Although Google may not have caught Microsoft’s Office suite for hardcore office workers, they continue to pursue that goal. Sometimes that means adding major new features. Other times, like this latest batch of tweaks to the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android devices, the updates are minor items that can be big productivity boosters. Read more
BlackBerry and Google have joined hands to make Android devices more secure and business-friendly. As part of their enterprise-focused partnership, the two companies will integrate BlackBerry’s BES12 enterprise device deployment service with Android 5.0 Lollipop’s latest security features.
The official Twitter account for Project Fi gave an update on the status of Android 5.1.1 for its Nexus 6. There, it was specified that owners of the Nexus 6 with Google’s wireless service can expect to see the software update arrive “over the next few days.”
Google updated its Messenger app today to version 1.4 and brought new minor improvements along the way. You will now have the ability to send fun little animated stickers and share your location in a quicker and easier way. Read more
There are areas in just about every home that experience trouble maintaining a wireless connection. And when the device being used is Chromecast, a steady connection is absolutely necessary for streaming. Today, the Google Store began offering an ethernet adapter for Chromecast that connects directly to a router. Users just have to connect the included USB cable to Chromecast on the other end. From there, it should be a smooth, stutter-free experience with the dongle darling.
Google has priced Chromecast’s ethernet adapter at $15 and shipping is free.
Users of the Google Play Music app may have noticed that music cached or stored for offline playback was disappearing from their devices whenever they rebooted their smartphones. Despite some initial attempts to pin this on some DRM-based scheme, Google now appears to have acknowledged this is a bug for users who store their music on microSD cards. Read more
Google today posted on Google+, announcing that it will be taking its self-driving car project to the thriving city of Austin, Texas. Google says this expansion is to test its self-driving software in different driving environments, such as unique driving patterns and road conditions.
Uber is not the only one trying to change the way we can commute, Google is also trying to get in on the action as well. In Tel Aviv, Google is set to trial a service called RideWith that is meant to help commuters during heavy traffic hours.
Late last month, Google was ordered to pay Oracle 1 billion in damages over its infamous Java copyright lawsuit. This ruling has worried some of Android’s manufacturer partners, especially since some of them are already being forced to pay royalties to Microsoft for patent infringement. Margins for Android phones are already getting thinner and thinner, so having to shell out more money to another party would make that situation even worse for Android OEMs. Read more
Earlier today, Google launched its latest Android One smartphone in Pakistan. The QMobile A1 is available to purchase right now from the Play Store in either black or white for 11,500 PKR ($110).