Google has released the new version of its Gmail app for Android powered devices. The new application allows users to reply, archive, and delete mails right from the notifications. With this mail app, users will now be able to control a lot of things without opening the main app. But the app is going to support those devices which are running Jelly Bean.
So if you have an Android Jelly Bean powered handset, you can get the new Gmail tabbed users interface. The mail also has five different versions of your inbox. These have been organized into social network mail, promotional mail, order information and updates mail, and priority mail from friends or colleagues that you email often.
For older Android users, the Gmail app is now faster and supports offline search too. Even Android 2.2 users will get performance updates.
Microsoft is soon going to launch the web based version of its streaming music service known as Xbox Music. According to a report by The Verge, Microsoft may launch this service next week.
Xbox Music is the rebranding of Microsoft’s previous service Zune. It has been popular as both a digital music store and streaming service. The service will allow Xbox users buying individual tracks or albums like on iTunes. Users can also sign-up for premium subscription that will be charged as monthly fee. This service gives users an on-demand streaming music facility that is very similar to Spotify.
This service can be accessed from Xbox Music Windows App, Xbox Live, Windows Phone 8 powered smartphones and Surface tablets.
Expert says that it may be a direct answer to Apple’s iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Google Play Music/All Access. Let’s see what next week bring for us.
Americans are nowadays pretty much upset the ways Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon have been tracking them for so long. After the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM, most of the users to the services and products of these tech companies have started to frown for their privacy.
It is important that users know how these companies track your data and what actually you agree in their terms of service agreements. Apart from Google, Facebook and Yahoo are also nowadays heavily dependent on advertising revenue for the survival of their business models. Both Amazon and Apple, however, are selling products but they are also not behind in collecting advertising data.
These companies are able to track your location, IP address, the service provider, browser type, your mail address, and phone number and even your face just by your search queries and advertising clicks.
It is difficult to determine how these companies use your information but it is sure that they are tracking you and obtaining your personal information without asking you for doing so.
Apple recently unveiled its newest mobile operating systems but for many analysts, it’s just a repackaging. They are not impressed with iOS 7. Apple has just refreshed the basic look and feel in its new mobile operating system, but yet another time, the company disappoints. Beyond the basic menu button, there is nothing advanced in iOS 7. However, Apple chief executive Tim Cook called it “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone.”
The biggest leap Apple took till now was the release of App Store. Another biggest change happened in Apple market was the launch of iPad in 2010, and since then, things are just going on. Neither the inclusion of 200 new features to the iOS 6 nor iPhone 5 appeared as a big change in Apple market.
“With iOS7, Apple is taking its iPhone operating system a step further,” said longtime Apple analyst Roger Entner. “It is redesigned following the same design philosophy that made Apple’s hardware so elegantly distinct while enhancing usefulness as the spiritual successor of Bauhaus. … The enhancements to Airdrop and iCloud bring these applications and services to the logical next step and close to perfection.”
It appears to be effusive praise and it’s not all true.
Analysts believe that iOS 7 is just a cosmetic upgrade and people who are addressing this upgrade as an evolution in iOS technology are actually misguided. It is not a new design but a new coat of paint on the old wall. That’s all.
Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft has given up acquiring Nokia’s phone business. WSJ revealed that Microsoft was reportedly in deep talks with Nokia, but now the discussions have fallen apart.
The big question is – why Microsoft backed off. And there are two answers. First, the mobile company was demanding a high price and the second is the weak position of the brand Nokia in present mobile industry. Because Nokia has been unsuccessful to perform well in the industry for last few years, backing-away appears to be a wise move.
Nokia was once the top mobile brand all over the world, but Samsung has snatched its crown a year ago. The company badly failed in smartphone and tablet market as neither it has its own smartphone OS nor it wants to use Google’s open-source OS. Nokia tried to regain its position in the market by joining up with Microsoft, but couldn’t receive consideration attention.
To move to Windows Phone OS, Microsoft has already paid Nokia more than $1 billion, a cost which likely factored heavily into the acquisition talks, but now it has given up the idea of this highly-expensive, non-performing brand. I will again say – it’s a wise decision.
Google alone accounts for 56 percent global mobile ads revenue, however social giant Facebook has also been successful in slicing a corner of 13 percent. And together, they are two kings in the realm.
