Reports and rumors have been swirling about the changes Google would be making to music streaming service All Access. The company wants to raise awareness for All Access to show the real value it has over competitors. Right now, the number of subscribers is believed to be between 500,000 and a few million. This is meager when compared to the Spotify’s more than ten million subscribers. Google has a massive audience in Android and is struggling to latch people onto All Access.
The reach of Google’s productivity suite is extending to students. Today, the company announced Drive for Education. It works with any Chromebook, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Drive for Education combines ample storage space with tight security. It is labeled as the twenty-first century backpack. All Google Apps for Education customers are eligible to use Drive for Education at no cost.
Here is what Google says Drive for Education includes:
- Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.
- Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.
- Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.
Source: Google for Education
As they indicated in an announcement a couple weeks ago, Google has started listing price ranges for in-app purchases in the descriptions for applications. The data is currently only available when viewing an app’s listing using an Android smartphone or tablet. To find the information, you have to use the “Read more” link in the description section and then scroll down to the bottom where Google displays information about the application like the version number, last update, and size. The information is not showing up via desktop browsers yet.
Google has been making an effort towards improving your ad experience when using your mobile device. Google is working on building ads for mobile viewing, which will help your ads resize for every screen. Google is also incorporating an anchor ad format that keeps your ads from rolling around the page when scrolling.
Google is once again throwing out the deals for Chromecast buyers, this time giving you 2 months of Hulu Plus with your purchase of a Chromecast streaming device.
Next month is shaping up to be a promising one for Google. The company is expected to unveil the next round of Nexus devices and Android L. While the HTC-made Nexus tablet is essentially a lock to debut, the existence of a phone is a little iffy. Today, Google’s phone plans have been confirmed. The Nexus 6 is real and Motorola is behind it.
The aptly named Forms arm of Google Drive has been updated today. The update focuses on search, management, and URLs. Underneath the Help tab, Forms has a new search bar to find things a lot easier. The shortcut to cue the search bar is “Alt+/.” The management tools have to do with the questions included and they can now be shuffled and given a limited amount of responses. Finally, users can share a form with a short URL provided by Google.
Source: Google Drive Blog (Official)
Google turned sixteen a couple of days ago and to celebrate its birthday the company’s social media team took to Twitter to share a GIF of a gigantic birthday cake aptly decorated with a selection of colorful lollipops.
As Chromebooks become more popular, demand for access to programs that users are familiar with on other platforms is going to continue to grow. Today it was announced that Adobe has decided to jump on board with Chrome OS by making their Creative Cloud, including a streaming version of Photoshop, available on Chromebooks. Although many of Adobe’s applications may be familiar to users as software that has to be downloaded and installed on a computer, the company has been pushing more features and services into the cloud. One of the benefits it appears is making the tools more platform-agnostic as seen with this latest move by Adobe.
Google just posted a nice guide to help developers understand how to build Android Auto compatibility into their apps. Android Auto will work the same way Android Wear works in that developers won’t need to create a “new” app in order to make it compatible with Android Auto. Instead, they will only need to add the necessary code to their existing app.
Android Auto will integrate with existing Android APIs for notifications along with a set of Voice Actions. So if a developer has a music streaming app, they could tie in a specific voice action to play a particular song.