This year is a little different for consumers seeking a Nexus phone because the Nexus 6 will be widely distributed. Carriers will offer the Nexus 6 with an on-contract price, something that has not been done in three years. The Nexus 6 is already available through Google Play in a version that is not bound to any specific carrier. There was some curiosity to see how the device would fare on certain networks.
One of the best things about Google is that the company acknowledges that other platforms exist. Today, Google Play Movies & TV is available in the Channel Store for Roku devices. Owners of such devices get Google’s vast library of films and television shows in standard and high definition. Google integrated its Info Cards so viewers can quickly learn about actors and more just by pausing.
For now, the launch of Google Play Movies & TV is available in the Channel Store in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Google is throwing in a gifts to celebrate and the first one is the original X-Men film.
Sad news today. Andy Rubin, who co founded Android is leaving Google to start an incubator for startups. Rubin was in charge of the Android division until March of last year, when he shifted to the lead of the nascent robotics effort.
Google acquired Android back in 2005, and Rubin was instrumental in building it to be the most widely used mobile operating system in the world.
Google has started rolling out its latest update for its Google Play Games, and with it comes Game Profile improvements and design changes.
9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.
The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.
Google has updated its three biggest productivity apps: docs, sheets, and slides. The changes
After undergoing further development since August, Google Stars has launched in the Chrome Web Store. The difference today, though, is its name. Google has renamed the extension Bookmark Manager. The overall design has not changed too much, but Google definitely made alterations to fit its own suggested guidelines. Bookmark Manager saves pages, places them into folders, and can be shared publicly with friends.
The web and mobile experiences for Google Drive are being improved constantly. The latest round of adjustments is for the Google Drive for Android app. Google is improving search, share, and view tools. For the search tool, the Google Drive app will have active results suggested. Start typing and the app displays suggestions with the same set of letters. The new sharing menu now has a text box for users to add a message. The same menu also contains sharing options to make document links public. And for viewing, Google Drive for Android has a PDF viewer so it does not have to redirect users to another app.
The update will start appearing on devices over the next few days.
We saw glimpses of this at Google I/O, and developers can now make their apps searchable through Google Voice Search. It only takes a few lines of code. Once added, apps can receive the SEARCH_ACTION intent containing the SearchManager.QUERYextra with the search expression.
Examples of such searches might be “Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24” or “Ok Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.” Imagine the possibilities.
There is another application from Google getting overhauled. The Material Design overhaul has been brought to Google Wallet. The functionality of the app is pretty much the same, but, as expected, it has a completely different look. And there is no question that Google Wallet looks great with Material Design. The one feature change is the addition to control your Google Wallet card. There are ways to lock or cancel it from within the app. The changes are so dramatic that Google is moving jumping ahead to version 7 with this update when the last update was version 2.