Google Wallet for iOS: Touch ID Support

Google integrates Apple’s Touch ID security into its own digital wallet app

By on December 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Google integrates Apple’s Touch ID security into its own digital wallet app

One of the main features of the iPhone, especially when it comes to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that can be used for mobile payments in stores, is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button, which adds an extra layer of security to Apple’s Apple Pay payments app, but also to other applications.

In iOS 8, Apple has opened Touch ID to third-party developers, with Google apparently being one of the companies looking to take advantage of the feature. The company has updated the iOS version of its Google Wallet payments app, adding Touch ID login support, 9to5Google reports. More →

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Google Top Searches 2014: iPhone 6

Flappy Bird and iPhone 6 among the most Google searched tech items of 2014

By on December 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Flappy Bird and iPhone 6 among the most Google searched tech items of 2014

With 2014 almost over, Google has released its regular search stats for the year, replacing its usual “Zeitgeist” report with a more user-friendly name: “Year in Search.” The search giant has released details about the queries performed on its search engine throughout the year, grouping the searches in various categories. Among the tech-related products, or gadgets that were most searched for online this year, Google has listed the controversial Flappy Bird app, but also many smartphones, including the iPhone 6. More →

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Google Chat and Hangouts Tricks

Here are some Google Chat and Hangouts tricks you should check out

By on December 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Here are some Google Chat and Hangouts tricks you should check out

Whether you only use Google Hangouts on occasion or it’s your primary means of online communication, there are probably a few tips and tricks within Google’s popular platform that you haven’t seen. Business Insider published a feature on Friday pointing out several of these tricks, from undocumented emoji to simplified language translation. More →

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Google Maps Features: Lane Guidance

Check out these awesome new Google Maps features

By on December 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

Check out these awesome new Google Maps features

Google Maps has gotten even better, at least for European users who haven’t been able to use one of the new features Google brought to the U.S. earlier this year. The lane guidance feature enabled in a May update in America is now available in various European countries, including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Ireland, to both iOS and Android Google Maps users. More →

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Google iOS Material Design

iPhone users can search in style with Google’s gorgeous new Material Design update

By on December 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

iPhone users can search in style with Google’s gorgeous new Material Design update

Over the past few weeks, Google has been updating its apps with the highly anticipated Material Design interface that Android fans have been waiting for. Interestingly, iOS users are receiving the updates as well, which is the case again this week after the latest update for the official Google app on iPhone and iPad. More →

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Google Nexus 5 Stock

The clock is ticking on Google’s classic Nexus 5 [updated]

By on December 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

The clock is ticking on Google’s classic Nexus 5 [updated]

Google has recently launched the Nexus 6, its best and biggest smartphone to date, but the device is also pretty expensive when purchased for full price, especially compared to previous Nexus models. Luckily, for budget Nexus device buyers, Google still has the more affordable Nexus 5 in stock, but that’s about to change in the future. More →

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YouTube Update

Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

By on December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

The look and feel of Google’s “Material Design” in Android 5.0 Lollipop is fantastic. We have covered it at length here on BGR — see our review of Google’s Nexus 9 for a good overview. The basic idea is to unify Google’s apps on mobile devices and the web with a bold new look characterized by bright colors and subtle shadows. Material Design also gives developers a set of guidelines to follow that will provide a better user experience in their apps, and the results thus far have been terrific.

Now, Google has finally issued a Material Design makeover for one of the most popular Android apps on the planet, and the results are stunning. More →

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Hangouts for Android Features

Google’s Hangouts app just received some awesome new smart features

By on December 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Google’s Hangouts app just received some awesome new smart features

Google on Wednesday announced a special update for its Hangouts app that will offer users various interesting new features, including an awesome new smart tool to help users better focus on communicating with friends and family, rather than dealing with other smartphone chores when having to answer to certain questions. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Hardware Design

This hideous piece of 2007 Google hardware shows why we should all be thankful for Apple

By on December 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

This hideous piece of 2007 Google hardware shows why we should all be thankful for Apple

Android fans may not want to admit it, but there’s actually a good reason for them to be thankful for Apple. Why, do you ask? Mostly because Apple’s hardware design chops are so good that they often raise the bar for hardware designers at rival companies. And if you want to see just how awful Google’s pre-iPhone hardware designs were, then you have to look no further than this beast unearthed by The Information’s Amir Efrati. More →

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Google Search Tips And Tricks

Here are some essential Google search tricks you may never have heard of

By on December 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Here are some essential Google search tricks you may never have heard of

We can never get enough Google search tricks, which is why we’re glad to see that Time asked some Googlers to offer some tips for Google search that they think too few people have heard of. Some of them are very well known, of course, such as searching for whole phrases by using quotation marks and searching for content on individual websites, but others definitely caught our eyes as features we never knew about before. More →

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U.S. Cellular Nexus 6 Price

The Nexus 6 is now even cheaper… but there’s a huge catch

By on December 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

The Nexus 6 is now even cheaper… but there’s a huge catch

Even though the Nexus 6 is more expensive than any of its predecessors, Google is betting on a different strategy to sell more Nexus smartphones this year, and that’s partnering up with various mobile operators around the world, including many U.S. carriers that can sell the handset for a subsidized price. Joining AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile is U.S. Cellular, which is currently taking orders for both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the handset, with both of them being priced cheaper than elsewhere. More →

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Google Translate Image Translation

One of Google’s most useful services is about to receive amazing new features

By on December 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

One of Google’s most useful services is about to receive amazing new features

Frequent travelers that rely on one of Google’s most useful online services to get by in different foreign countries will be happy to hear that Google is getting ready to roll out a significant update for Google Translate, as Android Police reports. More →

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