|Google has announced that Google Maps 4.2 for BlackBerry now lets you get biking directions, quickly see helpful info when searching, and share places with friends. This comes on the heals of Google adding biking directions and sharing for Android users a few weeks ago.|
If you’ve been using Google Maps on your computer to get biking directions, trails, and lanes, you can now head out for a ride using just your BlackBerry. When getting directions in Google Maps, just choose to travel by bicycle to get an optimal bicycling route in the U.S. If you’re in the mood for a more scenic ride, you’ll also see the Bicycling layer on the map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green).
Google announced Google Search for mobile now includes mobile app results. If you go to Google.com on your Android-powered device or Iphone and search for an app, you'll see special links and content at the top of the search results.
You can tap these links to go directly to the app’s Android Market or iPhone App Store page. You can also get a quick look at some of the app’s basic details including the price, rating, and publisher.
These results will appear when your search pertains to a mobile application and relevant, well-rated apps are found. For example, try searching for download shazam on your Android-powered device or bank of america app on your iPhone.
Mobile app search results are available in the US, with other countries and devices planned for the future.
|Google announced the launch of Android 2.2 with added a new service to help developers send data from servers to their applications on Android phones. Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data with servers.|
Most applications on mobile phones use the Internet to keep users connected. Traditionally, many apps use polling to fetch data periodically. POP mail clients, for example, connect to the server every 15 minutes or so. Polling is fairly easy to implement, and works well in many situations. It’s tricky, though, to select the frequency: Poll too often, you may not see any new data, and create unnecessary stress on the server and network. Poll too rarely and the data on the device may become stale. Polling is especially problematic on mobile devices, because it consumes precious network bandwidth and battery life.
Having the server push messages to the client asynchronously may be a superior choice for getting the latest data to your applications, resulting in fresher data and more efficient use of the network and your battery.
|Google announced today that they have closed their acquisition of AdMob. According to Google, "It’s clear that mobile advertising is growing incredibly fast with lots of businesses innovating at great speed. Every day, more marketers are looking to take advantage of the mobile-specific capabilities, extended reach, great returns and value that mobile advertising provides. Advertisers are now starting to see mobile as an essential part of their overall campaigns, not just a silo-ed experiment on the side.|
We want to unleash agencies’ and advertisers’ creativity on all mobile devices and deliver them better results from their campaigns, drive better returns and more choice for publishers and developers, and help people get better ads and more free mobile content.
Last February Google launched Google Buzz for mobile, a tool to start conversations when you are out and about. When Buzz launched, it was only available for devices running Android 2.0+ and iPhone. Today Google is releasing an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many other mobile devices, including those running Android pre-2.0, Blackberry, Nokia S60, and Windows Mobile.
To check it out enter buzz.google.com in your browser and log in using your password. You will be able to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more.
On the BlackBerry platform, you can also enable location through your browser settings. This will allow you to get to the Nearby view, where you’ll find geo-tagged posts near you. In addition, you can tag your post with your location. Please note that location features might not work on some devices.
|Google today launched an experimental new view in Beta for Google Location History to visualize your location history in a different.|
If Location History is enabled, the new dashboard view will try to highlight interesting trends from your existing location history, such as trips you’ve taken, places you’ve visited, time spent at home vs. out, and more. If you ever wondered how much time you’ve spent at work recently compared to six months ago, or where it was that you stopped on your last road trip, check out Location History for some of the answers.
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At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, leading industry players announced the development of Google TV — an open platform that adds the power of the web to the television viewing experience, ushering in a new category of devices for the living room. Intel, Sony, and Logitech, together with Best Buy, DISH Network and Adobe, joined Google on stage to announce their support for Google TV.
|Google has announced a new latitude API to do more with Google Latitude and Your Location. Google's aim is for users to safely share their Latitude location with third parties who can create apps that do more with their locations. For example, developers could build apps or service for:|
- Thermostats that turn on and off automatically when you’re driving towards or away from home.
- Traffic that send alerts if there’s heavy traffic ahead of you or on a route you usually take based on your location history
- Your credit card accounts to alert you of potential fraud when a purchase is made far from where you actually are.
- Photo albums so your vacation photos appear on a map at all the places you visited based on your location history.
Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that Kindle for Android, the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their Android phones, is coming this summer. Kindle for Android enables customers to discover and read from over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store -- the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read -- including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99.
Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will include Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer's bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and, soon, Android, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product on Amazon.com.
Android owners can take advantage of the features that customers love about Kindle and Kindle app experience, including:
|Last February Google demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a prototype version of Google Goggles that could translate written information by taking a picture of the text with your phone's camera. At that time only German text could be recognized. Google today officially introduced Goggles Translation. To use Goggles Translation:|
Today Goggles can read English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and can translate to many more languages. Google is hard at work extending their recognition capabilities to other Latin-based languages. The goal is to eventually read non-Latin languages (such as Chinese, Hindi and Arabic) as well.
