Ahead of its Pixel 3 launch on Thursday, Google has confirmed that the Pixel camera app is coming with an external microphone support.
“At the same time as ‘Pixel 3’ launch (October 18), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels,” a Pixel employee said on an old post on Google product.
This update incorporating the external microphone support on older Pixel phones should become available at the same time as the retail launch of “Pixel 3”, The Verge reported on Sunday.
Some third-party Android camera apps like “Open Camera” have already allowed external microphones to record audio while creators and users recorded video using a Pixel device.
Apart from rolling out the external microphone support to the Pixel phones, the older models are also set to gain many new camera software features.
The search-engine giant officially took the veils off “Pixel 3” alongside a bigger “Pixel 3 XL” smartphone on October 9.
“Pixel 3” comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras.
The “Pixel 3” smartphone will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant, whereas “Pixel 3 XL” will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model. (IANS)
The European Union’s antitrust regulators on Wednesday fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominance in the online search market by blocking rivals.
Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites, the European Commission (EC) said in a statement.
“Today the Commission has fined Google 1.49 billion euros for illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts,” EC Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.
It is the third EU fine for Google in just two years.
“Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” Vestager said.
The Commission said the fine which is equivalent to 1.29 per cent of Google’s turnover in 2018 takes account of the duration and gravity of the infringement.
“The misconduct lasted over 10 years and denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate – and consumers the benefits of competition,” Vestager said.
Websites such as newspaper websites, blogs or travel sites aggregators often have a search function embedded.
When a user searches using this search function, the website delivers both search results and search adverts, which appear alongside the search result.
Through AdSense for Search, Google provides these search adverts to owners of “publisher” websites.
Google is an intermediary, like an advertising broker, between advertisers and website owners that want to profit from the space around their search results pages.
Therefore, AdSense for Search works as an online search advertising intermediation platform.