Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Google always does a top-notch job with their viral web ads, and the latest is no different. The tech company decided to show off the collaboration features of Google Docs by featuring one of the most well known duos in music, Hall & Oates. What developed is a truly brilliant commercial. Thoughts?
A great new ad showing off the everyday uses of Asus and Google’s first Jelly Bean-based tablet, the Nexus 7. Check it out above. Are you picking one of these up?
Google Maps for Android now supports indoor walking directions at participating locations across U.S. and Japan.
Rumors of Google’s upcoming cloud based storage solution were all over the Interwebs for the past few months. Today, rumor becomes reality.
Introducing Google Drive, a storage option that will soon be built into all of Google’s different mediums. From Google +, to Google Docs, to Gmail, you’ll be able to access, upload, and attach files seamlessly. You’ll also be able to edit documents in real-time with others, without worry.
Those who sign up will receive 5GB of free storage that be accessed anywhere. For those that want to upgrade, there are optional plans like the 25GB plan for $2.49 a month, the 100GB plan for $4.99 a month, or the 1TB plan for $49.99 a month. Pretty ridiculous how cheap and attractive their storage options are for both consumers and businesses alike. For more information, or to sign up, check out Google’s blog here.
The above video is all about Google’s presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress, currently taking place in Spain. If you’re interested in Google, Android, or any of the company’s initiatives, take a look above. Executive Chairman of Google takes the stage to discuss what’s new in terms of products, software, and innovation. You may want to grab a beer or two, as it’s over an hour long.
As of now, Google Music is really just a glorified music player, available on the Android Market. Soon however, Google Music will transform into a music service, where new audio content can be downloaded from an online store, while prepurchased user content can be stored in the cloud. I had a chance to test drive Music Beta, a service which is said to be detailed at a press event scheduled for Wednesday.
Music Beta offers a crisp and clean solution to music management, foregoing a bulky computer application for a smooth browser based experience. Your content is categorized between songs, artists, recently added, as well as nay playlist you could create. A control panel at the bottom of the screen will allow you to quickly play, skip, or shuffle between your content. Once you install the Music Manager, which allows you to add content to your library, you’ll be able to upload your own content — up to 20,000 songs — to Google’s cloud for free. The greatest part? Those tracks are then available on up to 10 Android devices instantly. Users will have the option to select which tracks they want to use offline, for example, if you plan on using Google Music Beta on a non-data plan enabled device like a tablet, you can choose all or some of that content to use when not connected to a WiFi network.
According to a new report, Google is set to reveal their much anticipated music service at an upcoming press event scheduled for this Wednesday, November 16. Finding a home on the Android Market, Google Music will offer downloadable tunes with a pricepoint set at around $0.99 a song — audio quality to be determined. Currently, Google’s Music application is solely a media player in beta form.
The report also states that deals with music publishers Universal Music Group and EMI are all set in stone, while negotiations are underway for Sony and Warner Music Group. According to a rumored leak of the new application, Google Music will offer a free song of the day, a move similar to Amazon’s App Store which does the same for applications and games. Google Music will also allow users to upload up to 20,000 songs from their own collection of tunes onto the service, content which can be synced to all your devices for free.
Google is set to rollout an updated look for Gmail in a few days. Fear not, Google-lovers. The bulk of what makes the email service so popular will indeed stay the same, just now with more customization options set throughout an overall cleaner and crisper interface.
A preview of template was available for users to apply a few months ago, in order to test-drive the new look. I’ve been using it for a while, and while it lacks many of the new features available in the upcoming build, I’m absolutely in love with the interface. Themes are also getting an overhaul, with new high-res images available as the backdrop of your mail.
For a full look at a bunch of the new features, check out the short clip above from Google.
Trying to compete with other social networks, Google+ now includes 16 games for folks to play, in between all the status posting and friend stalking of course. Incorporating games into + allows users to share their high schools instantly with other players.
Many around the net have complained that there just isn’t that much to do within Google+, so adding over a dozen flash games is certainly a way to keep people entertained. So far, titles include Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz, and Dragon Age Legends.
For the full list of games available to Google+ members, check them out below.
UPDATE: Oddly, Google pulled the Games tab, and the blog entry quickly after launching. I assume they’re having technical difficulties. Should be up soon enough.
Earlier this week, Google accused Microsoft of directly copying their search results for their Bing search engine. The finding is based on a “sting operation” where research showed Bing’s results mirror Google’s results, based on several experimental trials.
“Our testing has concluded that Bing is copying Google Web-search results, and Microsoft doesn’t deny this,” said Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow, written in an email to eWEEK. “At Google, we strongly believe in innovation and are proud of our search quality. We look forward to competing with genuinely new search algorithms out there, from Bing and others — algorithms built on core innovation, and not on recycled search results copied from a competitor.”
As expected, Microsoft defensively responded. “We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Senior VP of the online services division at Microsoft. “We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any of these people of such activity is just insulting.”