Google Drive is an excellent online service for storing files and creating documents with Docs, Sheets, and other apps. However, Google Drive service is having a bit of a hiccup today as some users report the site down.
First reported widely on DownDetector and since officially confirmed on the Google Status Dashboard, Drive and its apps are down or disrupted for many users today. Whatever’s going on with Google’s service, this outage doesn’t seem widespread by any means. No one on the 9to5Google team has been able to see the service down, but there’s a huge spike in issues reported around the web. At the time of writing, issues starting popping up widely about 25 minutes ago.
In some cases, Google Drive went down for just a matter of minutes before service was restored and reports are now coming in from other regions. Whatever the problem, it seems this is a quick fix that Google is actively working on in the background. The majority of users experiencing issues are located in the United States.
On its official Twitter account, Google further confirmed the “service disruption” to a school district that took to Twitter complaining of issues.
Update: Some users are still experiencing issues with Google Drive, but just a few hours after it started things seem to be patched up! Google confirmed that the issue was resolved in the background too.
The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X Strategy Could Give Sony an Easy Win
Xbox boss Phil Spencer defended the surprising Xbox Series X exclusives strategy, saying it’s “putting the player at the center and not putting the device at the center.” | Credit: Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images
- In a new interview, Xbox boss Phil Spencer defends the company’s plans for Xbox Series X exclusives.
- The Xbox Series X won’t have any exclusives for one or two years after release.
- The strategy may have given Sony an easy win for the PS5.
In a new episode of Gamertag Radio, Xbox boss Phil Spencer defended the surprising Xbox Series X exclusives strategy. The strategy is “putting the player at the center and not putting the device at the center,” said Spencer.
The Xbox Series X will be incredibly powerful, and Microsoft wants it to run the “best games.” However, according to Spencer,
You don’t want to do that to the exclusion of everybody else and you also want to do that hand-in-hand with developers because developers want to find the widest audience possible.
I’m not gonna dictate to every third-party studio what they have to support.
Watch this video for more information on Microsoft’s plans for the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X strategy fits into the larger idea of getting people to buy and play any Microsoft game and not just the consoles. It can make a huge amount of money from services such as the Xbox Game Pass and micro-transactions in its games. Choosing to release new games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X could get more people enjoying Xbox in some way.
It could also mean that Microsoft has handed Sony an easy win, helping it to get huge PS5 sales. Gamers excited about exclusive PS5 games will go out and buy the console, leaving the Xbox Series X eating its dust. Fans saw that happen with the PS4’s sales, and it could happen again with the next Xbox console.
Microsoft is unlikely to spend much time crying about that though, and its strategy shows long-term vision. Sony may win the sales race, but by getting more people using games and services, Microsoft could win the long game.
Your OnePlus phone is about become more useful while charging
Google revealed Ambient Mode for the Google Assistant back at IFA 2019, turning your Android phone or tablet into a smart display of sorts when charging. Your charging phone will display information regarding the weather, your agenda, and more. It can even display your photo albums and an interface for controlling smart home gadgets.
Ambient Mode has landed on a few devices already, and OnePlus has just announced that it’s the latest brand to offer the functionality on its phones.
OnePlus confirmed on its forum that Ambient Mode is coming to the OnePlus 3 and above (including the OnePlus 7T series). You can activate the feature by plugging in your phone to charge, tapping the notification, and going through the steps. But you can also manually activate Ambient Mode by visiting Google App Settings > Assistant > Devices (Phone).
“Please note that this is a staged rollout, which might take up to a week to a full release, your patience will be appreciated,” the company cautioned. So you just have to sit tight if you can’t activate it just yet.
Don’t have a OnePlus phone? Well, Google revealed last year that the feature was coming to Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, and Transsion devices. Furthermore, the search giant previously told Android Authority the feature will be available “anywhere on these devices where Voice Match is supported.”
‘Difficult’ PS5 Price Reveal is Genius from Sony, Terrible for Fans
- Sony reveals that it hasn’t determined the price of the PS5 – yes, really.
- The company said it is “very difficult” to price it.
- The decision will likely upset gamers who are using price to choose between the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.
Speaking in its new financial briefing, Sony’s chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said:
[I]t’s very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point of time…it’s a question of balance and because it’s a balancing act it’s very difficult to say anything concrete at this point of time.
Sony has just opened the official PS5 site. However, it isn’t ready to officially reveal the console, its release date or its price. There had been rumors that Sony is planning a major PS5 event, but it seems that it that may not happen for some time.
It may seem like a strange choice for Sony, which has let Microsoft get gamers excited about the Xbox Series X. Microsoft has revealed what the Xbox Series X looks like and has confirmed multiple games (Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2). Some may think that Sony would now be blitzing its way through announcements to match it.
However, holding back the PS5’s price may be a hugely effective plan for the company. Not confirming the console’s price allows fans to keep talking about the potential cost of the console. There have been several posts from analysts suggesting what the PS5’s price could be and this all reminds people about the PS5 and gets people feeling excited about it. Sony doesn’t have to pay a dime or put up any posters.
Potential PS5 Buyers Keep On Waiting
It’s a terrible plan for fans though as they just want to know how much money they should be saving. Price is going to be one of the most important issues that gamers think about when buying the PS5 or the Xbox Series X.
Microsoft knows this and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that “being too expensive and not powerful enough is not a great place to be.” Sony may have everyone talking about its consoles by keeping the PS5’s price to itself, but this could only push gamers to the Xbox Series X.
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