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Google Drones Will Be Airborne By Year End


Reports have been circulating the web for quite a while now regarding the development of drones by Google Inc. Now, it has been revealed by the company itself that it would conduct tests for its first-ever drones sometime this year. The move has been made possible only recently, when Google Inc. took over Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The company most known for running the most famous search engine giant on the internet, Google Search Engine, has undertaken many developmental projects in recent years that deal with technology at a much larger scale than the scale of development done by its competitors such as Apple Inc. Google Inc. is currently working on developing technologically advanced systems for generating electricity, agriculture, medical health care, education, and travel, to name a few.

The drone technology, however, seems more in line with technological development for a military cause than a domestic one, an idea that Google Inc., however, abhors. So, what else does Google Inc. expect to gain from the drones at all?

According to the company, the drones have been designed to act as atmospheric satellites, and will be used by the company to spread the internet to those remote areas where it is impractical to establish ground-based network infrastructure. Analyzing the scope of its drone technology, Google estimates the satellites would be able to provide internet access to 4 billion people all over the world who currently remain disconnected from the cyber world due to inaccessibility of the internet.

Google SVP for Products, Sundar Pichai, also called the Titan drones ‘similar’ to the Project Loon the company undertook in 2013. Project Loon incorporated the use of balloons to provide aerial internet access to certain parts of New Zealand where internet access was not available. So far, the project has launched 30 balloons into New Zealand’s airspace, all of which are functional. Pichai hopes that the Titan drones will also be just as successful, considering the fact that the project is transitioning from one stage to the other very similarly to the pattern that was followed by Project Loon.

The drone technology being developed by Google for this purpose is solar-powered, so that it can sustain itself in higher altitudes and hence provide internet access to a wider span of area. The drones are not actually satellites, however, they will be able to ‘beam’ the internet signals onto a large area, allowing receptors to harvest and provide the service to the general public, much like how the Sky provides its satellite TV services.

The best thing about Titan drones, according to Pichai, is their mobility. In times of crisis or political unrest causing disconnection from the internet in a particular area, Titan drones can easily be relocated to provide internet access to such areas.

Ultimately, Pichai explained, Google aims to develop a service system, partnering with local internet service providers, which would allow users to connect to the internet wherever they are without worrying about only connecting to their subscribed internet service, providing for a hassle free internet connectivity system.

The Titan drone technology is expected to be launched by the end of this year, sources claim, although no confirmation has been received from Google in this respect.

Google Is Breaking Up Google+


After many failed attempts to revive the almost-dormant social networking service Google+, Google Inc. has finally decided to break it up into smaller chunks that it hopes will generate more demand and, hence, revenue, as has been announced by the Vice President of Google+, Bradley Horowitz.

Google+, Google’s version of Facebook-like social networking website, has received much criticism ever since its inception in 2011. The company has built upon the framework set three years ago, however has failed to garner much demand for the service from the general public, thanks to the ever-increasing demand of Facebook, the largest social network on cyber net, which hosts around a billion people on it at the time.

According to Horowitz, some specialized services offered in Google+, that have garnered much attention from the general public, will be separated from the social networking service, and be operational and accessible by the public as standalone services. The two most demanded services on Google+ are “Photos” and “Streams”, and these are what Horowitz wishes to continue with as Google+ slowly fades away into the background.

This indicates that Google+ will cease to exist altogether, and what will remain are these two services. Industry analysts have applauded this move by Horowitz, calling it a step in the right direction to save Google from any further embarrassment being caused by Google+. The service has been termed as ‘dormant’ by many industry experts, who term Google+ as existing for the sake of existing. Some experts also call Google+ the worst project put forward by the company, considering the indestructible market dominance that Facebook enjoys in the market.

The two services that Horowitz plans to offer from the remains of Google+ are unique in their functions, and this fact will garner Google Inc. much reward when the services are officially launched in the market as standalone ones. “Photos” is especially popular among the general public, as it offers built-in tools to edit the picture before posting it on social networking websites. The service is expected to support all the major social networking websites, including Facebook, allowing users to edit their pictures and post it on their desired service without any extra work.

No official announcement about the ultimate fate of Google+ has been made by Google Inc. However, Sundar Pichai, the SVP of products at the company, has intimated that it will cease to exist, stating that the service will be split up into services that will better be able to cater to the needs of the users. In a statement given to the press, Pichai said that the company will increasingly “focus on communications, photos and the Google+ Stream as three important areas” in the future.

Another Google service that may be next to be split off into pieces is Google Hangouts, Google’s much demanded service on all platforms. Although the service is doing excellently in the market, it may not be able to sustain its demand in the market due to increasing competition, some experts have predicted. However, for now, Hangouts remains as it is, and Google+ is witnessing its final days.