New numbers from eMarketer suggest that advertisers spent $8.8 billion in mobile ads last year. On Google-oriented ads, the estimated amount spent in 2012 is $4.60 billion and it is three times of what spent in 2011. eMarketer has estimated that in the year ahead, Google will succeed to attract advertisers to spend more than $8.85 billion on its mobile ads platform
And as far as Facebook is concerned, the company has no existence in mobile ads domain two years ago, but in 2012 alone, it earned $0.47 billion and in 2013, the company is expected to make $2.04 from mobile advertisement. However, Facebook’s numbers are rather smaller but with it is gradually getting the mobile ads market.
Another new comer, Twitter earned $0.14 billion in 2012 and is projected to make double of it in 2013. Whatever the way these tech giants follow to slice their shares, one thing is pretty much sure that mobile ads pie is growing faster and these companies want to try it out as similar as 15-year-old Google tried it.
Google’s image is hurt and the company is now fighting back for it. Because there is too much secrecy around PRISM (surveillance program), the search engine giant is preparing to file a First Amendment challenge with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in Washington, D.C. According the company, it is getting such kind of data requests, which if are settled, can be an extension of free speech.
“Google’s reputation and business has been harmed by the false or misleading reports in the media, and Google’s users are concerned by the allegations. Google must respond to such claims with more than generalities,” the company says in the filing.
Google has taken this move after Microsoft and Facebook released comprehensive reports on how many data request they get from the FISA. And it’s a significant move for which other tech-giant companies have carefully denied in their initial reports that they give government bodies like the NSA “direct access” to their servers.
Google and Facebook both have struggled to dismiss the popular notion that they will willingly give up information for their users.
After lots of speculations, Google has now announced to soon launch its Chromebook computers at the stores of more retailers. Even the most coveted retailers like Walmart and Staples will now sell Google’s Chromebooks. Google posted a blog on Monday to inform that it will shortly make available its Chromebooks to above mentioned retailers.
Walmart will begin to sell the cheapest Chrombook Acer’s $199 model from tomorrow onwards. Analysts believe that this cheap computer will be appealing the cost-conscious customers of Walmart. The targeted customer-group appears to be kids as their parents can easily buy these cheapo computers for them.
In addition to this, Staples will also begin to offer Chromebooks from HP, Samsung, and Acer from the same price tag $199 to $330. However, the retailer has plans to make this computer available later this summer.
Best Buy’s stores are already making available Chromebooks, but with this announcement, more physical retailers could be able to provide this computer. It makes out that Google is now also focusing on cheap Chromebooks, rather than expensive $1,299 Pixel model.
Chromebooks runs on Chrome operating systems. Google has built it on its Chrome web browser. These computers are meant to be cheap, light with focus on using web apps.
What about the idea of a gamepad that can hold your iOS 7 powered iPhone and offer physical game controllers to have more realistic game playing experience? There are rumors that Logitech is working on a gamepad-like device that can hold iPhone. The rumors came from the Kotaku which has recently posted a photo and information with the title “Here’s a Look at One of the iPhone’s New Game Controllers”.
This controller has got a direction-pad on one side and five buttons on other side. In the middle has an iPhone 5-shaped hole with Lightning connector port sticking out from the right. The controller also has a G logo that appears to be Logitech’s line of gaming products.
However, the market already has similar devices but none of them is supported by Apple. It is sure Apple will also not be offering any kind of device-oriented support for this controller.
This new controller seems to be focused on the newly revamped Apple Game Center for iOS 7. And according to Kotaku, it is one of many iPhone game controllers that are available in the market.
The latest Google I/O conference was held between 15 and 17 May this month. The major focus of Google in this conference was on Google Class. After tons of speculations, Google introduced its head mounted AR device.
The highlights further cover the rebuilt Google Maps and its integration with Google Earth to create 3D tour locations. The graphics of Earth also depicts cloud systems and orbit location in real time. However, the much awaited self-driving car and Google Fiber were still missing in the conference.
The primary focus was on developers. There were a lot of discussions on app tools kits and improvements for several Google’s web services. Many considered the inclusion of conversational search as the expansion of Google Now onto desktop a great step.
The new lunches include Google Play Music All Access that is a promising Spotify competitor, Samsung Galaxy S4 on Google Play, Updates to Chrome, VP9 Codec For Faster Video Streaming, Redesigned Google+, The New Google Search and Next Generation of Google Maps