Google+ integration debuts on Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store is now Google+ integrated.

“You can now share all of your favorite Chrome Web Store items with people in your Google+ circles by finding them in the Chrome Web Store and clicking the +1 button located in their store detail page,” wrote Software Engineer Hui Guo on the official Google Chrome blog.

Users can also review app, extension, and theme recommendations from friends in their Google+ circles by hitting up the ‘From your circles’ link under the left category menu on the Chrome Web store. If apps have been +1’d by people in a user’s circles, the indication will appear respectively on the Chrome Web Store to help folks pick an app.  Those new to Google+ will notice suggestions from the Chrome team instead.

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40+ voice searches on Android Jelly Bean [Video]

The video above is a quality demonstration of voice searches on Android Jelly Bean.

Jean-Louis Nguyen posted the video, titled “How to impress your friends (or annoy your iOS counterparts): 40+ voice searches thrown at Google on Jelly Bean,” on Google+ yesterday.

“I never make videos, but felt compelled to share the many new voice capabilities on +Android, some of which were not demoed on stage during Google #io12. You may be surprised by some answers, notably those provided by the Knowledge Graph,” Nguyen wrote.

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Google Indoor Maps for Android goes UK

Google just launched indoor maps for Android devices in the United Kingdom.

“You’ll no longer need to feel clueless when you’re at the railway station, trying to figure out where to buy a coffee before you rush to catch your train from platform 11; nor will you feel embarrassed about asking for the lingerie section when you’re in the department store – because you’ll have all the answers in the palm of your hand,” wrote Razia Ahamed, Geo Indoor Partnerships Lead in the United Kingdom, on the official Google Lat Long blog.

Just open Google Maps on any Android smartphone, zoom in to the location, and desired indoor floor plans will appear. Enabled buildings will even show where a user is on a map when the My Location feature is turned on. Moreover, users can search for a location, even if it is on a different floor, and Google will provide directions.

More than 40 venues in the U.K. added support for their floor plans, check it out:

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Google’s No.1 priority for US-made Nexus Q was faster design iterations, not cost

Since Google unveiled its Nexus Q streaming device at Google I/O, more and more details have come out about what is essentially a set-top box (albeit orb-shaped) Apple TV competitor with a built-in stereo amplifier. Google was first to make it clear that the device was manufactured entirely in the United States, and a report from The New York Times later confirmed the Q “was being assembled in a large factory 15 minutes from Google headquarters.”

Today, a report from Reuters quoted Google’s Senior Director of Android Global Partnerships John Lagerling explaining that the decision was based on the ability to innovate faster and not necessarily cost:

“We wanted to innovate fast. This is the first end-to-end hardware product that Google has ever put out,” said John Lagerling, Google’s senior director of Android global partnerships.

The cost of building the orb-shaped Nexus Q, a cross between a streaming video box like Apple TV and a stereo amplifier, “was not the No. 1 priority,” Lagerling said. “We wanted to see if we could do fast (design iterations) rather than having our engineers fly across the world.”

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iFixit delves inside the Nexus 7 [Photos]

iFixit is hardcore when it comes to breaking open our favorite electronics to see what’s inside, and the website did it again today with the refreshed Google-flagship, Asus-built Nexus 7 that unveiled at the Google I/O conference last week.

Teardown highlights:

— The 7-inch tablet offers GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi antennas all manufactured between April 20 and May 25, 20011.
— The Nexus 7 boasts a 4326 mAh battery that lasts 9:49 hours, whereas the Kindle Fire has a 4400 mAh battery that lasts 7:42 hours. Meanwhile, the new iPad battery, which is “significantly larger” at 11,500 mAh, only lasts 9:52 hours for HSPA and 9:37 hours for LTE.
— The official Nexus page stated there is one “speaker” in the back, but iFixit spotted
— Hydis manufactures the 7-inch, 1,280-by-800 HD display designated by model HV070WX2.

What’s inside:

— NVIDIA T30L Tegra 3 processor
— Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
— Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash
— Max 77612A inverting switching regulator
— AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module
— Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver
— Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer

A gallery is below.

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Some T-Mobile users experiencing network data issues, company says (update: service back)

Update: T-Mobile has tweeted again to say that full data service has been restored to customers.

According to a tweet from T-Mobile, its network in the U.S. is currently suffering some network data issues. It appears that the current network issues are not affecting everyone, but enough people for the company to take to Twitter with acknowledgement. T-Mobile says that they will keep users posted, and we will be sure to update when more information becomes available. Are you experiencing T-Mobile issues tonight? Let us know in the comments.

