Google Shopper helps you find information on millions of products. Google Shopper recognizes products by cover art, barcode, voice and text search. You can find local and online prices, reviews, specifications, videos, and more to help you make the best purchasing decision. With one click you can save items to your shopping list and share with your friends.
Google Shopper has just gotten the bump to version 3.0 with an update that brings a roster of fresh features, including a new UI with speedier navigation and larger images.
What's in this version:
3.0.1: Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash at startup for some users.
* New UI with faster navigation and bigger images.
* Discover sales and special offers in your area from the new sales screen.
* Search for apparel and accessories more effectively with image-centric search results.
* Make more informed buying decisions with GoodGuide product ratings.
* Get great deals online with retail promotions.
* Find out about new features and content with push notifications.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fourteen of the world's largest mobile phone and chip makers, including Sony Ericsson, Vodafone Group Plc and ARM Holdings Plc, joined the Open Handset Alliance on Tuesday to support the Android mobile device platform developed by Google Inc .
The new members' pledge to back the Android software is a significant feat for Google in the mobile phone industry, as its T-Mobile G1 phone takes on rival Apple Inc popular iPhone 3G.
But despite the big-name additions to the Open Handset Alliance, analysts say what matters is whether the new members introduce more Android-supported smartphones in 2009 and 2010 to compete with rivals such as Symbian, used by Nokia.
"It's great to get these folks on board...now (the Open Handset Alliance) has to make sure these licenses actually ship products," said research firm Jupitermedia's vice president of mobile strategy, Michael Gartenberg.
The first company of the fourteen new members set to introduce a mobile device that uses the Android operating system is Sony Ericsson, a joint venture of Japan's Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson. Ericsson said on Tuesday it plans to introduce the Android-supported platforms in mid-2009.
"Android is set to become a significant application framework for mobile phones," Ericsson's head of mobile platforms, Robert Puskaric, said in a statement.
The Open Handset Alliance said on Tuesday that each of its members commits to developing applications and services for mobile phones and handsets using the Android platform or designing Android-compatible mobile devices.
Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc, Toshiba Corp and Garmin Ltd also pledged their support, bringing the total number of companies in the Open Handset Alliance to 47, the Alliance said. These companies join earlier members of the Alliance, such as the world's biggest chip maker Intel Corp and mobile phone makers Motorola Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
Both Google and Apple have wooed developers to create applications for their mobile devices, but Apple keeps a tight grip on the iPhone's hardware and operating software. Google's Android is open to being changed by outside developers.
The addition of new members to the Open Handset Alliance gives Google-developed Android more heft in the battle over who will dominate the mobile phone software market in coming years. Android's biggest competitor is Symbian, which controls half of the market and was acquired by Nokia, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, earlier this month.
Nokia contributes Symbian's assets to a not-for-profit organization similar to the Open Handset Alliance, the Symbian Foundation. Members of the Symbian Foundation have royalty-free access to Symbian's software.
So far, 64 companies have said they plan to join the Symbian Foundation, including Japan's third-largest wireless carrier, Softbank .
Android also competes with Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, which has been gaining ground.
With a range of companies jumping into the Alliance, such as portable navigation device maker Garmin Ltd, Android has the potential to be featured on devices other than mobile phones. Each mobile phone maker also can modify the Android open source software, which leaves the opportunity open for many future mobile phones.
"What's fascinating about Android is it's this malleable thing. As these phones come out from other carriers it looks and operates differently," said Greg Sterling, a Web analyst with Sterling Market Intelligence. He added, "It seems more people will jump on the bandwagon."
Photos and a video of a Motorola smartphone have been leaked and it looks so much like a Google Nexus 4 device, save for the logo on the upper left portion. Also, it does not look to be the much-anticipated Motorola X phone, but possibly a mid-range device.
The back panel is slightly curved and has rounded edges and it surprisingly did not put Kevlar components, which is a defining characteristic for RAZR phones. Google cleaned out the Moto UI but left the typical round clock widget.
The video shows the phone's responsiveness and it can still be greatly improved as it looks tacky when the phone is tilted on one side. The guy on the video even held out an iPhone, apparently to compare the size of the display screen, which is substantially bigger and wider than the iPhone's.
Judging from the improvement that Motorola has done in this prototype mid-range device's design and UI, it very much looks to have been influenced by Google and that the Motorola X is really something to look forward to.
Couple days ago, Google introduced a new entry to the ChromeOS family: the 11.6", Exynos 5-powered Samsung Chromebook. The price of this dual-core ultraportable laptpo is compeitive at $250, and it's really very practical for users who don't normally venture outside the web browser.
Simply to avoid confusion, this doesn't run Android. It runs ChromeOS. This new Chromebook is the first non-Android device to produce its distance to Play Store,and features an 11.6" 1366x768 display, dual-core Exynos 5 processor, 2GB RAM, a 16GB SSD, HDMI out, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port, an Sdcard reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and "up to" 6.5 hours price of battery.
Some basic description of this ChromeBook.
The new laptop from Google. Simple, lightweight, easy to use. For everyone.
Finally, a hassle-free computer. No annoying updates. Nothing complicated to learn. No expensive software to buy. Starts in seconds. Built for everyday use and perfect for sharing with others (if you really have to).
