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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, Gmail Will Now Share Single Profile Photo

This new change simplifies things by allowing a user to set a single profile picture in one place and then displaying that single photo across all Google apps

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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

Google has started combining G Suite users’ Gmail photos with their Google account profile photos.

“We are combining the Gmail photo with the Google account profile photo for G Suite users. Now, when you go to change this setting in Gmail, you’ll be directed to the ‘About me’ section of your Google profile settings to set your profile picture,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

Currently, profile pictures set in Gmail are only displayed in Gmail. This means a profile picture in Gmail may be different than the Google account profile photo, which can make it difficult to know which picture will be displayed where.

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Google has released a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail that includes new visual implementations as well as feature additions. Pixabay

This new change simplifies things by allowing a user to set a single profile picture in one place and then displaying that single photo across all Google apps.

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“When you visit Settings > General > My Picture in Gmail on the web, you will be directed to change your picture in the ‘About me’ section of your Google profile settings. If your Gmail and profile photos are currently different, and you have permission to edit your photo, you will see a pop-up when you visit your About me settings which will prompt you to select one of the images or choose an entirely new photo,” the company added. (IANS)