| 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.
|Google announced a new approach to find information on your favorite stocks on your iPhone or Android-powered device (2.1 or later). Go to google.com on your iphone or Android-powered device and search for your stock. The first thing you’ll notice is an interactive graph shown with the ability to switch views to different date ranges by tapping on the buttons below the graph.|
If you swipe the card from right to left, you’ll get the latest financial news for the company. Swipe again for a market overview, and if you’re logged in to your Google account and have created a Google Finance portfolio, a further swipe will show a summary of your stock portfolio. Give it a try on your mobile device now to see how it works.
This feature is available in English with support for more languages coming soon..
|Google has announced updates Google Latitude with check-ins and Google Places in 30 languages. Now you can start checking in at places with the updated Latitude app for iPhone. With Google Latitude, you can see where your Latitude friends are on a map and choose to continuously share where you are. |
You can also choose to check in at specific places, such as your favorite restaurant or a park, to add more context to your location. You'll be able to not only let friends know that you’re just around the corner but also let them know the actual coffee shop that you’re at in case they want to join you. If Latitude is set to continuously update your location, you’ll also be automatically checked out when you leave. This way, friends aren’t left guessing if you’re still there or not before heading over to join you for a latte.
|Sprint announced the upcoming availability of the 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone, Nexus S 4G from Google. Coming to Sprint this spring, it will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented controls and services enabled by Google Voice integration built into the Sprint Network.|
Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G comes packed with a pure Google experience using Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.
“Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint.
Google announced today that Sprint customers will now be able to use their existing Sprint mobile number as their Google Voice number and have it ring multiple other phones simultaneously. (See video above).
Nokia Beta Labs today announced Shoot and Tag. If you are fed up of making movies on your phone and forgetting where the good bits were then find out how to jump to the right scenes in an instant. (See video above).
Shoot and Tag does for home-made movies what HTML links did for web surfing, by creating a simple way of navigating to the correct place with just one click and what’s more, it does it automatically.
Google has updated Google search on your iPhone or iPod touch making it faster and easier when you use the redesigned Google Search app, formerly Google Mobile App. (See video above).
There are now more ways to interact with the app. When browsing through search results or looking at a webpage, you can swipe down to see the search bar or change your settings. For those who use other Google apps, there’s an Apps button at the bottom of the screen for rapid access to the mobile versions of our products.
Google has announced that Google Instant Previews is now available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices across 38 languages. Similar to the desktop version of Instant Previews, you can visually compare search results from webpage snapshots, making it easier to choose the right result faster, especially when you have an idea of the content you’d like to see. See video above.