Reports Suggest Google Planning Acqusition of Twitch for $1 Billion

Over the weekend, a report from Variety suggested that Google was in the final stages to announce plans to buy video game streaming service Twitch for roughly $1 billion. A separate report from the Wall Street Journal, who must have much different sources, claims that the deal is still early, and that Twitch may decline whatever offer is made, opting for additional funding instead of selling off the company to Google.  (more…)

YouTube for Android Updated to 5.6.31, Brings Live Video Casting to Chromecast

Welcome to Google’s Update Wednesday, folks! Now that we have the introduction of Google’s Camera to the Play Store, and the Chrome Remote Desktop app as well, we’re now on to more minor updates. A new YouTube update brings some minor, but welcome, changes, including the ability to cast live videos to your Chromecast, a feature we first saw on desktop recently. (more…)

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…)

Did Google Just Send Us All a YouTube 5.5.26 Update Meant to be Internally Dogfooded?

Sooooo, YouTube just updated on all sorts of devices, which often times prompts us to write it up. Thing is, today’s update is different than most as it appears to have been an update targeted to employees of Google. Once updated, you’ll see that the YouTube icon has changed to an icon with a bone inside, which means it is part of their “dogfooding” program. Dogfooding, meaning internal testing.  (more…)

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.

Video: Android Design Team Talks Favorite Apps by Design, Including New Newstand and Timely

We are suckers for a well designed Android app, so from time to time we watch the Android team’s “Android Design in Action” show to see what kinds of tips they can offer to developers, to stay up-to-date on new design guidelines, and also to see what apps they find to be well-designed. In the latest episode that aired yesterday, a number of members from the design team took a turn at walking through some of their favorite apps. You’ll see one of our favorites, Timely (16:15), along with the new Play Newstand (6:15) app, Foursquare, Etsy (20:20) and others.  (more…)