Google updates Chrome for iOS with 70% fewer crashes, Spotlight integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Google’s mobile Chrome browser was updated this morning in the App Store and the new release promises a whopping 70 percent fewer crashes along with a few other goodies, such as Spotlight Search integration.

Google said that the dramatically reduced crash rate is due to Chrome’s adoption of WKWebView, a rendering engine from Apple which was first introduced with the release of iOS 8 back in 2014.

In addition, this release of Chrome for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad should be faster overall, with JavaScript execution now “dramatically faster.” Read More

 

This tweak lets you search the web or define words from anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

For the times when you want to quickly search for something on the internet or define a word you just read in a book that you have no idea the meaning of, TextSearchPro is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia that lets you find what you’re looking for in a heartbeat. Read More

 

Confidential Google documents reveal that Android has generated $31 billion revenue in its lifetime

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2016

Since its inception in 2008, Android has generated revenue of $31 billion and $22 billion in profit, a lawyer for Oracle said in a federal court, marking the first time Android’s financial performance was publicly revealed.

As a quick refresher, Oracle, the database maker, is suing Google’s parent Alphabet over using its Java software without paying for it to develop Android. The figure is based on information Oracle derived from Google’s confidential internal financial documents.

Google promptly asked a San Francisco federal judge to redact and seal portions of the public transcript of last week’s hearing because improperly disclosed data contains “extremely sensitive information” from documents that were marked “Attorney’s Eyes Only.” Read More

 

Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the default search engine on iOS

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS, reports Bloomberg. The staggering number comes directly from a transcript of court proceedings in Oracle’s ongoing copyright lawsuit against Google, which stated that the search giant has an agreement with Apple that gives it a percentage of search revenue generated through iPhones and iPads. Read More

 

Best ways to store photos in the cloud

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2016

Those high-quality snaps and videos you take on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can pretty quickly eat up all of the available storage space on your device.

There are a number of techniques to increase your free storage, like deleting apps you no longer use, emptying system caches and so forth, but they all pale in comparison to the simplest of solutions—actually moving storage-hungry photos and videos off your device to safely store them in the cloud.

In this post, we’ll tell you all you need to know about the most popular cloud storage solutions. We’re going to detail backing up your media to each of them and discuss recommended strategies for freeing up as much storage space as possible, without destroying your personal memories or changing your workflow much. Read More

 

Remix OS alpha is here: run Android on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

Remix OS, a software platform created in partnership with the Android-x86 project, is now available for download from the Jide website. Remix is basically a custom engineered version of Android Lollipop that can be installed onto a USB thumb drive to boot your Mac right into Android.

This is a pre-release alpha version of Remix intended for developers so it may be a bit rough around the edges and exhibit some hiccups. That being said, Remix OS is pretty cool: it has a custom user interface with built-in Amazon App Store, but you can sideload Google Play services to run virtually any Android app on your Mac. Read More

 

Remix OS will bring Android to your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2016

Are you itching to see for yourself what life is like on the “other” mobile platform, Google’s Android, but the very thought of switching sends shivers up your spine? Enter Remix OS, a software platform founded by three ex-Google employees that lets you boot straight to Android on your Mac or Windows PC.

Unlike similar solutions that let you run Android apps in a windowed mode, Remix OS has a dedicated desktop user interface, runs a custom engineered version of Android Lollipop with Google Play services, meaning you can download and run just about any Android app no your desktop, including Microsoft Office, YouTube, Google Maps and many more. Read More

 

Google reportedly working on a brand new messaging app to take on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 24, 2015

As reported on by The Wall Street Journal two days ago, citing people familiar with the matter, the Internet giant Google is allegedly working on a brand new messaging app to take on the growing popularity of apps for keeping in touch, namely Facebook-owned Messenger and WhatsApp.

In addition to messaging capability, the app is said to put a big emphasis on so-called chatbots, smart personal assistants that will scour the web and other sources to answer a question. Read More

 

Google Maps begins rolling out offline navigation to iOS users

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2015

As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s Maps app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, offline navigation is now rolling out to users. Though conspicuously absent from changelog that accompanies the download, the crucial new feature was later confirmed by Google to VentureBeat.

