It’s great to see a system where everyone wins, really. We all get a more approachable way to solve problems, which is what any program or app is really designed to do. The hardcore programmers get to work on deeper stuff, and the designers of the world can get working on a product themselves, at least on a entry-level basis.
The hardware is definitely not top of the line, but the workaround for that is software. If you have a phone in which the software takes great advantage of the hardware, it forgives the shortcomings quite a bit.
Google updated Play Music for Chromecasting issues, Calendar for syncing notifications
Some users have experienced issues with Play Music Chromecasting, which has prompted Google to update the app. My own experiences until the update were negative, as Play Music would often refuse to play a song or “radio station”.
Android, iOS, Samsung, and the facts about brand loyalty
The idea behind the study was to see which mobile operating systems and which manufacturers people preferred, while appreciating their former device OEM and OS. As it turns out, iOS is a clear winner for loyalty across the board, but that figure can be a bit skewed.
Hulu ‘actively working’ on Chromecast functionality
Initial support was phenomenal, with about 10% of their goal being raised in the first 24 hours. Early success like that can always be attributed to the core support of your goal or platform. Continued success is only achieved by mass appeal, and it seems the Ubuntu phone just doesn’t have that.
Google brings faster WiFi to 7,000 Starbucks locations
Starbucks is often viewed as a great place to drop in, have a pick-me-up, and use free WiFi. If that’s your M.O., Google has made life a little bit better for you. Starting in August, Google will team up with Starbucks to bring faster WiFi speeds to all 7,000 company operated locations throughout the US.
Google’s “how to” video has some good tips for taking great photopsheres
Along with Views, Google shared a best practices video for taking good photospheres. It shared pointers like holding the phone close to your body (guy in the video looks really awkward, though), tilting the phone rather than panning down, and using it in portrait mode (which is a party foul in every other instance).
Google Views allows you to contribute your photospheres and panorama shots
This, along with Google’s offer to loan out street view cameras, is a great way for them to map the world. Photospheres can be taken with the latest versions of Android (4.2 and newer), but panoramas with both mobile devices and DSLR cameras can be submitted as well.