Friday, November 15, 2013

159 Ease of Uses


More buttons in Gmail, Google Now updates, easier CyanogenMod installation, and more!


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Headlines
  • Gmail gets buttons for YouTube, Dropbox, Seamless and OpenTable to interact directly within Gmail
  • Google Chrome v32 now identifies tab where audio/video playing from to easily find and mute it/turn it off
  • Google Maps gets traffic and incident integration with Waze
  • Gmail attachments can now be saved within Drive with  a single click
  • Google Play for Education released - http://developer.android.com/edu
  • Google Street View complete for Venice using lots of walking and boat trips in canals
  • Google creates initial API to find unused white space frequencies to use for WiFi
Apps
  • Delta app updated to support KitKat and fix some bugs
  • QuickOffice updated to better integrate with Drive (i.e. open files in Drive)
  • Falcon Pro updated to support Android 4.4
  • PS4 App released to Google Play
  • Google+ getting updated to support Android Beam (NFC based photo transfer), Daydream, photo details in drop down menu, and Locations updated automatically when opened
  • Nova Launcher v2.3 Beta 1 gets Android 4.4. integration and look - app drawer and folder icons included
  • Google Now updated to allow following websites and blogs, ‘what to watch’ recommendations, news topics, and real time traffic data from Waze
  • Gmail for iPad updated with full screen portrait mode and navigation bar in landscape mode
  • Google Play Music released for the iPhone - no song buying just yet
  • FCC launches Speed Test app to get accurate mobile network speeds
Devices
  • Gigabyte Roma R2 - 1.3ghz dual core processor, 1gb RAM, 4” screen, 5mp rear camera, 4gb storage
  • Gigabyte Guru G1 - 1.5ghz quad-core processor, 2gb RAM, 32gb storage, 5” screen, 13mp rear camera, 5mp front camera
  • Gigabyte Simba SX1 - 1.4 ghz dual-core processor, 1gb RAM, 4gb storage, 5” screen, Firefox as default browser
  • Nexus 4, 7 & 10 get Android 4.4 source code
  • Moto G - Android 4.3, 1.2ghz quad-core processor, 4.5” screen, 5mp rear camera, 1.3mp front camera, 8gb and 16gb models, to release January 2014
  • Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 build released by m3dd0g
  • Acer C7 (Model # C720-2848) - $199, 2gb RAM, Haswell processor, 11.6” screen, 16gb storage
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