Friday, January 17, 2014

166 Using All Of The Medias


Google likes automation, Google Now on your desktop, integrating your pictures and videos, and more!




Headlines
  • Google meeting with FDA regarding eye devices and heart condition diagnostics
  • Google purchases Nest for $3.2b
  • YouTube gets improved Google+ comments moderation system via YouTube inbox (similar to old system)
  • Google Drive updated to show activity stream for shared document changes
  • Google Chrome for Windows 8 gets ChromeOS style integration
  • Schemer to be shut down by Google [users have until Feb 7 to export data]
  • Google releases Wordpress plugin for easier Webmaster integration and adding Adsense ads to Wordpress sites
  • CyanogenMod installer released for Mac
  • Google Chrome (Canary build) gets early version of Google Now
  • Google Maps gets 3D maps for cities across Japan (including Tokyo)
Apps
  • Beats Music (radio app) to release January 21 at $9.99/mo
  • Feedly updated to increase app speed, improved Nexus 7 interface, back button fixes, login with Google+, support for Galaxy Gear, enhanced themes
  • Greenify updated to support non rooted phones via homescreen widget
  • Motorola Driving Assist updated to allowing sending SMS with voice
  • Samsung releases Winter Olympics 2014 app for only Samsung devices
  • Google Chrome gets update to add shortcuts to homescreen and data compression functionality
  • Pandora app getting personalized station recommendations based on liked tracks
  • Final Fantasy VI released to Google Play - $15.99
  • Google Play Movies & TV released for iOS
  • Gmail updated to allow starring contacts to automatically show up in the People app
  • Spotify drops time limits on mobile apps (desktop as well) - premium users get higher quality audio and ad-free experience
Devices
  • HTC One X and One X+ not to get upgrades beyond Android 4.2.2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 starts getting Android 4.4.2 update in Poland (*via Kies)
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 Activ [AT&T] getting Android 4.3 update
  • Google Play Edition Moto G released - 8/16 gb models
  • Moto X releasing to England (no word on MotoMaker yet)
App Review - GalleryNext by CyanogenMod
  • Integrates photos and videos between device and accounts
  • Includes Facebook, Flikr, Picasa, & Dropbox
  • Currently in Beta
  • The Android Realm App Review
Game Review - Robocop
  • Released ahead of 2014 movie launch
  • Play style similar to VirtuaCop
  • Start with training missions to learn controls and game features
  • Upgrade weapons and armor
  • Runs on Android 2.1 and higher
  • The Android Realm Game Review
Quick Tip - Google Now in Google Chrome