Users can now promote Google+ profiles on their YouTube Channel

The YouTube team announced a few updates to YouTube Channels on its YouTube Blog today. The major addition to Channels include the ability to promote your Google+ profile (as seen to the right). Viewers can now click on Google+ Profiles from YouTube, signifying Google is continuing its push to integrate Google+ across services.

The second addition is that users can posts videos onto their Channel’s Feed by posting a Channel Bulletin. This can be done from the “Post to Feed” box under the feed tab on your own channel. You can also a comment under the video. Lastly, the YouTube team implemented new annotations to add on your own videos, as seen below.


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Google Drive logo and interface leaked in screenshot?

Google Drive was rumored to launch for sometime now and looks to be coming even closer. Geek Wire reportedly obtained a screenshot of Drive from one of its readers. As you can see, Google Drive looks very similar to Google Docs, which can also upload any type of file. Below, Geek Wire enlarged the Google Drive favicon, perhaps exposing the service’s logo.

Along with a web based interface, Google Drive is also rumored to have a desktop application very similar to Dropbox, where users can push files to the cloud for access anywhere. There will also be deep Google Drive integration available on Android, several reports said.

Last week, WSJ reported Google Drive would launch in the coming weeks or months. Google Drive will be available for free, but premium versions will also be available for those who want more space.

Google Drive was already referenced to in Google Docs code. Maybe Google Drive will also be integrated somehow into Google Docs at some point. Expect to see Google Drive in the coming weeks.


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Swype Beta updated with Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility

Your favorite custom keyboard for Android, Swype Beta, just updated with Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility (via Android Central). Sadly, this update still does not make Swype available on the Android Market, but you can download it from the Swype website. For those of you unfamiliar: Swype is a custom keyboard preloaded on a few phones that lets you drag a finger across the keyboard to type. It is very intuitive and definitely worth a try.

Besides seeing ICS compatibility, Swype Beta also saw an upgrade for improved word accuracy, new downloadable languages, and add-ons with DragonGo.

You can download the new Swype Beta from Swype’s website.

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Google and Apple team up to save diabetic

The iPhone is great in many ways, but perhaps one of the best cases is in a medical emergency. KVAL reported a 57-year-old Oregon man was suffering from a diabetic reaction while driving down a local highway. (Video link here.)

When two medical responders came to the scene and tried to assist the man, they ran into quite a language barrier. The man only spoke Chinese, but luckily, one of the responders knew to reach for his iPhone. He fired up Google Translate and was able to speak Chinese with the man to figure out his condition and give him the help he needed.

Cross posted on 9to5Mac.

‘Boss’ your Google TV around with Able Remote using voice commands

The Able Remote app converts an Android tablet or smartphone into an interactive remote control for the Google TV through a personalized button layout, voice command options, and gesture controls.

The app’s creator, Leon Nicholls, took to the official Google TV blog today to spotlight his creation that effectively turns an Android device into a customizable remote that also implements one-touch buttons for launching websites, television channels, or Google TV apps:

Boss your TV around. Now you can use voice commands like “channel CNN” or “app Pandora.” Or launch channels and apps with the touch of a button. Yes, it’s that easy. Your new favorite remote may already be in your pocket.

More information and screenshots are available below.

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Facebook for Android updated with games, apps, and improved browsing experience

Facebook for Android was just given a significant update that brought a number of new features, including access to games, apps, and an overall improved browsing experience. Facebook also included a “navigate anywhere” interface with a quicker single-tap access to groups, pages, and settings. Photos will now show tags and allow you to zoom in, and the update claims to bring faster push notifications.

Other improvements listed with the update include the ability to see your mobile timeline, and the ability to access subscriptions and friend lists. The update is available in the Market now.


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Report: Google to launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean in 2Q12

Just as you are getting content with Google’s latest Android offering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there are more rumors tonight on Google’s next version of Android. The sometimes-accurate Digitimes reported that Google might launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean this summer.

This new version of Android will reportedly have a focus on tablet PCs, but hopefully not like the tablet exclusive Honeycomb. Ice Cream Sandwich hoped to pick up on Honeycomb’s mistakes by unifying both the handset and tablet platforms.

Digitimes said Android 5.0 would have a unique feature, because it will have a dual operating system approach. It will reportedly be able to boot into both Android and Chrome without having to shutdown. Perhaps Chrome will be part of the experience like it did with the launch of the browser as an app.

We will most likely hear more at Google I/O in June where Google does many of its big announcements.

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Nexus S 4G reportedly to get Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow

Attention Nexus S 4G users: The moment you have been waiting for is finally hitting tomorrow. Android Police reported that the Nexus S 4G would receive the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow, according to a screenshot of Sprint’s internal systems (seen after the break). The over-the-air update should hit any time now, so get ready. Let’s hope nothing goes wrong in the process.

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Gigabyte GSmart G1355 features dual-sim card slot, 4.3-inch screen

Gigabyte announced a new Android handset called the GSmart G1355 that is launching at the end of the month. The GSmart G1355 looks as if it is the best phone to feature a dual-SIM card slot—a rarity in many upscale devices. Most dual-SIM devices do not have the best list of specs, so this sure looks like a solid device.

Specs for the device include 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227T chipset, Android 2.3, 512MB RAM, 4.3-inch screen, and 5-megapixel camera.

The GSmart G1355 is set to see some action on the show floor of Mobile World Congress, and it is releasing at the end of the month. There is no word on pricing as of yet. Again, not the best specs, but they are decent for a dual-sim device. (via GSM Arena)

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Samsung leaks ‘Galaxy Note 10.1′ tablet for Mobile World Congress?

Spotted by The Verge, Samsung’s invitation to the upcoming “Samsung Developer Day,” set to take place at Mobile World Congress later this month, might have revealed a yet -to- be announced product: “The Galaxy Note 10.1″. The product name appears next to “Galaxy Note,” which is Samsung’s current 5.3-inch device (pictured above) that integrates the S Pen stylus. Of course, it is likely the invitation was supposed to read “Galaxy Tab 10.1.” However, the invitation does list only the S Pen SDK and bada 2.0 SDK as software being demoed. While the company already confirmed it would not be holding any press events at MWC, it will still be attending the event that is taking place Feb. 27 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. We will keep you posted.

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Motorola details device-specific ICS updates and timing

Handset maker Motorola Mobility, about to be acquired by Google for $12.5 billion, published today a list of devices eligible for an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade (it previously explained why device updates are taking so long). The Xoom Family Edition tablet will get ICS in the second quarter. Unfortunately, owners of other devices will have to wait even longer, particularly the Photon 4G, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G and the non-Verizon Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 that are slated to get ICS upgrades in the third quarter. Worse, many Verizon devices lack windows, including The Razr, Razr Maxx, Droid 4, Droid 3 and Droid Bionic.

This suggests Verizon certification is pushing back the planned ICS roll out for some of Motorola’s high-end phones sold in the United States. International version of the Razr is due for an ICS upgrade during the second quarter of this year. The company re-iterated that “Our engineers and designers are combing through the code and preparing it for you.”


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