Google announced today the launch of Gmail for Android 2.3.2, after much feedback for users. Update includes:
- Now users can see important messages in a new Priority Inbox view that includes all important messages in your inbox, regardless of whether you’ve read them or not. You can archive and delete conversations or mark them unimportant from there.
- Now you can set up your phone to notify, vibrate, or ring on just your new important mail (check out Menu > Settings > Priority Inbox).
- Users can now easily switch between reply, reply all, and forward while composing your response.
- If you moved to Gmail from another webmail provider and want to continue to send email from that address, now you can send from any address you’ve configured in the desktop version of Gmail.
his version of the Gmail app works for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and newer releases in most countries. Get the update from Android Market. If you are not sure if your device is running the right version visit http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=189189.
|Samsung Electronics and Google today announced Nexus S, the world’s first handset to feature the latest version of Google’s Android platform. Powered by Android 2.3, Samsung and Google have packed Nexus S with powerful technology and the latest in hardware features.|
JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung and Google have worked together closely to deliver the best Android smart phone experience for consumers. It has been our ambition in working with Google to continue to push the Android platform forward and create a smart phone that has both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience. It is extremely satisfying to see this partnership again bear tremendous fruit.”
“Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS. Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google’s commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilize the open and innovative Android operating system,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Nexus S integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience.”
Google announced today that Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore that is compatible with laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and e-readers. Visitors can browse and search through the largest ebooks collection in the world with over 3 million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale. Free Apps fro Android and Apple devices are also available that will make it possible to shop and read on the go. (See video above.) For more information visit http://books.google.com/ebooks.
|Google has announced that the are bringing more doodles to your phone, beginning with Android 2.0+ and iOS 3+ devices worldwide. In fact, almost all of the doodles Google shows on our desktop homepage will now have corresponding mobile versions on these phones. When the doodles are available, go to google.com in your mobile browser to see them.|
Google announced today that Google Docs new documents editor now supports editing on your mobile browser. Google will be rolling this out over the next few days. See video above.
|Google announced today that Google Maps on Android now features Hotpot, a new local recommendation engine that helps you discover places you’ll love based on opinions from you and your friends. With Hotspot you can rate places on the go. You can write and publish ratings and reviews from your mobile phone. It's quick and easy with a new rating widget designed for rating places on the go. Install it from your homescreen by going to Menu > Add > Widgets > Rate Places. You can also post ratings and reviews directly from any Place page. |
Get personalized recommendations — Why rate the places you’ve been? First, your ratings will personalize your search results by customizing them according to your tastes. Even better, when you add friends to the mix using Hotpot on your computer, your ratings will point them in the direction of the best enchiladas in town the next time they crave Mexican food, wherever they happen to be.
| Today, the Google Chrome browser team announced that it has teamed up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America, to provide free Gogo Inflight Internet to their passengers throughout the holiday season. Travelers flying on AirTran, Delta or Virgin America between November 20, 2010 and January 2, 2011 will have free Wi-Fi on any of their domestic flights to check email, watch videos and surf the web from 30,000 feet above the ground.|
As the three airlines that have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with in-flight Wi-Fi, this promotion will bring free Internet service to more than 700 planes and approximately 15 million expected passengers this holiday season.
Google has announced that Google Instant is now available on mobile devices. Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but actual search results as you type. The beta version is available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box. If you don’t see the “Turn on” link, wait a few seconds and then refresh the page. See demo video above.
| The United States midterm election is on Tuesday, November 2, and Google is encouraging all eligible US citizens to get out and vote. |
Google has made it easy to find your polling place and follow election news by visiting our Election Center mobile site at m.google.com/elections on your Android-powered phone or iPhone.
Enter the address where you’re registered to vote, and a Google Map will be displayed showing the location of your polling place. The Election Center site also has information about candidates running for office in your area.
|Google has announced that they have been working on giving you even better ways to find nearby places with Google Maps for Android, such as the Places icon and rich Place pages. As a result, today Google is launching Google Maps 4.6 with a new design for Place page reviews, more options to filter search results, and a Google Latitude real-time updating option.|
Now, you’ll see that Place pages on Android Maps share the same new design for displaying reviews as used by Place pages on your computer. You can see:
- “Reviews from around the web” for highlighting sites that have high-quality reviews about the place.
- “Reviews from Google users” for reviews posted directly to Google Maps by other users
If you go to gmail.com from your iPhone and you’ll notice two improvements Google rolled out over the past few weeks.
