Google Now for iOS

Google has finally come out with Google Now for the iOS platform.

WIth the latest release of Google Search, version 3.0, Google was able to ‘push’ this great feature, that has been available for Android users for awhile, to iOS users allowing them access to this Siri rivial.

Google Now provides updates to the information that is important to you. You can turn ‘cards’ or categories ON or OFF at your pleasure. The Google Now cards available are:

Weather
Traffic
Next Appointment
Flights
Gmail
Travel
Public Transit
Places
Sports
Public Alerts
Movies
Stocks
News Updates
Photo Spots
Birthdays

Don’t have the app yet? iOS users visit the App Store on your device or click here http://goo.gl/vXVzF

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Google+ and Chat integrated to documents in Drive

The web brings people together, a fact Google has always emphasized in all of its projects. But this is not only for fun, it also helps when taking care of work. Collaborating with multiple users in Google Drive documents makes getting through work a breeze, and it just got better. Google has integrated Google+ to Google Drive, bringing the unified social factor to your documents.

Google Drive will now display an image of other viewers in a document in the top-right corner of the browser. Hovering over these photos will display more details about the user and allow you to add them to your Google+ Circles. In addition, one can start a chat by simply pressing the chat icon next to the images.

These are small features that go a long way. We have no doubt this will somehow be integrated into Google’s rumored unified messaging service, Babel. So there is much more to expect, guys. Stay tuned for more details as Google I/O gets closer.

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Notifications popping-up in latest Chromium Build 28.0.1489.0

This morning while running last night’s Chromium build, I launched the browser, and with ‘Rich Notification’ extension active beforehand, a flood of notifications started popping up and cycling through in the bottom corner.  No images showed up like they do for Gmail or Google Voice text messages, but exciting to say the least!

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‘Google Places For Business’ Released for iOS Devices

Google has a new app in the iTunes app store for verifying and updating your Places/Google+ Local listing on the go.

Google Places For Business does what it says on the tin: “Google Places for Business is the best way to get your business on Google and be found across Google Search, Maps, Mobile, and Google+”.

The app, first reported on by iClarified can be used on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the following features as listed by Google:

  • Verify your business listing directly from your phone
  • Update your business information: hours, address, contact information, and description
  • Post beautiful pictures of your business on your local Google+ page
  • Track web traffic going to your listing
  • Manage multiple business locations from one app

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Babel: What We’ve Seen and What We Know

We all desperately want a unified messaging solution across Google’s products and services, and we’re betting you’ve heard rumors regarding this in one form or another. 

What We Know

Vic Gundotra, the Senior Vice President, Engineering at Google hints at a better messaging experience coming “shortly”, which most likely means that it will be announced at this year’s Google I/O conference.

Vic was mentioned in a post on Google+ yesterday, when he responded regarding some of the feedback. The most intriguing part of the reply was regarding the unification of the messaging systems across Google (Talk, G+ Messenger, Hangouts etc).

Here’s a quote straight from the comment:

“On your messenger point… I agree. Expect good progress here shortly… …The overall momentum continues to surprise us and I’m looking forward to Google IO!” – +Vic Gundotra

What We’ve Seen

This pretty much almost confirms that we’ll see the progress on messaging being announced very soon, most likely at Google I/O 2013, and it could be called Babel, though it may just be a codename.

Dev Channel Update for Chrome OS

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The Dev channel has been updated to 28.0.1480.0 (Platform version: 4008.0.0) for all Chromebooks except Samsung Chromebooks. This build contains a number of bug fixes and feature enhancements.

Release Highlights:

  • Flash version updated to 11.7.700.178
  • Updated UI for the [x] close panel icon across infobars, find-in-page, pop-ups and more.
  • Fix to input characters for Thai (169032)

Google still testing simpler homepage layout with dedicated app launcher button

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9to5Google reader, today, sent in a screenshot of a new Google homepage layout that the company is testing. It is unclear how spread the testing is of this homepage, but it’s no secret that Google tests new page layouts with small numbers of users. These test layouts sometimes never even get rolled out to the complete user base.

Notably, the new layout sports a button to quickly access Google’s various web applications.That new apps button appears to replace the top bar with the most commonly used Google services (like Mail, YouTube, and Drive).

Google began testing this new layout in February, but the appearance of testing in April could point to this new design still being under consideration or could point to extended testing.