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Roundup: Judge rejects Samsung’s requests to remove Tab 10.1 injunction, HTC avoids emergency ban

As we reported today on 9to5Mac, a few crucial patent rulings related to Android devices have emerged today. Notably for Android and HTC device fans, Apple’s request for an emergency ban on HTC product imports into the United States has been overruled by the International Trade Commission. Select HTC devices were briefly banned from being imported into the United States in May, and today’s decision will keep HTC device imports into the U.S. alive for the time being. Apple had asked for the ban due to a data detection patent that the Cupertino, California company feels is violated in the Google Android operating system.

The second important ruling of the day, one that is less successful for Google and its device ecosystem, is related to Samsung. Last week, Apple was awarded two bombshell injunctions: one on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and one on the flagship Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Today, the judge presiding over the Samsung versus Apple lawsuits has rejected Samsung’s request for a removal of the injunction. Today, the judge is also hearing Samsung’s request for a removal of the preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. That ruling has yet to come in, but we will report when it does.

Of note, these current patents wars mostly come down to patents in the Google Android OS, not the hardware designs as previously targeted by Apple.

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HBO finally brings its HBO Go Android app to Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, adds bug fixes

HBO has updated its popular HBO application for Android to add tablet support. HBO Go was previously exclusive to Android smartphones and the Amazon Kindle Fire, but now it is available for all Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets.

HBO Go is HBO’s online show streaming service that opens up over 1400 HBO television programs to the Web and mobile devices. The service is available free of charge to HBO subscribers, and the application on Google Play is also free to download.

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Google replaces Google Places for iOS with Google+ Local, adds voice search and new UI

Last month, Google replaced their Google Places service with a new service called Google+ Local. The new service takes the best of Google Places and merges it with Google+’s business places feature. Today, Google has swapped their Google Places iOS application with a new Google+ Local app. The new app features a tweaked user interface in addition to a voice-based search feature. The app is supported on the iPhone and iPod touch and is free on the App Store.

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Google improves Search by Image results with Knowledge Graph

Google launched Search by Image last year, and then updated algorithms for it almost every week since, but now the search engine will use its Knowledge Graph to power the popular feature.

Search by Image allows users input an image, and then Google offers images and search results related to that image. Users select an image through the ‘ole drag-and-drop, and then uploading, or even inputting a URL. Meanwhile, the Knowledge Graph is new technology that allows Google to provide search results for concepts linked between words, rather than showing results for just the query term.

Software Engineer Sean O’Malley explained the inclusion on Google’s Inside Search blog today:

With the recent launch of the Knowledge Graph, Google is starting to understand the world the way people do. Instead of treating webpages as strings of letters like “dog” or “kitten,” we can understand the concepts behind these words. Search by Image now uses the Knowledge Graph: if you search with an image that we’re able to recognize, you may see an extra panel of information along with your normal search results so you can learn more. This could be a biography of a famous person, information about a plant or animal, or much more.

Google wants to improve its image search. When a user uploads an image of a specific type of flower, for instance, Google would previously give general flower search results. Now, Google will try to guess the exact type of flower. Google will also show the most recent content in search results, which is helpful for news images.

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ComScore: Android continues to lead in OS marketshare, Apple behind in second

Research firm ComScore is out with new quarterly numbers today, giving us a look at the current state of mobile marketshare in the United States. Over the last three months, nothing too dramatic has changed. Android still has the lead in marketshare, now boasting a 50.9-percent share of smartphone customers (0.8-percent gain over three months ago but down from March), whereas Apple is in second with a 31.9-percent share (1.7-percent gain).

As for OEMs, Samsung has a commanding lead with 25.7-percent marketshare, followed by LG with 19.1-percent (had a 0.3-percent loss). Apple is third with 15 percent (boasting a 1.5-percent increase). The real story will come when companies report their earnings to investors in a few weeks. You can check out the charts after the break for all the details:

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CamUp sues Google, says Google+ and YouTube stole Hangouts feature

CamUp filed a lawsuit late last week that claimed Google ripped its video-chat feature for Google+ and YouTube.

The lawsuit filing revealed Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president, along with a few Mountain View engineers, approached the New York-based startup at the South by Southwest Festival in March 2011. They later met in London to negotiate adding a Hangout-like button, called “Watch with your friends on CamUp,” to Google’s popular video-sharing platform, YouTube. Despite receiving accolades on its product, CamUp did not hear from the Googlers after the meeting.

By May 2011, CamUp detected an alarming amount of visits from Google’s headquarters in California. The startup suggested that the traffic is evidence of Google beginning to examine its product for copying purposes. Google launched Hangouts with a “Watch your friends” button just one month later, which were allegedly indistinguishable from CamUp’s offerings.

CamUp is seeking damages, an injunction to remove Hangouts on YouTube and Google+, and it is suing Google UK’s Director of Business and Markets Richard Robinson.

The filing (via GigaOM) is embedded below.

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