- Point your phone at a word or phrase. Use the region of interest button to draw a box around specific words
- Press the shutter button
- If Goggles recognizes the text, it will give you the option to translate
- Press the translate button to select the source and destination languages.
|Google announced today the roll out a new look for Google Search results on your computer and for mobile.|
To check it out, go to Google.com in the US on your iPhone or Android device, and enter a search. You can now tap on the button to the left of the search box on the results page to see a new search options menu. Then, selecting any item in the menu will refine your search. For example, if you are looking for recent results for "Mother's day gift", simply tap the "Past week" option.
You may notice that when the menu expands, the search results slide off screen to the right. Note that you can still interact with them and see them in full just by panning to the right.
Twitter has announced the launch of Twitter for Android available in Android Market.
This new app enables users to use and share any link or photo. The app is simple to use. Users just need to find the share button in their favorite application and choose Twitter.
Additionally, the app features:
The Twitter for Android app is available for phones running Android 2.1 and above.
- Reading tweets is available in a few places on your phone
- Quickly access your timeline with the home screen widget
- View a tweet location on a map
- See your friend’s latest tweet in your phonebook,
- GoogleTalk list or any application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar.
Google announced that they have redesigned Google Image Search for mobile. The redesign is available today for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices with the focus on making it easy to quickly see as many image thumbnails as possible.
Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin Ltd., and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., today announced the Garmin-Asus A10, a touchscreen smartphone running on the Android platform that is optimized for pedestrian navigation. The A10 is expected to be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
For those times when walking is the best way to go, the A10 is ideal for city navigation because of its bright, 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen, electronic compass and long-lasting 1500mAh battery. As with other Garmin-Asus Android-powered devices, the A10’s GPS capabilities are optimized to ensure that customers have the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can offer.
Detailed maps are preloaded on the A10 so that users do not have to pay and wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. In addition to pedestrian navigation, the A10 is ready for use in an automobile out-of-the-box, and it comes with a powered audio mount that magnifies the volume of the device’s voice commands.
Last fall Google launched Place Pages which organize relevant and useful information about places on Google Maps. Today Google announced Places Page is now available on your mobile phone. In the video below, the Place Page for Mama's restaurant in San Francisco shows location information, customer ratings, opening hours and what people are saying about the restaurant in summary format.
|Vodafone UK customers can order the Nexus One, the new superphone from Google, at vodafone.co.uk/nexusone. The Nexus One is available in the UK beginning April 30.|
Vodafone is the first European mobile operator to offer Nexus One. Customers who pre-order online will be the first to get a Nexus One for free on a 35 pound monthly price plan (24 month), on April 30. The Nexus One will also be available via Vodafone stores and telesales, with Vodafone providing direct support to customers with the superphone when they need it.
Nexus One will be available on a range of great value Vodafone price plans, on both 18 and 24 month contracts. Price plans start from 25 pounds a month on a 24 month contract.
Vodafone UK customers with the Nexus One can use up to 1GB of mobile data as part of their price plan as well as take advantage of unlimited access to Wi-Fi in the home and free, publicly available services throughout the country. Customers using Wi-Fi can also use an additional 1GB of data at premium BT Openzone hotspots throughout the UK.
Google today announced Search by Voice in Google Maps 4.1 on Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 phones.
Search by voice lets users easily search for anything by speaking search terms instead of typing them. To use, open Google Maps, press your phone’s “call” button, and speak your search term like “Park Plaza.” Search by voice works with all the kinds of searches Google Maps for mobile already supports, including places, addresses (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway), specific businesses (The French Laundry), or types of businesses (sushi restaurants New York).
Google has also added a few features including a redesigned settings page with Search by voice language choices. Choose your preferred language from the supported options, including multiple
|Users of the new Google Nexus One Android phone now have the means to fully share and back-up their content with their PC thanks to a new PC software that allows the phone to interact with the PC.|
Mobile phone software company FutureDial Incorporated announced today that its FutureDial Suite Smartphone Edition now supports the Android-based Google Nexus One, in addition to the Motorola DROID. The new PC software allows Nexus One users to easily share phonebook contacts, pictures, video, audio and music and text message files between the phone and the PC. The new software is the only product currently on the market that is fully compatible with all content types on the ANDROID handset, unlike other products which only offer partial support.
|Google announced today the launch of Google Mobile App for BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. This version is tailored for BlackBerry touchscreen devices with all the useful features of Google Mobile. You can search using your voice instead of typing your query by holding the green button and speaking your query in English, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese. |
You can also use Google Mobile App to search your BlackBerry's email and contacts. To find an email, you can search for the name of the person who sent you an email, or a phrase from the body of the message. If you'd rather Google Mobile App not search your email and contacts, you can turn off Phone Search in the options screen. Information about your contacts and content from your emails is accessible only on your device; Google Mobile App does not send this data to Google.
| Google today announced the release of a Google Buzz widget for Android phones that lets you post text and photos with a single tap. Like other mobile access points for Google Buzz, the widget lets you choose to tag your post with the location or place from which it was posted. You can post buzz about a great meal you had and share photos of the new restaurant. To save time, your posts will upload in the background, letting you get back to your scrumptious dessert without a wait.|
The widget is initially available in English for Android phones running v1.6 and later. Search for 'Google Buzz' in the Android Market to download it now. Once installed, you can add it to your home screen: tap "Menu" while on the home screen and select "Add > Widgets > Google Buzz".