After first arriving to the canary and beta channels, Google Now notification cards are now rolling out for the stable version of Chrome for desktop.
Today Google released a new app and Chrome experiment called PhotoWall, which makes it easy for one or more users to send multiple photos over to Chromecast.
Android 4.4.3 is reportedly in testing right now and should bring several bug fixes, including a fix for a known Nexus 5 camera-related issue.
This week in your world of Android: Google launched Android Wear, Moto and LG teased their new smartwatches, the Chromecast and Nexus arrived to more countries along with Play Movies and Music, Oppo introduced the amazing Find 7, KitKat finally hit Sony’s flagships, the Galaxy S5 went up for preorder, and some cool new features were added to Google Now.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
Google is well known for its shenanigans and easter eggs when it comes to search, just try a Google search for “askew” to see them in action. So when Google Now on Android gets a cool new voice activated feature, I wonder if it is an easter egg or a full blown feature. This time around, try following up “Okay, Google” with “play some music” and you’ll get an “I’m feeling lucky” radio station fired up in the Google Play Music app.
The concept videos that we were shown and the details we were able to glean from the SDK suggest that Android Wear is miles ahead other smartwatch platforms, like Samsung’s Tizen or Pebble. So, did Google just appropriate the wearable market for itself? Will Wear be for wearables what Android has been for mobile? Do competing platforms stand a chance in face of Google’s onslaught?
Join us in the comments and vote in the poll.
In a new Google+ post, Google attempts to set the record straight on some of the most common ‘myths’ related to Google Glass and Glass explorers.
Google has introduced a new change for developers that allows them to create separate change-logs for alpha, beta and production apps.
Today Google’s Gmail team is making a few changes to help better protect us,such as always using HTTPS connections and encrypting all emails, even as they move internally.
As Chromecast spreads beyond the US border we take a look at what it can do, how it measures up to the competition, and what’s on the horizon in this space. Should you buy Chromecast now, or wait for something better?