Google’s iOS app gains Accelerated Mobile Pages, sports highlight videos in Now cards

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016

Google’s native Search application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad this morning received a newsworthy update in the App Store, gaining faster browsing with support for Accelerated Mobile Pages from major publishers and another feature which allows you to instantly watch sports highlight videos in Now cards.

The app’s available for free on the App Store. Read More

 

Eric Schmidt trolls Apple users (again): Galaxy S7 has better battery and camera than iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

It’s an established fact that Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt owns an iPhone because, you know, it pays to experience what the competition is doing firsthand. In a fireside chat at the Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands, today with CNBC journalist Julia Chatterley, he publicly admitted for the first time to using both an iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7, teasing the mostly iPhone-totting audience that Samsung’s device is better. Read More

 

Google Maps gains new voice controls in navigation, Street View tweaks and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Google’s native mapping application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was bumped to version 4.19 this morning, bringing out a few enhancements meant to improve your navigation and Street View experience.

For starters, a few new voice controls are now available in navigation to mute, unmute or turn on alerts only. You can also move around Street View by swiping, and more. Read More

 

Google I/O tidbits: Android N, Android Wear 2.0, Daydream VR platform, fresh stats & more

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

The Google I/O 2016 keynote wrapped up so we compiled interesting tidbits that we think iDownloadBlog readers might be curious to learn about, because it pays off to keep tabs on what competition is doing. Read More

 

Introducing Assistant, Google’s conversational AI helper

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

In addition to announcing a pair of new iPhone apps for messaging and video calling and a preview of its Amazon Echo-killer, the Google I/O 2016 keynote saw some pretty exciting news regarding the search giant’s all-new two-way conversational assistant, coming soon to all your devices.

Named Assistant, it’s a big upgrade to Google Now that builds “on all our years of investment in deeply understanding users’ questions”. Read More

 

Check out Home, Google’s Amazon Echo killer

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

During the keynote presentation this morning which kicked off Google I/O 2016, the Internet giant previewed its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market in the form of a new appliance, named Google Home.

With a built-in Google Assistant that also powers Duo, a new smart messaging app coming to iOS and Android this summer, Home lets you retrieve information from the Internet, get answers to simple questions and carry out basic tasks—using your voice and the familiar “OK Google” wakeup phrase. Read More

 

New Google apps at I/O 2016: ‘Allo’ for messaging and ‘Duo’ for video calling

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

Google’s annual pilgrimage for developers kicked off earlier this morning with a keynote which was streamed live on YouTube in both regular and full 360-degree VR modes.

The keynote presentation saw some interesting announcements from the search giant, including a pair of new apps from Google for iOS and Android. Read More

 

Google’s mobile app gains keyboard shortcuts, busiest hours in search results & more

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Google’s native search app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad today received a pretty significant update on the App Store, bringing the app to version 15.0.

People who use an external keyboard with their iPad can now use time-saving shortcuts within the app to search faster and navigate the app more easily.

Other improvements in this release of the Google app include busiest hours in search results and dynamic font sizing enhancements.

The Google app is available free on the App Store. Read More

 

T-Mobile’s Binge On gains support for Spotify, NBC and other content sources

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

T-Mobile is expanding support for its data-free content streaming technology, dubbed Binge On, with the addition of Spotify, NBC, Tidal, Google Play Music, Radio Disney and other services, the wireless carrier said Tuesday.

Binge On permits T-Mobile subscribers to stream video and audio over its cellular data network, without eating into their monthly data allowances. Read More

 

How to watch YouTube in VR mode on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Google Cardboard may be the simplest, most affordable way to experience virtual reality content on a smartphone, but up until recently Google’s mobile YouTube app only supported Cardboard on Android.

Beginning with YouTube for iOS version 11.18, which was released yesterday, iPhone owners can now watch YouTube in virtual reality mode on their device.

Here’s how you can experience YouTube in VR mode on your iPhone. Read More

 

Google I/O 2016 is kicking off on Wednesday: keep tabs on it with official iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Google I/O, the search giant’s version of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is kicking off this year on Wednesday, May 18, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California and what better way to keep up with the conference than an iPhone app from Google.

