LG G2 on AT&T Receiving Update to Fix Google Wallet Tap & Pay Issues

For whatever reason, the Kit Kat update for the LG G2 on AT&T left out Android 4.4′s Tap & Pay settings menu, even though the device should have no problem using Host Card Emulation to make mobile payments. There are work-arounds, for sure, but most involve sideloading hacked Google Wallet apks or flashing a custom ROM. For those who were expecting the functionality out of the gate, life has been a bit frustrating.

Things are changing today, thanks to an update that AT&T is pushing to the G2. The changelog is minimal, but does say specifically that it involves “updates to Google+ and Google Wallet.” At least one reader has already confirmed that Tap & Pay is now working. (more…)

SwiftKey Update Brings Google+, Evernote Personalization

If you use SwiftKey and are as horrible a touch typist as I am, you’ll be extremely pleased to hear that the makers of the venerable third-party keyboard for Android are rolling out features to improve typing predictions and autocorrect.

Updated personalization options within SwiftKey version 4.4.5 allow the app to collect typographical data from Google+ public posts and Evernote archives, much in the same way as Google’s most recent Keyboard release. The app goes one step further for owners of iOS devices; if you have SwiftKey Note connected to Evernote, the app will now also glean typographical information from that. (more…)

Google+ for Android Updated to Version 4.3, New Photo Features in Tow

Another Wednesday is here, which means that it’s time for lots of Google app love. We first saw the release of the Google Now Launcher earlier today for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, and now are seeing a substantial update for the Google+ app. The update includes a few new enhancements for you photographers out there among a couple basic bug fixes.

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Everything Google is Struggling at the Moment… (Updated)

It’s not you, it’s Google.

The dashboard is showing all things “green,” though. That is clearly wrong.

Update 11:19AM:  We have orange for Gmail!

Update 11:22AM:  Gmail is now sort of back. Can login to accounts, struggling with multiples, though. Contacts hating life. Hangouts won’t sign-in at all.

Update 1:00PM:  Gmail seems to mostly be up now after an hour or so of frustration. Everyone good?

We are seeing issues with Gmail, Google Apps, Hangouts, Google+, and more. Will update this post as things come back online.

Google+ Update Rolling Out, Brings Shake-for-Snow Auto Awesome and Simplified Search Feature

Google’s Vic Gundotra, announced this morning that a new version of Google+ is soon to hit Android devices, version 4.2.4. In the update are several additions, such as a feature that allows you to simply shake your device while viewing a picture to have snow flakes gracefully fall from the sky. Previously, this feature was an Auto Awesome enhancement, but now you can throw it onto any picture of your choosing. In addition, searching across various posts, people, photos, and communities is a whole lot easier, as users can now make a comprehensive search across the entire platform via a single search box. No more getting lost throughout Google+’s deep dark alleyways.  (more…)

Google+ Gets in the Holiday Spirit, Will Auto Awesome Your Pictures With Snow Flakes and Twinkling Lights

Google is hooking folks up with Auto Awesome gifts in the form of falling snow flakes and twinkling lights. Starting now on Google+, if you take a photo that features snow or a Christmas tree (or anything that sparkles), Google will automatically Auto Awesome the photo with shiny lights or falling snowflakes, turning them into pretty GIFs.  (more…)