Just found this little bonus feature: Alarms created from Google Now, such as “OK Google, set an alarm for 6 pm,” are now treated as temporary alarms, and will delete themselves once finished. No more endless lists of alarms in the Clock app from all those times you wanted to remember to take the pizza out of the oven!
I can’t say whether this is from a Google Search update or if it depends on Android 4.4, however I’m guessing the latter.
Fragmentation on Android is overblown, but existent. If only the last three releases are allowed on the market (especially with how minor the last three changed), then everyone wins, except those damn, lazy OEMs.
A little Very late to the party, but at least it exists. It’s been so long I assumed Google just wasn’t interested in offering the feature. What took so long? The feature will support all the way back to Android 2.2, so it’s not like it was 4.3 that finally was capable of doing this.
Will be using that “Ring” feature everytime my phone falls into the couch.
Kudos: Mozilla unveils ‘aggressive’ Firefox OS schedule: Quarterly feature releases, security updates every six weeks.
It baffles me as to how slow Android is for getting updated. I understand companies like Samsung and HTC taking their time with updates, but why isn’t Google pushing out more frequently on the Nexus devices? Compare Android to their Chrome OS, which is updated every 6 weeks (and that’s the stable channel). There are plenty of minor bugs, squash them!
So, kudos to Mozilla for speeding up the game! Ironically, it was Chrome that made them get on the six week schedule, but let’s see if now Google can learn from Mozilla learning from Google.
I wonder if the quarterly feature releases continue once Firefox OS gets settled in. That seems a bit difficult to pull off, unless they aren’t very big changes.
Awwww yusssss. I actually quite like Roboto on Android (especially when thin) and so I’m glad to see it getting some tweaks! Plus, with Android 4.3 not finished yet, there might still be more changes to the font to come.
I only hope that when it does become official, it makes it into Google Web Fonts fast.
New rumors suggest we won’t be seeing the Motorola X Phone or a new Nexus at Google I/O 2013, but we could see a refreshed Nexus 4.
While it would have made no sense to expect a new Nexus phone at Google I/O, the assumption was that the Motorola X phone would be announced. It’s the perfect time to avoid launching later in November/December, at the same time as Google’s own Nexus phone, which could be from any number of other companies.
Perhaps the Motorola X phone just wasn’t ready, or perhaps it is now being considered as the next Nexus phone.
As for the Nexus 4 LTE, I suppose it’s a nice option to have. Can’t wait to see what the battery life difference is, as that was one of the reasons Nexus 4 lacked it. We’ll also have to wait and see if it means Verizon compatibility. Seeing how poorly Verizon handled the Galaxy Nexus, I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer is no.
Google Babel is the rumored service that will be one chat service to rule them all. Combining Google Talk (Gmail chat, Google+ chat, iGoogle chat, Google Talk Voice, Google Talk Video), Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangouts, Google Voice (SMS texts/phone calls), and who knows, probably some more into just one service, it would be a huge change from Google’s current mess of chat methods. The idea has been around and rumored for years, and as Google has slowly kept adding new services rather than merging old ones, the idea has seemed like more and more of a pipe dream.
Now, I’m not one to go crazy over rumors, but Droid Life has a “leaked” Google memo, and it claims tha- OH. MY. GOD. CAN THIS POSSIBLY BE REAL?! THIS IS WORD FOR WORD WHAT EVERYONE’S DREAM OF THE SERVICE WOULD BE.
I have trouble believing this specific leak, as it really does seem to be too perfect. It would fix Google Voice’s annoying multiple notifications on multiple devices, let me send pictures to friends from Gmail chat, have group conversations with people in both Gmail and Google+ messenger, give iMessage a run for it’s money via a service available on both iOS and Android, give Google Voice a new kick of life, and not to mention the whole simplification of Google’s many, many, many chat services which in itself is an incredible feat.
So is it real? After this many years of thinking Google was going to launch something like this, only to find them adding new chat services, I can not fathom a service like this actually existing and being so right on the first try. But, the evidence of Babel being real is becoming overwhelming, so when it does inevitably launch, let’s hope that it really is as awesome as as this memo claims.
And the name Babel? I don’t like it one bit, but all of the good names are already taken… by Google. Hopefully, if it does launch as “Babel”, it someday becomes just Google Chat.
Google Voice update! Not that it’s a big update, but ever since the Google Reader announcement to be shut down, I’ve been paranoid of losing everything tech I love. This at least means something is happening.
I think it all points to another app taking over Google Voice’s duties. Google is either baking in special support for its own app, or they’re going to start supporting a 3rd party Google Voice ecosystem about a million years too late. GV is going to at least partially readying to transfer data to something, we just aren’t sure what.
So is it just going to be better integrated into Android Key Lime Pie? Is this in preparation for Google Babel to take over? Only time will tell. Google I/O can you not get here any sooner?!
Love the cards look seen at the bottom of the first page, with nice, big icons. Also love that Games is finally a category equal to its peers, rather than being that weird button next to the categories.
(Ignore the oddly colored action bars at the top, those apparently are codes to identify who leaked the pics)
WebKit, the rendering engine used by many browsers, but most known for Chrome and Safari is being dropped from Chrome for a new engine based on WebKit called Blink.
While I’m a big fan of WebKit, the promise of Blink sounds great, with it helping to encourage web designers to use standards, but more importantly, I think Google is going to leverage Blink to really boost up the capabilities of what a “web app” is, and really help blur the line between how a web app and native app function.
Personally I’m trying to move “into the cloud” as much as possible, and while I certainly enjoy the benefits, I’ll admit that there still is a large gap between web and native apps in terms of loading and responsiveness. I look forward to Google removing this barrier.
Also: Opera has already announced that they will be using Blink over WebKit. Which brings up the point, why even bother announcing the swap to WebKit when they did? Why not just wait?
The news of this honestly hit me very hard, I’ve been using Google Reader since 2005. It’s been one of, if not the website I love the most. I can understand Google’s thought process in seeing that obviously it doesn’t have a huge number of users, but personally I believe they underestimate just how important it is to those who do use it. I sincerely hope Google reconsiders.
But, the good news is that Google Reader was essentially just a shell around the actual content. I’ll have to find a new RSS reader that I like. Currently, I’m attempting to try out Feedly, and it seems very nice, but my problem is that I keep checking Reader instead out of habit.
I can only hope that this is being done due to Currents being on the verge of launching a replacement via a web interface. Currents is certainly a very attractive app, and the fact it only exists in that form and not a web interface is literally the exact opposite of Google’s beliefs. But, if this were the case, why not wait until it was ready, instead leaving us to scramble to competitors? I don’t see it happening, and being an RSS reader is already a feature seeming tacked on to the Currents app.
I will sincerely miss you Google Reader, it’s been a great 7 years. The way I use the internet is about to completely change.