Gmail for feature phone browsers gets a new look…

People use all sorts of devices to access Gmail: their web browser, smartphone, tablet and, in many parts of the world, their feature phone. For those of you who use a feature phone to access Gmail on the go, starting today you’re getting a brand new look that’s faster and easier to use.

You’ll get a number of improvements that reduce the number of button presses required to read, reply and compose emails. For example, you can reply directly to a message from the thread view, you can choose to move to the previous or next conversation, and much more.

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Google Search for iOS has been updated to 3.0.2

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Google Wallet will stop supporting NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards

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Google Wallet doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break these days. Not long after it was found to be incompatible with the new Nexus 7, the service has now announced that it will no longer support NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards past August 21. This means that you can longer put your gift cards into Google Wallet and just tap and pay like you used to.

So what does this mean for users of this service? Well, if you’ve already used your gift cards, you don’t have to do anything. If you still have a remaining balance for your gift cards, you can only use tap and pay until August 21. After that, they’re useless within Google Wallet. Do note though, if you still have the physical gift cards, they will still work even though they won’t be in Google Wallet any longer. Google says that it’s working with retailers for other options regarding gift and loyalty cards.

Do any of you use gift or loyalty cards with Google Wallet?

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How To Use Google’s Android Manager To Find Your Lost Device

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Losing your Android device, either to theft or your own forgetfulness, is certainly no fun. But it’s a lot better than it used to be. Google has finally released their answer to Lost Android, Lookout, and Apple’s Find My iPhone: Android Device Manager. ADM should be hitting your device soon, if it hasn’t already, to help you locate or factory wipe your misplaced Android device. Here’s how to use it.

Set up

Android Device Manager will automatically hit your device without you having to do a thing. If you don’t have it yet, you will soon. But before you can take full advantage of ADM, you’re going to need to do a few things, like enable factory reset on your device. Setting it up is pretty simple. First, visit google.com/android/devicemanager.

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Google Press Event: Breakfast with Sundar Pichai

Google Press Event: Breakfast with Sundar Pichai

Feel free to speculate. I’m guessing we’ll find out about Android 4.3 and a new Nexus 7.

Live Stream URL added.

Possibilities:
Android 4.3
New Nexus 7
H2G2 media streaming device
New Chromebook
Chrome Dongle for TV (Chromecast?)

“Chromecast” device appears on Google’s support page

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Earlier this afternoon, several eagle-eyed people noticed that an odd device dubbed “Chromecast” was listed on Google Play’s device list (via Droid-Life). Many people have since speculated that the device, which has now been removed from Google’s support site, is some sort of Chrome dongle for your TV.

Droid-Life reported on something like this a few weeks ago, though that device was called the Chromekey. It’s unclear how, or if, the two devices are related, but it seems likely that they are in some fashion. Droid-Life’s source told it that the Chromekey could “cast” your Chrome browser from another device (computer, smartphone) to your big screen TV.

Several people also interrogated Google support live chat with questions about the Chromecast device and were told that it’s a TV service that’s available “only in a few areas.” When asked how and where the device could be purchased, the Google support representative simply said that she is not sure.

More than likely, we’ll hear something about the Chromecast and/or Chromekey at tomorrow’s Breakfast with Sundar event, as he is the head of Chrome and Android for Google.

Google preparing Chromecast, a media streaming product similar to Apple’s Airplay?

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You might remember that a rumor made the rounds a few weeks back about a so called Chromekey, which was supposedly a dongle that would extend Chrome functionality to TVs and monitors. No other leaks followed until a few hours ago, when somebody spotted an entry on Google’s devices support page for a product named Chromecast. It’s not clear if Chromecast and Chromekey are the same thing, but the concepts seem similar.

The entry has been taken down after news broke about it, but according to Droid Life, a Google support representative told an inquisitive customer that Chromecast is a type of “TV service” that will only be available in certain areas and to users of certain devices.

Some further clarification comes from the analysis of an updated Play Music APK, which Google began to rollout ahead of the “breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event where the new Nexus 7, Android 4.3, and, very likely, Chromecast are going to be announced. According to the folks at Android Police, the new app contains numerous references to Chromecast, which will apparently be a service similar to Apple’s Airplay.

