Starting today, Google’s enterprise solutions will fall under a new name. The company has announced that Google for Work is replacing Google Enterprise. The rebranding is to better align itself with small businesses rather than large companies alone. Google, as stated by chairman Eric Schmidt, wants small businesses to feel empowered by the tools available. Google for Work includes services such as Gmail, Drive, Maps, Search, Chrome, Android, and much more. On the hardware end of things, Google is making sure that Google for Work is an extremely useful tool on Android and Chromebook devices.
Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.
In a new interview with CNET, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton and the Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the future of the Android Wear platform and where they see it going in the near future. According to Singleton, “one of the things we’re going to be able to do is add the ability for these devices to start working with some of the other devices you might wear on your body” as part of several updates expected to be pushed out. The two engineers think the update cycle for Android Wear will be quite fast, reminiscent of the earlier years of Android on smartphones.
Back in December, Google showcased several apps that really stuck to Android’s design guidelines and had great interfaces. Today they’ve updated the Play Store with the best designed summer apps as a follow-up to the winter selection, and this time they’re bragging about apps that are already using the Material Design guidelines.
Android L isn’t out yet, but Google is already recommending that developers take advantage of the newer design elements to create some consistency across Android apps. Many of the apps listed, including Yahoo News, Lumosity, and Duolingo, jumped at the chance to update their apps to stay in line with Google’s design standards, and that’s paying off for them.
The launch of Android One is looming. On September 15, Google could finally be launching its approach to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets. Invites for an event being held in India have been sent out and it is expected that Android One is launched on the aforementioned date. This lines up perfectly with a previous report that Android One’s launch was coming at some point in September.
At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.
It is only a matter of time before HTC announces its upcoming T1 tablet that will have beastly specifications. Being that all signs point the T1 as the Nexus 8, an October launch seems likely as Android L is expected to arrive then. From Google itself, accessories for Nexus devices have remained scarce. With this tablet, however, Google and HTC are making sure they offer plenty of accessories. Leaked information reveals that a Magic Cover will be available in either leather or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The leather material will come in Natural or Black choices. The TPU Magic Cover will be offered in Coral Amethyst, Mint Indigo, Lime Stone, Indigo Black. In addition to this, a folio keyboard will be made specifically for the tablet.
Amazon already unveiled their future drone-based delivery system a few months ago, but you didn’t think Google didn’t have something similar planned did you? It’s seems to be the perfect application for Google X Labs, and it is.
They just unveiled “Project Wing” which is exactly that. Apparently they have already conducted 30 test flights in mid August as part of the first phase. The video below shows successful deliveries to farmers in Australia.
Google Glass owners now have access to Pandora Internet Radio via their wearable device. Users get access to their existing stations or they can create a new station using voice commands. However, several other controls still require the use of the touchpad, including play/pause controls, favoriting tracks and dismissing tracks.
It just might be the last year of the Nexus, and if it is, it could go out with a bang. We already know about the Nexus X, but is it going to be a 5.2-inch model or a 5.9-inch model?
It’s expected that the Nexus X will in fact be 5.9-inches, but we also know that Motorola is testing two Moto S devices, a 5.2-incher and a 5.9-incher. It’s unclear whether Motorola will release both devices, but a source close to the supply chain is saying that Google is readying the unused device. So If Motorola releases the 5.9-inch version under the Moto S name, Google would then take the 5.2-incher and make it a second Nexus device.