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Android App Review: Google Inbox to Improve Your Life – XDA TV

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Google Inbox Review

Recently, Google+ exploded with the announcement of Google Inbox, as revolutionary new way to handle your email. Google is trying to revolutionize the way you deal with email, with features like Snooze for an email, quick reminders and automatic sorting into categories.

In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Google Inbox.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. If you want a more in depth review check out TK’s videos on his YouTube Channel. For a quick overview, check out this app review.


Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

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Google’s Nest purchases Revolv, to further “Works with Nest” projects

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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In the quest to provide you with the best home automation tools around, the recently Google purchased Nest has made a move of its own, announcing the purchase of Revolv. Revolv is another home automation company that has exclaimed Nest to be an inspiration, and that they are thrilled to be new members of the Nest family.

This purchase is what many have dubbed an ‘acqui-hire,’ meaning that Revolv was acquired primarily as a means to bring the talent over to Nest. Revolv also brings a great developer platform that has been using open source technology to connect devices throughout the home.

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The combination of employees and established technology lends perfectly to Nest’s ‘Works with Nest’ initiative. Even if you haven’t heard this term, you’ve probably heard that you’ll be able to use Google Now, IFTTT, Jawbone and more to connect and control your Nest powered devices, these all fall into the Works with Nest project.

The Revolv team received high praise from Nest, stating that home wireless communications at this level exist in few others outside of the Revolv team. Of course, the idea of an excellent competing home automation hub is never good for business.

Current Revolv owners can rest assured that Nest will honor the existing warranty and support for the Revolv hardware. However, sales of new Revolv hardware have been immediately halted, this purchase and talent move is as good as done, at least from a consumer perspective.

Are you a Revolv or Nest user? What functionality do you hope Revolv can bring to Nest?

Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Sundar Pichai is no longer the face of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. He is now the face of every Google product there is. The company has reorganized its staff and CEO Larry Page gave Pichai expanded leadership over just about everything offered by Google. According to a staff memo released internally on Friday, executives will begin reporting to Pichai rather than Page.

The reassignment of Pichai to oversee all of Google’s products is to push innovation. Having someone new at the helm of everything can inject new life into the company. Pichai is not just some random pick, though. He has been a part of the merging of Android and Chrome, bringing together mobile and web experiences.

One product that Page will not hand over to Pichai is YouTube. The video streaming service will continue to run on its own and CEO Susan Wojcicki, a longtime Google employee, will report back to Google when necessary.

Even though Page is handing over some power, he is not going anywhere. The co-founder of Google will according to Re/code, “continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy (a new unit run by Craig Barratt), Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales).” Page will also continue to monitor the grand scheme of things for Google.

For now, Sundar Pichai’s role on paper will not change; however, that is expected considering the new wave of responsibility he is taking.

Source: Re/code

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Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget

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Page expands Sundar Pichai’s responsibility to nearly all core Google products

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If a new report from Re/Code proves correct, Google is making a pretty significant leadership change by placing Sundar Pichai as the head of nearly all of Google’s core products. The news of this change comes from “sources close to the situation” and cites a new staff memo that says Larry Page will be stepping of the way to focus on the “bigger picture”, as he feels that it’s too hard to do so with all the “many reports and a myriad of duties related to each product unit.”

With this change Sundar Pichai will be taking on considerably more responsibility by not only continuing to lead the efforts for Android, Chrome and Google Apps but also adding search, maps, research, G+, commerce and infrastructure to the plate. The executives in charge of the above mentioned areas previously reported directly to Page but will now instead report to Pichai. While Re/Code’s sources say the move doesn’t necessarily make him “heir apparent” to page, it’s obvious that Sundar is a star on the rise, and this latest move shows just how much faith the company puts in him.

Of course the re-positioning doesn’t take all the burden away from Page, who will still be responsible for business and operations, access and energy, Nest, Calico,corporate development, legal, finance and business, and even Google X. Youtube will also remain under the control of CEO Susan Wojcicki, who will still report to Page.

What do you think of the change, have you been happy with Android and Chrome’s direction since he assumed leadership in both positions? When the day comes for Larry Page to retire, do you think Pichai would make a good candidate for replacement?

Larry Page Reassigns Sundar Pichai, Now Manages Most of Google’s Products

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

According to a report out of re/code, Larry Page, CEO of Google, has placed Sundar Pichai in control of essentially the entire core Google business. Sundar, who has grown from head of Chrome to managing the Android business in Mountain View, will immediately take on additional roles, but an official title change at Google is yet to come.

Ready to hear what Sundar has on his plate? Let’s get started. 

