Go Offline with Google Maps for Android

Today Google unveiled one of their new features for their Google Maps app on their Android platform. A few weeks ago Google hinted at offline Google Maps, and today they finally unveiled the feature and made it available in the Google Play Store. Whether travelling internationally, carrying a WiFi-only device, heading underground on the subway or restricting your mobile data usage, you can now save up to six large metro areas such as Los Angeles, New York, London, etc. and use Google Maps for Android to find your way around those cities.

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Chrome For Android Now Out of Beta

Google and the Chrome team are now happy to announce that Chrome Browser for Android is finally out of beta and ready to download in the Google Play store. The version is 18.0.1025123 and is available only for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.x) and up. This update picks up where the last beta build left off and offers plenty of bug fixes, slight UI changes, and several key changes for tablet users.

I’ve loved Chrome for Android ever since it was first released and I am thrilled to finally see it out of beta and as the stock browser for the upcoming Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Any of our readers fans of this app?

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Developer Creates a New Android Game by Only Using his ASUS Transformer

Sometimes it amazes me how far technology has come. Seeing the things that we can accomplish on an average smartphone and tablet just amazes me and the sky is the limit, especially on an Android platform. An Android developer by the name of Tony Patino has achieved something that I personally never thought could be accomplished. He was able to create a full Android game all on his ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet! The game is called Burning Platform and is available in the Google Play store (see links below). With Android’s large and diverse ecosystem, he was able to use various apps from the Google Play store at his disposal to aid him in this project.

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Hands on with the Google Nexus 7 tablet

The Google Nexus 7 tablet was announced earlier at Google I/O and our boys Stacy Bruce and Ed Caggiani got some alone time with it. This is definitely one heck of a buy at $199 as it rocks a NIVIDA Tegra 3 and a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display. Made by ASUS, it’s clearly head and shoulders above the Kindle Fire, but is Amazon going to sit back? Even with this amazing price, will the mainstream adopt it since it won’t be in retail stores? I guess time will tell, but for now check out Ed and Stacy’s hands on after the break.

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[Video] Google I/O day one keynote now available on YouTube

Google hit a home run today in what was an absolutely sensational day one of the annual I/O conference. Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours, Google introduced us to Android Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q media streaming device amongst other things. If that doesn’t whet your appetite then perhaps a live video stream of a sky dive into the conference centre will. (seriously!)

It really has to be seen to be believed so why not get comfy for the next hour and take a look for yourself.


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Sony Xperia S ICS update issues acknowledged by Sony Mobile

Last week Sony Mobile announced they were rolling out updates to their Experia S line of smartphones so users would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. Once the upgrade process started rolling out several people began reporting problems. Sony acknowledged these initial issues with the Android 4.0.4 ICS updates and commenced working to address them. They asked users to “stay calm” pending additional information.

On the Talk Sony forums, Sony now reports all updates will be “re-released.” Users can continue to check periodically to see whether their phone recognizes the new update as being available or wait for Sony to issue a new announcement regarding the re-released updates.

Although it is unfortunate that Sony is experiencing these problems rolling out the ICS update, it is good to see them keeping communication channels open and updating their users on progress towards a resolution.

source: Xperia blog

Google+ Events launches for all your party and event planning

Google unveiled Google+ Events for party and event planning. It will be part of Google+ and it will integrate with the calendar. You can even invite people who aren’t on Google+. All people invited will be able to see who’s invited and who’s going, but what about during the event? There’s going to be a party mode in which photos can be saved right to the party/event page. Users will be prompted at the start of the party to turn on party mode and share photos, and users can decide whether or not to share photos. Hit the break for some videos of it in action.

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