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JetBrains builds on Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

Building on a collaboration with Google, software vendor JetBrains has updated its IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE (integrated development environment) to offer more capabilities for creating applications to run on Android devices. IntelliJ IDEA 13 also features a number of improvements in how it supports the Java Spring framework, which is an essential component for Pivotal’s newly launched business intelligence PaaS (platform as a service). This article goes into great detail about the collaboration

 

JetBrains builds on Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

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Watch Out, Google. Vuzix Smart Glasses Sell for $1,000

With all the hype about Google Glass in recent times, a company called Vuzix is started shipping the Vuzix M100 that is marked as the first commercially available smart glasses. Vuzix released these glasses for purchase by consumer for $1000, $500 cheaper than Google’s Glass Explorer Edition. Although Google Glass’ developer and early adopters edition glasses are $1500, Google has promised to lower the price for the consumer edition. It’s apparent that smart glasses are becoming more and more popular and there will be many more competitors for Google as time passes. This is also great for application developers in the sense that an entirely new market is rising with the development of these devices. Developers now have their hands on Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 smart glasses. It is only a matter of time until useful applications are built and smart glasses become a part of every day life. To read more about this topic, check out the article link below.

Source: Watch out, Google. Vuzix Smart Glasses Sell for $1,000

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Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

Google Play now interacts better with tablets. The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called “Designed for tablets.” Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.

 

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

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Google pays those who find Android security glitches

Those who pinpoint vulnerabilities in Google’s mobile operating system can earn cash rewards, similar to those paid out for identifying bugs in Chrome.

Google has expanded its bug-bounty program to cover vulnerabilities uncovered in Android.

The program began with Chrome and expanded to Google Web sites and other open-source software projects. Under the program, people who find security holes get paid bounties. That often equates to a few hundred dollars, but particularly skilled attacks can mean big money — $50,000 last week for one expert who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, for example.

The broader expansion, called the Patch Reward Program, now includes Android, Google security team member Michal Zalewski said in a blog post Monday.

The program also includes three widely used Web server packages: Apache’s http, Nginx, and Lighttpd, Zalewski said.

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Android dominates 81 percent of world smartphone market

A new IDC study shows Google’s operating system has a stronghold on the smartphone market, but Windows Phone is quickly moving up the ranks.

For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.
The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million smartphones were shipped during this quarter, 81 percent of which run Google’s operating system. A study by Strategy Analytics last month revealed nearly the same numbers, showing that Android gobbled 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter.
There are several smartphone manufacturers that run Android on their devices. Of these vendors, Samsung gained the most market share. The Galaxy S4-maker ruled 39 percent of all Android smartphone shipments in the third quarter. The majority of the other vendors saw market share within the single digits or less.

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Google patenting an electronic ‘throat tattoo’

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/12/tech/innovation/google-throat-tattoo/index.html?hpt=te_t1

 

As Google Glass prepares to launch to the public, Google is stepping up the game with some rather crazy technology. The temporary throat tattoo will eliminate the need for a head/earpiece . The tattoo would communicate with smartphones for a enhanced mobile experience including the possibility for clearer voice calls and listening to music without headphones. Wearable technology is the next step towards getting ahead in mobile development, Google has shown to be the number one player.

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Google Debuts Nexus 5

All rumors can now be put to rest because Google final announced its Nexus 5 smartphone. The phone is made by LG has been long awaited and touts many killer specs such as a 4.95 inch full 1080p screen, a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera and 2gbs of ram. It will run Androids new KitKat 4.4 platform and is available for purchase today in North America and European markets. You can pick one up in 16gb or 32gb if you can find it in stock anywhere.

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Google Play overtaking Apple App Store

App downloads from Google Play are over taking downloads from the App Store by 25% a margin that is quite large when considering the amount of apps downloaded on Apples App Store each day, roughly 45M. Not only is Apple being beat in the number of apps downloaded but they are also beginning to lose their margin in app revenue compared to Google Play. The reason for Apple lacks of maintained prominence is international markets. Googles Android platform is the leading operating system in countries such as Brazil, Russia and India where iOS has less of a hold on the market.

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Google donates 17,000 Nexus 7s to Superstorm Sandy victims

The tablets have a retail value of $2.7 million and have been placed in public areas affected by Sandy.

