Earlier this year Google announced a partnership with several automakers to create the Open Automotive Alliance with the goal of bringing the Android platform to onboard computer systems in cars. Although there has not been much news on this effort the last few months, it is easy to see that several of Google’s initiatives could easily be ported over to an automobile interface. Sources with Android Police say they have seen some early work on “Android in the Car” and they have even recreated some of the functionality for demonstration purposes in a first peek at the new system. » Read the rest
Sports has been one of the more interesting ways to see Google Glass utilized. Over at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, tennis player Roger Federer was given a pair of Google’s smart glasses. Who was the 17-time Grand Slam champion playing against? Stefan Edberg, another tennis icon. It is quite impressive as you see just how the game looks through the eyes of a professional.
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It took entirely too long, but Google’s Play Store finally has a mobile web version. Going to play.google.com/store on any mobile device allows you to see a version of the site optimized for smaller touchscreen devices. Obviously this doesn’t matter if you’re on Android and have the Play Store as an app on your device, but for iOS, Windows, and other platforms, it makes it easier to browse the store.
Also, there’s a section on the mobile site called “Device,” that allows you to quickly purchase Google-endorsed hardware and accessories. If you’re on a mobile device, tap the source link below and check it out for yourself.
Source: Google Play
Google Now keeps track of a lot of things for you, but sometimes it’s more useful to be able to ask your phone a direct question and get an answer back, especially when it comes to things like car rentals. Thanks to the latest update from Google, you’ll now be able to use Google voice search about any car reservations you have, and it’ll pull information directly from your Gmail account and display it for you. If you already have a reservation, the app will pull up all the details for you, including pick up and drop off times. And if you haven’t made a reservation, well, it won’t return anything and you know what the next item on your to-do list should be.
Not too long before Google pushed out an update revamping the Google+ interface, Yoel Kaseb was responsible for leaking some images of what the interface update would look like. While there were some tiny details that weren’t correct, his images were pretty accurate for the most part. Today, Kaseb is teasing a few more images showing a new interface for another one of Google’s big products: Gmail. » Read the rest
Google just released a Creator Preview video showing what things they are working on to make YouTube better. These new features are going to make YouTube creators very happy.
The first is that a separate mobile app will be available soon that will be geared towards creators and will include many of the most requested features. Another very cool feature will be that fans will be able to contribute funds to their favorite YouTube creators. Lastly, creators will be able to create captions and subtitles for their videos in 60+ languages by harnessing the power of the crowd.
Hit the break for the first Creator Preview video.
Earlier this week, we learned that you can easily set a timer using Google Now, but there is one other new feature to fill you in on. Well it’s partially new. You could already set a reminder with Google Now, but it just got a little easier.
With the latest update, you can do it all with your voice. Before, you could only make the request with your voice, and you had to confirm things with your fingers, as in tapping. Now you can simply say “yes” or “set” to confirm Google’s interpretation of your request.
Way back in December of last year, Hisense unveiled the H6 Smart TV that was powered by Android 4.2.2. Today, that very same television finally has been given a price tag and put out on the open market. In addition to this, Hisense is still packing Android 4.2.2 here. The display is 55 inches and the price tag is fairly decent at “under $700 at select Walmart stores nationwide.” After glancing over at Walmart’s website, the price tag is sitting around $650.
Being that this is a smart TV, you can consume all of the media you would like. Or you can just pay $35 and pick up a Chromecast or even a $99 Amazon Fire TV. But if you are indeed in the market for a new television and would like the ease and comfort of it being always connected, take a look at Hisense’s latest offering.
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Google is planning to produce roughly 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets to distribute to developers next month. The tablets will feature a 7-inch screen, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise 3D images of objects.
“OK Google” has been a stable for Google Search for as long as I can remember. OK that’s not true, it’s fairly new, but since its birth, speaking your search queries has been a wonderful convenience. While mobile has had it for a bit, Google has been experimenting with adding this feature to its desktop counterparts in both the browser and ChromeOS variants. Those wanting to use this feature though would have to either install an extension from the Web Store or get in on Chrome test builds — something that could create a headache by exposing people to buggy test features. Well, as of today, that’s no longer an issue as Google has released the feature into the latest stable build of the Chrome web browser and ChromeOS.
Those wanting to search via their voice, schedule a reminder, or set a timer and meet the language/geographical requirements for the new feature can head to Chrome and check for the update. Enjoy!
source: Google on Google+