At its Google I/O conference, Google's Search team took the stage to showcase how web and mobile devices will soon enhance the way that Google anticipates data, responds to search, and interacts with users.
Google today announced that it will end the "fragmented" grid of messaging services and allow users to focus on communication. The new Hangouts app simplifies connections and the way that notifications are handled in its instant messaging and video calling app.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is one of the best selling smartphones, but it's not for everyone. Google today announced that it will soon begin selling its own version of the Galaxy S 4, only its edition will run standard Android 4.2 software.
Google Music delivers on-demand music streaming to Android and the web, and now Google is launching Play Music All Access to introduce a music streaming service that is more akin to Spotify and Rdio - constantly and automatically adding new music.
Android has been criticized for not having enough tablet-specific apps, something never said about its top competitor in Apple's iOS and iPads. In a series of upgrades to the Google Play web store, Google will add new highlights for tablet apps. There are already recommended sections for tablets, but Google Play executive Chris Yerga announced today that the Play store will soon make adjustments to highlight more apps built for tablets or have screens properly designed to scale to larger devices. The updates will roll out in coming weeks.
In an effort to fight the drain GPS-based location services can have on battery life and smartphone resources, Google today announced three new location service APIs for Android that are meant to optimize the way that location data is used in apps.
Want to know how to save app data or game progress on Android? Don't worry, Google's working on it. At its Google I/O conference, Google unveiled a Google Play Games service that will link app data to a Google account to synchronize between devices.
At its Google I/O developer conference, Google announced that more than 900 million Android smartphones and tablets have been activated since 2008, and it aims to add millions more.
Pinterest has updated its apps for Android and iOS to add a handful of new features previously unavailable on mobile devices. Mobile users can now receive push notifications when someone comments on a pin or mentions them. Pinterest also added the ability to mention someone with the "@" sign and an auto-fill tool, and an enhanced search menu that shows history and auto-suggestions.
ABC has planted its flag as the first major U.S. broadcaster to enable live streaming of its network in a dedicated app with the new Watch ABC app for Apple iPhones and iPads. Availability is limited, however.