One year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, Google has donated tablets to the victims. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, valued at over $2.7 million, to New Yorkers who were affected by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. The tablets are being placed in libraries, senior centers, business, and community centers, according to the governor’s office.

Google’s donation was made to the not-for-profit New York State Community Action Association.

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Google/Motorola’s New Moonshot “Spotlight Stories” Is A Mobile Virtual Reality Movie Medium

Google/Motorola’s New Mobile Virtual Reality Movie Medium

Spotlight Stories is a new artistic medium Google and Motorola Mobility launched today that puts users inside an animated featurette if they spin 360-degrees while watching their phones. The first Spotlight Story “Windy Days” by ex-Pixar moviemakers suddenly appeared on Moto X phones today, and depicts a mouse chased by a hat around a forest you can look around.

According to a sprawling look at the new technology by Wired’s Steven Levy, Spotlight Stories was first dreamed up by Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) moonshot division before it was acquired by Google. The search giant poured extra funds into building out the new mobile storytelling format.

The project shows that while tech giants can use their power to index information, connect us, transport us around, or make us live longer, they can also use innovation to delight us. Hand-held devices full of powerful chips, bright screens, and sensors to detect our movement may unlock new forms creative expression, not just new utilities.

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Google Glass soon to face new competition

Everyone knows about Google Glass, the smart glasses that allow you to take pictures, videos, and even send texts all from right in front of your eyes. Glass is soon to have a friend in the smart glasses market. Microsoft has been working on smart glasses for some time, and is predicted to be announced in early 2014. LG is also rumored to be working on their own smart glasses, a product much different from everything else under the LG name. Google Glass will be available to the full public in 2014 as well.

 

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/others/news/microsoft-working-on-google-glass-competitor-report-436573?pfrom=gadgetsfeatured

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iPad owns 91 percent of tablet ad impressions

Apple and Android have had a fierce competition in the mobile industry and one way to tell which is ahead may be where advertisers are spending their money. This idownloadblog article explains new numbers show that Apple’s iOS is vastly surpassing Google and its iPad is leading the way. It states specifically that the iPad was the target of 91% of mobile ad impressions. In addition, the article explains that Apple’s iPhone actually brings in more ad revenue than competing Android handsets.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10/18/apples-ipad-ios-mobile-ads/

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Google readying ‘Mobile Meter’ app that offers rewards for tracking mobile usage

Google already knows better than most how we use the internet. Now it wants to dig a little deeper and monitor your app usage as well. Engadget has learned that the company is readying new mobile apps that compensate users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored. We’re told that the project, known internally as “Mobile Meter,” utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google. Google already passively collects data to improve its apps and resources. The Google Maps app, for instance, regularly feeds back location metrics to enhance the service.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/14/google-mobile-meter-tracking-ios-android-app/

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Google Maps tricks out iOS app with more navigation features

The mapping giant updates its app for iPhone and iPad with new traffic and route overviews, tips for new users, and language support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Google Maps updated its iOS app on Tuesday with new route and traffic features. According to Google, the update brings “faster access to navigation,” “tips and tricks” for beginning users, and support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Version 2.3.4’s navigation feature helps users better decide among various traffic and route options. The app now has a smaller map within the route selection screen, which lets people more easily compare directions based on traffic and other conditions. The “tips and tricks” section gives users advice on how to use the app and its various features, like turn-by-turn directions.

This update brings usability to a new market in Southwest Asia.

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Google Maps gets an update and becomes even more helpful

Google announced they very recently updated their Google Maps app to include support for more than one destination, and even hotels and flights. You can now view multiple legs of a trip and see how it could play out and what the shortest travelling distance is. The ‘carousel’ feature allows for the viewer to see some pictures of their destination.Maps can also team up with the other Google consumer solutions, like calendar, so you can see flight and hotel information withint the app. It’s much easier to plan the trip when all of this information is so easily accessible. Also included is an “upcoming events”feature which informs the user of sports events, concerts, and more within the area. With Google’s progression, pretty soon we’ll be able to plan entire vacations all from Google Maps.