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Gmail Has New Ads That Look Like Emails, Here’s How to Turn Them Off

Gmail Has New Ads That Look Like Emails, Here's How to Turn Them Off

When Google introduced the new tabbed interface for Gmail, it also brought along some new ads under the Promotions tab.

The ads look a bit too much like legitimate emails, which is problematic for many users. However, they’re also limited to the Promotions tab, which makes it super easy to turn them off if you want to avoid confusion. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Settings icon in the top right corner of the Gmail tab.
  2. Select “Configure Inbox.”
  3. Deselect the “Promotions” tab and click Save.

Of course, if you want to keep the Promotions tab, there’s not much you can do. You can also disable the tabs entirely by unchecking everything except “Primary” on this same menu, if you prefer.

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Making calls from Hangouts — in Gmail and across the web

For those of you who have taken the plunge and are using desktop Hangouts in Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension, we’ve heard loud and clear that you miss the ability to make calls from Gmail, so today, we’re happy to announce it’s back – and better than before! Even better: calls to the US and Canada are now free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available. And international rates remain super, super low.

Today’s launch also improves the desktop calling experience in a number of ways. For example: you can add multiple phone numbers and video participants to the same call; and you can play sound effects (like applause or laughter) with the Google Effects app.

To make a call from Hangouts, just look for the new phone icon in Gmail, or for the new “Call a phone” menu item in Google+ and the Chrome extension. And of course: if you haven’t yet tried Hangouts in Gmail, you can always click your profile photo in the chat list and select “Try the new Hangouts.”

 Making calls from Hangouts is rolling out over the next couple of days. As we’ve said before: Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice, and making and receiving calls is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future updates.

 

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Export Google Latitude Friends

Google Latitude has been discontinued and a help center article offers more information about this. Unfortunately, there’s something inaccurate: “you can’t export your friend information out of Latitude”.

Well, you can export your Latitude friends because they’re added to a hidden Gmail group. Here’s how to do that:

1. go to this Google Contacts page

2. select all contacts

3. click “More”, then “Export” and pick one of the exporting options.

Then you can go to the People section in Google+, click “connect services” in the left sidebar, select “open address book” and pick the .csv file you’ve exported. You’ll get a list of people you can add to a new Google+ circle, let’s call it Latitude. Enable location sharing at the bottom of this page and restrict it to the circle you’ve created: pick “Custom” and select the Latitude circle. Unfortunately, Google only shows location dataon profile pages.

“Google Latitude will be retired on August 9th, 2013. Products being retired include Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude. We’ll delete your list of friends on Latitude. You won’t be able to see or manage friends. Any existing friends will no longer see your location in Google Maps for mobile on Android, Latitude for iPhone, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude, if you continue to use these products,” says Google.

Location History will continue to be available, since it’s used by Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Now. “Google Location History is an opt-in feature that allows you to store your past Google location history and see it on a Google Map or in Google Earth. Your Location History is visible only to you.” Location Reporting will also be available, since it “allows Google to periodically store and use your device’s most recent location data in connection with your Google Account”.

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Google retiring Latitude on August 9th, Google+ Locations the chosen successor

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Google is now starting to roll out an updated Google Maps for Android & iOS, which was demoed at last month’s I/O. Alongside today’s news, the company has confirmed that Latitude, its location-sharing service, will be closing on August 9th.

All Latitude components, which include mobile apps, website, API, and badges, will be shut off in August. The service will be replaced by Google+ location-sharing and check-in features.

Google+ Locations launched earlier this year, providing similar functionality to Latitude allowing your circles (you may also choose it to be shown publicly, to certain individuals, or just you) to see where you are currently. Also, any places you check-in to will be shared with them. Today’s news should come to no surprise, as Google pushes its social network into more of its products.

After August 9th, Google will delete your friends on Latitude, stop sending privacy reminders, and remove the check-in option from the mobile apps. Google will continue to support itsLocation Reporting and History tools but will aim to push users to Google+ Locations over time. Android users already have access to Google+ Locations, with the feature landing in iOS soon.

Google Latitude was originally called Dodgeball, until Google acquired the service 2005. Rebranded in 2008, Latitude was Google’s competitor to Foursquare, allowing users to track their friend’s movements and check-in to locations.

