Why Did Google Remove a Feature or Product

Why Google isn’t afraid to kill your favorite products

By on July 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Why Google isn’t afraid to kill your favorite products

In addition to explaining why Google actually needs the gorgeous new Material Design deployed on Android L, android apps and the web, Google’s Search design guru Jon Wiley talked during the same Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session about the reasons why Google has to sometimes remove features from products, or products, even though some people may still be interested in using them. More →

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Android L Material Design Explained

Why Google needs Android L’s awesome Material Design

By on July 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Why Google needs Android L’s awesome Material Design

Android L’s main feature so far is the new Material Design that Google will also use across platforms and on the web, and whose new rules developers are also encouraged to abide by. But why did Google decide to go for a complete makeover of Android, apps and the web?

Google designer Jon Wiley, who works on Google Search design, hosted a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session during which he explained why Google needs Material Design. Unsurprisingly, Material Design is supposed to further enhance Google’s Search performance and offer a better user experience across all devices. More →

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Android L Features

7 great Android apps that will make your phone more like Android L

By on July 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

7 great Android apps that will make your phone more like Android L

Google’s upcoming new version of Android is an absolutely gorgeous reimagining of the company’s mobile operating system. Dubbed “Material Design,” Google has employed a new design identity throughout the user interface that makes Android L far more beautiful and approachable than the OS has ever been in the past. While Apple has done a great job of flattening its iOS platform in an effort to modernize it, Google is taking a different approach, adding different levels to the UI that combine with new graphics to create a great experience.

The problem, of course, is that Android L won’t be available until sometime this fall and even then, there’s no telling when vendors will finally start updating their phones. Luckily, you don’t have to wait to get some of the awesome new elements from Android L on your current smartphone. More →

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Google Twitch Acquisition

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

By on July 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

Following several reports that the two were in talks, Google has reportedly reached a deal to acquire streaming video giant Twitch for approximately $1 billion. With more than 50 million monthly active users, Twitch is a wildly popular service that allows gamers to stream live video of themselves as well as live feeds of whatever video games they might be playing. Venturebeat reports that Google’s YouTube division is in charge of the deal and will presumably oversee Twitch in some capacity moving forward. Google has not yet confirmed the acquisition.

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Google Now Easter Eggs

11 cool Google Now easter eggs you have to check out

By on July 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

11 cool Google Now easter eggs you have to check out

There is really no question that Google Now is one of the best things to happen to mobile devices in the past few years. Google’s intelligent personal assistant service gives you important information before you even realize you need it, and it is constantly improving as Google adds more great functionality to the service. Of course, Google Now isn’t all business — it can also have some fun from time to time just like Apple’s Siri, and there are some cool Google Now easter eggs that you really have to check out. More →

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Google Maps Features

The fantastic new Google Maps feature we’ve been waiting for is finally here

By on July 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

The fantastic new Google Maps feature we’ve been waiting for is finally here

Earlier this week, we told you about a fantastic new feature coming to the Google Maps Mobile app that could potentially change the way you explore the areas around you. Well, Google on Wednesday afternoon announced that its terrific new Explore feature has now rolled out to its iOS and Android mobile apps. More →

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Google Play Store Material Design Update

Android L’s gorgeous Material Design is coming soon to all Android phones… sort of

By on July 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Android L’s gorgeous Material Design is coming soon to all Android phones… sort of

After a report a few days ago revealed that Google was working on updating its Play Store (desktop and Android app versions) to include its new Material Design, Google on Tuesday teased the new redesign coming to the Play Store Android app. More →

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Google Maps

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

By on July 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

Advertisements can certainly be annoying, but they’re not always a bad thing. Problems arise most often when ads are intrusive or irrelevant, and when they do more to pester us than inform us. In the case of Google Maps, ads can actually be quite helpful in many scenarios, and Google just announced a few changes for the ads it serves in its Google Maps mobile app that might actually enhance users’ experiences. More →

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Google Now Feature: Set Reminders

Awesome new Google Now trick lets you set reminders without even opening Google Now

By on July 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM.

Awesome new Google Now trick lets you set reminders without even opening Google Now

Google has a brand new Google Now feature related to reminders that will let users easily create new reminders by simply searching inside Google for “add reminder,” or “create reminder” followed by a name, date or place, Google Operating System revealed. The new feature will also support more advanced commands such as “add reminder to buy milk tomorrow” or “create reminder to buy sandwich when I am in Chicago.” More →

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Android L Developer Preview Updates

Don’t expect any updates to fix Android L troubles

By on July 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM.

Don’t expect any updates to fix Android L troubles

If you happen to run Android L, or a port based on it, on your device and you’re wondering whether Google will release an update to fix any of the potential issues discovered with the Developer Preview ROM, you should know there’s a slim chance that will happen. German publication Smartdroid.de picked up a Google+ discussion in which Googler Rich Hyndman, who shared more details about Android L in a video published recently on YouTube, revealed that updates aren’t exactly in the picture for Android L. More →

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Google Maps Explore Nearby

Google is testing an awesome new Google Maps feature we can’t wait to get our hands on

By on July 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM.

Google is testing an awesome new Google Maps feature we can’t wait to get our hands on

Google Maps is an amazing tool that has quite literally changed our lives. Even the shortest trips to unknown locations used to be a production that involved searches and routing on Mapquest (or, heaven forbid, on an actual paper map) and then carrying printouts of one’s path to consult while driving. Now, we type a quick search in Google Maps on our phones and go.

Of course, Google is hardly one to rest on its laurels despite having released a product that has had such an impact. The company is constantly adding nifty new features to Maps, and now it’s working on one we cannot wait to get our hands on. More →

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Apple vs Google: In-app Purchases

EU likes Google’s in-app purchase policy changes, wants more from Apple

By on July 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

EU likes Google’s in-app purchase policy changes, wants more from Apple

The European Commission’s request for Apple and Google to take additional steps that further protect smartphone and tablet users from unexpected in-app purchases coming from their children. Now, Google said that starting in late September, free games in the Play Store that come with in-app purchases won’t be labeled as free anymore, Engadget reports.Google also said it will take additional measures to prevent children from buying in-game items, and will implement measures to monitor any breaches of EU law. More →

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