Google rolls out new UI for YouTube’s TV app

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Today, Google unveiled a new user interface for YouTube’s television app. The rollout began with the Xbox One, and will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks. The app makes navigation simpler by making things easier to find thanks to slideout guide on the left side. Once signed in, you have your subscriptions, recommendations, open playlists, and more.

Source: YouTube blog

Google promotes Android Wear with four new videos

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Now that we know the Moto 360 (and some other new Motorola products) will be launched September 4, Google will look to kick their marketing for Android Wear into full gear.

Four new promotional videos for the wearable-OS have popped up online — the videos mostly show off the voice command capabilities of the devices. Hit the break for the four videos.


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Google Sheets gets trendlines and allows users to move charts to other spreadsheets

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The Google Drive suite keeps getting more and more productive. Today, Google is introducing two new features focusing on Sheets. Users can implement a trendline after inputting data and composing a graph. If you are having a hard time getting a trendline to appear, Google has supplied a support page with directions. There are options to tailor trendlines to your specific needs, so do not feel restricted to a single design. The other feature that Google has brought to Sheets is the ability to move charts around. By copy and pasting a chart, you can relocate it to another spreadsheet.

Source: Google Drive (Google+)

Google Now adds Field Trip cards

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Here’s something that probably should have been implemented from the get go. Remember Field Trip? Yup, that’s the app from Niantic Labs that was sort of like a virtual tour guide. It tells you when you’re near something interesting, and of course provide more details.

Well it looks like Google Now is implementing Field Trip. You should start seeing cards titled “Nearby Discoveries” with these hidden treats. So now you can learn about the local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun.

If you never tried Field Trip, hit the break for download links.


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Google may be working on a smart assistant for enterprise with HP

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Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.

The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
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Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

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Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.

The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active.
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Google Now adds alternate flights after delays and cancellations

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It’s pretty annoying when your flight gets delayed, or even cancelled. It’s even more annoying trying to find an alternate flight to get to where you’re going.

But now, you won’t have to worry about it.

Google Now has added an “alternate flights” view after your flight has been delayed or cancelled, which is a pretty convenient addition to the service.

Source: Engadget

 

Google announces Android distribution numbers for August

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It’s that time of month again: Google revealed the current distribution of Android software on devices around the world. Unlike in the past, where Gingerbread was the king ahead of a lagging Jelly Bean, the latest OS has been sufficiently spreading the love to everyone. According to the pie graph, one out of every five devices is running KitKat, and a little over one half of devices is running Jelly Bean.
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Google opens Google Classroom platform today

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Earlier this year Google launched a new platform called Google Classroom that was aimed at educators. When initially launched, Google made it available for beta testing by educators with a projected availability date of September. It appears Google’s testing went better than expected as they have officially announced Google Classroom is now open for any educator to sign up to use.
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