Chromecast To Finally Have Android Screen Mirroring

Google Enhances Services With The Acqusition Of Streaming-Music Service Songza

Chromecast is scheduled to finally have a much awaited and anticipated feature – Android screen mirroring, which will enable users to mirror their small Android screen onto a large TV. It is one of the most highly requested features by the users of the Chromecast. Google has taken into account the request by the users and announced the addition of this much-touted feature to Chromecast. Google has been quoted saying that “Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device – only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature [+more]

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Google Buys Songza; Terms of Deal Undisclosed

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US-based tech giant Google has announced that it has purchased operations of the streaming service Songza. This Google buys Songza deal is being seen as something more than the music. Songza released its app back in 2010 and its user base stands at 5.5 million, which is quite less than 75 million for Pandora Media, and 40 million for both Spotify and Apple iTunes Radio. However, the streaming service has a great reputation when it comes to its technology that uses variables like time of day, day of the week, and a listener’s location to create customized music playlists. Google and Songza did not provide any details regarding the price of the deal. Google has been quoted saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Songza to Google. They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time.” Meanwhile, Songza’s team [+more]

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Self-Driving Cars: Google to Launch Cars Without Steering Wheels in Few Years

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Google is all set to expand the horizons of car driving. The search giant is reportedly working on an innovative concept of self-driven cars, which will be sans steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. The much ambitious project is speculated to make way for a self-driving small electric car, which will seat two passengers. The project is still in the ongoing stage and Google has built prototypes in partnership with automotive suppliers and manufacturers. “Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years”, Firstpost quoted the Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Google has been keen to make waves in the automotive industry since 2009. They have been testing several concepts of self-driving cars including laser sensors and radars. Interestingly, the self-driving cars could be used to pick up passenger and has [+more]

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Google Launches Standalone Apps For iOS and Android: Google Docs & Google Sheets

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Google is again in the news as it has launched two standalone apps for the users of iOS and Android. The standalone Google Docs and Google Sheets apps will enable users to create and access documents and spreadsheets offline on their smartphones. The new Google Docs app for iOS or Android is having the feature that will result in displaying a menu of the documents you stored in Drive as well as listing the ones you edited most recently on top.  The app also has the option that allows users to customize the view and sorting, enabling better editing across devices. Until now, the users only have the option to access Google Docs and Google Sheets via Google Drive or online, but these apps have provided the whole new experience as specific content is now more easily accessible and that too in the offline mode. Google has been quoted saying [+more]

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Google Pokemon Challenge: Catch Pokemon Using Cell Phones

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Google plunged into the spirit of April fool’s day by offering a new Google Maps update for Android and iOS devices. They invited users to spot Pokemon using the Google Maps App on their smart phones. Google invited users to play ‘Pokemon Masters’ by spotting the highest number of Pokemon. Though Google’s trick was a prank, there were many users who actually decided to find Pokemon. Google also took the liberty to post a video, which showed people looking for Pokemon at different regions with the use of Google Maps and capturing the Pokemon using their cell phone cameras. How to find the Pokemon The users must first get the updated Google App launched on their devices. Choose search option, which is there on top of the screen. There are Press Start button as well as the icon of blue Pokeball. This is the spot where the search for Pokemon [+more]

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Google Is Central to Latest Apple-Samsung $2 bn Case, But How?

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Apple has once again filed a suit against Samsung seeking $2 billion in damages. The iPhone maker has said Samsung has violated five of its mobile software patents. Yet again, a battle of the giants will be fought at a San Jose courtroom. However, Samsung has said that it has licensed 4 of such features as a part of the Android operating system of Google. This has dragged Google into the big fight. Apple and Samsung are leaders in the smartphone market and they have been in a tough fight in sales for the last couple of years. Together, both of them are accountable for maximum profit generated in the smartphone market. However, it’s important to consider here that a major part of the fight is due to their operating systems—Apple’s iOS versus Google’s Android OS. The world is divided between Google and Apple because their dominant operating systems provide [+more]

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Google Nexus 6 Release Date Could Happen In June–Motorola or LG?

Google chief official Patrick Pichette has stated that the LG-crafted Nexus 5 sales have been going quite strong. The Nexus 5 has been rising to great heights and puts Google at par with Apple and Samsung sales. LG has recently signaled that the Google partnership was fruitful for the company, significant enough to make the South Korean company the third leading manufacturer in the smartphone market. And if the device has brought so much success to LG and Google, then an advanced replacement in 2014 will be automatic. The rosy signs from Google take away from rumors that the complete Nexus line could be undergoing a retirement treatment. However, this plan will commence from 2014 and attain completion in 2015. According to tech blogger Eldar Murtazin, Nexus 6 will probably be the last release from Google and the manufacturer is still unknown. However, Google made a Google-Lenovo merger last week. The [+more]

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Google Buys Artificial Intelligence Firm Deep Mind for $400 Million

Google has recently bought a UK-based start up artificial intelligence firm for a price of $400 million. This is by far the largest European acquisition for Google. The artificial intelligence firm Deep Mind was founded by 37-year-old neuroscientist and former teenage chess prodigy Demis Hassabis accompanied by Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. Deep Mind specializes in machine learning E-commerce and algorithms. Though the purchase price was reported by Tech website Re/code, Google has not yet confirmed the same. Portals such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo have been focusing on increasing artificial intelligence as an innovative source of business. Google has been developing self-driving cars and robots and it also announced its partnership with NASA in initiation of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab has been designed to improve aeronautical science and space exploration by using complex mathematical formulas and supercomputers. Google also brought military robot-maker Boston Dynamics, for [+more]

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Google Buys Nest For Smart Thermostat Home Solutions At $3.2 billion

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Search giant Google has acquired Nest, which is a smart thermostat company founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. The company develops solutions that make life easier at home. They have successfully developed thermostats that have the ability to save energy. They are also already offering smoke/CO alarms.  Interestingly, Fadell is a former employee of Apple and currently works for Google. The duo founded Nest in 2010 and they will work with Google post the acquisition as well. In a statement, Google CEO Larry Page has said, “Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.” 

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Top 10 Reasons to Wait For Samsung Galaxy S5 Release or Should You Buy Google Nexus 5?

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Google recently unveiled its upcoming Android 4.4 version, dubbed KitKat, which the firm is speculated to run in its forthcoming Nexus 5 and Nexus 11. Sporting the firm’s upcoming KitKat, Nexus devices will house immersive display with a cloud system for Android and wider network coverage along with several other benefits. Amid this announcement, let’s consider top 10 things that we can expect from Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5, slated for 2014 release with Google’s latest Android 4.4 or KitKat. Sporting a metal casing, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be a tough device, resistant to water, dust and shock. The Galaxy S5 could also hold 4GB of RAM with 64GB of backup storage. With the Galaxy S5, we expect a massive 4,000mAh battery with better battery life. The device will be thinner and lighter than its predecessors. It will hold a beautiful display with 1080p super AMOLED Plus screen, sporting advanced [+more]

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