Your favorite Google products built-in: Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. So you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box. Choose from thousands of free apps and let Chromebook keep it all fresh with automatic updates.
Stick it in your purse, backpack, or briefcase. It weighs under 2.5 pounds, is less than 0.8 inches thin, and has more than 6.5 hours of battery life. And wherever you are, all your things are safely stored online.
Easily switch between users in seconds. Share your Chromebook with friends, families, and even the occasional guest. Everyone can have their own files, apps, and settings, so you can keep your stuff to yourself.
Samsung introduced Samsung Wallet in February this year, an app that was available through Samsung Apps on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II but is now downloadable from the Google Play Store.
- - Optimized for HD and Full-HD Samsung devices
- - Store and manage tickets, coupons, mobile boarding passes and membership cards in one convenient place
- - Offers 5 default categories for easy management of Tickets. You can also add categories for more personalization.
- - Customizable time and location-based reminders to show the Tickets at the right time and place.
- - Synchronize all your Tickets to multiple devices using Samsung account
- - Receive and store Co-marketing offers
- - Create your own tickets manually by using ‘Create my ticket' feature
- - Discover grocery coupons and digitally save them to loyalty card of participating groceries
- - Mobile devices
- . Galaxy S3
- . Galaxy S4
- . Galaxy Note 1
- . Galaxy Note 2
[How to use]
- 1. Download Samsung Wallet App.
- 2. Sign-in with Samsung Account.
- 3. Discover Wallet-compliant Partners Apps and offers from different Loyalty Cards.
The app is free as always, but seems to be limited to U.S. customers at the moment, and also doesn\'t support any more devices than it did before.
Source: Samsung Wallet
Google Now Launcher (GNL) presents the new Xposed GEL Settings, which as you can tell from the name, requires the Xposed Framework.
Xposed GEL Settings adds a number of useful features to GNL (remember it used to be known as the Google Experience Launcher). This is still an early release, but here's what it can already do.
- hide Google search bar / automatically show search bar on Google Now
- hide apps from the app drawer
- resize the home screen grid
- resize the all apps grid
- change icon size
- change the size of the icon labels
- hide icon labels on home screen and/or on app drawer
- change the size of hotseat icons
- change the number of hotseat apps (icons above the navigation bar)
- apply settings without rebooting your device
- more to come
Check it out at XDA
The Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will most likely feature Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, unless Google changes its mind and launches Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by the time the handset is officially announced. Of course, the Xperia Z Google Edition will be part of the the same update schedule that includes the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and the HTC One Google Edition.
The Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will be developed on the same hardware platform of the original Xperia Z. The Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will boast the same 5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels covered by a shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass. It will also come with IP57 cretification - dust and water resistant, being water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes.
Obviously it will be identical to the non-Google Edition Xperia Z in terms of specs. Pricing info hasn't been leaked, but a $599 price point is being rumored. Release date is rumored for July.
Another record from Google, you may remember that in December of last year, Google announced they had surpassed 10 billion app downloads in the Play Store, and had a $0.10 sale to celebrate. Today, the company is announcing that the Play Store has hit a whopping 25 billion app downloads. It took over 3 years to hit 10 billion; it took just 9 months more to hit 25 billion.
Whether you're trying to find directions, checking email or sharing a picture with friends, apps have become an indispensable section of life. Of course, if you're using Android, it all starts with Google Play, the place to find 675,000 apps and games. That's a lot of choice. We've now crossed 25 billion downloads from Google Play, also to celebrate we're offering some terrific discounts for the subsequent five days.
Every single day you'll be able to pick from a collection of apps from a number of the world's top developers including Gameloft, Ea, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat plus more. And all for just 25 cents. We'll be also offering some kind of special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the entire world and our 25 best selling magazines, all at special prices. Visit Google Play a bit later today to check them out.
Twenty-five billion is much more than twice the space, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years back. It's the amount of time, in seconds, that have passed since a lot of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. Now, thanks to everyone, it's a Google Play milestone. High quality to the next 25 billion.
Just after initially unveiling Google Play Services, Google has made the APK installable directly from the Play Store.
Google Play services lets Android apps from the Google Play Store integrate with Google+ and Google Accounts. To work correctly, some apps may require Google Play services to be present and up to date.
Google Play services is usually updated automatically on Android devices. You can also install or update it manually from the Google Play Store.
The app's rollout is expected to complete within a week, but if you're for whatever reason itching to get the Google Play Services app on your device right away, or ever need to download/update it manually in the future, hit the widget below.
Google today mailed out for an invite for "Android event" in New york, the Event will be hosted on Oct 29th . "The playground is open," the invite reads.
Google is expected to reveal Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates along with a new distinct Nexus phones on the event, which starts at 10 a.m. Eastern.
The setting of the invite features a cartoon rendering of well-known The big apple landmarks and is also very similar to the history on the website for Google Now, a feature in Jelly Bean.
Various tech news sites already are speculating with what Google might unveil, tipping a 4-inch LG Nexus 4 smartphone, a Nexus 10 tablet with a 2560X1600 resolution, or Android 4.2.
Google's event will likely be held within 24 hours that Microsoft is scheduled to launch its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system in San francisco bay area.
We will keep you updated.