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[Sneak Peek] The Google+ Photo App for Chrome OS

We take a sneak peek at the new Google+ Photos app now shipping with the Chromebook Pixel and soon to be available for the rest of the Chromebook family.

The main reason people should buy a Chromebook? Google+ integration. And as time goes on, we’ll be seeing more and more of packaged apps such as Google+ Photos which will make Chromebooks a Plusser’s dream.

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Google Announces It Will Update Chrome for iOS With Voice Search

Google has announced that it will update its Chrome browser for iOS with voice search.

Over the coming days, we’re rolling out an update for iPhone and iPad as well. You can now speak your searches into the omnibox. Touch the microphone, say your search query aloud and see your results (in some cases spoken back to you), all without typing a single letter. 

The update will also enable faster reloading of web pages by more efficient use of the cache.

As announced previously, Google notes that iOS apps can now give you the option to open links in Chrome and then return to the app with just one tap.

Earlier today, Google enabled conversational voice search for users on Chrome 27.

We’ll let you know as soon as the update is live in the App Store.

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Google+ Photos, Drive and Gmail Now Have 15GB Free Shared Storage

These days, Google is keen to unify their product offerings. And today’s the day when it comes to free storage. Rolling out today, users get a total of 15GB shared storage between Google+ Photos, Drive and Gmail. Free.

Shared storage means that users can decide how they want to use it. If you’re light on Gmail but heavy on Google+ photos, this means that you can use more free storage towards uploading full-resolution photos on Google+ than on Gmail. Before, you’d only have 5GB (10GB on Gmail) on each service, without the freedom of choosing what to do with the free storage.

Google Cloud Messaging Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS, Brings Push Notifications

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Here is another Chrome and Chrome OS news that has Google IO written all over it. Google is bringing the Google Cloud Messaging. This was an Android only feature so far. With its introduction, Chrome apps will be able to use push notifications.

Excerpts from the blog post.

Event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently. But what if you need to respond to something that occurs outside of Chrome, such as a news alert, a message sent to a user or a stock hitting a price threshold? Until now, you had to do this by repeatedly polling a server. This process consumed bandwidth and reduced the battery life of your users’ machines. For a more efficient solution, starting today you can use Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) – across all channels of Chrome.

Here is the official introduction to the Google Cloud Messaging, which will give you an idea about what it does.

Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) is a service for signed-in Chrome users that helps developers send message data from servers to their Chrome apps and extensions. The service is intended to wake up an app or extension, and/or alert a user. For example, calendar updates could be pushed to users even when their calendaring app isn’t open.

For more details, check out the official documentation here.

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New Interface for Gmail Chat History

Google tests a new interface for the chat logs saved in Gmail. The new interface shows profile images and hides the regular buttons and menus that are displayed for almost all messages and conversations. For some reason, Google removed buttons like “move to inbox”, “delete”, “labels”, the “more” drop-down, the “reply” button and the associated menu. Timestamps are only displayed when you mouse over a chat line.

There’s a new “resume chat” button and a “delete messages history” button that triggers this warning: “Deleting the history will permanently delete all messages in this chat conversation. The messages will not go to the Trash. You will still receive messages that are sent after this action.

I don’t see this new interface in my Gmail account, but maybe you have more luck. You can find Gmail’s chat history here: https://mail.google.com/mail/#chats. The interface should only look different for recent conversations, so you can still see the old UI for the other chat conversations.

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Babel launching as Google Hangouts

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The rumored unified messaging service from Google is expected to be one of the most exciting releases this year. Google has many forms of communication, but so far we have only been able to use them separately. Babel is meant to merge them together and create a network like no other, and surely you want to learn more. New rumors have emerged and now we even have a name – Google Hangouts.

Seems the Search Giant is taking it’s Google+ Hangout moniker and spreading it across its services. The source is ryan_socio, who has been known to leak accurate Google information in the past. He claims to have used Google Hangouts for a few minutes. This is the reason why he couldn’t tell us too much.

The Google Hangouts Android app is said to be a Holo-themed app with an icon that looks much like the Google+ Messenger one, except it is green. Furthermore, it seems like the app won’t support MMS/SMS; or at least the version he used.

