Google recently released Google Maps 5.7 for Android. From Bangkok to Baltimore, Google has added Transit Navigation (Beta), updated access to directions, better suggested search results, and a photo viewer to Place pages—all of which can help you whether you’re traveling to an unfamiliar part of town or visiting a city across the world. (See video above).
|Google announced today the update of Google search for BlackBerry 6.0 WebKit enabled devices. Google added a number of enhanced search features integrated throughout the homepage and search result pages, making searching faster and easier on www.google.com, especially on touch-enabled Blackberry devices.|
- Enter searches faster: Save time by using autocomplete and search history queries that appear beneath the search box as you type.
- Web search: Find what you're searching for fast. Comprehensive results pages let you see relevant websites, images, videos, news, real-time results and more. Simply click on the arrow button ‘>>’ to the left of the top search box for more refinement options.
|Google has launched a new service called Swiffy available on Google Labs. Swiffy allows you to upload a SWF file, and Swiffy will convert it to an HTML5 version which will run in modern browsers with a high level of SVG support such as Chrome and Safari. It’s still an early version, so it won’t convert all Flash content, but it already works well on ads and animations. |
Google has announced its new social network called Google+ project. (See video above). Google+ project includes +Circles for sharing information with people who matter the most to you, +Sparks to strike up conversations about anything you desire, +Hangouts to stop by and say hello, face-to-face-to-face, +Mobile to share what’s around, right now, without any hassle, +Location to share your location, +Instant Upload to share your photos, +Huddle to coordinate with friends and family in real-time and +You to put you first all across Google.
|Until now, if you changed your Google Voice number, ported your number to Google Voice, or opted in for the Sprint Option 1 integration (where your Sprint number becomes your Google Voice number), your previous Google Voice number remained on your account for 90 days before it was returned to Google.|
Since many Google Voice users grow attached and become closely associated with their Google Voice numbers, we’re making it possible for users in any of the scenarios above to permanently keep the previous Google Voice number on their account.
Google announced today that Google Maps for mobile and desktop can now inform you when your bus or train is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates. Google has partnered with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four U.S. cities and two European cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin. (See video above).
| As soon as Google announced its mobile payment service called Google Wallet, PayPal submitted a 28-page lawsuit against Google, claiming that Google stole its employees and trade secrets. The employees Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius unveiled Google Wallet.|
The lawsuit was filed in a superior court in San Jose, California. PayPal accuses Google and two former PayPal employees (Bedier and Tilenius) who Google recruited implemented PayPal's confidential trade secrets related to mobile payment technology.
| Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Google and Apple requesting that they improve security measures so customers can better protect their privacy with respect to location data. See letter below:|| |
| Google has made it easier to check in and out of places, rate various locations, and get transit information with Google Maps 5.5 for Android. This release adds ‘check in’ and ‘rate and review’ buttons to Place pages, the option to edit your home/work address for Latitude, and redesigned transit station pages.|
Now when you open a Place page from your mobile device, you can check in to places with Google Latitude or submit a rating or review by clicking on two new buttons at the top of the listing.
Last month Google released the Location History dashboard for Latitude which estimates how much time you spend at home, work, and everywhere else. If your home or work address changes, or you’d rather set a different address to represent ‘home’ and ‘work,’ you can now edit these addresses within Latitude.
| Today in Google's New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, Google gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet. You’ll be able to tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC). Google has been field testing Google Wallet now and plan to release it soon.|
Google Wallet is a key part of our ongoing effort to improve shopping for both businesses and consumers. It’s aimed at making it easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline commerce.
Google has announced that they have updated Google Maps for mobile browsers on Android and iOS. Now, when you visit maps.google.com on your phone or tablet’s browser and opt-in to share your location, you can use many of the same Google Maps features as your desktop, allowing you to:
- See your current location
- Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
- Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
- Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
- Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
Two months ago, Google launched a redesign of the Google Search app for iOS. However, there were complaints about the app’s speed. As a result, Google today introduced changes that make the app more responsive as well as other visual changes that make search results even easier to read.
Above is a video of Android keynote speaker, Vic Gundotra, Senior VP Engineering, from Google I/O (May 10 & 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco). Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.
Google has launched Music Beta by Google, a new service that lets you upload your personal music collection to the cloud for streaming to your computer and Android devices. (See video above). With the new service, your music and playlists are automatically kept in sync, so if you create a new playlist on your phone, it’s instantly available on your computer or tablet. (Last March Amazon.com launched a similar service.)
| After we have published our global findings from our Q1 smartphone forecasts, a number of tech bloggers, journalists, amateur telecom fans, people passionate about their own phones and others picked up on the very last sentence of our précis: “By 2015, Windows Phone will establish itself as the leader in the smartphone OS space.”|
Some people have misinterpreted our statement, thinking that Windows Phone (WP) will establish its leadership in 2011. We actually believe that this will happen much earlier – as early as 2013. Some of you loved this projection and agreed with it, others argued that the potential margin of error was too large, and still others disregarded it. While I respect all the opinions, this blog is mostly aimed at readers who want to understand better how we came to the projection.
Above is a video about "The Mobile Movement", a study recently conducted by Google to better understand smartphone users. The study found that users are truly addicted to their smartphone in their daily life. Enjoy!
|Google has announced that Google Voice integration with Sprint is now live. There are 2 ways to bring Google Voice to your Sprint mobile phone:|
Option 1: Keep your Sprint number: Your Sprint number becomes your Google Voice number so that when people call your Sprint mobile number, it rings all the phones you want.
Option 2: Replace your Sprint number with your Google Voice number: All calls made and texts sent from your Sprint phone will display your Google Voice number.
Google today announced they are launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. (See video above). Now you can video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer. You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.
Last year Google announced a new project to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. Google yesterday announced that will build their ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. Google has signed a development agreement with the city, and will be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community. See original announcement of the project above.
|The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Google, Inc. is joining the organization as a Principal member. CSR and Intel, formerly Associate Members, have raised their membership status to the Principal level. Since its founding in 2004, the NFC Forum has drawn market-leading organizations from around the world to its membership roster as momentum builds for the adoption and implementation of Near Field Communication technology.|
Principal membership is the second-highest level of membership in the NFC Forum, with each Principal member entitled to appoint a voting representative to each of the Technical, Marketing, and Compliance Committees and Working Groups. Principal members may designate individuals to run for positions leading Committees or Working Groups, and they may propose initiatives and contribute to the development of Forum deliverables. As Principal members, organizations may also participate in the NFC Forum testing and certification program using their own in-house test labs.