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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Statue For Honeycomb Arrives at Google HQ

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"It took a little while longer than its cousins, but the Honeycomb statue has finally arrived at Building 44 on Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus. There she be, with a honeybee and the Android robot facing off. Pretty cool, actually."

If Android 3.0 was not official before it is now! The statue representing Android 3.0, Honeycomb, the latest version of Android and the first developed specifically for tablets, is now up with all the others. There is a statue for each version of the Android operating system starting with Cupcake, then Donut, Ecliar, Froyo (Frozen Yogurt), Gingerbread, and now Honeycomb. It's rumored that the next mouth watering name will be Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich. You can follow the "Read" link for a few video's of the Honeycomb statue arrival.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Suffering From Label Overload? Help is Just a Click Away

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Talk" @ 09:30 AM

"We created the 'Hide read labels' and 'Hide Labels from Subjects' labs to help people manage their ever-growing lists of labels. Given the popularity and usefulness of these labs, we've decided to graduate them into fully-fledged features."

It's always nice to see Lab features move on up to the big time. I use a similar feature extensively in Google Reader and can imagine that it would be helpful for hard-core Gmail label users. So, how many labels do you use and do you think this feature will be useful to you?

Tags: labels, google, gmail, labs

Monday, February 21, 2011

Google Docs Now Supporting Excel, Powerpoint And More

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 PM

"The Google Docs Viewer is used by millions of people every day to quickly view PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations online. Not only is viewing files in your browser far more secure than downloading and opening them locally, but it also saves time and doesn't clutter up your hard-drive with unwanted files...Today we're excited to launch support for 12 new file types."

I've never had occasion to use Google Docs - now I'm curious enough to try it out, especially with the new support for PSD and AI files. Including in today's update to Docs is compatibility with:

  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)

That's a pretty strong line-up to add to the file formats already supported.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Google Music Service To Launch With Honeycomb?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"Google is to launch a music service to compete with Apple's iTunes music store as part of a forthcoming upgrade to its Android mobile operating system, according to Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility, which will soon launch one of the first machines able to run the software."

We heard a bit of buzz about Google Music a few weeks ago and now it appears that Mr. Sanjay Jha has given us a bit more to chew on. According to Jha, Google's Honeycomb version of Android will include "video and music services". If we assume that Honeycomb will officially launch with the Xoom and bring with it the launch of Google's music service this rumor will line up nicely with the previous timeline we heard. I can't wait to see what Google brings us on the music front.

Tags: music, store, mp3, google

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Google Reader App For Android Gets An Update: Now With Widgets!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Today we're excited to announce some updates to the official Google Reader app for Android. Over the last couple of months, we've added some of your most-requested features."

The official Google Reader app for Android just received a very nice update. The biggest listed features are the addition of ticker or unread count widgets that can be pointed at any single feed or person you follow and the ability to mark everything above your current reading location as read. That is the big one for me and something I really missed from the mobile web version of Reader. There are a few other nice things not mentioned in the post. There are a few subtle UI tweaks here and there that are very nice, the menu and been rearranged/optimized, and there is a new option in the setting to fully cache commonly accessed feeds for off-line reading once per hour! You can't choose which feeds, which seems a bit weird to me, but this will be a nice option for those who have nothing better to do on the subway. My world is pretty much funneled though Google Reader these days so I am very excited for this new update. Anyone else as addicted to this app as I am?

Tags: rss, google, reader

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Google Does Check-ins with Latitude and Maps

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

"You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location—like captions to a photo. For example, I live in San Francisco but often travel around the world. Until today, sharing my location let friends and family know if I was across the globe or in their neighborhood. Now, check-ins let them see the cool restaurant I’m trying in Taipei or join me for a latte at the cafe nearby."

It looks like Foursquare has some competition. Now you can check in to places with Latitude. It even supports automatic check-ins if you want to enable that feature and it will check-out automatically as well. You'll need to update to Maps 5.1.0 first. I'm trying to update Google Maps now and the download stops before it really starts. Are you a Foursquare user? If so how does this compare? If you use Latitude will you use the new check-in features?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Google Music Service Coming As Soon As Next Month?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Android is worldwide, and now, Rubin is focusing more on music. He and former YouTube lawyer, Zahavah Levine have been talking to four major music labels, and although nothing has been confirmed, they are stating that the labels are more willing to work with them now that 'Rubin is involved.'"

