Google Update Bonanza: Maps, Translate, YouTube, Chromecast, Search, and Chrome Beta

Google is still going strong with their trademark “Update Wednesdays,” and this week is absolutely no exception. We already saw the Wallet update and the possibly erroneous YouTube update, but now have a plethora of other fresh meat, most being relatively minor. Regardless, it’s definitely a good thing to see Google paying attention and squashing those bugs, adding nifty new features along the way.

All the updated apps are listed down below. We’ll be updating this post as we learn more. (more…)

Flag in Chrome Beta 34 for Android Brings Chromecast Support

Google is all about service integration. First, we saw Google+ being integrated into everything that they owned. Next up was Google Now, something that Google is still working on integrating into not only phones, but desktops and Chromebooks. In an unsurprising move, it seems now that Google is giving Chromecast the same love, and trying to work Cast into every device that they can touch. The latest Chrome Beta build for Android is the latest to have been visited by the streaming media fairy.  (more…)

Google Now Hits Chrome Beta for Desktop Computers

Google’s Chrome team announced the availability of Google Now for Chrome Beta users on desktops this morning. Google Now is a helpful app that brings important information you care about right to your attention without you having to ask for it. For example, you can keep an eye on upcoming flight plans, daily commute traffic, and even track shipments making its way to your house. Google Now has been an Android user’s best friend since launch, and now, it’s available for Chrome desktop users.  (more…)

Chrome for Android Gains Long-time Beta Features “Add to Homescreen” and Bandwidth Management

Chrome for Android (the stable version) is receiving an update over the coming days that finally includes the “Add to homescreen” option that the beta build of Chrome has had for some time. For those not familiar, “Add to homescreen” allows you to create shortcuts to your favorite web pages that show up almost like apps on your home screens. If the developer behind the website has coded it properly, you may even see the shortcut appear in the app switcher  and give you a full-screen experience when loaded.  (more…)

Chrome for Android and Chrome Beta Both Receive Updates Through Google Play

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Both the stable Chrome for Android and Chrome Beta applications for Android received updates yesterday. The updates aren’t completely major by any means, but the stable version of Chrome did receive some much needed Kit Kat support. Once updated, the mobile browser is compatible with printing right from your device, thanks to Android 4.4’s built-in cloud printing function.  (more…)

Chrome Beta for Android Gets “Add to Homescreen” Shortcuts for Sites and Web Apps

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In the newest Chrome Beta (build 31) for Android, Google added a new “Add to homescreen” option that allows you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites that can be displayed on your home screen. If your favorite websites have been coded properly, some will even show up as apps in your app switcher and direct you to more of a web app experience than just the Chrome browser.  (more…)

Chrome Beta Update Will Introduce New Gestures for Navigating, Advanced Image Searches

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The Chrome team announced this morning that betas of Chrome for both desktop and Android will receive updates that introduce easier (or advanced) image searching. On desktop, once you have the new beta installed, you can right click on any image from a website and then choose the option to “Search Google for this image.” On Android, you’ll be able to long press on an image and then choose a similar option. So if you found an image, but wanted to know more about it, this is going to be the quickest and easiest way to do that.  (more…)