In other news, he also found out a couple details that should be unveiled soon (probably at Google IO). Apparently Google Now is set to get location-based reminders. You can tell it to remind you to buy a certain product when you are at the store, or to call a friend when you get home. The Gmail app is also said to get a nice Holo update, with the ability to swipe left and right to access different sections.

We are pretty sure we will hear more about these updates at Google IO, which is just around the corner. Our team will be in San Francisco covering the event, so be sure that we will be letting you know how everything evolves!

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Gmail for iOS updated, now redirecting you to its apps instead of the browser

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Gmail for iOS has just been updated to version 2.2.7182, which comes with a couple great updates Google fans will definitely appreciate. For starters we are now able to go straight to other Google apps when tapping a link from the Gmail app. This is a very welcomed addition as we have been inconveniently redirected to the browser for years, since the Gmail app’s release.

Now users will be redirected to the Chrome, YouTube and Google Maps apps when accessing a relative link in the iOS Gmail app. This makes the Google experience on iOS at least a bit more integrated. The goal is to make non-Android mobile operating systems as merged with Google Apps as possible, and we seem to be on the right track.

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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

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.

Chromium apps

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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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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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Hangouts Capture App Announced – Allows You to Capture Moments As They Happen

The Google+ Team has launched the new Hangouts Capture app which allows users to snap and save moments as they happen in Google+ Hangouts.

With the brand-new Hangouts Capture app, announced by Googler +Jeremy Ng, users will be able to take screen captures of a Hangout with just two simple clicks. One click to open the app and just one click to take the picture.  These pictures will instantly be saved in a shared album (see above) only visible to those invited to the Hangout and not just those in the Hangout itself at the time.

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Google Image Search to Add Filters For Animations and Transparent Images

Google tests a new version of the advanced image search page that lets you restrict the results to transparent images and animated images. The most popular image file formats that support transparency are GIF and PNG, while most animated images are GIF files.  Animated GIFs made a comeback and they’re popular again. “Just as the LP has enjoyed a second spin among retro-minded music fans, animated GIFs — the choppy, crude snippets of video loops that hearken back to dial-up modems — are enjoying an unlikely vogue as the digital accessory of the moment,” says the New York Times.

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Comparing the New Facebook Interface to Google+

There has been a lot of talk about how the new, redesigned Facebook News Feed is similar to Google+. The new interface has recently rolled out to my account and I’ve had a look around. Are they really that similar? Read on as I report my findings below:

I signed up for the preview (which you can opt-in here) a few days ago, and I woke up to the new News Feed this morning. Obviously, I wasn’t terribly excited, though I was keen to get an actual hands-on for myself to see how similar it is to Google+, that everyone has purported it to be.

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New Mobile Gmail Interface

Gmail’s mobile site now looks like the hybrid Gmail app for iPhone and iPad. There are some differences: the app has a sidebar, a different interface for changing accounts and support for push notifications.

Unlike Gmail’s app for Android, the iPhone app is just a wrapper for the mobile site with a few extra features. Until now, Gmail’s app for iPhone used a different interface than the mobile site. Mobile Gmail had an old interface that predated the Google-wide redesign efforts.

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Google+ Local Place Page Updates

 

Today brings many updates to Google+, and here I take a look at the changes that have been made to Google+ Local Place Pages.

 What’s Changed?

The first thing you will notice if you visit a Place Page that hasn’t yet added a cover image is a huge map showing the location of that page. This can easily be changed by uploading a cover image, but I personally think it looks great!  The other changes include the re-positioning of the review and favorite buttons.  The rest of the page below this remains the same, however.
So overall the changes help to bring Place Pages in-line with all the other updates we have seen today and hopefully this was encourage more businesses to claim their places and update their profiles.

Google Now Shows Up in Chrome Experimental Flags List

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We already know that Google Now is coming to Chrome and Chrome OS. Code changes started showing up couple of months ago and then we saw the notifications center of Chrome OS and Chrome getting a redesign. Today there is one more thing to add to that list.

Google Now is now part of chrome://flags page which lists all the experimental features of Chrome and Chrome OS for testing. It has been added as a built in extension.

This is available in the latest Chromium builds.

We can enable the flag from chrome://flags but it is not functional yet because the Google Now URL is still a secret, says François Beaufort.

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