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Google Currently Testing ‘Explore’ Interface on Chrome

To enable the "Explore" interface, users can go to chrome and search for "explore", and you should see the "Explore websites" flag

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Google is reportedly testing a new content discovery interface in the Chrome browser’s new tab page called “Explore”, which users can access on Android by enabling an experimental flag.

According to a report by tech website Android Police, the interface is in its early stages, and contains a large number of placeholder sites at the moment — most of them of specific interest to Indian users.

The report suggests that the feature will not, necessarily, be targeted at the Indian market, adding that the websites appearing in this new user interface (UI) have been chosen as examples by whoever is in the process of developing it.

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In short, you can think of “Explore” as an extremely broad “channel” browser meant to present websites that could potentially be of interest to you, the report said.

It’s not clear if this will be based on your individual habits (knowing Google, though, that’s almost certainly a yes) or if it will be more broadly tailored to locales and regions than specific users, it added.

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To enable the “Explore” interface, users can go to chrome and search for “explore”, and you should see the “Explore websites” flag.

Set it to ‘enabled’ and relaunch Chrome, then open a new tab. The “Explore” interface should then appear on the new tab page. (IANS)

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Google Announces Retirement of Hangouts For its G Suite Users

Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by the company which includes messaging, video chat, SMS and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) features

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Google has announced the timeline of the transition from classic Hangouts to Chat and Meet for its paying G Suite customers.

The tech giant said that Hangouts retirement will start in October 2019.

Starting April 16, Chat will become available on the web for G Suite domains that have classic Hangouts enabled, but it won’t replace Hangouts just yet. Between April and September 2019, several Hangouts features will come to Chat, ahead of the former’s shutdown in October, the VentureBeat reported late on Tuesday.

However, Google won’t kill off Hangouts for regular users until those G Suite customers are all comfortably using Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, according to The Verge.

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The death of classic Hangouts wouldn’t come until 2020, and that seems pretty likely given this guidance, The Verge report added.

Hangouts was launched as a replacement for Gchat in 2013 by the tech titan but has been losing features in recent years as the company has stopped updating the app and has taken away SMS messaging.

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However, Hangouts still is a prominent chat option in Gmail on the web and the app also exists on the Google PlayStore.

Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by the company which includes messaging, video chat, SMS and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) features. (IANS)