- First, scrolling is faster: the speed of scrolling reflects the speed of your swipe gesture.This is helpful for long conversations where a few quick flicks will get you to the information you need much faster than before.
- Second, the toolbars stay on screen while you’re scrolling rather than moving down into view after each scroll.Being able to access your toolbars from any point on the page should make it easier to triage your email and move around the app.
If you use Gmail in your mobile browser a lot, you may have noticed that Google has recently tried several different variations of these buttons. Google iterated on the design and made improvements based on users feedback.
Last December Google introduced Google Goggles for Android allowing users to search by taking pictures. Today Google announced that Goggles is now available in the Google Mobile App for iPhone. Google Mobile App already lets users speak their queries, and it can also use your phone’s location to give you more relevant search results. (See demo video above).
Today, Google announced that you can see Street View imagery on all seven continents, with the addition of Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica, specifically, an area called Half Moon Island.
Now, you can really explore the world from the palm of your hand. Now you can check out the beaches of Brazil, visit the moors of Ireland or see penguins in Antarctica for yourself.
To use Street View on Google Maps for your supported phone, select a place on the map and then choose the Street View option if available.
Today, Google released a new version of Car Home for Android which makes it easier to customize Car Home to get the information you need faster.
Car Home for Android turns your Android phone into a better driving companion by providing you with quick access to key applications on the go: GPS navigation, voice-activated commands, contacts, and more.
Now, you can also quickly customize the shortcuts to personalize Car Home with one-touch access to apps and information on your phone. Just select one of the icons marked “Add shortcut” to start creating your own shortcuts. You can also drag-and-drop or remove shortcuts by long pressing any of them.
Google recently announced the availability of ocean bathymetry and ocean layer content to Google Earth for Android. Today, with the latest release of Google Earth 3.1 for iOS, Google announced that now you can explore underwater landscapes and terrain on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Now you can dive below the ocean’s surface to explore underwater canyons, or travel to the ocean’s deepest point, the Mariana Trench. Once underwater, swipe the screen with two fingers to “look around.”
You can reset your view by clicking on the north arrow on the iPad, or on the compass on the iPhone and iPod. As with the desktop and other mobile versions of Google Earth, Google also added the “Ocean” layer, which features hundreds of photos and videos from more than 100 contributors curated by the Sylvia Earle Alliance.
Last January Google updated Google Mobile App for BlackBerry so it can search your on-device email and contacts. Google recently announced your Blackberry can also search the cloud to find items in your Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Docs.
You’ll need to start Google Mobile App and log into your Google Account to do this on your BlackBerry. You’ll only need to do this the first time. As with any other query, you can either type or speak to find what you’re looking for.
Now that you’re already signed in to your Google Account you can launch web-based apps such as Docs or Reader without having to log in again.
Google takes information security very seriously, so all your Gmail and Google Docs searches are sent over a secure https connection.
Google has released an update to the Android app which gives you immediate access to your Google Voice Inbox and settings via two new home screen widgets.
The Google Voice Inbox widget brings your most recent voicemails and text messages to your home screen. You can now quickly flip though messages in your Inbox with the widget, and selecting any message preview will open it in the Google Voice app. The Settings widget gives you quick access to four handy features.
- Get instant access to the full Google Voice app by clicking the Google Voice icon.
- Quickly compose and send free text messages.
- Change your dialing preferences on the fly. You can have your phone use Google Voice in four different ways, depending on your calling preference.
- Select Do Not Disturb and all calls to your Google number will be sent straight to Voicemail.
Google has introduced Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android with Walking Navigation (Beta) to help you decide where to walk (or drive). You can now also use Street View smart navigation or the new Google Maps search bar to guide your choice. See video above. For more information visit http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/09/walk-this-way.html.
Google today announced Google Instant which allows you to see search results as you type in the search box. (See video above). Later this fall, Google Instant will be available to mobile devices via their browser capable of handling AJAX. Google is currently testing Google Instant on the Android and iPhone platform and may offer it on the BlackBerry platform. Google Instant reduces time to conduct searches and improves personal productivity. Visit http://google.com/instant to try it out.
|Google announced today that Google Voice now allows you to see when you have a missed call. You can see the missed call information in your Google Voice inbox or receive an email notification. This setting can be turned on and off from the Calls tab in the Settings menu.|
Google Voice allows users to have one phone number that can ring multiple phones (i.e., cell, home, work). It offers online voicemail, transcribed messages, cheap phone calls and free calls/text messages to the U.S. and Canada.