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Google Keep updated with more features including lists

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Google’s efforts to become the only online service you need continues with an update to Google Keep that adds more features. Google Keep, which is aimed at services like Evernote, is a note taking app which allows you to save your ideas, thoughts and reminders on your Android device and then access them from any of your Android devices and your Desktop via the built-in synchronization which works via Google Drive.

Since its release less than a month ago, the app has been downloaded millions of times, has received over 20,000 comments on Google Play and has been rated by its users with 4.5 stars. Impressive! Now the latest update adds new features including the ability to create lists with checkboxes.

The check box feature is quite neat in that you can create a note as a list (by tapping on the big tick sign) or you can convert existing text into a check list. On every note tapping the menu reveals an option to either show or hide the checkboxes. Any existing notes can be converted to a list by showing the checkboxes. When you do this each line of text will become a item in the check list. Hiding the checkboxes returns the note back to plain text! This is a neat feature for those who started to create lists manually on Keep. With the checkboxes enabled each item can be marked as completed and Keep will strike out the item on the list.

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Chrome OS To Get User Switching Without Logging Out

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Multi-user support on Android tablets was big news. On Chrome OS, it will not be. Because it is feature that every operating system on a desktop or laptop computer must have. All the other desktop operating systems have it. It is finally Chrome OS’ turn.

Chrome OS will soon get the option to switch users without logging the current user out. Just like your Windows PC or the Mac.

Currently, if you want to let a friend of family member to login to your Chromebook, you must log off from your account and then let them login using their account or the guest mode. But when this feature is ready, you can let them use the Chromebook without completely logging off from your account.

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Screenshot Notifications Heading to Chrome OS

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Chromebook owners: ever taken a screenshot of your device using the CTRL+Window Switcher key?

If so then you’ll be familiar with the flash effect that happens on screen as you take it. It’s quick, subtle and unobtrusive – but it’s easily missed. So the Chrome team are changing it.

Their proposal is to display a rich notification when a screenshot is taken. These will inform you whether it was successful or whether it wasn’t.

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Google’s Forthcoming Chat Client “Babel” Shows Up All Over The Web In Screenshots, Bug Reports, Forums & More

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Google Babel, the forthcoming unified messenger service from Google that’s all but confirmed thanks to a number of screenshots, bug reports, developer forum posts and more, is now being said to only include Google Talk, Google Hangouts and Messenger in its initial release. Google Voice integration, apparently, is on the back burner.

This is the latest from Android enthusiast site Droid-Life, which is reporting that Google Voice will eventually come to the platform, but not at launch. The service will include notification syncing across devices and platforms, which is similar to Apple’s iMessage in that it will work on desktop, tablet and phone, the report states citing undisclosed sources.

The site also claims to have gotten its fingers on a Google memo about Babel, which details the feature set, noting that it works on the desktop via a Chrome app, includes Google+ Hangouts, offers cross-platform notifications, includes over 800 emoji+, has the ability to go on or off record like in Google Chat, and will even involve an iOS native application.

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Google Babel News: Google Voice Support “Eventually” Coming, Synced Notifications, “First Class” iOS Experience

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Whenever Google Babel does arrive for public consumption, we’re starting to believe it will be everything we have ever asked for in a unified messenger service. We’re talking synced notifications, cross-platform conversation experiences, a new UI, photo sharing, quick access to live video chats, and on-the-record chat history viewing from anywhere. According to sources of ours who have shared new information with us (including a feature list), we’re getting all of this and more.

Google Babel as a product is a collaboration of work by the Google+, Android, Chrome and Apps teams. Through their combined efforts, as was previously reported by us, we’ll see this unified service launch in Gmail and as Android, iOS, and Chrome apps. What’s particularly interesting, is that Google is talking about the iOS app as being the first time they have built a “first class iOS experience” when it comes to a messaging service. I can’t say that I’m familiar with their current iOS offerings, so I’ll leave the iOS experts to weigh in on the quality of Talk (if there even is an app) and G+ Messenger.

We’ve also learned that Google Voice support is “eventually” coming to Babel, however, the service initially only brings together Talk, Hangouts, and Messenger. This was an inclusion we were hoping to see from the beginning, but won’t, from what we understand. No specific details on how Voice will blend into Babel were given, just that it’s coming later on down the road.

