Spend any time on the web’s social networks and you are bound to run across a poll. While some polls probably have some legitimate value in being asked, a frequent strategy for companies is to use polls to drive traffic to their content. Of course, Polar would like for you to think their service is all about “the simple idea that everyone has an opinion worth hearing.” Wherever their value lies, Google wants a piece of it as the company has been acquired by the search giant.
In June, Google emphasized that Android is now powerful enough to operate devices in many different form factors due to its versatility. Today, the company is announcing the first batch of Android apps capable of being used on a Chrome OS device. The apps now compatible with a Chromebook (or any other Chrome OS device) are Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine.
A project called App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) makes this all possible. What is on an Android device can be seamlessly ported over to a bigger, more expansive display. In the coming months, Goole will be working with additional developers to bring their apps over to Chrome OS.
Source: Google Chrome Blog
As Google continues to deal with the fallout from the posting of Gmail account information on a Russian forum, Google has added a new Security tab for Google accounts to help make it a little easier for users to update and maintain their security settings. It is likely a coincidence that this change has occurred on the heels of yesterday’s events, which Google says is not as bad as initially reported. However, it could be in response to what happened as Google would be a company that has the resources to throw at the issue and rollout a change quickly.
Yesterday the big news about Google’s Hangouts app was that Google Voice was finally being merged into the platform. As that update continues to rollout to users, Google has announced some other improvements to the Hangouts platform for communication. Perhaps the biggest change is that users accessing Hangouts using the iOS or Android app can now participate in video calls without a Google+ profile. The ability to do this first appeared in July when Google added this to the web-based Hangouts interface.
Just yesterday we reported that roughly 5 million Gmail username and passwords were leaked on the web, which sounds like a pretty terrifying thing to happen. Google has released a statement today to clear things up, though, and it looks like things aren’t as bad as they first appeared.
Google claims that less than 2% of the leaked username/password combos would have actually worked, which is only about 100,000 accounts. On top of that, Google’s security measures likely would have blocked most of those attempted log-ins anyway. On top of that, Google has prompted affected users to reset their passwords, so if you were one of the few to be affected, Google has already given you a heads up.
Google Hangouts is receiving an update to bring voice calling to hangouts in addition to video calls. The calls are free to other hangouts users, U.S. numbers, and Canadian numbers.
Customers of Google Play are very fortunate with refund windows for apps and games. Google has long had a refund window implemented with the time limit being fifteen minutes. For some downloads, that amount of time is just not enough. So Google has extended the refund window for apps and games in Google Play to two hours.
The change is now official as the Google Play Help page includes a description of the new policy. Within two hours of purchasing the item, Open and Refund buttons will be found on its page. This leaves when the time has passed and Google recommends contacting the developer to try and get a refund if unsatisfied.
Source: Google Play Help
Android distribution numbers were released earlier today showing slow, but continued growth for Android 4.4 KitKat. Last month it was on 20.9% of devices, and this month it has climbed up to 24.5%. Not all that significant, but it’s more than Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich combined, which wasn’t the case last month. Android Jelly Bean continues to dominate with 53.8% of devices, which is slightly down from the 54.2% it showed last month.
Any picks on what KitKat will show next month? I say 28.7%.
source: Android Developers
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
According to Russian news site CNews, nearly 5 million gmail accounts were posted to a Russian bitcoin forum. To make matters worse, the user who published the file claims that about 60% of these passwords are still valid.