Some more details about the Google Nexus 10 tablet are been rumored around the web, according to the semi-conductor focus website BrightSide of New, Google will be showing off a Galaxy Nexus 10 tablet at Mobile World Congress. If rumors are true, the next-gen Nexus tablet will sport a quad-core processor and new 8-core Mali-T678 GPU, 4 million pixel, 300ppi resolution would suffice to choke even the best mobile can offer.
According to the people we spoke with, the new Nexus 10 addresses that with a significant increase in "digital horsepower", moving from a dual-core to a multi-core design, with the T604 GPU core being replaced with an 8-core T628 GPU. If our sources hold true, the Nexus 10 refresh might be the first design out the door packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip. This chip supports from a single to an 8-core design with all the bells and whistles one might come to expect from a desktop 2013 GPU.
If these sources are correct, the device could be on display at MWC, but may not ship for months, the earliest introduction of Google Nexus 10 is expected at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. We don't know of pricing yet but it'll likely hover around the same price as the original, or probably a little bit higher.
Google announced profits of $8.62 a share on revenues of $11.34 billion, after subtracting commissions paid to advertising partners. After excluding one-time charges, the Mountain View company's earnings per share were $10.65 for the October-December quarter. According to a Thomson Reuters analysis, Wall Street analysts were expecting Google to report earnings of $8.48 a share, or $10.52 a share excluding one-time charges, on revenue of $12.36 billion.
Motorola Mobility deal is still in the red. Google started a deal to sell off Motorola Home to the Arris Group a deal that should close in 2013. The deal is for $2.35 billion in cash and stock, which haven't been included in the Q4 report. During the earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page addressed the Nexus shortages saying that the company needs to manage its inventory better and that this is a priority for the company's teams.
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Google has just released an update to its Google Search for Android app, and it's available to available to Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean devices.
Also updated is Google Now widgets, include the movie card offers latest ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, so you can pick the right movie. Purchase your tickets through Fandango, and Google Now will remind you when you need to leave for the theater, and pull up your tickets once you arrive.
In addition, the new cards include support from various new third parties such as Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes or Zillow. In short, here's what's new in Google Now:
What's in this version:
- For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean):
- - Google Now widget for home screen or lock screen
- - Movie passes from Fandango
- - Movies now includes ratings from Rotten Tomatoes
- - Real estate listings from Zillow when in the market for a home
- - Music button when a song is playing in voice mode (US only)
- - Support for US college sports
It seems Google is taking it competitors head on with a plan to open a retail shop to feature its Nexus devices. According to a buzz based on the 9 to 5 Google publication, its retail stores will open in major cities in the US and could potentially give Apple and Microsoft a run for their money.
Google is quite lagging behind other major smart phone competitors in the sense that it does not have flagship stores like Apple does and only has small shops in airports, etc. Because of this, distribution of the Nexus devices is concentrated in a few key areas. Google retail shops could potentially increase their sales and popularize Nexus devices and penetrate markets that are less reticent to Google smartphones.
This will be a major step for Google who has seen Apple build many stores around the world and showcase its products and services.
Google is inviting everyone who has a Google Plus or a Twitter account to try on their new Android eyewear. This is the first time that Google offered it to non-employees and who knows, one of you might be able to get one of the first Project Glasses before they actually reach store shelves.
All you need to do is to create a post with the following hashtag: #ifihadglass and say something about how you plan to use it in less than 50 words. Include your most creative photos and/or videos to beat out other Google+ or Twitter users.
The Project Glass is still on beta stage and offering it in a contest to the public might be a move to build up the interest or excitement for these futuristic glasses. If you want more info and news about its development and possible date of release, check out the Project Glass website.
More on Google Glass
Looking to get a ticket to the hottest tech event to happen this year? Google has already released a save-the-date for their developer conference and tickets are expected to sell out (if they haven't already been) in a very little time. March 13th is the start of the registration for this dream conference for developers.
No word yet on how many people will be allowed to attend the Google I/O 2013 but many people from around the world are hoping they could each get a ticket that cost $900 each.
Last year, free useful hardware was given away to attendees, so it will actually pay off to attend the event.
Some of those that are expected to be announced and discussed are the Motorola X phone, which is a joint project by Google and the said company. It is said that the phone will be truly groundbreaking. Also the Android update to Key Lime Pie, full Google Glass specs and the successor of the Nexus 7 might also be announced.
Link: Google iO
Google plans to reconstruct Android based on the Linux 3.8 kernel, which was released just recently. This Linux kernel will be a "part" of the OS that Google will develop or improve, which will assimilate certain features once it materializes such as CPU hot plug support, F2FS file system, Intel DRM, Radeon driver enhancements.
By the looks of it, Google is hurrying to study and it could possibly be the basis for the Key Lime Pie or Android 5.0 or the next. Presently, the latest Android version is using the Linux 3.0 kernel and if that would be the foundation for our assumption, there are still quite a few Linux kernel versions for Google to get their hands on-unless they bypass everything and come up with an Android based on the 3.8 kernel as early as next year. The best part of a Linux 3.8-based OS lower memory usage, which is perfect for many high-powered smart devices.
Opera Mini is one of the easiest and simplest browsers to use before high speed wireless connectivity became the norm. Many people actually loved that their GPRS and EDGE-enabled phones were able to surf the net.
You just type in the URL and the website gets compressed and displayed on your phone. Pretty cool during those times considering that phones were not as powerful as those that we have now.