 

Google updates Maps with multiple destinations, flight & hotel reservations, and local events

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Google and Windows fight over youtube app

Windows Phone Has A New YouTube App—Same As The Old YouTube App

Windows has had to release a new version of their Youtube app on windows mobile devices, due to Google’s rights to Youtube.  Google states that Microsoft is violating Youtube’s Terms of Service by creating an app with its own UI for Youtube.  In response, Windows has had to release an older app as “new” which is essentially just a shortcut to the mobile version of Youtube.  This fight between Google and Microsoft has hurt Windows Mobile Users, and has left them with an error prone and at times “unusable” app.  Due to the complaints and reviews from users, both Google and Microsoft are taking the blame, and in turn hurting the market.

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Canary Combines Google Calendar with Facebook Events

Canary is an app for the iPhone that works as a smart calendar. It combines your facebook events with your google calendar. It also has the capacity to understand plaintext and then use this information to do something like check your foursquare to suggest a location for a meeting. This sounds incredibly convenient, because my facebook events do not always make it on to my calendar where I can get push notifications about them.

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Google Android Policies Clean Up Spam

Two very big changes in the Google Play Developer Policies that were announced last month are now going in to effect this week which restricts the use of ads being in notifications, and also ad-focused icons on a Android’s home screen is banned as well. Over $150M in revenue was generated from Google play apps that were using Airpush, which was the main features of the ads being pushed through. Developers now are scrambling to meet these guidelines or they risked their app being taken down from the Google Play app store. This is a great move by Google because it cleans up a lot of the spam on all devices that are using Android.

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Google Translate iOS app

Google recently released its Google Translate app for iOS users, and this allows them to hand write letters or characters from different languages and it will translate them to your native tongue. This is very cool because it will speak the translation out loud if you want, or even translate what you say to the microphone and translate it on your screen. This is just one app that breaks the language barrier and it’s nice to see Google is spreading the love and dropping this on the app store for apple users.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57603842-94/google-translate-ios-app-can-now-translate-your-handwriting/

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Google Translate for iOS adds handwriting support and new UI

Google is finally updating their iOS translate app with a feature that has been present on Android for almost two years. This is the first time the iOS app will be able to read your handwriting on the iPhone screen. The user interface and icon have been redesigned as well, to coincide with the new minimal iOS 7 design.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751184/google-translate-for-ios-adds-handwriting-support-and-new-ui

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Fist bump

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/google-buys-bump-the-smartphone-file-sharing-company/

 

Bump, the file sharing app, has been around for some time and now its just been acquired by Google. Its not totally clear what Google plans to do with this acquisition, however it makes for a more interesting interface between technologies in my opinion. Airdrop has been released with iOS7 and its all well and good, but Google is going to turn the Bump transfer system into an iconic feature (much like *sliding* on an iPhone) with future devices its developing (Glass, among other things). Just pull up the app, and press the spacebar on your laptop with your phone. DONE.

 

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Google Glass changing how we view baseball (and the world)

With the help of Google Glass’s app, Blue, you can now watch baseball games with real time coverage, without having to look down at your smartphone. The app gives updates like player statistics, score, and more information, right in front of your eyes. It seems like it’d be intrusive for seeing the game, but the app being viewed this way is reportedly more efficient than looking at your phone every couple minutes to search for the same information. The introduction of this technology and app gives us an idea of how important secondary data is, especially in how we view the world around us.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/12/this-google-glass-baseball-app-brings-real-time-game-info-directly-to-your-face/

 

 

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NFL Mobile App Updated With Access For Canadians, Live Audio For Non-Verizon Users, And Google+

It’s football time in America, and you know what that means: a mad rush to get all the infrastructure updated in time for opening day. The official NFL Mobile app is getting its first major update since the publisher was switched back in August. A nice list of new features is included, most notably the addition of our neighbors to the north in Canada. Everyone in Canada should be able to access the app with its scores and news, but only Bell Mobile TV subscribers will be able to watch live games.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/05/nfl-mobile-app-updated-with-access-for-canadians-live-audio-for-non-verizon-users-and-google-sharing/

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Google Debuts Chrome Web Apps

Five years into the development of Google Chrome, Chrome Web Apps have broken free of the browser and landed on the desktop.

