The latest version of Google Play services has just finished rolling out and it has some pretty nice enhancements that developers will definitely enjoy hearing. Not only does 3.2 offer better performance and power savings, but it also provides improved maps and location-based services through the Fused Location Provider and the ability to inject mock locations for testing.
Apps using Google+ sign-in can now take advantage of multiple new features including simplified sharing control, a compass mode in the Photo Sphere viewer, and InstantBuy implementation which improves purchasing efficiency and packs a cleaner UI.
Check out the full details in the full blog post after the break.
Google+ users can expect to see a new feature gradually hitting the web interface of Google’s social media site that will allow you to translate posts and comments in different languages. It will supposedly work similarly to how Google automatically translates web pages for you in Chrome, which is a nice addition especially if you frequent pages that have many international users. If you haven’t seen the option to translate text yet, Google is using staged rollouts for this like all of their other new features, so it could be a few days before it shows up for you.
source: 9to5 Google
After buying up Waze, Google announced they would use the acquisition to improve Google Maps. It hasn’t taken long and we’re already seeing some new features popping up in Maps to make the navigation experience much better. Starting today, Google Maps users will be able to see real-time reported traffic incidents from Waze users, which includes traffic accidents, construction, and a handful of other nuisances. Waze users aren’t being left out of the fun, either, as they’ll get access to Google Search within the Waze app to give users even more results when searching for something, and a new Google Street View feature added to the Waze map editor.
Hopefully this will be the first of many improvements we’ll see across both apps. Anybody going to get a chance to use these apps while travelling today?
source: Google Blog
Last week we got word that the new Nexus 5 will indeed be manufactured by LG and somewhat based on the G2. Now we have an image of the backside of the said device. We have no idea if it is real or not, but we can say that it confirms the rumor that there won’t be any G2-like volume/power controls on the back. As you can see, the volume and power buttons appear to be on the left side. The other thing that was reported last week was that it would sport a glass back. It’s hard to tell if this device has a glass back, but it does appear to have a shine or gloss to it. Lastly, as Christopher Wilkinson pointed out in the comments below….Where the hell is the Nexus logo?
What about specs? It was first rumored that it would be a scaled down version of the G2 as in the Snapdragon 600 vs the Snapdragon 800. Then it was reported that the Nexus 5 would indeed have the Snapdragon 800. Now we are going backwards again and hearing that it will not only be a Snapdragon 600, but the camera will be scaled back to 10MP. Non of this is surprising since Nexus devices are generally affordable.
So there you have it. The supposed first leaked image of the Nexus 5. Let us know what you think.
We always knew questions like this were going to eventually come up as the technology used in Google Glass became more and more prominent— in a Reddit AMA session (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was asked, “Do you think Google Glass could ever be integrated into live games, for example by having the officials wear them and letting the TV audience see what they saw?”
Morey, an MIT grad, was definitely interested in the idea, and even told the Redditor to ask Adam Silver, who will be stepping in as the NBA’s next commissioner come February.
Now the actual chance of something like this actually happening is very low, as some professional sports leagues are still getting used to the idea of something as low-tech as instant replay (MLB). It may be a welcome change somewhere way, way, way down the road, but don’t expect anything anytime soon. Just a nice idea for now…
It looks like Staples wants to clear out stock of their first-generation Nexus 7′s before the mad rush for the new Nexus 7, as they’re offering a coupon deal which expires this Sunday, August 18. By ordering online, on the phone, or at the store, you can use the coupon code to get a 1st-generation 16GB Nexus 7 for $139.90, or a 1st-generation 32GB Nexus 7 for $179.90. If you plan on taking advantage of the offer, now is the time to do it because it expires soon! Official coupons after the break.
Motorola has teamed up with a number of manufacturers including Griffin, Incase and Power Support to produce accessories for the highly customizable Moto X. Customers can choose from a range of cases, docks, and screen protectors which can all be found on Motorola’s website.
Incase has made two different cases available— $29.95 for a basic plastic Snap Case, and $34.95 for a Pro Shell version which has a rubberized frame for improved grip and durability. Now you ask, “Why would I want to put a case on my Moto X if it’s just going to block out my customized colors?” Well the Incase cases are clear, and have different colored frames that you can choose from. You can also get an anti-glare or regular screen protector, as well as a shock-absorbing film set.
Moto is also offering two docks, one of which is built for the car, while the other is built for your desk. The Navigation dock goes for $39.95, has a suction cup for your windshield, and your Moto X will automatically enter Car Mode when it’s inserted into the dock. The power dock goes for the same price and doesn’t really have any specific use other than making your phone look nice as if it’s on display, and charge your phone as well.
You can order some of these accessories now while some items are listed as “coming soon.” Head on over to Moto’s store in the source link to check them out yourself.
A week ago, it was rumored that Motorola would be making the Nexus 5, but that was quickly washed away with LG as the chosen one. Today we have continued rumors showing LG as making the said device, but with a little more detail. The latest word is that it will be based on the G2 as in the screen size of 5.2-inches and the Snapdragon 800 SoC. Earlier in the week, it was rumored to have the Snapdragon 600. As far as the body, it’s expected that it will resemble the look of the new Nexus 7 and it will also sport a glass back, just like the Nexus 4.
What do you guys think? I would be surprised if the Nexus 5 has the Snapdragon 800. Nexus devices traditionally don’t have the most up to date specs in terms of CPU, just take a look at the new new Nexus 7 for reference. I’m not a fan of the glass back, but it does create differentiation from the other devices.
Back at the Nexus 7 launch event, Google announced that the next installment of the popular Asphalt racing series would be released on August 8th— that day is long gone and we still have yet to see the release of the game. But we do have some good news, as today Gameloft announced a formal launch date via Twitter— August 22nd.
Asphalt 8: Airborne looks like its going to be a great game, especially with its upgraded graphics engine, real-time multi-player and tons of other features built in. Only 7 more days until you can finally get your hands on it!
After seeing less-than-promising numbers in Q3 2013, ASUS will be looking to jump into the Chromebook market as soon as the fourth quarter in an effort to gain back some of its notebook sales (which are currently sinking).
It’s a bit of a desperation move by the company, but hey— if they think it’s going to get them back to the sales numbers they were experiencing before, then all the power to them. Hopefully ASUS can bring some excitement back to the Chromebook brand, which has seemingly faltered a bit since its initial announcement. No news on how many Chromebooks the company will be creating, or on any of the specs we can expect to see.