Continuing on – there will be notification syncing across devices and platforms. For example, if you have a browser open on a desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone that are all attached to Babel and receive a message, once you check that message on any of the devices, the notification will disappear from the others. As someone who operates a half-dozen devices at any time throughout a day, I can’t tell you how important this feature is. It may be the most important.

We’ll also see a brand new UI that promotes conversations and is applied across all versions of Babel. You’ll be able to send photos, use 800+ emoji (not an exaggeration), look back at any on-the-recrod conversation from any device, group chat, and of course, carry all conversations with you to and from any device.

Here is a feature list according to a Google memo (colorful commentary is theirs, not ours):

  1. Brand new UI. We’ve designed a new UI that’s applied across all clients and promotes conversations.
  2. Stay in sync.  With just one conversation list and experience across mobile and desktop, everything is always in sync. Install the Chrome app, the Android app, and iOS app.
  3. Desktop app.  Stop laying whack a mole across blinking browser tabs. With the new Chrome app your conversations continue outside of the browser.
  4. Keep a group conversation going to coordinate with your team, and start a Hangout with a single tap whenever you need to talk face-to-face.
  5. Be notified…just once.  Get notifications on your two phones, tablet, laptop, and desktop. Open it on one and watch the others disappear. If you’re actively using your computer or phone we’ll even intelligently notify you on just one of those endpoints. Magic!
  6. Message more than just text.  Add a photo to the conversation and/or send some of the 800+ emoji to your coworkers. Kittens and poop are particularly helpful in explaining complex issues.
  7. Get nostalgic.  Scroll back in time and relive any (on-the-record) conversation, on any device.
  8. More ways to talk.  For the first time we are building a first class iOS experience. Try out our very early preview on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

I will say that the screenshots posted yesterday by TechRadar appear to me to be the real deal. From what I have seen, the emoji box does slide up from the bottom, though I’ve also seen the box with a black background. Conversations will look the same – threaded with profile pictures of the participants.

Still no word on a release date.

The Apps shortcut has been moved to the left side of the Bookmarks bar in the last Chromium Build.

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The Apps shortcut has been moved to the left side of the Bookmarks bar in the last Chromium Build and now uses a brand new icon that points tochrome://apps.

This is only visible if you’re enrolled in the new new tab page experiment – You can force it by enabling the “Instant extended API” flag in chrome://flags.

And if you’re a big fan of google assets, here’s the icon:http://src.chromium.org/svn/trunk/src/chrome/app/theme/default_200_percent/common/apps_bookmark_bar_icon.png

Source: http://codereview.chromium.org/13800017/

re-post from Francois Beaufort from Google+

Google Now shows up in Chrome Canary – solid evidence that it’s coming

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We have been hearing rumors about Android’s Google Now coming to Chrome, but today we have some solid evidence of the service’s existence. Google Now has shown up as an experimental feature in Google Chrome Canary!

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Google+ for iOS Gets a Minor Bugfix Update

Android isn’t the only platform getting some bug fixing loving for the Google+ app, Apple has just approved a minor bugfix update for the iOS app.

This update brings the version up to 4.3.1, with only bugfix and performance improvements. A minor update is better than no update though, so make sure to grab it while it’s hot, and let us know if you’ve spotted any notable changes or performance boosts.

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Don’t have Google+ for iOS? Click the green download button below to be taken to the iTunes page to download straight to your iOS device.

Dropbox and Other Cloud Storage Platforms To Get Deeper Chrome OS Integration Similar to Google Drive

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Chrome OS team is working on a new API for cloud storage services to act like another drive within the Files app. In other words, make them work just like Google Drive on your Chromebook. I like the way Dropbox integrates with my computer and Android phone. The experience is seamless. When this API is ready, I am assuming that Chrome OS will be ready to provide that experience with any cloud storage service that you would like to use.

Here is how it might look like, image courtesy of OMG Chrome.

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Google Voice Chrome Extension Gets Desktop Notifications

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Seems like there is a lot going on about notifications on Chrome and Chrome OS. What’s special? Oh wait! I know why!. Google Now is getting ready for Chrome and Chrome OS. Latest update to the Google Voice Chrome extension has added support for Desktop notifications. This feature however is experimental according to the team, and can be disabled from the options menu for the extension.