Now that the Opera Mini will be featured along with Amazon Silk in Google Chrome, these browsers will definitely catch the interests of many developers as they are slowly becoming open source. Had Opera Mini done this a long time ago, who knows if it could have developed the way that Mozilla Firefox did?
Also, Opera Mini on EDGE will still be useful for people in countries that do not have high-speed wireless networks.
Rooted users can now enjoy the system admin application by Koushik Dutta (clockworkMod) the Superuser . This is a very useful application for rooted and for rooting the devices of those who want to manage their system security, UI, improve device performance, etc. It is free and open-sourced. Last week, it was introduced in beta stage and was quite impressive. You can now download it from Google Play Store to install.
Furthermore, spelling bugs were already fixed in the post-beta version. There are plenty of reasons why many would want to root their phones. So if you want to use your own device without any limitations and install super powerful applications that are compatible with it such as those that deter thieves, block ads and others, improve battery life, manage custom ROMs, basically do anything you like with your phone and set it above the rest; download the new su and root.
- * Multiuser support
- * OPEN SOURCE (https://github.com/koush/Superuser)
- * Pin protection
- * Manifest permission support
- * Per app configuration
- * FREE
- * Request timeout
- * Logging
- * Notifications
- * Proper Tablet UX
See video below
Link: Google Play Store
As if there could not be enough pre-paid and gift cards, Google finally joins the craze and offers their gift cards at Tesco, which are available in £10, 25, and 50 denominations. This move will truly reach a bigger customer base that are looking for a useful something to give someone.
Cards are not yet available on other locations but we are probably just counting days before they will be formally put on display. Tesco is the first in UK to display them and the Google Play card will really benefit from being displayed in the most ubiquitous grocery store in the country. Aside from being gift ideas, plenty of people who do not have debit or credit cards on hand will be able to download from Google Play using these cards.
Just like last year, the Google I/O proves to be the hottest convention for developers and as soon as tickets were laid out, it didn't take long for the event to sell out. This year, Google will probably detail the Google Glass, which was introduced last year and possibly some other secret tech demo that will happen exclusively on that event.
Regular tickets cost $900 and discounted ones for those in the academe and students go for $300 each. There will be lots of free items for attendees, which will really make the amount well worth it. Furthermore, it is an experience that upcoming developers and brilliant people will definitely be able to use. It is a convention where like-minded people will converge.
For many, it is an opportunity to rub elbows with the experts and exchange ideas. It will be held on May 15th to 17th.
While there is no information yet on the kind of newspapers that will be available on Google Play, it is likely that major newspapers will join in the trend as more and more users choose Android devices for use everywhere. It is only natural that newspapers will also want to tap this market to increase their profitability.
Some countries in Europe can now look and book their plane tickets using Google Flight Search. This allows travelers in France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK to easily book flights to selected destinations. Google Flight Search links airline websites according to your search parameters such as budget, destination, date of arrival or departure, etc.
You can easily compare lists of bookings from any countries or even airlines and it caters to various European languages, Basque, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Galician, Italian and Spanish. You can also choose to view prices of tickets using your local currency.
Google now makes trip planning easier with this functionality and it can easily be accessed using your mobile devices, too, so it is an added convenience. Furthermore, Google and its reputation in providing the best services means that this service will only get better as time goes by.
Google's Nexus 7, is available on 1saleaday for only $139.99, for today only, keep in mind, these units are factory-refurbished versions of the 8GB model, which no longer offered from Google. It comes with 90 day warranty, AC adapter and micro USB cable.
- Condition: Factory Refurbished
- Packaging: Brown box
- Warranty: 90 Day
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Model: ASUS-1B08
- The first tablet to feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 10 finger multi-touch support
- It combines the best of both Google and ASUS design, with the most advanced software from Google paired with cutting edge ASUS hardware
- Stunning 7" (1280 x 800) high-definition display
- Ultra-wide 178ﾟ viewing angles
- Scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass and a textured chassis design that prevents hand slippage
- With an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, everything is faster
- A 12‐core GeForce GPU delivers advanced graphics while the patented 4-PLUS-1 CPU design gives you maximum performance
- With heart-pounding quad-core performance, a responsive 10-finger multi-touch screen, plus gyroscope and accelerometer sensing, you can barrel roll, tilt, touch, and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play
- Nexus 7 comes with all your favorite Google Apps, like Gmail, Chrome, Google+, and YouTube
- Over 8 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, and 10 hours of e-reading
- Face Unlock enabled
- Simply hold two NFC enabled Android tablets close to each other and push to beam and share
- Google+ with Hangouts lets you have video chat with up to 9 people
- Camera with Single - Motion Panoramic Mode
- Take amazing photos or videos, edit and then share them right from your tablet
- Simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and use your voice to type your emails, SMS, or anywhere you want to enter text
- Sensors: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor
- Connectivity: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC), micro-USB, 2x Digital microphone,2x High Quality Speakers,Docking PIN
- Wireless connectivity: WLAN 802.11 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz, Bluetooth
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.7 x 0.4"
- Weight: 12 oz
- ASUS 8GB Google Nexus 7" Tablet, AC Adapter, Micro-USB to USB Cable
YouTube's Eileen Rivera posted the screenshot above on Google+, showing a lighter, more colorful design with more prominence given to the main store areas, and larger app icons below. "Games" also gets its own entry, whereas before it was found under "Apps."
