Google releases Maps app for iOS, did they do the right thing?

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This morning brought great news for Apple users as they finally have a Maps app that just might work. Google came through and bailed out Apple with the release of the Google Maps app in the Apple app store last night. When this whole fiasco happened, I thought that Google shouldn’t bother developing an app. If Apple wanted to denounce Google, then let them wallow in their own mistakes. Furthermore, since Google wants to promote Android, wouldn’t they just keep it to Android to make it that much more appealing to iOS users?

Unfortunately that really isn’t the correct way of thinking since iOS is a revenue source for Google. Apple and Google might be major competitors, but they are two entirely different companies. You won’t find Apple-made apps in the Google Play Store because Apple has nothing to gain, but since Google derives revenues from ads and clicks, they have everything to gain by making their products available to the competition. In the past we reported that a lot of Google’s mobile revenues actually come from iOS devices, so why should Google shun that? It’s easy for me to say don’t do it, but it just didn’t make business sense for Google to ignore the situation. So iOS users now have a better experience thanks to Google. Maybe they will remember that the next time they buy a new phone. Probably not.

Google pulls Nexus 4 factory images and binaries from its developers site

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Some hawk-eyed hackers noticed something strange this morning: the factory images for the Nexus 4 seem to have disappeared from Google’s developer site. A factory image is a file that allows you to restore your device completely to stock in case something goes wrong while hacking and tinkering with your device. Interestingly, the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus factory images are all still available to download, indicating that the Nexus 4 factory images were deliberately pulled by Google to make some changes to the core code. Could it be that Google is trying to completely disable the recently discovered 4G antenna? We hope not. It’s anyone’s guess really, what Google is up to. Anyone have any good theories?

Source: Google Developers

Google CEO Larry Page talks about a Motorola Nexus, Apple, and self-driving cars

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Recently Google CEO Larry Page sat down with Fortune Magazine for a little interview. The first topic that came up was self-driving cars. Larry sees this as a huge “economic good” by saving millions of dollars on parking. He wasn’t just talking about the cost of just parking the car, but actually building garages. Right now the cost of building a parking garage is upwards of $40,000 per space. Larry envisions a self-driving car dropping you at the front door to the building you work at and then it would park itself. When you’re ready to leave, your phone will tell your car that it’s time to head back and get you.

As to Apple, they are both a competitor and a partner, and he said they he and Steve Jobs were friendly at times. He talked about the time that Steve Jobs tried to rally Apple employees by wanting to go thermonuclear war on Android. Larry doesn’t agree with that philosophy because it causes the employees to look at “somebody else” and what they do now and that’s not how you stay two or three steps ahead. He also talked about how Apple is a big distribution channel and they continue to talk to them to continue to provide those services and sometimes they are allowed to and sometimes they aren’t.

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Verizon responds to FCC complaint regarding ‘blocking’ of Google Wallet; It’s Google’s problem

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It’s been a long battle between Google and their Wallet app and NFC-equipped Verizon devices. It turns out that Verizon is now blaming Google itself as to the reason why it’s not working save for a few unlocked devices, citing specifically issues with devices ‘secure element.’ According to a letter from Verizon in response to XDA member Josh995′s complaint to the FCCVerizon goes on to explain that Google Wallet is different than other m-commerce services such as Square, PayPal, or the Starbucks card.

The difference Verizon is referring to lies in the fact that Google Wallet accesses the device’s ‘secure element’ as mentioned earlier, and does not simply access the operating system. This ‘secure element,’ according to Verizon, is a proprietary and secure piece of hardware built into some devices and is separate from the device’s operating system.  Verizon finally mentions that Google is free to offer the application in a manner that doesn’t require the app to access this secure element. I’m not sure as to the validity of this reason or excuse from Verizon since they did block the app at one time, even though they denied it. Regardless, Google, it’s your play.

source:  XDA Forums

Nexus 4 Bumpers: now you see them, now you don’t

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Google’s Nexus 4 has certainly proven itself to be golden for Google and Android fans. The mania is not confined to the device itself. Those lucky enough to have one of the devices despite the severe shortage may be looking for some lightweight protection for the smartphone. Google is ready with a solution in the form of some black bumpers to wrap the Nexus 4. The bumpers have been available on the Google Play Store and were shipping to lucky buyers, but are now sold out. If you are interested in grabbing one, you will now have to play the refresh and wait game using the Google Play Store link below.

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New Google+ feature rolls out today: Google+ Communities

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Lately Google has been cranking out important updates and improvements to many of its products across all of its platforms (Android, IOS, Gmail, etc). Today we see yet another improvement coming out of the Mountain View company,  this time in connection with its quickly growing Google+ social network. The company announced on its blog today that it will be rolling out a new feature within Google+ called “Google+ Communities”. Google+ Communities act as a hub around which people with common interests can gather, discuss, debate, trade ideas and more. In essence it functions in many ways like a Facebook “group”, but catered toward specific interests. The communities are arranged by topics (photography, surfing, Android, music) so people of a like-mind can flock together, make new friends, network and more.

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Trio of Google apps join Google Search and Google Now updates today

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A trio of Google’s apps received updates today, joining Google Search or Google Now on Jelly Bean devices. Google Translate received a major update, now providing the ability to recognize Chinese, Japanese and Korean using a device’s phone. The capability is limited to horizontal text only for now, but we can only imagine the ability to translate vertical text must be in the works. Google also added eleven new languages, Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Welsh, to the list that can handle handwritten text. » Read the rest

Google’s Eric Schmidt sends message to Apple, explains the ‘adult way to run a business’

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While Google’s Eric Schmidt may have once served on the board of directors at Apple, that apparently hasn’t affected his impartiality. The search giant’s executive chairman took a direct shot at Apple today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, sending the Cupertino company a personal message, letting them know that the current way they are conducting business is laughingly based on a “teenage model of competition,” as the press would like to put it.

Schmidt also expressed his dismay with Apple’s choice to drop Google Maps in iOS 6, a choice that inevitably proved embarrassing for Tim Cook and co. » Read the rest

Private Google Play Store Opens, Brings Internal App Distribution to Businesses

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We’re all aware that that the Google Play Store is the place we go to peruse the thousands of apps to do everything from entertaining us to making our lives easier. If you happen to use Google Apps for your business however, today the Play Store was updated to distribute internal apps to your employees via the Google Play Private Channel. Google is suggesting these apps can be used for things like filling out an expense report or finding an available conference room.

The apps will need to be loaded on the backend using the Developer Console. Once they’re loaded, users simply log on using their company email. From there they can find, peruse, and download the internal apps. The internal ‘Store’ looks and acts just like the normal store, including security and ratings. This should make published reviews interesting in the workplace. You can find more information in the link below.

source:  Google Enterprise Log