Google has been talking about connecting the next billion. These are basically users in the emerging markets that would access the internet for the first time on a smartphone. Previously, Google had initiated Android One with an aim to make smartphones more affordable. This was achieved by giving vendors a reference device template to follow while running on stock Android software.
Microsoft is taking a swing at their competition with their latest lab test video showing just how far ahead their Edge browser is when it comes to battery life. In their test, Microsoft Edge smashes its competition with plenty of time to spare…literally.
You know when you’re looking to download something and there are too many “download” buttons? Yeah, those times. Google has your back and they’ll let you know when you encounter those pesky links on their browser through its Safe Browsing update.
Our beloved browsers. We rely on them for nearly everything under the Sun when on the Internet. They’re some we hate – Internet Explorer – and some we love (Google Chrome).
What makes the difference? Mainly the load times between sessions and thankfully, Google has been busy baking their new compression algorithm, Brotli since September of last year.
If you’re a lazy sloth that doesn’t bother with the Play Store and instead searches on Google for apps, you’ll now get the ability to install those apps directly from the results. Earlier on, users were shown the app but clicking on the link would just throw them into the Play Store, where they would have to manually click again to get an app installed.
No more, says Google.
At least for some. Google is currently rolling out the new feature to Android users worldwide and it’ll come in stages.
Taking to Reddit to discuss the future of Google’s software, the team behind Android and Chrome OS has intentionally left some hints on what to expect on the follow-up to Marshmallow. Hold on a minute, the latest Android hasn’t even gone mainstream but they want to talk about the future?
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Good news for people who have bad lines, Google will soon be implementing offline search in the Google Maps app which will be massively helpful for people with spotty internet connections.
Offline functionality will basically allow users to enjoy offline turn-by-turn voice navigation instructions with the offline support hitting devices later this year. Also joining this is the YouTube Offline option that will be available in India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam that will allow you to download and keep videos on your device for up to 48 hours.
On top of this, Google is working towards data usage optimization while using Chrome so data consumption will be reduced by as much as 80 percent. Overall the new features will hopefully ease the data burden on devices that are stuck with expensive plans or bad connections so at least you can get home in one piece.
If you prefer to use a web browser that’s not Chrome and like to be connected on your WhatsApp all the time, you’ll be happy to know that WhatsApp has extended support for its Web WhatsApp service to Opera and FireFox so now you can use WhatsApp on your computer without the need to open Chrome. Get access the WhatsApp web here.
Chrome is nice and all but it is one of the most resource intensive browsers out there, so if you want your machine to run faster and longer, it make sense to run light and fast browsers like Opera or Firefox.
If you’re on iOS however, you’re out of luck because, support for WhatsApp Web is still not available yet.
Google Japan has a new experiment called the World Wide Maze which turns your favourite websites into a 3D maze game. With Chrome on your desktop PC synced to your smart phone, you can now have an interactive game controlled with your hands using the accelerometer of your phone. It works with Chrome browser for Android and iOS.
Try it out at Chrome Maze’s site.
Head after break for the promo video.
Even wanted to send browser links to your phone so that you can read it during lunch?
Well now you can with the new Chrome to Phone extension that adds a button to your Google Chrome browser that instantly sends web pages, maps, YouTube videos, phone numbers and even copied texts to your Android smartphone.
With Chrome to Phone you can send links from your browsing session straight to your Android device so you can continue browsing the same content on your phone. Chrome to Phone works with Google Maps as well, so once you’ve found the directions to where you want to go next, you can send the link directly to your Android device and it will automatically launch the Google Maps app ready for you to get going on your journey.
Same goes for links on YouTube as well as phone numbers on a web page. Let’s say you want to make a dinner reservation and the place you want to make the reservations have their contacts online, all you need to do is send the contact over to your Android device using Google Chrome to Phone and your phone will launch its dialer with the selected number already entered, ready for you to make the call. You can also select text on browsers and send them over to your phone. Doing so will automatically copy the text and launch your Android clipboard for later viewing.
Unfortunately, Google Chrome to Phone only works with devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo). For the many Malaysian Android fans out there, that means you can’t use Google Chrome to Phone at the moment because none of the Android devices widely available here have official Froyo updates (unless of course, if you have the Nexus One or Droid 2).
If you do have a Nexus One or Droid 2, you can get Chrome to Phone by installing the extension in your Google Chrome browser and the Android application on your phone from Android Market, and you’re ready to go.
Check out the intro video of Google Chrome to Phone after the jump for more.