Category: Apps

This Took Too Long: Google Keep Finally Arrives On iOS


Users of the Google suite of apps know that Google Keep, while not perfect, is one of the best-note-taking solutions out there, especially for keeping a daily schedule or your agenda in check with lists — or better yet, with location-based reminders.

After all, it only took two and a half years, but Google finally accomplished the delivery of a much-requested app on its rival’s platform.

Supported iOS devices include the iPad and iPhone, naturally. Google Keep debuts on the App Store today, for free.

Via: App Store

Microsoft Drops Office 2016 For Windows And Mac, Catches Up To Drive

The-new-office-is-here-4-v2In a sense, Office 2016 is an incremental update that allows it to catch up to Google Drive and Docs as a whole.

Real-time co-authoring is now a feature, Cortana integration debuts for assistance, better search has been engineered, better cross-platform compatibility, chat with built-in Bing searches, and finally, business integration to the point where DLP (Data Loss Prevention) is built-in and Multifactor Authentication makes it easier to operate on the software suite if away from the corporate network.

As for design, the interface remains mostly unchanged, but updated of course, to fall in similar aesthetic quality with the new Windows 10.

Office 2016 is now available for Office 365 subscribers or as a one-time purchase on Mac — pick your poison, essentially.

Via: Office Blog

Android Pay Rolled Out To A Million Locations This Week

paycollageEver heard of Android Pay? Well, you should; it’s a spin-off from the Google Wallet app, to make mobile payments via phone and smartwatch easier, and finally put Google in viable form to compete with Apple Pay. Currently, Android Pay works with all NFC-enabled Android devices (KitKat 4.4+), on any mobile carrier, at every tap and pay ready location across the US.

Android Pay will support American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Banks supported include American Express, Bank of America, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA, and U.S. Bank. Wells Fargo will be added i n the coming days, while Capital One and Citi are coming some time thereafter — no word on Chase bank, yet.

Also coming soon: in-app payments.

Via: Official Android Blog, Android Pay

Facebook Is Building An AI Assistant, Named “M”


Google has Google Now, Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana — and Facebook has M. According to FB’s own David Marcus, M can do things that the aforementioned AI assistants can’t:

“Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.

Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.

This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on Messenger to get things done across a variety of things, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives.”

Essentially, M can do things for you, on your behalf, including purchases (!). By tapping the icon inside of Messenger, the AI or a real person can pick up the task (the human comes in where the AI might not cope) and stay in touch with you to notify progress — like a real assistant, for instance.

Currently, M is available for a select few SF testers of Messenger, but the future roll out of the technology could prove to be very interesting, granted that it works as well as FB claims it can.

Via: Facebook

Google Publishes Hangouts 4.0: Redesign, Bug Fixes And Speed

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 7.32.54 AMIf there was one thing true about the previous Google Hangouts app, it’s that it was chock full of features, but not on speed even on the fastest of Android flagship phones. Today that changes with Hangouts 4.0, which is currently being rolled out from the Play Store (or is available as a signed .apk from the source link). Google is touting less battery usage from the app as well.

In it, users will find a complete redesign of the app catered towards readability and cleanliness, as well as speed improvements and bug fixes. Custom status messages, outbound caller ID, and replying to groups MMS are all new features that come as a part of v4.0 as well.

Oh, and there’s Android Wear support.

Via: Google, APK Mirror

Google Photos: Unlimited Picture And Video Storage, In 16MP And 1080p Resolutions

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.10.49 PMThe new home of photos, as Google puts it, is the new Photos app for web, Android and iOS. Unlimited picture and video storage uploads, preserved through time, subject, faces, and so on. Quality of images are preserved up to 16 megapixels or 1080p HD, and considering that those are excellent resolutions, the end result is that this is a viable solution for storing images — starting today.

Oh, and in case you wanted to find images, but still can’t sort them through despite the inclusion of multitouch gestures: searching in context is possible, and can generate accurate results.

Brillo And Weave Bring Google To The Internet Of Things

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.46.22 PMBrillo and Weave: two implementations from Google that have been announced at I/O 2015, bringing the company to the Internet of Things. Easily explained, Brillo is an “underlying operating system for the internet of things,” with a developer preview coming in Q3 of this year. Derived from the core of Android, it’s a polished version of its underlying parts.

Weave, meanwhile, is the common language that allows for communication between physical devices, phones, and the internet.

Integration of both technologies will be worked on by Google and partners this year, in an attempt to bring the world of objects together, seamlessly to your phone.