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Chrome Omnibox Replaces the Google Search Box in iOS

A few weeks ago, a post from the Chrome blog mentioned that Chrome for iOS will integrate the omnibox with Google Search. “Now you can see your search term in the omnibox, instead of the long search URL. This will help you refine search queries and view more content on the results page. This feature will roll out in the coming weeks, so you may not see it right away after upgrading.”

I’ve noticed this feature when using the incognito mode. It’s almost like the experimental feature from Chrome OS: Google’s mobile interface no longer includes a search box and the query is displayed in the omnibox, where you can change it. If you go to google.com, you’ll still see the regular Google search box and the query won’t be displayed in the omnibox.

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Interview with François Beaufort, the Chrome Happiness Evangelist

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François Beaufort, known for uncovering the latest changes coming in Chrome and Chrome OS, has recently been hired by Google. We have a chat with him about his work with Chromium and his new roles within Google. 

François has been posting code commits and new features coming to the Chrome browser and Chrome OS for over a year now, the self-titled “happiness evangelist”.

His work has uncovered news about Google Now coming to desktop, the codename for the Chromebook Pixel and the Chrome OS Notification Centre. His work has caught the attention of many popular news outlets, and his Google+ profile has over 13,000 followers.

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Google Search Box Vanishing from Omnibar Searches in Chrome Dev

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Like many people I use Google Chrome’s omnibar/address bar/URL spot to make my Google searches.

It’s quicker than heading over to Google.com itself because it’s always there, always ready.

But lately I’ve noticed that searches made from the omnibar are behaving a bit differently in Chrome OS Dev: the Google Search results page no longer shows a search box on the page.

Instead your search term remains in the omnibar, badged by ‘Google Search’.

As with anything that happens in the Dev channel there’s no guarantee that this behavior is staying, but for now it’s something to be aware of if you’re also an omni-searcher like myself..

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Russian Chrome Users Get A More Useful New Tab Page from Google, as an Extension

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Google just added a new extension for users from Russia which makes the new tab page  more useful. The new design has the most used tabs, headlines from Google News Russia, current weather, and links to some Chrome apps (not from your apps menu).

The extension can be installed from here, even if you are not in Russia. I could install this on my Chromebook and it is working fine, except for the Russian language which obviously do not understand.

The first thing on this page is Google logo, and then the Google search box. This probably will display Google Doogles whenever there is one on the Google.ru page.

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[Update] Enable Automatic Location Sharing

The Google+ now allows you to automatically share your location with those that you choose. The feature is very similar to the idea behind Google Latitude. However, now the sharing is integrated into the Google+ profile.

There is a brand new “Location Settings” option under the account settings for Google+. Under this is a check box to “Enable Location Sharing.” As with everything pertaining to Google+, this setting can be made available only for yourself, the public, extended circles, or specific circles.

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Developer François Beaufort hired by Google – leaks to disappear?

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If there is a Chrome-related leak rolling around the internet, you can be almost sure popular developer François Beaufort is somehow related to it. The Chrome OS fan base has been blessed by his many contributions to the community. He has given us info on the Chromebook Pixel, the rumored Google “Babble” project and many more Chrome-related topics. But this may end soon, as the Google+ personality has gone under Google’s wing.

François Beaufort is now the new open-source Chromium Evangelist, and will be working closely with Google’s new and upcoming projects. We are proud of him and very glad he has found a spot where he seems to be happy, but we are also a bit sad about what may be coming.

Working with Google, Beaufort will not have the same freedom he has always had. He promises there is a lot more content to come, but we are sure he will have to answer to Mountain View if he leaks something he shouldn’t. At the very least, his leaks will be limited and come less frequently. I guess we will simply have to dig in deeper!

Enjoy your new gig, François Beaufort!

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Google Keep, Now Available

Google Keep has been launched: it’s Google’s latest attempt to create a service for taking notes. Unlike Google Notebook, Keep is a Google Drive app (the Drive integration is not yet ready for public release), it doesn’t have a rich-text editor and it’s optimized for mobile.

There’s an Android app and a desktop site. Both use the sticky notes metaphor and you can choose the color for each note, add text, images, lists and voice recordings that are automatically converted to text in the mobile app. Both interfaces let you choose between the grid view and the list view.

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