I am excited to see what Google has in store for us on the music front. I love what they've done with Google eBookstore and hope they bring something similar with Google Music or Google eMusicstore or whatever they call it. Though I do hope there is a way that I can load or sync the music I already own into the system. I'm pretty happy with Amazon's MP3 store but really curious to see what Google has in ready for us.

Tags: music, store, google

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Take a Tour of Honeycomb

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Google gave us a glimpse of Android 3.0 Honeycomb earlier this year, but today they released more details on the upcoming OS. Here's a look through what we can expect. Spoiler alert: It's awesome, and it fixes many of Android's biggest annoyances."

This is a screen-shot tour through some of what's new in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google's version of Android that's specifically designed for tablets. So far, I like everything I see! It seems like Google has really done their homework and gone out of their way to produce an excellent operating system for tablet. I look forward to playing with it on a production tablet to see if it's really as good as it seems. What are your thoughts? Does this screen-shot tour make you want an Android tablet?

Update: Don't miss the Honeycomb event on Feb. 2 at 1:00 Eastern here:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lucy Might Really Be In The Sky: Google Music Sync Coming to Gingerbread?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Google's been teasing cloud-based music features in Android since its I/O conference last year, and the recent leak of a revamped first-party Music app suggests that the plans haven't evaporated into thin air."

We've known of Google's plans to launch their own music store/service for quite some time now we just didn't know when. Well if the above screen shot is to be taken as truth then it might just be happening in the not to distant future. The shooters of this screen claim that it was taken from a device running Gingerbread, which as we know is already out there. With Google eBookstore out in full force is "gTunes" the next logical step? I for one am excited especially if I can use it to sync the music I already own.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Goggles Version Takes on Puzzles

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM

"The new Goggles 1.3 client for Android can scan barcodes almost instantly. All versions of Goggles can now recognize print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Finally, Goggles has also learned a fun new trick for Sudoku fans."

Google released a new version of Google Goggles and has added some very cool new features. It can now recognize all mainstream print ads since August 2010 and solve Sudoku puzzles! Apparently it's faster too which is always a nice touch. I had to test the Sudoku solving so I went to Google Goggles managed to conquer an "evil" difficulty puzzle in about 3 seconds on my Droid X. It's even cool to watch it populate the empty boxes:) Google Goggles is a tool I've had on my phone for a long time that I know I don't use enough. I often forget how much it can do, like translation and business card scanning. What's the coolest thing you've used it for? Have you tried any national monuments or things you really didn't expect it to recognize?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Google Squashes Two Text Messaging Bugs

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 11:30 AM

"Hear that thunderous roar off in the distance, growing louder (and more frightening) as it persists? That is the sound of excited Android users emailing us to inform their fave gadget site that Google has just sent users an update to that little embarrassing SMS bug..."

It appears that Google is aware of and is in the process of fixing two text messaging bugs that have been annoying users. One bug will show a different received text message from the one that the user selected, while the other bug will send the text message to a different person than intended recipient. Both are irritating, but the second bug could possibly be disastrous if you accidentally send that racy text message to your boss!

Monday, December 20, 2010

48 Hours With a Nexus S

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 07:00 AM

It got here around 48 hours ago, and I've got some interesting observations on the newest Nexus phone. So how does the gingerbready goodness stack up to the bar set by it's older brother, the Nexus One? Well let's talk about it in my Micro-Review-Quick-Look! Read more...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Google Maps 5.0: See It Now In 3D!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

"I'm excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.

We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago. Since then, we've added dozens of features, and we've grown from a few thousand to more than 100 million users. Still, a couple of things have remained the same: a flat, north-up map and the need for a strong Internet connection. Today, we're changing that for the first time."

Google Maps for Android just got really freakin cool. (Not that it wasn't cool enough already.) Version 5.0 brings quite the list of exciting features to the table. The biggest change in my mind is the switch to vector based graphics, think PDF vs. JPG. While Maps still uses tiles of map data each tile now contains the information required to render any zoom level of that location. Which means once you've cached that section of the map you will not have to download any more data regardless of zoom level. Previously each zoom level had it's own static image that you needed to download when you zoomed in or out. According to Google this has reduced the size of the map data by 100 times. Which leads us to possibly the best new feature of all, offline rerouting and better offline reliability. With the massive reduction in map data size Google is now able to cache much more data very quickly. They are still in the early stages of rolling this out behind the scene but soon you will be able to setup your route and go without having to worry if you will loose data connection along the way and get lost. A few of the other great features include support for those cool 3D buildings we see on the full web version as well as tilting and rotating of the map using either gestures or the compass. So, what are you waiting for? Go get it NOW!

