#172 Researchers Create The Next Human Eye

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Google Rolls Out A Fix For Home, Chromecast devices-related WiFi Issues

Search giant Google on Thursday has finally admitted the bug plaguing the Home and Chromecast devices. This comes after mounting reports that both devices were bugging the users’ Wi-Fi connectivity.


Google to issue a fix on Home-related Wi-Fi connectivity issues


In a statement this week, Google said that it is aware that Chromecast devices have been affecting the Wi-Fi network of Chromecast users.


“In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks. The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router,” said Google in a blog post.


The search giant said that it would be rolling out a fix to resolve the issue. This means that Chromecast users could expect an updated fix which will be rolled out Play services commencing on January 18.


According to the company, both Chromecast device and Android phone on the same Wi-Fi network have experienced the issue. As a solution, Google suggested that users should try to reboot their Android phones as well as check the router if it needs to be updated to the latest firmware.


The problem stemmed from the TP-Link Archer C7 router including the Google Home Max speaker. But on the succeeding days, the problem emerged to affect other Google devices including other popular routers like Asus, Netgear, Linksys and Synology, respectively.


When the problem spotted, a TP-Link engineer found the main problem which apparently supported by Google’s latest comment.


“We have discovered that the devices will sometimes broadcast a large amount of these packets at a very high speed in a short amount of time,” the engineer wrote.


“This occurs when the device is awakened from the sleep mode and could exceed more than 100,000 packets in a short amount of time. The longer your device is in “sleep”, the larger this packet burst will be. This issue may eventually cause some of a router’s primary features to shut down – including wireless connectivity,” he added.

Tech Feud: Google, Amazon Head For Consumers Lose?

The feud between Google and Amazon is now escalating. The two tech giants have decided to implement decisions that put consumers at the losing end.

For one, Google has announced that it will pull out its YouTube from Amazon devices. This means that users will not be able to access YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV. Not only that, Amazon Echo device users will not be able to access the Google’s online video portal because of the escalating feud.

Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon’s smart speaker and video streaming devices © Dreamstime

Furthermore, you might be wondering what pushed Google to do this unexpected move. The escalating feud has triggered Google to block access to YouTube. The reason, according to Google, Amazon has reportedly refused to sell Google Products.

These products include Google’s streaming device Chromecast which is the counterpart of Amazon’s Fire TV, Google’s Home which is an internet-connected speaker, a rival of Amazon’s Echo.

According to Google, the lack of reciprocity pushed the company to retaliate against Amazon, the biggest online retailer.

Lack of reciprocity

In a Techcrunch report, a Google spokesperson said that there were several attempts to reach the biggest online retail store to give consumers access to all their products and services.

“But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products,” the company’s spokesperson said.

“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV,” Google said, adding that it is expecting to reach an agreement.

Meanwhile, Google has still high hopes that it can actually pressure Amazon to sell several Google products. If no agreement will reach, Google’s YouTube will not be working on Amazon’s Fire TV effective January 1.