Currently, Sundar has been the head of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps for quite a while. Now, he will oversee the following departments – Research, Search, Maps, Google+, Commerce and Ads, and Infrastructure. The executives that handle these departments used to report directly to Larry Page, but now, Sundar will be their go-to guy.

How can one man oversee all of these projects? That’s easy, he’s obviously Superman.

No one would argue that Sundar’s overtaking of Android and Google Apps has been a good move by Larry Page. With Larry removing a few of these responsibilities from his own agenda, it is stated in an internal memo that he will now focus more on Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, and ad sales.

Guess we will be seeing much more of Sundar at Google in the future.

Via: re/code

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Google Inbox users can now invite three friends to use the service

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Google Inbox

If you’re lucky enough to be one of the very few using Google’s new Inbox application, you’ll be glad to hear that you now have the facility to invite three of your friends/family to join you in the beta testing action.

Using the newly-implemented invite system is extremely simple. All you have to do is navigate to the Inbox mobile or web app, hit the compose button and locate the ‘golden ticket’ icon. Tap it, and an ‘Invite to Inbox’ email will be created. All that’s left to do then is choose a recipient, and you’re good to go.

If you’ve received an invite to the service, we’d love to know your thoughts — so be sure to drop us a comment in the section below.

Source: Twitter

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Nest Acquires Revolv, the Universal Smart Home Automation Hub

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It appears that Nest is putting more of its Google money to good use, announcing the acquisition of Revolv, the universal smart home automation hub. Revolv allows users to automate certain functions of their home, in the form of a $300 device. However, as announced by Nest, the device will no longer be made available to new customers. 

The exact terms of the deal were not made public, but in a phone interview with re/code, Nest’s co-founder stated, “We are not fans of yet another hub that people should have to worry about. It’s a great team, an unbelievable team. There’s a certain amount of expertise in home wireless communications that doesn’t exist outside of these 10 people in the world.”

In addition to the acquisition news, Nest also announced new partners in the “Works With Nest” program, which brings more value to Nest owners.

Here are the newly compatible platforms.

  • ivee - This voice-activated home assistant lets you know when a Nest energy rush hour is about to start or finish.
  • Life360 - The family app that’ll let Nest know once everyone’s gone for the day so you don’t waste energy heating an empty home.
  • Pebble - Change the temperature and set your Nest Thermostat to Home or Away from your Pebble wristwatch.
  • Rachio - If Nest Protect senses smoke, the Rachio controller can automatically turn on sprinklers around the house.
  • SNUPI Technologies - With WallyHome, the wireless sensor system for your home, your Nest Thermostat knows not to heat or cool an unused room.

It appears that Google’s overall strategy to take over your home’s automation needs is coming to fruition through the form of various purchases. It is an exciting time to be interested in that field, and likely, we could see Nest and Google offer a automation hub of its very own down the road.

Via: Nest | re/code

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You can Now Invite Three Friends to Use Inbox

Posted by Kellex October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

That’s right, you can now invite your friends to use Inbox, Google’s new email service.

If you are already in, open the mobile or web apps, tap the compose button, and you should see a “golden ticket” with an “Invite to Inbox” note attached. Tap the golden ticket and then send to a friend using their email address.

Google is giving current Inbox users three of them, so choose wisely. 

Via:  @inboxbygoogle

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Google Play Music gets Material Design, curated mood music

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Material Design is all around us, and of course Google products have been slowly been updating its products in order to match the new look of the upcoming Android Lollipop. This week it’s the turn of Google Play Music to get an overhaul, but it’s not just the look that gets a major tweaking, but rather, the way you listen to music as well. They are now offering “radio stations” that have been tailor-fit to your current activity or mood, thanks to a recent acquisition that supposedly makes curating music easier.

Songza was bought by Google earlier this year and it’s now time to put it to use by integrating it to Google Play Music. As long as you’re a subscriber to Google’s music service, you’ll be able to have access to playlists that have been specially curated to match any activity you’re doing or match any mood you’re feeling at the moment. You will also be given several options for music stations that will match your preference at that moment, so you will not be limited to just one kind of music when you’re exercising, stressfully commuting or sleepily trying to finish work stuff.

The Listen Now page has also been redesigned to make it easier for you to find or discover new music. There are also cards that will show you what songs you’ve recently played and based on this, you will be sent cards of new music and radio stations that fit into your most played genres or artists. The album and artist descriptions are now easier to read as well, thanks to redesigned landing pages. Other music streaming services have to step up their game as apps like Spotify, Pandora and others continue to give you more innovative ways of listening instead of just queuing up the music on your player.

You can download Google Play Music for free from the Google Play Store, but you need a $9.99 per month subscription to be able to access its catalogue and enjoy features we mentioned above. The streaming service is not yet available everywhere but only in certain territories like Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, United States among others.