It’s no secret that Google has been flirting with the idea of opening it’s very own retail store, much like what Apple offers. If you’ve walked in your local Best Buy store, you’ll see a small Google stand that sells Google’s products that are available in the Play Store, thus the idea has always been there for Google. Now there are reports that Google may finally take the plunge into opening an actual store as they are finalizing a lease on a venue in downtown Manhattan, which just happens to be a mere block away from an Apple store. Residing on 131 Greene St. the venue offers 4,100 square feet of space. We have more pictures below after the break.
Google is ramping up their productivity suite by bringing add-on extensions to Google Docs and Sheets. This means users will now be able to browse different extensions for Docs and Sheets that can do things like add a built-in bibliography to a paper, or create labels within a document, all through several third-party add-ons. These add-ons are synced through your Google account, so they’re carried across all of your documents automatically.
Currently, there’s just a handful of add-ons available, but Google expects that to increase pretty quickly. Among the first few available are Avery, an extension for making and printing labels, EasyBib, an easy way to create a bibliography for your paper, and Merge, which allows users to send customized emails from Docs. They’re pretty useful and you can start playing with them right away.
source: Google Drive Blog
In celebration of its second birthday, Google’s Play service is offering a completely free digital version of the classic Tom Hanks movie, “Big.” On top of it being free, it’s even the HD version. If you’ve never seen the movie, or if you just need something to watch, there’s really no reason not to grab this one.
Who’s planning on streaming this one to their Chromecast this weekend? Hit the break for download links.
California establishments seemed to have been the most lenient when it comes to Google Glass policies, but recent news from a San Francisco bar would prove otherwise.
After going through a couple iterations, Google finally decided to brand their version of an app store, along with music, movies, books and other stuff, as Google Play. It may be hard to believe, but that move to unify their online stores and implement a single brand occurred only two years ago. To help celebrate the anniversary of that change, Google is holding a “Happy Birthday” celebration with deals on a variety of goodies. » Read the rest
Google’s Play Games application has been updated to v1.5. You are now able to view invitations and see what the people in your circles are playing. The settings have also moved from the Action Bar to the sidebar. Lastly, you can view invites in “Matches” and “Find Games” (formerly “Recommended Games”) will show recommended games.
APK download link is available below thanks to Android Police.
A lot of people have been complaining about their battery discharging a little too fast on the Nexus 5 ever since the 4.4.2 update. It appears the culprit is the camera, and more specifically mm-qcamera-daemon. It causes the CPU to run more than needed, which subsequently causes the battery to drain quicker. It seems as if other third party apps like Skype is accessing the camera too often. However, the problem isn’t with Skype or other third party apps. It’s something Google needs to fix.
If you have noticed your battery draining quicker than normal, you can head over to Settings/Battery and see if mm-qcamera-daemon is listed. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything you can do to alleviate the situation other than doing a reboot, which is basically like taking an aspirin since the issue will come back. You can also look to uninstall any apps that utilize the camera, but then again, if you make use of those apps a lot, that might be difficult.
Android build numbers generally start with the same letter as the name of the current version of Android. For example, the latest build of KitKat is KOT49H (technically KVT49L for only the Nexus 7 LTE). However a couple of builds are appearing that start with the letter “A” as in ACU50C and ACU56E. This information comes from the idea133-weekly-release, which is for developers.
At this point, you would expect the next version of Android to start with the letter “L” since they have been going in order since Cupcake. Is Google planning something different? We’re not really sure, but here is how the build numbers break out.
If you and your family share a Chromebook, then you know that switching between accounts quickly can be a little bit of a hassle. However a new feature that’s being experimented with, may make that a thing of the past. This feature could even allow users to run different accounts in different windows at the same time.
This was announced by François Beaufort, a Google employee and a man known for his fondness of Chrome. He shared on his Google+ account this morning a video of this new multi-account switching and usage in action.
Of course, as of right now this is an experiment and when we’ll see it in a stable Chrome OS release is unknown. If you’re up for giving it a go, as it stands currently, you can always switch to the Dev Channel but be warned, it could still have some bugs in it. We have the video for you after the break if you want to see it in action. Enjoy!
Google has added a really cool new feature to Google Now’s search results. Now whenever you search for a restaurant, you might see that restaurant’s menu listed at the top of the search results in a Google Now card, complete with pricing information. The menus are also sorted by appetizers, entrees, and deserts like the store’s actual menu would be.
If you go out to eat often, this could be pretty helpful in coordinating reservations. Let us know if you get a chance to use this anytime soon.
source: Google Plus