These are the features as rumored:
- Access the same conversation list from anywhere
- A new, conversation-based UI
- Advanced group conversations
- Ability to send pictures
- Improved notifications across devices
Google Play 4.0 will likely be released at this year's Google I/O (Google Developer Conference)
Google Play Store revenue is up 90% compared to first quarter last year, according to App Annie. This report also shows that 90% of the applications are also available in the Apple App Store, which somehow shows the increase in the number of Android device users as well.
Various graphs were presented that shows Google's stellar 2013 performance-and the year's not even halfway yet. Japan tops the countries that posted the most growth in application revenue, while South Korea and the US come in second and third places. However, when it comes to app downloads; the US still leads the pack with South Korea falling in second place.
Furthermore, according to the research, games account for 80% of Google Play applications revenue and others such as communication, productivity, tools and paid social apps make up the rest of the 20%. However, Apple still posts higher revenues than Google when it comes to applications but it does not mean that Google is far behind. In fact, it's quickly catching up and Android developers are the happiest!
Google plans to officially launch the Android Device Manager for all devices running Android 2.2 or higher. The Android Device Manager will be deployed to nearly all Android devices via Google Play Services.
Here's a few simpel features you can use to keep your device-and the data you store inside-safe and secure.
- 1. Lock your device screen. Whether you're on a phone or a tablet, it's easy to set up a screen lock. This is important to do in case your device gets left in the back of a car, or you're worried about someone picking up your phone and scrolling through your stuff. You can lock your device with a pin, password, pattern (or even your face!) by going to Settings > Personal > Security > Screen Lock.
- 2. Protect your phone from suspicious apps. We automatically scan Google Play to block and remove harmful apps. That makes Google Play the safest place to get Android apps. But Google Play can also help protect you even for apps you get elsewhere, like the web or a third-party app store. The first time you start to install an app from an unknown source, a message will pop up asking if you'd like Google to scan the file to make sure it's not harmful. Tap "OK" to let Google help protect you from harmful apps.
- 3. Locate, ring and wipe a misplaced device. Have you ever lost your phone in between the couch cushions or left it in a restaurant? Later this month, you will be able to use a new service called Android Device Manager, which can quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it (even if it's been silenced), or locate it on a map, in real time, using Android Device Manager. If your phone can't be recovered, or has been stolen, you can quickly and securely erase all of the data on your device to keep your data from ending up in the wrong hands. The Android Device Manager will be available for devices running Android 2.2 and above, as part of Google Play. You can read the full announcement on the Android blog.
Source: google android
The Asus ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch is now available on the Google Play Store. The watch will cost $199.99.
ASUS ZenWatch is an exquisitely crafted watch that seamlessly pairs with an Android smartphone. It provides relevant and useful information when it is needed most and serves as a wellness manager.
- Employing the attention to detail and level of craftsmanship found in luxury watches, ASUS ZenWatch brings the tradition of fine watchmaking to Android wearables. The durable stainless-steel case features an attractive layered design composed of a striking rose-gold-colored band inset between two steel layers.
- The case is curved for increased comfort and a stylish look. The watch face is covered with a layer of curved glass that increases usability, providing a smooth surface for easy and responsive swiping gestures.
Comfort and convenience
- Genuine stitched-leather watchband provides all-day comfort and features a unique clasp design that makes ZenWatch easy to put on and remove. ZenWatch has a universal design that comfortably accommodates a wide range of wrist shapes and sizes.
Customizable watch face
- ASUS ZenWatch comes with a selection of instantly-changeable software watch faces. The variety of available designs lets users easily customize their watch to fit any style, mood, or occasion, such as using a traditional, elegant watch face for work or a night out, or changing to a more playful design for use during leisure time.
Here's a breakdown of specs:
- Android Wear
- 1.63" AMOLED display - Resolution 320 x 320
- Water Resistant Rating IP55
- Weight 75g
- Battery 1.4Wh
- Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 512MB RAM
- Micro USB on Charging Cradle
- 9 Axis Sensor & Bio-sensor
Source: Google Play
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Having launched the Nexus 7 last summer, Google and Nexus seem to be preparing the second generation Nexus 7.
With Google's I/O conference being held between the 15th and 17th of May, the upcoming Asus-manufactured tablet may be unveiled there, according to DigiTimes.
The new Nexus 7 features a thinner bezel and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display running on the Android Jellybean platform. Pricing should be similar to that of the Nexus 7: $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB one, and $299 for the 32GB one. Its retailing date is yet to be announced.
Sales are expected to surpass 6 million units this month. Similarly, Google is preparing to launch a Nexus 10 tablet featuring a quad-core CPU and an eight-core Mali T678 GPU to be manufactured by Samsung.
Google on Wednesday announced that its Google Play app store has officially hit the 25 billion app download mark. A Play store is now home to 675,000 apps and games for Android devices.
To celebrate, Google is offering special app reduced prices for the next 10 days. The Web giant is going to be selling apps from top developers like Gameloft, Ea, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more for just 25 cents. Android users may also be able to get promotions on collections like "25 movies you need to own," "25 banned books," "25 albums that changed the planet," and "25 best selling magazines."