Chrome users visiting the Chrome Web Store can now install Chrome Web Apps that behave as if they were traditional, locally installed applications. These apps, written using Web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, command their own windows, outside of Chrome. They have the ability to function offline, to work with connected devices and to update themselves automatically.

http://www.informationweek.com/software/enterprise-applications/google-debuts-chrome-web-apps/240160885

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Google Takes Street View Tech Into the Grand Canyon

“Google Maps has officially stepped into what may be its most difficult challenge yet — mapping the alleys, ledges and trails of the world unreachable by Street View’s cars, tricycles and snowmobiles. The effort formally began on foot Monday as Google took three of its Trekker backpacks down into the Grand Canyon for the new gadgetry’s maiden voyage.

“When we were designing Trekker, we really knew we wanted to take it to these rugged, remote locations,” said Ryan Falor, a product manager on Google’s Street View special collections team, at the top of the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail on Monday. “We worked really hard to make sure it was waterproof and could handle heat and cold and all kinds of abuse on the trail.”

The Trekker — which looks like a Ghostbuster’s Proton Pack with an oversized soccer ball mounted on top and a USB-connected Android smartphone in place of a particle blaster — was first shown off at aGoogle Maps event back in June. At that point, the device was still a prototype and a bit lighter than its current 40-pound heft. But after about a year and a half of prototypes and improvements, as well as test hikes around the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View and on weekend trails in the Bay Area, Trekker is finally polished enough to collect 360-degree imagery for use in Google Maps Street View.”

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/google-trekker-backpack-maps-the-grand-canyon/

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New research finds that over half of Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities

The amount of malware taking advantage of Android vulnerabilities is up from last year by a factor of 41.  Researchers are blaming carriers for slow patches as the volume of malicious Android apps are increasing quickly.  Google is also partly to blame for not improving their app-screening practices.

 

http://www.informationweek.com/security/mobile/android-warning-50-of-devices-need-patch/240007264

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Google attempts to block Acer from releasing a smartphone in China using Android-competing operating system.

Acer had planned to release the Acer CloudMobile A800 earlier this week, but efforts by Google have delayed the launch.  The CloudMobile A800 uses a modified version of Android operating system called Aliyun, which is made by a Chinese search and social networking company called Alibaba.  Acer already sells Android phones which rely on Google’s services, which gives Google leverage in negotiations with Acer.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerkay/2012/09/14/google-cant-have-it-both-ways/

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Send Links From Chrome Desktop to Chrome Mobile

Google has long offered an awesome way for Android users to share links from the desktop to a mobile device. Just recently iOS has been given the same privileged.

With this new Google offering, both Android and iOS users will be able to send web pages from Chrome on their computer to Chrome on their Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad.  

You’ll find the extension in Chrome under a new name… Chrome to Mobile.

Send Links From Chrome Desktop to Chrome Mobile (iOS and Android).

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Microsoft’s struggles with mobile apps

Nowadays, smartphones are all about apps. And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it’s willing to pay for them.

All an app-maker has to do is sign on the dotted line.

After years of struggling in the phone market, Microsoft teamed up with Nokia last year to challenge the dominance of Apple and Google, which makes the Android operating system. The latest fruit of their collaboration is a gleaming machine called the Lumia 900, which went on sale in the United States on Sunday and is considered to be the first true test of how well the partnership will fare.

But the hundreds of thousands of apps that run on Apple and Android devices will not work on phones like the Lumia 900 that use Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. And many developers are reluctant to funnel time and money into apps for what is still a small and unproven market. So Microsoft has come up with incentives, like plying developers with free phones and promising prime spots in its app store and in Windows Phone advertising.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/microsofts-struggles-with-mobile-apps-20120408-1wiyu.html

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Mobile app developers see Google+ on the rise

Still, surveys show fewer want to build apps for Android

“It might be expected that Facebook would be vastly more important to social strategies [for mobile developers] than Google,” the authors wrote. “However mobile app developers see the world differently, with potentially significant impacts to how social plays out in the mobile space, especially for the next billion social users.”

A social graph is a term of art that refers to the global mapping of people and how they are related. The new survey found that many mobile developers simply don’t understand Facebook’s social graph and are struggling to leverage it in their app development.

Read More At: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9225360/Mobile_app_developers_see_Google_on_the_rise