More attention from Google is being given to enterprise users of Android. The company launched a preview of Divide Productivity in the Play Store. It works with the Android IT Preview Program to bring over existing enterprise accounts from Exchange/ActiveSync or Notes-compatible infrastructure. The apps included with Divide Productivity are Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Downloads. All of these items can be managed. IT managers will have to request an invite to start using Divide Productivity Preview, and can do so by visiting this page.
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Google is experimenting with a crazy idea that will strip advertisements from select sites. And some of the sties are quite massive, so the value is incredible. All you have to do is donate anywhere between $1 and $3. Contributor disperses this money among the sites to pickup the cost of advertisements that are taken away. In its place will be a thank you message over a pixelated image.
Inbox was the Gmail team’s method of taking a fresh approach on sorting and managing your email inbox, and so far it seems like it’s gone over smoothly with most users. Inbox hit the market at a time when people expect their apps and services to work flawlessly regardless of what platform they were currently using, so Google’s team of engineers had to figure out the best way to make an app that worked well on the web, plus Android and iOS.
Prior to the launch of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, we knew Google was moving to making device encryption mandatory for all new devices shipping with Lollipop. As far as security goes, that’s a great move, but it looks like it’s actually having some negative effects on the Nexus 6.
Early benchmarks seem to show that Lollipop’s full disk encryption (FDE) are having some fairly significant performance impacts on the Nexus 6. This is especially unfortunate since the Nexus 6 encrypts itself on first boot and there’s no way to turn it off, outside of flashing custom boot images. That’s not exactly a user friendly solution.
Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.
The application displays two keyboards, one at each end of a mobile device. It’s kind of like a local messenger in that each person would receive the other person’s translated message.
Google has again increased the international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding China to the mix. This announcement comes just two weeks after the search engine giant expanded support to seven additional Eastern European countries.
Until today, only maps could be embedded into a site from Google Maps. Doing so provides visitors of a site with way to view a map and the surrounding area without having to open Google Maps in its entirety. Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can now be embedded into a site. This takes what was once an outside view to a hands on experience right from the ground level. It is so unbelievably simple to just take imagery for a link to be embedded elsewhere.
Google made this feature possible with the capabilities programmed into the Google Maps Embed API.
Source: Google Geo Developers Blog
Following up on the release of an update to the YouTube app on Android this week that added access to the new Music Key service, Google is now issuing invites for people to be part of a Beta of the paid version of the service. Although some thought Google Music All Access subscribers would be the first users to get invites to the Beta program, it appears Google is spreading the invites around to other YouTube users.
On a mobile device, we prefer mobile sites. It just makes sense to view content in a correctly-formatted way to better the viewing experience. If not, everything is far too see and requires a lot of zooming and panning. To prevent any hassle, Google has introduced a criteria for mobile-friendly sites. First and foremost, sites welcoming visitors with mobile devices should not be using software like Flash that is no longer supported. Text and images throughout the site should be readable without the zooming and panning as mentioned before. And spacing should be used so that there are no mis-taps.
This is how Google recommends you make your site mobile-friendly:
Source: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
RelativeWare, the developer behind the app Form, has been acquired by Google. The developer announced today that it is joining Google, but development of Form will continue. Never heard of Form? It is an app available in the Mac App Store that mirrors an iOS app’s design while being worked on simultaneously. To celebrate, Form’s original $80 price has been kicked to the curb and it is now free.
Here is what RelativeWare had to say of the acquisition:
Today, with the help of Google, we’re making Form free on the Mac App Store. We want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is our first step in accomplishing that goal.
We’ve just scratched the surface with prototyping. With the help of Google, we’ll be focused on improving the state of design and development tools.
Customers that purchased Form already are eligible for a refund. RelativeWare directs customers to the support email to take care of that. And when asked if the Form viewer would make its way to other platforms, the developer said “Stay tuned.” It looks like nothing but good things are ahead for RelativeWare.