It appears that Google Plus and related services are down at the moment. This issue was recently discovered by 9to5Google and has been confirmed by several users on Twitter. Because Google Plus is down, it seems to be affecting any other connected services such as Hangouts and even YouTube comments…
Glass at Work, Google’s program that aims to put hands-free technology in the workplace by way of awesome third-party software, now has 5 new partners. This may not seem like much, but it brings the number of companies part of the program up to 9—effectively doubling it in size and scope. And with the Glass at Work program being one of the places that Glass seems to actually be a useful device, this is quite notable.
Google finally announced new Nexus phone and tablet last week and aside from promotional materials, the world hasn’t really seen the devices in action. The folks at The Verge have managed to get some time with Mountain View’s new flagship hardware and while the videos are brief, they manage to strip away some of the marketing glitz and help give a better idea of what we can expect to see in the next few weeks.
A lot of people are buying Chromebooks, according to a recent report from ABI Research. Shipments for Google’s low-cost laptop alternative increased by 67 percent during the third quarter of 2014 when compared to the previous quarter. But the last three months weren’t the only boost for Chrome OS, as the research firm expects this year’s Chromebook shipments to double last year’s numbers.
Today, Google announced that it’s acquiring Firebase, to help advance its growing cloud platform. The San Francisco-based startup specializes in backend services and creating products that help developers build applications. Software developed with Firebase can be synced across mobile and web apps in real-time.
If you’re one of the unlucky few who purchased an Ouya at some point in the last few years, you now have reason to celebrate. While the Nexus Player—which was announced last week—was the first Android TV device to hit the market, it looks like the Ouya might have effectively become the second. Amazingly, the Android TV operating is in the process of being ported to run on the Ouya by a team on the xda-developers forum lead by member cbwlkr.
A new version of the Android Wear firmware is rolling out to the LG G Watch today, and with it comes what appears to be the first parts of some intriguing new features. These new features, including support for on-board GPS and offline music playback via Bluetooth, have long been promised to Android Wear users. And today, it appears that the LG G Watch is the first device to start showing signs that these features are coming in full.
Last week, Amazon started accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 9 and now the giant online retailer is taking orders for the tablet’s official accessories. If you plan on picking up Google’s HTC-made slate, but would like to add some physical buttons to your setup, check out the Nexus 9’s Keyboard Folio. That is if you can get over its $130 asking price.
Google announced as part of its acquisition of Songza in July that it would bring some of the music streaming service’s features that users love to Google Play Music. Three months later, the company has followed through with those plans by integrating Songza’s “Concierge” feature with Play Music, enabling users to create contextual expert-curated playlists for an improved listening experience across all platforms. Read more
Today, Google announced a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute and Tanzania National Parks that makes it possible to take a Street View tour of the Gombe National Park in Tanzania without leaving your desktop. This virtual route retraces some of the historical steps of Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking research of chimpanzees in the 1960s.
Much like Apple recently published a guide for switching from an Android to iPhone, Google now has an official webpage for switchers detailing steps users can take to migrate content and data from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device. Google’s Matias Duarte shared the newly published guide which, much like Apple’s guide, offers instructions for transferring photos, music, & contacts, and setting up services like email and messaging. Read more
Google today announced it’s offering an enhanced two-step verification service that utilizes a physical USB key for users that are particularly concerned about security. The feature currently works in Chrome and is free to Google users, but Google notes it’s supporting the open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol from the FIDO Alliance, which will allow other login systems to support the standard: Read more