Motorola’s always-on speech recognition with its “Okay, Google” hotword was a killer feature for the device, so it was kind of surprising when it wasn’t available on the Nexus 5. Sure, you can still open Google Now and perform tasks and searches by voice after that point, but with the Moto X, that voice command is always available. Since the Nexus 5 runs KitKat just like the Moto X and has a similar, stronger processor, so theoretically the voice recognition apps should be able to be easily ported over to the Nexus 5, right? Developer Siggi Simonarson thought so, but found out why Google didn’t implement the feature in native KitKat in the process. » Read the rest
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If you were holding off grabbing a Chromecast at $35, you may rethink that with a bit of a discount today. Although not a lot less, the Chromecast is currently being offered for $29.99 on Amazon and Google is throwing in a $6 Google Play credit with your purchase.
The device is also Prime eligible, so you can get it within a day or two of ordering if you’re a subscriber.
When the Nexus 7 (2013) was introduced earlier this year, it did not take long before reports of problems like touchscreen inaccuracies and GPS issues surfaced eventually leading to some fixes from Google. Another group of early adopters may be going through the same thing as Nexus 5 owners are discovering some problems with audio quality. The problems seem to be connected to the built-in microphone with the biggest impact being on call quality during phone calls. » Read the rest
Last week Google made some changes to Google Play to help users with tablets find apps that were optimized for their devices. Another change in Google Play has been discovered, this one aimed at Chromecast owners. When you drill down into the App section of Google Play, you will discover Google has added a new button for Chromecast apps. In landscape mode the button is readily apparent along the top of the screen. In portrait mode, a swipe from left to right to view the “Categories” choices will reveal the button as well. » Read the rest
Since announcing Google Play for Education at Google I/O earlier this year, things got quiet related to the initiative. However, last week we saw the official launch of the project including the addition of a specific app to support school administrators who want to deploy Nexus tablets to their students. » Read the rest
Yesterday Google started a phased rollout for a new version of the YouTube app on Android taking the version number up to 5.3. Immediately noted in the update were some slight changes to the user interface. However, digging into the apk for the update revealed several new features that appear to be on the horizon for YouTube including the framework for the YouTube subscription service, an offline video mode, some background music listening options, and “uninterrupted playback.” » Read the rest
If you head over to the Chrome Web Store now, you can add an extension that activates voice search by using the ‘Ok Google’ hotword. On their Google+ page, Google unveiled the new desktop extension with a GIF showing just how effective this new feature can be. While prepping your Thanksgiving dinner, Google exclaims that “rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop” by simply using the hotword. If you have a Moto X or Nexus 5, then this feature should be very familiar to you.
Hit the break to see the ‘Ok Google’ hotword in action, a video, and a link to the Chrome Web Store. » Read the rest
Google is getting in the holiday selling spirit and another deal is out there for consumers. Following on the heels of their offer of a Google Play credit for buyers of the Nexus 7, Google is also offering a free movie from Google Play to buyers of a Google Chromecast device. If for some reason you are not interested in an HD movie rental, Google will let you trade in the offer for a $6 Google Play credit. » Read the rest
Buyers considering a Google Nexus 7 may want to grab one from the Google Play store thanks to a new offer Google is offering. For a limited time, Google is offering a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Nexus. The credit will be emailed to buyers once their device ships.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this deal, just hit the source link.
source: Google Play Store