When Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat to the world, one of the benefits they touted was Project Svelte, a concerted effort to minimize the memory footprint to encourage the system’s deployment to older or less powerful hardware. Trying to make Android run easier on more hardware is not the only way Google is trying to reduce fragmentation and in effect “flatten” the world. They are also working on efforts that blur the line between the desktop and mobile platforms like Android and iOS. The latest example is news that Google is poised to enter the beta stage in January 2014 with “Mobile Chrome Apps,” a project to build a toolkit for developers so they can more easily deploy the apps they have built for Chrome on the desktop over on mobile operating platforms like Android and iOS. » Read the rest
A couple of weeks ago, Google announced Play Music for Glass, but it wasn’t released at that time. It became officially available yesterday so head over to your MyGlass app to activate it.
If you happened to sideload the apk previously, you will need to uninstall it before activating the official app from MyGlass. In order to do that, you will need to connect your Glass to your computer (assuming you have adb) and run adb uninstall com.google.android.music. Enjoy!!
Google and Toyota have teamed up to introduce a new way to buy a car, and of course it involves Google+ and Google Hangouts.
You’ll be able to join a hangout with other people and design a new 2014 Toyota Corolla together. You’ll get your traditional webcam windows with everyone else in the Hangout, but at the top there’s a customizable Corolla. Anyone in the Hangout can adjust and customize different aspects of the car to fit your liking. You can view the interior and exterior of the vehicle, and even “test drive” it with Google Street View Maps. Supposedly, you will also be able to invite a local dealer into the Hangout to find inventory for you. Pretty cool, right?
Obviously there’s still some limitations here. There’s only one model of car supported right now, and you’ll have to live somewhere that a dealer is willing to do this kind of business. But if this is what making big purchases is going to be like in the future, I think it’s a pretty cool concept.
via: Android and Me
Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, is finally here— eBay has a ton of great offers on its site, and the Nexus 7 sale certainly doesn’t fall short.
Manufacturer-refurbished 16GB Nexus 7′s are going for $169 with free shipping, and new 32GB models are going for only $229.
This is actually a pretty excellent deal on both tablets, and you may not want to pass up on such a great offer from two eBay retailers. Hit the break for links to eBay to get yourself a Nexus 7 for super-cheap.
Need to stock up on some books? Google Play has 100 best selling books up to 75% off today. Prices start at $2.00 and include titles such as Hunger Games, Fifty Shades trilogies, Inferno, Allegiant, and more. Hit the link below to get started.
Enter your phone number on Staples’ offer page and you’ll get a text message with a coupon link for $10 off your purchase of $30 or more. Staples may try to force you to carry out the sale on your device, but you can simply copy the digits from the mobile coupon and paste it in your desktop web browser to complete your sale on your computer.
As one user pointed out, you can use the deal on the Chromecast, which is normally $35— it will go down to $25 + free shipping, about $5 less than what Amazon is offering it for today in their Black Friday deal. (You won’t get the free $6 of Google Play credit of course, but if you don’t care about that/won’t use it, then this is a decent deal.)
If you were holding off grabbing a Chromecast at $35, you may rethink that with a bit of a discount today. Although not a lot less, the Chromecast is currently being offered for $29.99 on Amazon and Google is throwing in a $6 Google Play credit with your purchase.
The device is also Prime eligible, so you can get it within a day or two of ordering if you’re a subscriber.
Those free apps always get you. To keep playing, or at least at a reasonable pace, you have to throw money at the game. One dollar for extra “game bucks,” or three dollars to skip the level… Whatever it is, they’re almost always annoying and continuously get in the way of actually enjoying a game.
Today, Google is working with some top game developers to bring a series of sales on in-app content for top games in the Play Store. Hit the break for a list of games and the offers.
If you haven’t already opted in to the new Google Maps, you might want to now. Along with so many great new features and an updated UI, you can now easily embed a map with easy access to the HTML snippet.
Click on the gear icon on the bottom right and then go to “embed map.” Once the map is embedded, users can sign into the maps to see their own relevant content such as saved places— they can also save a place from your own embedded map so they can see it later on on their device. Usage limits are non-existent as well.
Source: Google Geo Developers
When the Nexus 7 (2013) was introduced earlier this year, it did not take long before reports of problems like touchscreen inaccuracies and GPS issues surfaced eventually leading to some fixes from Google. Another group of early adopters may be going through the same thing as Nexus 5 owners are discovering some problems with audio quality. The problems seem to be connected to the built-in microphone with the biggest impact being on call quality during phone calls. » Read the rest