Google today released an all new camera application that's designed to greatly improve the experience of taking photos with a stock Android device. And even people with non-Nexus smartphones like an HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5 can use the app because it's available in Google Play.
Though Google normally updates its Glass software every month, the wearable computer went several weeks without new software until Google today announced plans to release an upgrade later this week. And while users wait on that update, anyone in the U.S. interested in Glass can purchase one today.
The default camera app that ships with Android phones has undergone many product revamps over the years, and another may soon be in the cards.
Chromecast, the web-connected HDMI dongle that links with a smartphone to stream video and audio on a television, has expanded into new territories. Google has announced that Chromecast is now available in 11 new countries with some region-specific content to go along with it.
In addition to confirming that Google is releasing a software development kit for Android wearables, Google has reiterated that it is working on expansion plans for Chromecast. Android SVP Sundar Pichai said that Chromecast will launch in "many more countries" in a few weeks, according to a report from The New Web. UK retailer Currys made it clear that Chromecast would launch there in March, but Pichai's comments suggest that won't be the only place outside of the US to get the HDMI streaming media dongle. Chromecast has sold millions of units, according to Pichai, and that number may soon climb as the device goes international.
There have been several rumors since last year that Google will release a smartwatch and version of Android made for wearable devices. Android SVP Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the latter half of those rumors are true because Google is set to release an Android wearable SDK in two weeks.
Though the Moto X can prompt Google Now even when the phone is off, the Nexus 5 can only do it on the home screen. A new video shows that the Nexus 5 is capable of having always-on listening just like the Moto X; Google simply chose not to include it.
Despite frequent headlines to the contrary, Android does not pose a significant security risk for users who have the slightest bit of sense. An update to Google Play Services will soon provide even more security.
The Google Nexus 7 debuted in July 2013. Quick math should tell you six months have passed since then, but Verizon Wireless has not made the Android tablet available until this week. The anticipated arrival will finally come February 13 when Verizon begins selling the Nexus 7 (32GB) for $349.99 when purchased off contract or $249.99 with a two-year agreement. The 4G LTE-compatible tablet can be added to a Share Everything plan for $10 per month when purchased online or in Verizon stores starting this Thursday.
Seven months since it was first introduced as a way to stream media on a television in the US market, Google Chromecast is finally making its way across the Atlantic for the official launch in the UK.