The official Google I/O 2016 app, like Apple’s own WWDC for iPhone app, lets you follow conference news, explore tracks and speakers, watch session videos, enjoy a live stream of the keynote and more, right on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More

 

Google to ditch Flash for HTML5 by default in Chrome come this fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

The slow death of Adobe Flash continues as Google preps to put another nail into the beleaguered technology’s coffin come this fall. According to a draft proposal from the search giant, a copy of which was obtained by Venture Beat, Google’s desktop browser will default to showing HTML5 content and video, falling back to Flash as a last resort.

Chrome ships with a built-in Flash Player which automatically kicks into action whenever a piece of Flash content is detected on a webpage. Read More

 

Google’s own Amazon Echo-like accessory, dubbed ‘Chirp’ is landing soon

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2016

Code-named ‘Chirp’, Google’s upcoming hardware appliance will integrate the company’s search and voice assistant technologies akin to the Amazon Echo, and is landing soon, Re/code reported yesterday.

The rumored device should resemble Google’s OnHub wireless router, according to several sources.

If the increasing popularity of Amazon’s integrated wireless speaker and voice command device is an indication—it’s estimated they sold three million Echo units to date—Google’s rumored accessory could prove popular with users, especially given Google’s expertise in voice and search. Read More

 

About XPS files and how to open them on a Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 13, 2016

XPS files are essentially like Microsoft’s version of a PDF file. They’re easy to create and open on a Windows PC, but when it comes to OS X users, XPS files are anything but plug and play.

In this piece, we’ll talk about XPS files and what they’re used for, and then we’ll touch on how to open XPS files on a Mac easily and for free without having to download any software. Read More

 

Google Translate app gains offline mode, instant camera translation from Chinese and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016

Google’s native Translate application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad received a major update yesterday in the App Store, bringing version number to 5.0 and introducing some rather interesting advances. For starters, Google Translate now works without an Internet connection, allowing you to translate words, phrases and sentences in 52 of the 103 supported languages when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection available.

The instant camera translation feature, called Word Lens, now works with Chinese: it reads both to and from English, both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. This feature is ideal for traveling: you just point your camera at, say, a restaurant sign in a foreign language and witness the appropriate translation appear like magic in live video feed. Read More

 

Google launches iPhone keyboard that lets you search and send GIFs, emojis and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016

As promised, Google this morning launched its first software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, called Gboard. Available free on the App Store, it integrates the power of Google Search, supports gesture-based typing, lets you send GIFs, emoticons and more. “No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard,” said Google. Read More

 

How to enable YouTube’s upcoming Material Design face lift ahead of release

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016

YouTube is getting Google’s Material Design refresh pretty soon and it looks pretty neat. Aside from the Upload button being replaced by the upload arrow graphics consistently used across Google’s mobile apps, you’ll notice a Material Design-inspired search field in the center.

More importantly, YouTube’s new looks include the background color on the Channel pages matching the header image, rounded icons in the sidebar, more whitespace around videos in the video player and a few other minor changes.

Chrome users can have an advance look at the upcoming refresh right now. Here’s how you can enable Material Design on YouTube ahead of its release, in just a few clicks. Read More

 

How to use one-handed zoom on Google Maps

By Christian Zibreg on May 10, 2016

Yesterday, iDownloadBlog detailed a cool new one-handed zoom gesture during video capture which Snapchat’s latest update has implemented.

This incredibly convenient shortcut permits you to zoom in and out as you’re shooting video with Snapchat’s camera, in real time. As one of our commenters pointed out, Google Maps has long had a similar shortcut on its native iOS app.

With it, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can zoom in and pan around in one-handed mode, without needing to use a two-fingered pinch-zoom gesture. Here’s how one-handed zoom mode works on Google Maps for iOS. Read More

 

Tip: stop YouTube’s annoying video autoplay ‘Up Next’ feature within iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016

My colleague Anthony recently vented his frustration with YouTube’s default handling of the ‘Up Next’ feature on the web. Autoplay in YouTube is one of the banes of my existence, too, but as Anthony states in his write-up, YouTube for iOS lacks a switch to disable auto-play videos.

Not anymore, though: the latest version of Google’s native YouTube client for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad includes an easily overlooked switch that lets you stop an endless stream of recommended videos from being spoon-fed down your throat with a single tap.

If you watch a lot of YouTube through your iPhone’s cellular connection, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to disable ‘Up Next’ on the iOS app, here’s how. Read More

 
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