I couldn’t get it to work in my area so my guess is that offline navigation in Google Maps is a staggered rollout and probably supported in select markets only. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with business hours and gas prices

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

Google today updated its native Maps application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, adding two nice-to-have features: gas prices in the United States and Canada and business hours for millions of points of interest around the world. Now when searching for gas stations in the US and Canada, the application will display up-to-date gas prices so you can better decide between the nearest gas stations and those that potentially offer the lowest prices of gas. Read More

 

Google’s search app gains 3D Touch support, Split View multitasking on iPad & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2015

The search monster Google on Friday issued an update to its mobile search application in the App Store, adding support for 3D Touch gestures on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and iOS 9’s new multitasking modes on select iPads, while improving search results for places and local businesses.

With 3D Touch, hard-pressing on the Google app’s icon on the Home screen brings up quick shortcuts for Search, Voice Search and Image Search features. Read More

 

Google Play Movies & TV gains HD and cellular streaming, AirPlay support, revamped UI & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2015

Just in time for the holiday season, Google has issued a major update to its official video streaming application in the App Store, Google Play Movies & TV, with several much-needed features and a fresh new design. For starters, you can now stream movies and TV shows rented or purchased on the Play store over your carrier’s cellular data network. Moreover, the app has gained the ability to stream video in high-definition.

And if you own a third-generation Apple TV or higher, you can stream your Google Play entertainment right to the big screen with official support for Apple’s AirPlay wireless media streaming technology. Read More

 

Google Photos launches shared albums

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2015

As promised back in September, Google Photos has now begun rolling out shared albums on the web and in its mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Arriving just in time for the holiday season, a shared album allows friends and family to add photos to it. Those who have joined a shared album will receive a notification about any changes and newly uploaded photos.

If it sounds similar to Apple’s own iCloud Photo Sharing, that’s because it is, with one crucial difference: shared albums on Google Photos aren’t designed for a social world—you can’t like, comment on or caption them. Read More

 

OS wars in education: Chromebooks take lead in US classrooms

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2015

Chromebooks, a family of inexpensive, Internet-dependent notebooks powered by Google’s Chrome OS software, have taken the lead in the lucrative education technology market, reports CNBC.

These notebooks accounted for more than half of all classroom devices sold in the third quarter in the US.

According to a Futuresource Consulting survey, that’s a huge increase for Chrome OS-driven machines that accounted for just one percent of K-12 sales in 2012. Read More

 

Chrome for Mac nixes notification menu bar

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Google’s Chrome browser was updated yesterday to version 47 on Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest stable release of the browser includes bug fixes and removes a rarely used feature: the notification center in the Mac’s menu bar.

Chrome for iPhone, iPod touch iPad also received an update yesterday in the App Store, bringing out support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and enabling more shortcuts via external wireless keyboards. Read More

 

Chrome for iOS gains 3D Touch shortcuts and support for more Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google today updated its Chrome browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store with two new feature additions: 3D Touch shortcuts on the Home screen via the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and expanded support for shortcuts when the app is used with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Pressing firmly on Chrome’s Home screen icon on your iPhone 6s will now bring up a 3D Touch menu with Voice Search, New Incognito Tab and New Tab options. Read More

 

Hangouts for iOS now supports Apple Watch, gains quick-replying from notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google Hangouts, the search giant’s instant messaging and VoIP mobile client, was updated in the App Store last evening with several new features and refinements.

For starters, Apple Watch owners can now respond to instant messages received from other Hangout users directly on their wrist and also from the notification banner on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (provided they use iOS 9.1). Read More

 

Google Docs and Play Books gain new features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Several of Google’s applications in the App Store—including Docs, Slides, Sheets, Play Books and YouTube—have gained new features or bug fixes in a barrage of updates this morning. The company’s productivity and Office replacement app, Docs, will now render your comments and suggestions in Print layout, show line spacing and strikethrough in Office’s Compatibility mode and let you control paragraph directionality for right-to-left languages. Read More

 

Cool Google promotion asks you to join the Dark or Light sides of the Force

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

Tons of Google properties are getting Star Wars-themed Easter eggs today in an interesting new promotion celebrating the arrival of Disney’s highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which opens on December 18, 2015.

Just point your browser at google.com/starwars/ and log in with your Google Account.

You’ll then be asked to choose between the Dark or Light sides of the Force. Depending on your choice, a number of Google’s most widely used web properties will be skinned and themed accordingly, including Gmail, Chrome and Google Maps. Read More

 

Google+ for iOS gets a facelift and new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Following yesterday’s overhaul of Google+ Communities and Collections on the web, today Google+ for iOS gets bumped to version 5.0 and thoroughly redesigned.

The new-look Communities and Collections are now accessible through the new Google+ 5.0 for iOS app. This edition of the software includes other improvements, too, including switching between multiple accounts and expanded options for sharing with folks outside Google+. Read More

 
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