Google announced Google Fit at Google I/O, which will gives developers the tools to build amazing fitness apps. The set of APIs can store and access data from fitness apps and sensors on Android devices or other wearables. With the user’s permission, apps will now be able to access fitness history data allowing for detailed insights, personalized coaching, recommendations, and more.
Joining the batch of small updates that Google rolled out over the past day is an update to the Android Device Manager. The update really only adds one new feature, the ability for someone who has found a smartphone with the ability to call the owner. The lockscreen implemented with this change will display a big green button for the finder to use to “Call Owner.”
Buying books has gone digital, but many buyers still prefer the real thing. Google and Barnes & Noble just announced a new partnership that will offer same-day delivery of physical books in West Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Manhattan. Books will be purchased through Google Shopping Express and will be delivered the same day from local B&N stores.
Google latest acquisition is the instant messaging company, Emu, that left beta status earlier this year. Emu set itself apart from other messaging services by allowing users to use voice controls to do things like set calendar appointments and other tasks, not unlike a Google Now or Siri. Not only that, but Emu used contextual information from the conversations you were having to make recommendations on things like restaurants or places of interest that you might enjoy.
Google is pushing out an update to Google Search, bringing the app to version 3.6. This is a really minor update with the only visible change being the ability for developers to deep link app information through Android’s linking API. This basically means you’ll be able to be linked directly to content in another app, if you have it installed and the developer has implemented it within their own application.
Google is pushing out updates to a few of its apps, including Hangouts, YouTube, and Play Music. None of the updates are huge, but they bring a few extra features that are definitely worth having.
Gmail has a lot of neat features that gives them a leg up over other providers. Here’s a new one – Google has added an “unsubscribe” button to mailing list emails that lets you unsubscribe from lists with just a few clicks. Basically, if there’s an unsubscribe option hidden somewhere in the email, Gmail will find it and link it at the very top of the message. It won’t fix all of your email clutter woes, but it’s a start.
Google Maps has the whole “traveling without actually being there” thing pretty much down.
But in outer space? They have that now, too.
Just head over to Google Maps and you’ll be able to rove both the Moon and Mars with brand new, 3D explorable maps. To find out how to get started, just hit the break.
A week ago we received hints at a new standalone Google Hands-Free application from a Google+ post. Now, thanks to Google search, we’ve found a new hint towards how this new app will fit in with the Android OS. Users can open up the Google Search App and search for “hands free.” They will be greeted with a card in the process of opening, but it will stall out until an action is taken and the process is cancelled. We still don’t know when the app will be released, or any of its features, but it seems like Google will release it to the world any day now.
Google announced today what they think is a significant step forward in enabling communication via email around the globe. Google’s Gmail application, and soon Calendar, will now recognize accented Latin characters or non-Latin characters used in an email address. Google points out that less than half of the world’s population uses a mother tongue based solely on the Latin alphabet. By accepting additional characters as part of an email address, the possibilities for people to get email addresses that make more sense to them is broadened.