Whatever Happened to Did you Mean

Google’s revamped interface was applauded by many but left some disappointed. Google changed many new features including the Google Logo, brought in a new sidebar, new buttons and even a new search bar.

A small yet powerful new addition was a changed “Did you Mean”. Did you Mean was Google’s famous spelling corrector. Whenever someone typed in something such as “Stev Jobs”, it would result in a message – Did you Mean – Steve Jobs.

With Google now updated, this feature stands updated too. Now two messages appear – Showing results for Steve Jobs and Search instead for Stev Jobs. By default, Google would show results for the correct one, but if the users are still sure about the search query, they need to click on “Search instead for.”

Happy Birthday YouTube

Five years from today, YouTube, the popular video site owned by Google was launched in BETA. Today is YouTube’s Birthday and it is celebrating it in style.

The YouTube Logo has a “5” shaped candle lit beside denoting five years of successful existence. Its homepage is also spotlighting its five year mark. The special page has famous people (or people who became famous through YouTube) who narrate their YouTube story to the world.

The page even has a five year time-line which shows the major milestones that it has achieved. Some of them include, IPL hosting of YouTube, Bad Romance and YouTube’s Interview with Obama.

The site also features favorite video picks by famous people over the past period of five years such as Conan O’Brien, Vint Cerf, and Katie Couric.

Google Mobile App Updated


According to a recent poll conducted by TheAppleGoogle, users seem to love the Google Mobile App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Google’s Mobile Team is constantly working on the App and is fixing bugs and improving the performance.

Today, Google updated its Mobile App for iPhone to version 0.5.2.3728. A complicated version number though, but Google loves it. The current version fixes the following issues –

1. Fixes Rotation in the Apps Tab
2. Fixes audio contamination issues for both iPhone and iPad.
3. Changes more button to be a popover for iPad.

Google Tablet in the Making


The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Google is working along with Verizon to build a new Tablet. Of course, this is not new, but a sure shot confirmation. Google had to respond to Apple and so they are doing.

What really matters is whether the Google tablet will be able to compete with the iPad or not? iPad is currently the tablet king and shortly would be rivaled by Google and other few companies.

What do you feel? Would Google emerge stronger than Apple or not? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Design Prototypes Google Tried

Yesterday, Google revealed their completely new and redesigned homepage with better fonts, better logo, and a revamped interface. The new design was welcomed and cherished by a lot of users including Google fan-boys.

According to Jon Wiley, Google is still working on its design and plans to experiment with some other great design prototypes on its page. They tweaked the design a lot and some of the other designs which they tried were –

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Google Analytics Adds App Gallery


Today, Google added an App Gallery for Google Analytics. The App Gallery contains about 32 very interesting apps for Google Analytics and developers could even submit their own apps for inclusion in the gallery.

The App Gallery has 12 categories including Data Collection, Mobile Solutions, Content Management among others. Google would eventually offer AdWords support in Google Analytics to help those who have an AdWords Campaign. The App gallery even has an App known as Google Analytics HD which is for the iPad.

Google also mentions that the Apps are mostly developed by third parties or Google users in general and not by Google, thus the Apps could be a bit buggy, but we surely see another market emerging. Almost every website owner has the Analytics tracking code installed on their site and Apps would further enhance Analytics.

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Picasa Web Albums Extends Sharing Options

We all love to share pictures online. Whenever we return from a picnic, vacation or a holiday, we share our pictures with our friends and colleagues online. Sharing pictures online has become so much fun with the help of services such as Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. Picasa Web Albums is another great way to share and save your pictures on the cloud.

Picasa Web Albums now gives you better ways of sharing your pictures with just a single click. Upload your albums to the cloud (Picasa Web Albums) and share your pictures easily via Twitter, Blogger or even Google Buzz.

Picasa Web Albums now has a new option in the sidebar – Post on. The ‘Post On’ option allows you to share a single picture or even a complete album on the above mentioned services.

The ‘Link to this Photo’ option is updated and you could allow your friends to view a particular picture only, without revealing the complete album.

LabPixies Acquired by Google

LabPixies, a leading developer of personalized web gadgets “widgets” including iGoogle, Android and the iPhone has been acquired by Google. Widgets help users improve their experience with a website and LabPixies was the very first developer to develop widgets for iGoogle. Later on, with the coming of the Android platform, LabPixies even started to invest in it and contributed by developing widgets for the Mobile platform by Google.

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Android 2.2 Will Support Flash

Google’s Andy Rubin in an interview with The New York Times has confirmed that Android 2.2 will support Flash. The next Android release, codenamed Froyo, for frozen yogurt would support Adobe’s Flash.

A giant leap for Android, a mobile OS with a mission to combine Web and Phone. Android would once again try to overcome the iPhone by putting Flash on its devices. According to Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Flash only makes devices buggier, slower and eventually leads to crashes. This is quite true and by putting Flash into Android, Google is even playing with security.

A very surprising move by a company that believes in open standards. HTML5, a new version of the Hypertext Markup Language is completely open source and plans to eliminate Flash. Rubin also commented on Google’s commitment to keeping Android open — open for developers, open for API access, simply and completely open. According to Rubin, Google’s definition of openness “means not being militant about the things consumers are actually enjoying.”