Google isn't first app store to achieve that target. Apple's iOS App Store crossed 25 billion app downloads back in March. Apple awarded Chunli Fu of Qingdao, a city in eastern China, a $10,000 prize to be the 25 billionth app customer. Fu had downloaded a free of charge version of Disney's physics-based puzzle game Where's My Water?
At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, CEO Tim Cook said the company's App Store now boasts 650,000 available apps, which users have downloaded 30 billion apps.
ROUTE 66, a pioneer in mobile mapping and navigation solutions for handsets and tablets, today announced that its innovative ROUTE 66 Maps + Navigation app has been downloaded over a million times on Google Play. The number of downloads of the app puts it in the top 1% of all Google Play downloads by volume. The download rate continues to increase week on week.
Personally, I am a fan of this map app, I think if you haven't seen it in action, you should give it a try and let us know how it works out for you? Feel free to post your reviews in the comments section.
FREE MAP VIEWER
+ Instant access to over 100 maps
+ Browse maps, search, calculate and simulate routes: it is all free!
+ The latest, up-to-date maps from top-rated map suppliers like TomTom, AutoNavi, Sensis
+ Free map updates
+ Works both with server based maps and maps stored on your phone
+ Download maps directly to your phone, no computer needed
+ Smart caching map data: never download a map segment twice.
+ High resolution 3D content in hundreds of cities around the world
+ Tap any point on the map and start route calculation straight away
+ Automatic switch between day and night colours, choose custom map colours
+ Access Wikipedia and local weather reports directly from the map
+ Powerful map 3D rendering with full hardware acceleration
+ Multi-touch map browsing: smooth and easy
+ Maps optimised for high resolution displays and tablets
+ Directly call a Point of interest or visit its website
+ Share your favourite locations with friends
PREMIUM NAVIGATION FEATURES
+ Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation with uncluttered visual guidance
+ 2D, 3D and Augmented Reality navigation
+ Drive or walk: always the best route
+ Chose between Fastest route and Shortest route
+ Add waypoints to your route at any time
+ Plan your trip ahead, your routes are automatically saved
+ Navigation shortcuts: easy access to key functions during your trip
+ Adjust the navigation display to your own preferences
+ Lane Guidance
+ Adjustable speed warnings
+ Real Time Traffic information with dynamic route recalculation (in-app purchase)
+ Speed camera warnings with automatic database updates (in-app purchase)
+ Compass enhanced pedestrian navigator: map always pointing in the right direction
+ Fully interactive maps, even during navigation
+ Voice guidance available in 59 different languages and dialects
+ Voice guidance continues when app is in background
+ Try all premium features like Navigation, Traffic information and Speed cameras for FREE before you buy a licence
I have been waiting for this since Google changed their API and you had to change weather data providers. This app smooth on my Galaxy Nexus.
You can use it to see the current conditions and the forecast for today and tomorrow. You can customize your maps by choosing from nine sets of icons and by defining the list of your favourite cities.
Weather Maps includes five kinds of maps:
- - the classical weather map
- - a simulation of satellite view
- - a map of cities temperature
- - the current cities humidity
- - a direct view of current winds
This app is intended as a tool for graphical visualization of free third-parts data, all responsibility for data incompleteness or accuracy are declined.
- - cities list is derived by the database of GeoNamesTM
- - weather data are retrieved by web services of Yahoo! WeatherTM
Samsung has released an update to their ChatOn messaging client today (version 2.0.5 of). Most important feature of this update, is that you can sync all you connected devices to receive messages simultaneously. List of the updates detailed below. Please hit the Google Play Store link below to get the update.
What's in this version: (ChatON v2.0.5 update)
-Sign in Samsung account
All connected devices receive the same message simultaneously
-Move Special buddy to More menu
-Improvement of My page
Multiple profile images & Comment on PostON
-Change font style of chat room
-Send multiple images at once
ChatON Tablet v1.9.3 update includes:
-Improvement of My page
-Add image effects
-Add group profile editing
-Add members of chat room as a group
-Add typing status
Capcom the creator of popular arcade game Street Fighter has finally publicly released the game on Google Play for residents of Japan. This game has been available for folks who became of own among the LG HD phones that were released a year ago which was included with this game exclusively for those devices. It now looks like everyone else will final arrive at play the game without needing to use the cracked version from XDA.
Even though this game is currently available only to residents of Japan at this time, we have it confirmed the actual game is within English also and works rather nicely about the Samsung Samsung Galaxy S3.
The game costs $3.48. To find out if your device is compatible and to download the game, check out the Google Play link below
Google Wallet has been updated today with a few new features including enhancements for the overall user interface. As for the UI, the app's navigation top safe now along the top of the app, while navigation has been moved around slightly with loaded cards stored in the "My Wallet" tab aside from your default card.
Google also noted "improvements for the user interface, application stability, and battery life" within the update's release notes and highlighted support for many cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
Head to the Play Store and check out the latest update if you have a compatible device.
What's in this version:
- Wallet, meet cloud.
- The new Google Wallet app supports any credit or debit card - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. These cards are available for in-store purchases using a phone with the Google Wallet app, or for online purchases at participating merchants.
- If you lose your phone, you can disable your mobile wallet from the ‘Devices' section of wallet.google.com/manage
- This latest update includes improvements to the user interface, application stability, and battery life.
