AMPlified articles are making their way to Google’s mobile site and Weather and Google News apps. The updated version will show a carousel of AMP-backed stories that people can open and navigate quickly with just a swipe. The move is seen to increase mobile clicks and encourage publishers that have yet to adapt AMP. AMP-backed version of Google News is available in the English US edition, for now.
Google has added a new podcast section in Google Play Music for easy distribution of podcast episodes and to expose people to the medium. Shows will be delivered in a contextual manner the same way music is presented to users. Podcasts are provided based on a user's interest and preferences. The new section is now available to Android users. iOS users would have to wait.
Microsoft is working to introduce improvements and better features in the Windows 10 Redstone build for both mobile and PCs. The changes aim to improve user experience, going as far as introducing a new collection of emojis that are unlike those available in Android and iOS. With Redstone still under development, users can expect more improvements in the near future.
Google’s mass manual action on outbound links over the weekend turns out to be related to the warning that the search giant issued to bloggers exchanging links for products or services a few weeks ago. The unnatural outbound links are considered a means to manipulate PageRank, which is a direct violation of Google's Webmaster Guidelines. Non-compliance results in discounted trust on site links.
Facebook has updated their branded content policy and ads policy, and offers a new tool that publishers and influencers can use to tag a marketer each time they post a branded content. The move aims to extend a company's branded content business on the social networking site, ensure content attracts multiple views, and leverage paid ads and sponsored posts.
Google has revamped restrictions on leaving local reviews, removing the Google+ requirement and updating the interface for a simpler and more convenient way to leave reviews. Any type of Google account will be accepted as a ticket to review local businesses while on the search results screen or Google Maps.
Image Source: https://plus.google.com/+GoogleBusiness/posts/T4Q15iwAfK3?cfem=1 Google announced a release of new domain name endings, along with the news that Google Domains has moved to domains.google. This is following the company’s adoption of a new top-level domain (TLD), .google. People who want to get a unique URL through the search giant's domain-name buying service now has to visit domains.google, or will be redirected to the new site. The same thing is true for anyone visiting google.com/domain or domains.google.com. Only Google can use the .google domain for their own...
Google is set to give Adwords a facelift to rejuvenate the 15-year old platform and to make it easy for users to navigate and use. The redesign will enable it to keep up with the changes of the world, including the shift from desktop to mobile. The redesigned platform is set to roll out by the end of 2017.
In a bid to bring it back at the centre of web search and mobile user experience, Google is developing a third-party keyboard for iOS devices. The new feature is seen as a way to increase web searches coming from iOS devices, particularly the iPhone. When the keyboard will be released is unclear.