Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is currently testing a new chat service for business listings right inside of Google Search results. As an example, if you were to search for a restaurant, you could ask an employee at the restaurant if they were busy or featured a vegan menu, then receive an answer in real time. (more…)
In a recent interview between Forbes and Google’s Sundar Pichai, the Google+ service as we know it today may change drastically in the near future. According to Sundar, who currently oversees everything in relation to Android, Chrome, Google Apps, Maps, Google+, and other sectors at Google, Google+ is currently seen as a single area, but the company hopes to break it down into three in the future.
Sundar stated in the interview, “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.” (more…)
Right before Google announced a way to get a portion of its money back from app and game developers through Google Play, the company stated it paid out over $7 billion to publishers in 2014. With over 1 billion Android devices activated across 190 countries, Google Play continues to be a great means of distribution for any developer’s hard work. (more…)
According to sources of Ars Technica, Google will unveil and launch a new service called Android Pay at this year’s I/O conference in May. Android Pay, a separate entity from Google Wallet, will allow third party app developers to implement a mobile payments option within any app using an API, as well as bring tap-to-pay services to brick-and-mortar stores for businesses.
More specifically, a user can store their credit/debit card information on Android Pay, then benefit from single-tap transactions through any app which supports Android Pay. The service is reportedly being written from the ground up using Google’s Host Card Emulation (HCE). (more…)
Google is rolling out a big update to its official Calendar app, complete with new features that were suggested right from within the community. The biggest of which, if you asked us, is a new 7-day week view option that allows for pinch-to-zoom. With this, you can get a broader view of what is on your plate, then also dive deeper into your schedule with more detail thanks to the pinching. (more…)
Google is taking steps today to help businesses secure the Android platform, allowing the over 1 billion people in the world with an Android smartphone to bring their devices to work. Called Android for Work, Google has partnered with multiple companies specializing in their fields of expertise, in hopes to make Android a better OS for the workplace. (more…)