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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Google Maps v8.2 for Android Update

Google Maps for Android just got some awesome new features

By on July 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM.

Google Maps for Android just got some awesome new features

Google Maps for Android is getting a new update, Android Police reports, which will bring users some interesting features for their favorite maps applications. Google Maps v8.2 for Android will support conversational voice actions in navigation mode – users will be able to ask things like “how long until destination,” “what’s my next turn” or tell Google to “show traffic,” – although they’ll have to make sure they hit the proper phrasing precisely, in order to actually be able to trigger an appropriate response from Google Maps. More →

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Chrome Battery Bug Fix

Google admits Chrome is killing laptop batteries and promises a fix

By on July 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Google admits Chrome is killing laptop batteries and promises a fix

A recent report shed light on a major bug in Google’s Chrome web browser that causes the batteries in Windows laptops to drain much faster than normal. In fact, the issue could cause laptop batteries to die 25% quicker. The bug causes laptops’ processors to wake up and look for tasks 1,000 times each second instead of 64 times per second, as they should, and users have been advised to avoid using Chrome on Windows machines if they value battery life.

But help is on the way: A new report states that Google has acknowledged the issue and is currently working to fix it. More →

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Google Samsung Fight on Wearables

Google and Samsung again at odds, this time over products you don’t really want

By on July 18, 2014 at 6:40 AM.

Google and Samsung again at odds, this time over products you don’t really want

Many reports have detailed an unfriendly relationship between Google and Samsung in the past, even though the two companies denied such reports every chance they got. In a surprising move in early 2014, the two parties signed a deal which should have further cemented their business partnership. In a recent extended profile piece on Sundar Pichai, one of Google’s current top execs, Bloomberg Bussinessweek detailed the tensions that existed between the two giants, over various aspects of their joint business efforts, with Pichai playing a key role in “fixing” the problem. However, The Information revealed on Thursday that Google and Samsung are still far from being as happy together as they claim to be.
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Google Glass Free Trial

See what it feels like to be a ‘glasshole’ before dropping $1,500 on Google Glass

By on July 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

See what it feels like to be a ‘glasshole’ before dropping $1,500 on Google Glass

There’s no question that Google Glass is the ultimate geek toy right now, but are you really ready to spend $1,500 and fully embrace the “glasshole” lifestyle? Google this week said in an email to people who had previously expressed interest in Glass that the company is now letting prospective buyers try its connected eyewear for free before they commit to buying it. More →

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Android L Keyboard App Returns

Now you have another way to get the Android L keyboard before it officially releases

By on July 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Now you have another way to get the Android L keyboard before it officially releases

Not everyone with an Android device has been fortunate enough to gain access to the Android L Developer Preview, but some the elements of the update have been making their way back to older versions of Android. One of the most notable apps to make it on to the Google Play store was the Android L keyboard by developer Shen Ye, but it was unceremoniously pulled from the store shortly after its release. More →

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When Is Google Fiber Coming

Google explains why it’s taking its sweet time bringing Google Fiber to your city

By on July 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM.

Google explains why it’s taking its sweet time bringing Google Fiber to your city

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Google to announce that it’s bringing Google Fiber to more markets. However, it seems that Google seems content to take its time for now and keep its Fiber deployments confined to the three markets it’s announced so far: Kansas City, Missouri, Austin, Texas and Provo Utah. More →

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Google Nest Jailbreak Hack

Hackers target Nest as a warning to Google about data-sharing

By on July 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Hackers target Nest as a warning to Google about data-sharing

If you ask Nest about sharing data with its new owner, the company will say that advertising isn’t part of its business model and that it plans to protect the privacy of its customers from Google. Nest will have to share some data with Google and others in order to enable automatic home-related features, but it is not supposed to lead to Google targeting users with even more ads than it currently does. To make sure Google won’t someday spam Nest owners with ads, a group of hackers plans to take preemptive action against Google and Nest, Forbes reports. More →

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Google Q2 2014 Earnings

Google whiffs again in Q2 2014 earnings but beats on revenue expectations

By on July 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM.

Google whiffs again in Q2 2014 earnings but beats on revenue expectations

Google on Thursday reported adjusted earnings of $6.08 per share on revenues of $15.96 billion, which missed the consensus estimate of earnings of $6.24 per share while beating the consensus estimate of revenues of $12.32 billion. The past quarter was a very busy one for the search giant, which unveiled its new Android L platform that features a completely new user interface design, as well as Android Wear, its first attempt at making a platform for wearable computers. More →

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Google Search, Gmail and Maps Tricks

12 nifty Google tricks you should know about

By on July 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

12 nifty Google tricks you should know about

Google is the preferred search engine for millions of people, with the giant company having many other web-related products available for users, all built around, or in relationship with search and ads. While most users know how to perform a search, use Gmail or navigate with Maps, they may not be aware of some of the nifty hidden tricks Google has included in its online services. More →

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