Google introduced the latest iteration of its mobile OS, Android 9.0 Pie, with capabilities like flip to sssh, adaptive battery, and text magnification.
Pie is available on a small number of devices, but just like Oreo and previous versions, we expect its adoption rate to further increase.
Also, Google integrated its image-recognition app 'Lens' to non-Pixel devices and enhanced various services, including Chrome, Maps.
And, don't forget Project Stream
In October, Google's Cloud computing division also announced Project Stream, a web-based platform for streaming high-end video games. It is still at a nascent stage, but people in the US can already play the all-new Assassin's Creed Odyssey on it.
Now, coming to the lows, controversies
Despite succeeding with its products, Google has drawn flak in other segments of the technology industry.
The first case stems from the controversial Chinese search engine project named Dragonfly.
Google reportedly collected data on Chinese searches for developing the engine in accordance with the country's censorship rules.
But, as the project was kept hidden, it drew severe backlash from employees, leading to its cancellation.
Protest against Project Maven
Nearly a dozen Google employees resigned while some 3,000 petitioned against Project Maven - a joint project (now shuttered) between Google and Pentagon. The project revolved around analyzing drone imagery, which raised concerns of employing technology for weaponizing AI and carrying out lethal attacks.
Google+ and its data leaks
Google+ was never a success, but in 2018, the platform exposed data of millions of users from bugs associated with its APIs.
In March, it leaked profile-related data (names, emails, profile photos, gender) of some 500,000 users and now, in December, it confirmed another major exposure affecting over 52 million users of the service.
Now, Google+ is in the process of shutting down.
Finally, the case of sexual harassment
Google has been accused of not handling cases of sexual harassment appropriately.
In fact, just last month, thousands of employees staged a walkout demanding key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm.