The Google Drive team has announced some new features and updates that have been added to the Google Sheets spreadsheet app. The updates focus on filter and view options for spreadsheets. Headlining the changes is the ability to create a “temporary filter view” on spreadsheets for which users only have read access permissions. Using the temporary filter, users can filter and sort data in those spreadsheets.
Google also added some features that will make it easier to share spreadsheet data with other users. First, a specific view can be shared so that recipients don’t have to go through a long list to figure out what it is you are wanting them to look at. This can be achieved just by copying and pasting a URL. Second, Google added the ability tothe range that is used to define a filter view. Previously, to change the range users would have to delete the existing range and then create a new one.
source: +Google Drive
The development team at QCast wants to see people at parties make use of a host’s Chromecast to help everyone get their groove on by creating and sharing group playlists using their new QCast Music app. At least one person in a group needs to have a Google Play Music All Access account to serve as the host. QCast indicates they hope to add more music services in the future. The person with the All Access subscription connects to a Chromecast and from there other guests can connect to the shared queue using the QCast Music app. Songs are added by searches that tap into the All Access service to get results.
Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.
But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.
Gmail is offering a new feature much similar to the Gmail Shelfie April Fool’s joke. The new feature now allows Gmail users to share their custom theme with their friends, families or anyone. That said, you can now go to Settings, and under Themes, you’ll find the “Share your theme” option which requires you to choose how you want to share your custom theme…. either by sending an email, by Google+, or even by copying and sharing the link provided.
Google will be sharing some of their favorite themes as well on Google+ every Thursday so be sure to check it out.
Motorola’s picture and video sharing application originally only supported the company’s recent line of DROID-branded devices, and now a recent update changes availability options.
The update makes the application available to all Android devices running 4.0 and higher, as well as a newer user interface which looks less “Droid-looking.”
The app hasn’t really taken off as Motorola probably thought it would when it was released, but this is definitely a step towards making it more popular in the Android realm.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
We all know life can be hectic at times. Keeping track of your family’s dentist appointments, movie nights, organizing dinners, parties, etc. can be tiresome, especially if you don’t have an efficient and easy way of keeping track of it all. If you aren’t already aware of this simple solution, allow me to introduce you to Google Calendar.
Not to be outdone by the competition, Tumblr rolled out their newly redesigned Android app today on the Google Play Store. The latest iteration brings with it some pretty amazing updates. The app, which is available immediately for download, has an all new “post anything” screen that lets users post:
- Text (with a single tap)
Advanced controls will also enable users to save drafts, queue posts, and customize tweets. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new “post anything” screen.
One of the more popular features of Android 4.2 is the Photo Sphere function in the camera app. While many users continue to wait for Android 4.2 to roll out to their device, they can only look on with envy as their friends with Nexus devices post Photo Spheres to Google+ or they stumble upon one on Google Maps. Meanwhile, Nexus owners are only able to share their Photo Spheres with those in their Google+ Circles, which may make it a challenge to compare work with others. Developer Jakub Kinst hopes to address these limitations with a new app, SphereShare.net, which is now available in the Google Play Store.
Ever been in one of those locations where your data service has disappeared, but you notice someone on another network chugging away? It would be nice if they could create a mobile hotspot that you could jump on to use instead of resorting to roaming or just doing without service. Later on you could return the favor to someone else. The Viral Spaces research group at MIT is hoping to address these types of situations with the creation of a new community-based P2P Wi-Fi tethering market running on an app they have dubbed Airmobs.
There’s a cool little feature that’s just been implemented in Google+. Whenever a user links to an app in the Play Store on G+, that post will have a direct download link that users can download the app from without being redirected to the Play Store page. Not a huge feature, but little things like that make the user experience that much better.
Google+ has done an excellent job of setting up new ways to share content with friends and family, from music, movies, and now applications. And with Google+ naturally growing in size, it’s great to see Google trying to help it along and adding new features for users.