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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, a Manhattan test database revealed what we thought were the specs of the upcoming Nexus 6, which is made by Motorola and codenamed “Shamu.” However, the full GFXBench database listing, not to mention the AnTuTu database, reveal a different story that is likely to get you very excited.
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.
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.
Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.
You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.
The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.
Source: Android Police
Having a direct connection to websites you’re trying to connect to makes things a lot faster, but underwater cables take a lot of time, effort and money – hundreds of millions of dollars, in fact. Google and a host of telecom giants (China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel) are backing FASTER, a $300 million fiber optic cable that runs between Japan and the US.
The name is pretty self explanatory, as it hopes to make things faster by having a cable that offers 60 terabits per second of bandwidth between the two regions. You won’t see a difference until the cable is functional by the second quarter of 2016, but speeds are sure to be faster across the internet as a whole.
Source: Urs Holzle (Google+)
Remember that new feature called Google Stars that we told you about in April? Well we have more screenshots for you.
Google Stars appears to be a new way to store bookmarks, whether it be synced across the web or locally stored. The screenshots after the break include both the desktop version as well as the mobile view.
If nothing else, Google Glass is making a name for itself by assisting doctors perform surgery and operations. We reported on a plastic surgeon using Glass with patients last time, and this time we have a doctor in Kansas City who is using Glass to complement computer monitors in the operating room.
During facial reconstruction surgeries, Dr. Jeff Colyer wears Glass to view x-ray images without having to look up at the monitors that would typically display the images. By doing this, he is able to see exactly what he’s working on without having to look away from the patient.