Tags: google, maps, offline, 3d, 5.0

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Google Cloud Print Enters Beta: Chance Of Rain Up 30%

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 08:00 PM

"Back in April, we wrote about a very cool new feature that Google was working on alongside Chrome OS: Cloud Print. Essentially, it's a service that takes all of the printer drivers you normally need on a computer and puts them in the cloud (on Google's servers). This way, you can easily print from a machine regardless of the OS. This means you can print from Chrome OS or from any mobile device."

Printing from my phone was something I did quite a bit back in my Windows Mobile days, at work anyway. I don't actually own an printer myself. Back then printing was accomplished over IR or Bluetooth. Now thanks to Google we will soon be able to print over the interwebs from anywhere. I really only see this being useful if someone were to share their printer with you. If I am in a position to pick up a print job from my own printer I might as well just print from the computer it is attached to. If you want to try it out you'll have to download the latest dev build of Google Chrome. Anyone played with this yet?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Might Google Video Chat Be Coming To Android? I Sure Hope So.

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:00 PM

"It was only a matter of time before some of you craftier readers started digging into the Gingerbread SDK. Just hours after its announcement, the first hidden gems are starting to come to surface."

Well looky there. Looks like some of those crazy people out there have already started ripping apart the new Android 2.3 SDK. Guess what they found? Yep, icons for audio and video chat status. This doesn't mean that voice and video chat are coming to Android but is is a pretty strong hint that someone is at least working on it. All I can say is that it is about time. Voice and video chat over Google Talk is great from your PC. How awesome would it be from your phone? Anyone else super excited about this possibility?

Google Maps 5.0 Update Delivers New Features

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Why look at static images when you can get a more 3D view of the urban scene? Google's Maps for Mobile 5 just got previewed..."

Google Maps 5.0 for Android is updating with some cool new features such as 3D buildings and offline caching. Plus, it will load faster! No date has been specified for the update, but it should be out soon!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread and Nexus S Announced

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android's vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations-but we're not slowing down. Today, we're pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products-Nexus S. And for developers, the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well."

Well, it's official. We've got a new version that's being released to developers, and even is on a production device, the Nexus S. Not looking too shabby Google, now let's see how long it takes us Nexus One users to get it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Official Google Reader App Now Available In The Android Market!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:30 PM

"It's been a long time coming, but the official Google Reader app for Android is finally here. Let's jump into the features, shall we?"

All I have to say is, FINALLY!! Well, okay. That's not all I have to say. I'm one of those people who probably checks Google Reader more often than I check my email. It is my life line to the world. I get my news there, my friends blog updates, web comics, podcasts, pretty much anything I can get in RSS form. While the mobile web interface for Google Reader is pretty good there were just a few things that could make it better. Unless you are running it on a Galaxy Tab some of those links were a bit small for my liking and I don't know how many times I've accidentally closed my window and lost my place or had a link not open in a new window. Fortunately, now I have large finger friendly links and buttons and looks to be about every option available from the desktop web interface right on my phone. So what are you waiting for? Go get! Then come back here and tell us how much you <3 it.

Tags: rss, google, reader, feed

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Google Maps for Android Now Has Hotspot Local Recommendations

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Hotpot, Google's local social recommendation service, has been integrated into Google Maps 4.7 for Android, so you can read and write reviews of restaurants and pubs, plus rate places for personalized future recommendations based on your tastes"

It's great to see Google bring yet another app to the mobile world, but is this any better than all the other applications that recommend nearby locations?  I think being currently limited to Android and PC's probably keeps a lot of good reviews from being added.   Do you use this or other location-based recommendation apps?  Let us know in the comments!

Tags: google, android

Monday, November 8, 2010

Google Instant Search for Android

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 08:00 PM

"Instant Search is a new search method Google unveiled in September. As the name implies, results appear instantly as someone keys-in a word or phrase."

The much hyped Instant Search has finally made an appearance on Android devices. I tested this on both Dolphin HD and the built-in browser, and it worked great.

Tags: google, android

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