which was hosted on the company server for beta tests that ended earlier in February. (IANS)

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Google Now Lets Users Order Food via Search, Maps, Assistant

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Saving people the trouble of having to download an additional app, Google is now letting users order food directly via Search, Maps, or Assistant using its partnerships with delivery companies.

Google has added a new “Order Online” button on Search and Maps which would appear when users would search for a supported restaurant, The Verge reported on Thursday.

Users can pick between pickup and delivery and select which service they want to order their food through.

If the restaurant supports it, the ordering selections would be made entirely through Google’s interface and Google Pay.

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Delivery man Ujjwal Singhal working with the food delivery app Swiggy carries an order to a customer in New Delhi, India, Feb. 6, 2019. (Representational image). VOA

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well.

However, it remains unclear whether or not the feature would work on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers or smart displays.

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The new functionality supports five different delivery services at launch – DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice, and ChowNow – and Google plans to add support for Zuppler and others in the future, the report added.

Recently, the search-engine giant revamped the Search interface for mobile with a new design that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for. (IANS)