GMusic users could certainly list a host of issues with both the app and service at a moment's notice but Google is working to correct these problems gradually. As much as its music service is far from perfect, its pretty good. Using today's Play Music app update as an example.
- * on the spot mixes continue playing beyond 25 songs.
- * Enhanced capability to shuffle an album, artist or playlist.
- * New standard album art.
- * Previous button included in widget.
- * Pinning progress currently displayed on album and playlist pages.
- * Solution for the Galaxy S3 freezing problem.
100,000 new tours to the virtual globe-trotting practice have been added to Google Earth. You can experience. You can experience places that you might not ever get a chance to visit all across the world via 3D flyovers, Wikipedia extracts and pictures.
Google applies various thumbnails from the photos which specifically correspond to that particular location. Most people should not have any challenges experiencing any virtual tour they want because sites and cities from over 200 different countries are now shown. The approach remains the same and no additional effort is required. As long as Google Earth is installed on your Android device or desktop, then you have access to this additional information and you can download it for free.
Source: Google Earth
Finally, SwiftKey is out of its beta stages and version 4 is now offered for sale at $1.99 on Google Play. This application extends the capabilities of some phones and tablets that do not have keyboards such as the Galaxy Note II and other HTC devices. Some smartphone users are not satisfied with their own keyboards and can also download the trial version of SwiftKey prior to buying it and most do because it is very simple to use and makes typing and keying in text messages easy.
It does well with the predictive text input and the new version also features "Flow" that makes it really easy to type in new text. All in all, there are fairly plenty of nice reviews for the SwiftKey and it fares well where most keyboards fail such as how easy they are to use with smartphones or mini tablets that have smaller than 5.5 inches display. SwiftKey is quite satisfactory on this aspect.
Google Search application for Android has the ability to tell you what song is currently playing. This ability comes with the latest version, which was announced on a post in Google+ on Monday. Tap the mic button and you will see a music icon will show up to let you know that the application is processing the tune that is currently playing. Tapping that icon will let you know if Google Search recognizes the music and it will tell you what it is, if it knows.
Comparing it to the Sound Search widget that came out last December, the Sound Search is much easier and quicker to use but this new feature of the Google Search is also a good addition. When the song is identified by the app, you will be asked to buy it from Google Play store, which can be quite convenient for many people.
More info: Google Search Link
Android and Google really do go together and a good example is the new YouTube application for Android that has Google+ integration. The new version will allow you to immediately post comments or like videos using your Google+.
In the new version, the screen bug has also been fixed when switching, so there won't be any more problems with it.
The new YouTube for Android version also allows playback controls for TV and these can be found on your notification tab. You can easily play your chosen videos back while using other applications and is pretty useful for many who want to multi-task.
Go to Google Play using your Android device if you want the new version for YouTube. You can also update using your computer by logging in to your Google Play account on the web.
The action-adventure game Alien VS Predator: Evolution for the Android platform has finally made its way to Google Play.
The two foes collide even more epically than the Hollywood film. In the game you can play as either role of the Alien to destroy the Super Predators and free your species from enslavement, or as the Super Predators to defeat the Alien Queen to stop annihilation your clan.
You can grab AVP: Evolution from the Play Store for $4.99.
It's Google Play's first birthday and everyone is just excited to share its success with the end consumers. Discounts and freebies await downloaders, with special edition games and other applications to boot. Free music is also available and most apps were updated to reflect Google Play's successful first year. Other applications are also giving away gift cards to those who will download or upgrade today.
It's a happy day for the Android Market spinoff, which many did not expect to catch on very quickly. Unlike the Android Market, Google Play seems to connect better with clients and provides a more distinctive feel in downloading apps, music and others. Furthermore, it looks many times creative and fun than the previous Android Market. Happy First Birthday, Google Play!
Action Launcher re-imagines the concept of an Android launcher. Put simply, Action Launcher is designed to get you where you need to go, faster. It looks and feels like a natural launching pad for the Android ecosystem.
Action Launcher offers unique features such as "covers" for icons, that turns any app shortcut into much more than a shortcut, but into an folder. For example, you could have your Chrome icon open Chrome with a single tap or open as a folder with bookmarks to your favorite sites thanks to a double-tap.
The Launcher also allows you to import from existing launcher layout from other launchers such as Apex, Nova, TouchWiz and the stock Android launcher, so you'll instantly feel right at home.
Standout features include:
- * Sliding app drawer for instant access to all your apps
- * 'Covers', an innovative new way to quickly launch apps and shortcuts without compromising the look of your carefully crafted homescreen.
- * Quicksearch, a fast and powerful feature that allows you to search for apps, contacts and even music directly from the action bar.
- * Android's unique and powerful action bar is fully integrated into your desktop.
- * Highly organized customization options
- * All of the settings you expect from custom launcher: specify apps to hide, adjustable number of home screen pages, grid sizes, page margins, dock toggles, resize any widget, etc.
- * Strong Play Store integration'
Beta tests have been revealed for Google Now integration on the Chrome and Windows browsers, all thanks to Francois Beaufort, who made this possible. However, the URL for the Google Now server hasn't been announced yet, so people who want to try it should wait for a bit longer.
Google Now cards remind you of the things you need to do before you could even think about them and somehow learns which activities and things are most important for you at the moment. Similar rich notifications will be available on our phone once Google Now gets integrated on the Chrome and Windows.
