We are expecting a Google smartwatch this year, hopefully in time for Google I/O in June. However, not too much has been revealed about it other than LG will be the manufacturer. Well we finally have some information. Supposedly, it will sport a 1.65-inch IPS display with a resolution of 280 x 280, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. As to the processor, it’s still to be determined.
Google has updated their Search app with a handful of new features, so you’ll likely start seeing a few new additions as you get the update. A majority of the new changes are in Google Now’s information cards, including extra information for Cricket teams, sports card improvements, and expandable information in cards relating to stock information. Outside of the Now cards, Google has improved image searching, adding in the ability to open an image in a browser to quickly save it. One of the biggest pain points of Google image searching with the app was that it was impossible to save a picture if you needed to store it for later, so this addition is a welcome one. Google has also separated hotword detection in the settings to make it quicker to toggle.
Like other Google app updates, you can expect this one to roll out over the next few days. Hit the link below to see if the update is live for you yet.
YouTube received an update today, but it isn’t the update you’re probably used to. Once you update, you’re going to get nothing new expect that the icon in the top leftt of the UI that has a bone inside. It symbplizes Google’s “dogfooding” program, or internal testing program, for those not familiar with the term. The program brings a menu with ExoPlayer options inside. Not quite sure what exactly the options do, and there’s a good chance this update was sent out mistakenly.
The update brings YouTube to version 5.5.26. It doesn’t seem like there are any other functional changes, but if we find something, we’ll be sure to let you know. Find a download link past the break to push the update to your device, if you haven’t yet received it.
Google is hard at work today releasing updates for some of its apps, one of them being the Google Wallet app that received an update earlier today bringing the new “Orders” feature. Now it looks like Google Translate is next in line to receive an update.
The new update improves the stability of the app and fixes bugs and crashes. Aside from this, the app now supports handwriting in 13 more languages : Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Telugu. » Read the rest
Google announced today that it’s rolling out a new update to its Google Wallet app that will bring a new feature called “Orders”.
With Orders, users can now easily track their online purchases as well as receive notifications of status updates regarding the shipping and delivery of their purchases. In addition, you can view receipts of your past online purchases.
Google said it will fetch the receipts you receive in your Gmail in order to find out the orders that you’ve made online. » Read the rest
Last month rumors surfaced that Google was exploring an app that would streamline the process of logging on to WiFi access points. An example of this would be at somewhere like a Starbucks, locations where Google is partnering to deploy their own access points providing better speeds than what had been available. Reports last month indicated Google was testing the app internally at their headquarters. New attempts to get updated information from Google about the initiative have proven fruitless as spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says “we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.” » Read the rest
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.