iPhone 4 and iPad have distracted tech minds and we have almost forgotten that there are loads of other great phones from different manufacturers available in the market. Android offers users another choice and stops the future from being dominated by only one carrier, one manufacturer and one company that controls all our data.
Google Maps has been getting a lot of updates recently and Google is constantly looking out for new ways to let users find places easily and quickly. Today, Google has released Google Maps for Android version 4.4 which makes it really easy to find common places in any area.
Google has now added a dedicated place icon that lets you quickly look up nearby places and pick a place to go using the updated Place Pages, just like on your computer. On an Android device, you’d be able to find Places in the App Launcher area. The App would let your find specific places like coffee shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and lots more. When launched, It would present a customizable screen with icons for places arranged in a definite manner. You could tap or drag any icon to your home screen.
Today, HTC announced that it had decided to adopt Super LCD and that it would introduce SLCD to various HTC phones including the Desire and the Nexus One. The switch would make its devices more efficient and thus increase battery performance. SLCD is the latest in LCD technology and offers an enhanced viewing experience.
Metaweb, a company that maintains an open database of things in the world has been acquired by Google. The move will help Google make the web richer and more meaningful to everyone.
Picnik, a popular online picture editing site was acquired by Google a few months back. The acquisition was huge and fans had big expectations from Google as well as the Picnik Team. Today, Google has integrated Picnik with Picasa Web Albums and now you could edit any of your pictures with just a single click.
The lifeatgoogle YouTube channel uploaded a new video in which two Google engineers answer some questions about work-life balance at Google. Fitz and Ben from Google Chicago answered the question in a witty and interesting manner. To view the questions, they took help from their gPad. Whoa! A gPad? Nothing to get excited about. It was just another joke from these humorous Google guys and a response to Apple’s iPad.
When Google kicked up a row and threatened to walk out of China over the issue of Beijing’s web censorship, it had embarked on a tight rope walk while facing an ethical dilemma. On the one hand were the core issues of the principles of ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘right to information’, while on the other was the prospect of losing business at the expense of its stakeholders.
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.