No exact date has yet been said when this update will be released and many people are already excited with the additional things that they can do with the Google Now integrated on their Chrome OS or Windows browsers. This will allow more people to connect better with Google and its services.
Square Enix is a popular RPG game developer and in a surprising move from creating games for more traditional consoles, it has introduced one of its successful titles on Android and the demo is now available on Google Play for free. Mini Ninjas for Android is based on the characters of a popular Enix title but is quite different from the RPG game that is known to many.
This game focuses on a stolen relic that must be recovered by your chosen Ninja. Each character has specific skills and abilities and you can choose your favorite among the four. It looks to be a fun game with its cute graphics and UI. You can purchase a full copy on Google Play for only $2.50, so grab your Mini Ninjas now and check to see which character is the coolest.
If you're looking for a reliable application that will allow your Android smartphones to have remote control functions and watch your favorite shows and movies any time, good news is that the Google Fiber is now available. However, you have to live in the only place where it's available to be able to enjoy Google's broadband service and that's in Kansas City.
Some features of the application will also permit users to browse movies and programs on their Android Jelly Bean 4.2 device and users will enjoy a cleaner and simpler UI for a more fuss-free experience. This application relies on fiber technology, which features broadband speed that is a hundred times faster than an already normally fast connection. It was introduced last year as a broadband and fiber TV package and Kansas City was the test market. Lucky people from the City will only have to pay $70/month for a 1 Gbps connection. No news yet when it will be offered to other major cities and hopefully, it will be made available to everyone soon.
Quickly capture what's on your mind and recall it easily wherever you are. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is instantly available on all your devices - desktop and mobile.
With Google Keep you can:
• Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos
• Have voice notes transcribed automatically
• Use homescreen widgets to capture thoughts quickly
• Color-code your notes to help find them later
• Swipe to archive things you no longer need
• Turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes
• Use your notes from anywhere - they are safely stored in the cloud and available on the web at https://drive.google.com/keep
For those of you who are using Google Currents, you can now enjoy news that contains audio and you may even put them on a playlist and organize them to your liking. Aside from this, audio controls such as status bar and play-back for the audio part of the news or content have been added to ensure convenience.
Google Currents is being marketed as a podcast platform that is open for both providers and those who are looking for content. Podcasts are reallyuseful for those who want to stay connected with the news and goings on in the general public and hopefully, more content providers will take to this vehicle in spreading news and other interesting ideas.
Let's just hope that it does not get discontinued, much like what is about to happen to Google's syndication platform.
Download Link: Google Play Store
Alien Hive is all about evolving aliens, blending match-3 with sliding tile puzzles for a game that feels both familiar and fresh. Swipe tiles to make matches - combine eggs to hatch cute baby aliens, and then help them fully evolve into Supreme Aliens.
Match resource tiles for upgrades that let you take command of the board, with the goal of building the ultimate alien hive. Strategically avoid the Naughty Bots, who block your progress, by crafting power-ups to eliminate these baddies. As you advance, you will uncover the mystery of the hidden aliens... and tame the Red Planet!
Alien Hive Features:
- ✔ Evolving-aliens puzzle gameplay: hybrid of match-3 and sliding tile puzzles... it's a whole new type of puzzling fun
- ✔ Match tiles to harvest resources, grow new species of aliens and zap the villainous Naughty Bots
- ✔ Chill out: pastel graphics and mellow soundtrack, with no time limit to harsh the vibe
- ✔ Advance the alien society: collect and unleash dozens of Supreme Aliens
- ✔ 70 Achievements to suit all styles of play
- ✔ Auto save game progress
- ✔ High Score and Achievements sharing on Facebook
- ✔ Free to play universal app for Android
- ✔ Scoreloop support on Android
Google's Holo design for the Play 4.0 truly has a distinct look, featuring clean lines and white spaces that will surely captivate many. It is much pleasing to the eye and a few minor changes have been made. It has been rolled out to a few lucky people whohave gotten their hands on its simplicity and ease of use.
Some noticeable changes on its appearance have also been noticed as well, such as the grainy or pixelated background and clearer choices with the use of white spaces.
Another noticeable difference when downloading apps from the Google Play 4.0 is that it does not take the user to a different page when downloading something, making it quicker and easier to use. The "keep shopping" button has also been scrapped, which will probably be appreciated by many as it could be quite bothersome.
The Google Play 4.0 is a lot cleaner and will surely make many people happy. It is not yet available among most Android users but trust that it will be a big improvement from the previous version.
Google has just updated its Play Movies & TV app to include what it calls "Info Card" search, giving you information about the movie you're watching when you pause.
If you're using the app on a tablet, you can now pause movies. You'll also find that Google's Knowledge Graph has been added to the app with power of facial recognition. Now, instead of pulling up cards with information from the a movie's metadata, Google is using facial recognition to pull up info on actors and Sound Search to pull up the music played in a movie.
What's in this version:
- On tablets, press pause to discover actors, related films, and even what song is playing. Look for movies with the info cards badge. US only.
- Search across your library and the Play Store for movies & TV shows.
- Receive notifications for new TV show episodes if you've purchased the season.
- Select the "refresh" option in the overflow menu to checks for any updates to the library.
- Now available in India!