Today, Google announced that the Beijing government had renewed their ICP license which means that they would continue to operate in China. Google can now operate a website in Mainland China and does not need to redirect Chinese users to the Honk Kong web page.
As the world continues to go mobile, websites need to be optimized for a better mobile experience. YouTube has been a tremendous success on mobile devices and companies like Apple have thought of it to be a major part of the internet and have incorporated it within the operating system itself. YouTube received many hits from standalone apps and millions of playbacks from devices like the iPhone.
Mozilla recently made nightly builds of Firefox 4 available for download codenamed Minefield. It is currently on version 4.0b2pre and is blazingly fast. At the Mozilla blog, the team even gave a reason as to why tabs are on top in Firefox 4. They said that every modern browser including Google Chrome and Opera have tabs on top and why tabs on top is not just an improvement in the design but also how it helps in making the browser more faster.
Google has updated Google Chrome to 5.0.375.86 and now it comes with Adobe Flash. The integrated flash player has been enabled by default and five security issues have been resolved. The shipment of the plug-in with the browser would help users stay up to date with the plug-in and also protect their computers against viruses and worms which the plug-in often faces.
Google has updated Google Docs on mobile platforms and it is now compatible with Google Docs viewer. Last week, Google announced Google Docs Viewer which lets you preview .doc and .docx files right in your browser. Today, it has been made compatible with Google Docs Mobile and you could even view PDF’s, doc, docx and PowerPoint presentations without needing to download it to your device.
It is quite clear that Google is in love with HTML5, the next major revision of the HyperText Markup Language. To show the love, Google has registered a domain html5rocks.com. The site covers all aspects of HTML 5 and provides interactive presentations, tutorials and resources for developers to play with.
Google has updated Google Maps for Android to version 4.3 which adds a lot of new features to Google Maps. Now, Google Maps on your Android device could help you quickly find a place for dinner, catch a train and find friends to add using Latitude.
Google’s Make The Web Faster project has been getting recognition lately and About.com has partnered with Google to help make the web faster. Google with this project wants to make the web as fast as turning the pages of a magazine. It encourages power users to be a part of the program and try out new experiments such as Google PageSpeed and YahooYSlow.
A few months back, the Gmail Team gave Gmail a complete new look on touch screen devices including the iPad. Today, they have updated the compose window and now it seems more like the native mail app on the iPad. For now, the update would be available only in the US.
Google’s recent acquisition, Picnik had put up a page with a set of photo editing themes which made it easy for you to create a picture of your favorite team and show it to the world.