Google is Working on Improving Battery Tech for Consumer Electronics

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has a small group inside its Google X research lab to try and improve battery technology for things like smartphones and wearables. The group is led former Apple battery guru, Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, who of course, was not available for comment on the story.

Bhardwaj and his 4-member team reportedly originally tested batteries that were developed by others for use in Google devices, but have since switched gears and may even develop the new battery tech themselves. The current focus is said to be to improve lithium-ion technology and solid-state batteries for consumer devices, which we would assume would be for things like phones, tablets, a new version of Google Glass, smartwatches, and other wearables (like Google’s contact lens).  (more…)

Google’s Wireless Service Might Include Free International Coverage

According to sources of the UK’s The Telegraph, Google has been in talks with mobile operator Three over allowing Americans to use phones abroad at no extra cost if they are signed up with Google’s yet-to-be-announced-but-very-confirmed wireless service. As you all know, taking your US carrier-attached phone overseas isn’t cheap. Calls and data when out of the US can cost multiple arms and legs from the typical US carrier, so it sort of makes sense if you think about Google doing something that would shake up on aspect of the wireless industry.

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Google Wallet for Android Gets Maps Integration, Search Tool to Find Transactions

A Google Wallet update is rolling out today on Android that introduces two new features – maps and locations of transactions on receipt pages, and a search tool to help you find transactions.

On receipt pages, if available, you will see full Google Maps imagery that when tapped, will load up that exact location. The idea here is to not only keep track of your purchases, but also to identify those that look suspicious. As for the search tool, from the transactions page, you can now search for things like merchant name, item purchased, or other related keywords.

The update is live for most, so be sure to grab it.  (more…)

Google Updates News and Weather App, Includes “Suggested For You” Stories

Google’s News and Weather application, which is rather self explanatory, got a new update this morning that allows the app to show you suggested news stories in your newsfeed.

As for stories it will suggest, it seems to show stories related to things you have searched for before. For example, on my feed, I get a lot of Google, Kevin Durant, and Android-related stories. If you search for a lot of movies, Barbie dolls, and Godzilla, then you can expect to see suggested stories covering those topics.  (more…)