Google Hangouts is receiving an update to bring voice calling to hangouts in addition to video calls. The calls are free to other hangouts users, U.S. numbers, and Canadian numbers.
Customers of Google Play are very fortunate with refund windows for apps and games. Google has long had a refund window implemented with the time limit being fifteen minutes. For some downloads, that amount of time is just not enough. So Google has extended the refund window for apps and games in Google Play to two hours.
The change is now official as the Google Play Help page includes a description of the new policy. Within two hours of purchasing the item, Open and Refund buttons will be found on its page. This leaves when the time has passed and Google recommends contacting the developer to try and get a refund if unsatisfied.
Source: Google Play Help
Android distribution numbers were released earlier today showing slow, but continued growth for Android 4.4 KitKat. Last month it was on 20.9% of devices, and this month it has climbed up to 24.5%. Not all that significant, but it’s more than Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich combined, which wasn’t the case last month. Android Jelly Bean continues to dominate with 53.8% of devices, which is slightly down from the 54.2% it showed last month.
Any picks on what KitKat will show next month? I say 28.7%.
source: Android Developers
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
According to Russian news site CNews, nearly 5 million gmail accounts were posted to a Russian bitcoin forum. To make matters worse, the user who published the file claims that about 60% of these passwords are still valid.
In case you were living under a rock, you probably know by now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were both introduced yesterday. Just like every other iPhone that preceded them, Apple added specs that have been enjoyed by most Android users for a while now. Android faithful love to make fun of Apple in that they seem to always play catch up with Android, which is one of the biggest reasons why Android smartphones have enjoyed so much success. Consumers who might have bought an iPhone in the past, didn’t because of certain things that Apple failed to provide. However, it appears the gap is just about closed with the introduction of the new iPhones, and I am wondering if there is a compelling reason to buy an Android smartphone now?
During a live broadcast of anything, clapping is an indication as to whether something is good or bad. Online, however, it can be tough to show good or bad reactions. Today, Google is introducing Applause to Hangouts On Air. It will allow viewers of a live broadcast to give thumbs up or a thumbs down to the creator. At the bottom, a chart will monitor how the live broadcast is making everyone feel. Green means things are going great and red is a sign that the live broadcast is a little iffy according to viewers.
Source: +Ming Zhang
Its been in the rumor mill for a long time, and to some extent has already begun, but now its official, Google have integrated Google Voice into Hangouts, allowing you to access Google Voice messages and voicemail inside Google’s popular messaging app. While the integration is in its earliest stages, it is nice to see Google consolidating the popular services.
Google made a change to the Chrome Web Store that makes it a little easier for users of the Chrome browser to install apps from the Web Store. Up until now, installation of apps required a Google account, even free apps. For users who only occasionally use the Chrome browser and don’t make use of other Google services, this could be a hurdle to just testing something out. Google’s change will now let users install free apps without being logged in with a Google account.
The change does not apply to paid apps though. This makes sense since Google needs to collect payment and their ecosystem is setup to do that using a Google account.
For developers, this does mean they will need to factor in the possibility that a user is not logged in to a Google account when using the app.
source: +François Beaufort
EMT Leaks revealed a specs list that claims to be for the 2014 iteration of the Google Nexus 5. Originally thought to be a Nexus 6 or Nexus X, it could very well keep the same name as last year’s model. Although this is purely a rumor and should be treated as such, the list raises some questions.