More attention from Google is being given to enterprise users of Android. The company launched a preview of Divide Productivity in the Play Store. It works with the Android IT Preview Program to bring over existing enterprise accounts from Exchange/ActiveSync or Notes-compatible infrastructure. The apps included with Divide Productivity are Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Downloads. All of these items can be managed. IT managers will have to request an invite to start using Divide Productivity Preview, and can do so by visiting this page.
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Google is experimenting with a crazy idea that will strip advertisements from select sites. And some of the sties are quite massive, so the value is incredible. All you have to do is donate anywhere between $1 and $3. Contributor disperses this money among the sites to pickup the cost of advertisements that are taken away. In its place will be a thank you message over a pixelated image.
Inbox was the Gmail team’s method of taking a fresh approach on sorting and managing your email inbox, and so far it seems like it’s gone over smoothly with most users. Inbox hit the market at a time when people expect their apps and services to work flawlessly regardless of what platform they were currently using, so Google’s team of engineers had to figure out the best way to make an app that worked well on the web, plus Android and iOS.
Prior to the launch of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, we knew Google was moving to making device encryption mandatory for all new devices shipping with Lollipop. As far as security goes, that’s a great move, but it looks like it’s actually having some negative effects on the Nexus 6.
Early benchmarks seem to show that Lollipop’s full disk encryption (FDE) are having some fairly significant performance impacts on the Nexus 6. This is especially unfortunate since the Nexus 6 encrypts itself on first boot and there’s no way to turn it off, outside of flashing custom boot images. That’s not exactly a user friendly solution.
Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.
The application displays two keyboards, one at each end of a mobile device. It’s kind of like a local messenger in that each person would receive the other person’s translated message.
Starting today, Android TV users can download and install a dedicated version of Google’s Search app directly from the Play Store. This application, which has been solely developed for Android TV users, allows them to search for content using their voice, but that’s not all the functionality has to offer.
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Until today, only maps could be embedded into a site from Google Maps. Doing so provides visitors of a site with way to view a map and the surrounding area without having to open Google Maps in its entirety. Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can now be embedded into a site. This takes what was once an outside view to a hands on experience right from the ground level. It is so unbelievably simple to just take imagery for a link to be embedded elsewhere.
Google made this feature possible with the capabilities programmed into the Google Maps Embed API.
Source: Google Geo Developers Blog
Following up on the release of an update to the YouTube app on Android this week that added access to the new Music Key service, Google is now issuing invites for people to be part of a Beta of the paid version of the service. Although some thought Google Music All Access subscribers would be the first users to get invites to the Beta program, it appears Google is spreading the invites around to other YouTube users.
One of the benefits that many people find in Nexus devices is the “pure” Android experience they give users. Another benefit is the freedom one gets to modify and customize the devices. That comes with some risks though and on occasion users will want to restore their device to a stock configuration. For those who are getting new Nexus 6 devices and want to see what they can do with their devices, they can do so knowing that Google has now released factory images for the device.
The version of Android Lollipop that has been posted is LRX21O, which appears to be a slightly newer version of the operating system than what shipped on some of the earliest units.
source: Android Developers
With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.
When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.