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Glass users need not apply
Jose Barajas, a Google+ user who took to the network after a trip to his local McDonalds today, at least some franchises have apparently begun banning the use of Google Glass in company restaurants, putting up signs on their doors saying “Google Glass is banned on these premises.” without explanation. One user jokingly commented that McDonalds doesn’t “want people hamburgling McD’s secrets! :D”
The McDonalds in question is one in Sacramento, California – there’s no sign as of yet that this is a company wide initiative. However given the privacy concerns some have had with Google Glass’s ability to record video and snap photos without any indication that it’s doing so, we could imagine that many parties wouldn’t take kindly to the sort of privacy concerns raised by Glass.
We’ve reached out to McDonalds for a comment and will update this post if we hear anything further.
Source: Jose Barajas (Google+)
"Your $5 is attached"
Google announced about four hours worth of new products, services, and features yesterday (quite literally, their I/O 2013 keynote went on for nearly four hours), so some cool little nuggets were bound to have been overshadowed – and indeed, one of the coolest announcements that got pushed to the wayside yesterday is that a new feature will allow Gmail users to attach real money to an e-mail. As in, you click the little attach button, you punch in your value, and you hit send.
The new feature will work concurrently with a user’s Google Wallet account, so if you’ve got any bank accounts or cards or whatnot linked through that service you should be good to go. Google will take a 2.9% cut of the transaction’s value as a transaction fee. Google says that the new service will roll out in the next “couple of months”, however some people are reportedly already seeing the feature show up on their Gmail accounts. While this isn’t something that I can see many people really taking advantage of, especially considering the relative obscurity of Google Wallet today, it’s a great example of those cool, innovative little features that Google is known for.
Check out a demo video Google put together after the break.
Source: ZAGG Blog
Google just released the
Google has just announced a brand new Spotify competitor built into their existing Google Play Music service called Google Play Music All Access (Google really needs to work on their names, don’t they?) All Access essentially acts as a sort of Spotify / Pandora hybrid, allowing users to create radio stations based on their musical tastes, but also allows them to explore genres of music to find specific albums and tunes. You can also search for specific artists, songs, or albums, a la Spotify, and create radio stations built off of those.
Google Play Music All Access will be priced at $9.99/month with a free 30 day trial, and as of right now will support Android and PCs via a web UI.
Source: The Verge
Finally, a real XCode competitor for Android
In one of the best kept secrets of this year’s I/O Developer Conference, Google has just announced a new tool exactly zero people were probably expecting – Android Studio, a brand new development environment similar to Apple’s XCode and Microsoft’s Visual Studio, entirely for Android applications. Android Studio comes with some pretty unique (and extraordinarily useful sounding) features, including live code updates, live graphical user interface rendering, support for differences between international versions of applications in one binary, and the ability to check and see what your application looks like on any of Google’s flagship Nexus devices before ever even hitting the “compile” button.
Google says that they have “big plans” for Android Studio going forward – it isn’t yet a complete replacement for whatever you’re using now, but Google promises that they’ll be adding functionality and features quickly as time goes on to make it your one stop shop for Android development.
Source: The Verge
It's been long expected
Not too long ago we brought you evidence that Google was preparing to announce a competitor to Apple’s Game Center service, and today Google made good on our prediction at I/O 2013 – Google has just announced that they’re calling the much rumored service “Google Play game services” (doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it?) that any Android application will be able to plug into with ease.
Using a set of new APIs, developers will be able to enable their games to take advantage of a Cloud Save feature, meaning users will be able to pick up their games from where they left off no matter what device they pick up and play it on, leaderboards, achievements, multiplayer, matchmaking, and – you guessed it – total Google+ integration, if the developer is so inclined.
Source: The Verge
That's the wow factor
Google has just announced at their annual I/O developer conference that Google has seen 900 million unique Android activations thus far as of May 15th 2013, essentially eclipsing the total number of activations in the entirety of 2012 in just four and a half months. According to Google’s Sundar Pichai, head of Android and Chrome OS, this is up from 400 million Android activations in 2012 and just 100 million in 2011.
Google Android has obviously seen a huge growth spurt in the last couple of years as Android devices become more and more prominent in the marketplace. Android has just recently began to see some success in the tablet space, where the Apple iPad previously dominated essentially without competition. Though he did not go into specifics, tablets likely made up a large portion of the total 2012 and 2013 activations.
Source: The Verge
Praise be all that's good
If you’re the proud owner of a Windows Phone device, you’re probably painfully aware of how lacking watching YouTube on the platform has been. The default YouTube “application” preinstalled on the device has been no more than a glorified bookmark, and if you were looking for a native application experience you had to wander to the sketchy nether regions of unofficial applications. But no more – Microsoft today has, at long last, finally released an official YouTube application for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Though the application was developed by Microsoft and not YouTube, the app is a clear step up from the options that Windows Phone users had prior to this if they wanted to get their YouTube fix on the go. The new application is now available on the Windows Marketplace for free; have at it.
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Got your first run Google Glass device? Well, you lucky duck, go and check this little easter egg out – a Google Glass developer by the name of Jay Lee has apparently found a little easter egg in the Glass Companion app that showcases the team behind the iconic Google Glass product. If you’ve got Glass handy, go ahead and open up the app, navigate to Settings -> Device Info -> View Licenses, and then tap the touchpad nine times.
You should then see a lovely panorama of the Google Glass team pop up, complete with Sergey Brin happily smiling (well, smirking) back at you in the middle of the shot. We have no idea how Mr. Lee stumbled upon this little surprise or what he was doing taping the touchpad repeatedly on the Licenses page, but congratulations good sir; you have discovered the hidden message.
Source: Jay Lee (Google+)
The Glass Companion app knows all
Google has long rumored to be building a competitor to Microsoft’s XBox Live service and Apple’s Game Center service, but we’ve always been relatively short on any actual evidence – until now, that is. A look into the just released Google Glass Companion App reveals numerous references to the upcoming service, as uncovered by Android Police today.
Inside the APK resides an innocent enough looking “Games” folder which, when taking a peak inside, reveals files that provides compatibility to important pieces of functionality such as Real-Time Multiplayer, Turn Based Multiplayer, In Game Chat, Achievments, Leaderboards, Invitations, and Game Lobbies.
Though Google Glass Companion appears to make no use of the aforementioned functionality, these files were provided and bundled by Google themselves – a simple update is all that would be required to provide a UI for the service. Based on the evidence here, it appears that Google Games for Android appears to be incredibly late in development, if not completed, and could potentially be making an appearance any day now – perhaps at the Google I/O conference next May?
Source: Android Police
A whole army of droids
Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, just gave us some new insight into Android’s internal statistics over at the Dive Into Mobile conference going on in New York City today. According to Google’s main man, the company now sees 1.5 million Android devices activated on average per day, up from 1.4 million devices last month and 1.3 million last fall.
Eric Schmidt also claimed that Google will activate its one billionth device by the end of 2013 if Android remains on this trajectory. As the little mobile operating system that could shows no sign of slowing, we’d say that’s a pretty realistic exception. Android may have lagged behind Apple and the iPhone for much of its life cycle both in numbers and functionality, but the operating system has certainly matured rapidly in recent releases and appears to now be the operating system to beat in mobile.