Google has been updating all Android devices to Google Play Services 7.3, and they just announced the roll out has been completed. What does it bring to the table?
As we learned last week, Android Wear has a pretty big update and Google Play Services 7.3 plays a big role in that. It allows you to connect more than one Android Watch to your device. The Capability API is new, which allows apps to communicate different things to devices with different features. The Channel API is also new, which creates a bidirectional data connection between nodes for the transfer of larger binary files.
Google has announced they will be running a special promotion for a couple weeks in May to accept offers from patent holders who are interested in selling their patents. The promotion is described as an “experimental marketplace” for Google to test whether they can process a large influx of offers to buy patents that is easy for patent sellers to use. The end result, according to Google, will be an improved “patent landscape” and a patent system that works better. Read more
Thanks to a nifty little update from Google for its Search application, Android users now have the facility to set an alarm and send notes to their smartphone or tablet directly from a desktop.
Google has announced the release of Chrome Beta 43 for Android, which supposedly brings some hefty performance improvements to the mobile browser. One of the most common complaints leveraged at Google’s browser is how sluggish it can, so any improvement there is a good thing.
Not only will overall performance improve, but Google has made checking out with Google Wallet even quicker. Personally, I tend to use apps for any kind of purchasing, not the browser on my phone, but some of you may prefer to get it all done within the browser. If you’re one of those users, you’ll definitely appreciate this update. Read more
The Nexus 7 was Google’s initiative to kick start affordable, well-performing 7-inch Android tablets. The first N7 was a fantastic device, and its 2013 successor was every bit as good at an affordable price point.
After releasing the Nexus 9 and not even mentioning the possibility of a refreshed 7-inch tablet, though, most of us could see the writing on the wall about the Nexus 7’s fate. Today, it’s finally happened, as Google no longer offers the Nexus 7 on their online store. Finding a listing for the Nexus 7 specifically says that it’s no longer for sale. Read more
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt who was speaking at the annual BoxDev event, mentioned that the company’s efforts in improving encryption of its products have worked greatly since the Snowden leaks. Read more
Popular eyewear manufacturer Luxottica which owns brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley and several other major sunglasses brands is now looking to partner with Google for the upcoming version of Glass. The information was given out by the CEO of Luxottica, Massimo Vian during the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy. Read more
Well how things can change in 3 months time. In an earnings conference call back in January, Google CFO Patrick Pichette stated that they couldn’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand. That implied that the demand was so unbelievably high, but as we have learned with supply and demand, even if demand is low, supply could still be an issue. When I reported that story, I titled the post….They have to be kidding: Google admits they can’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand….because it was obvious that the Nexus 6 couldn’t be selling that well.
Google has been know for some pretty clever Easter Eggs, but if what I am about to tell you is yet another one, Google may have crossed the line. If you open Google Maps and go to an area near Rawalpindi, Pakistan (link below), you will find our lovable bugdroid pissing on the Apple logo.
Would Google do this? I highly doubt it as it’s probably some manipulation using Map Maker. Whomever it is, has to be happy with themselves because they definitely made some noise this morning. Speaking of noise…….Is that Larry Page’s phone ringing? “Hello Larry, this is Tim Cook……” You can finish the rest.
source: Google Maps
via: Team Android
Google Keep, the company’s stock note-taking app, now displays entire notes on Android Wear devices. Users of Keep that have an Android Wear device can view their notes by swiping around and compose new ones with the “Ok Google, take a note” voice command. Reminders can also be applied through the Android Wear version of Keep.