October 25 - 31
- Friday Five
- Read in: 4 mins
- by: Hector Marin
Google makes new apps to keep you away from your phone, Drones are delivering your packages, and Adobe uses Alexa to push creativity. Find out more on this edition of Friday Five!
Gmail users are facing issues with not receiving their emails due to no more cloud storage. Google has limited the amount of free cloud storage for its users over the years, stopping the gradual increase in cloud storage back in 2013. Now, users are getting nasty surprises when they check their emails and they do not receive days worth of emails. Google has offered a solution to a paid cloud storage service called Google One to have its users avoid any more surprises and it will cost users $1.99 a month for 100 GB (Ad Age).
Adobe has created an app for Alexa to help creativity that is called “Adobe Inspiration Engine”. This new app uses a “My Creative Type” quiz to help users learn more about themselves. The app gives users guided exercises to help inspire creativity, like allowing users to hear inspirational quotes from artistic people from a variety of backgrounds and much more (Moblie Marketer).
A partnership with UPS and CVS has allowed UPS to use drones to deliver medical and pharmaceutical supplies at a campus region in a town in North Carolina, while Google’s drone program called Wing has done the same with Walgreens. Walgreens is using Wing in a rural town in Virginia, where residents can use the Wing app and shop for more than 100 items from diapers to medicine to be delivered to their homes (Wired).
Alexa is finally bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, in the US. Users can interact with Alexa in both languages and it will reply in the same language while not having to adjust the language settings on the device. This is still the initial stage for the Spanish-speaking feature for Alexa that includes a new Spanish voice, local knowledge, and much more (Gadgets Now).
Google is rolling out a digital well-being initiative that includes new clever apps for android users to challenge users to be on their phones less. There are five new apps in total that do a variety of sneaky tricks. One app called “Unlock Clock” tracks the amount of times you unlock your phone and displays that counter on your main phone screen, what is the lowest number that you can get in a day? Another app called “We flip” is more group-oriented where everyone has to download the app and join a session where everyone must “flip” a switch, which then starts counting the amount of time without phone use, the first one that unlocks their phone ends the session and a summary is displayed of how the group did (The Verge).