Google has announced that it is shutting down older versions of many of its G Suite apps. Older versions of Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Google Slides will no longer work on smartphones starting April 3.
Google has updated its Suite Blog to list out all the old versions that are shutting down for Android and iOS devices. Google will push out notifications to force old version users to update to newer versions, starting March 1. The list is listed below as to what will be removed following April 3:
Google Drive for Android (prior to version 2.4.311)
Google Docs for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
Google Sheets for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
Google Slides for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
Google Drive for iOS (prior to version 4.16)
Google Docs for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12204)
Google Sheets for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12208)
Google Slides for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12203)
The popularity of Virtual Reality cannot be avoided anymore. What was once a commodity for developers, is now easily accessible in any home. Its no surprise that Google is now venturing into Virtual Reality.
The Daydream View comes in three different colors, for the price of $79 (at the time of this review, the actual price has gone down) In comparison to many other Virtual Reality Headsets out there, its a steal. This is a basic, entry level Virtual Reality headset that allows users to get a taste of it, powered by similar services that you would expect Google to have. The only offside to it, is that its very limited to the Google Pixel phones.
The look and feel of the Daydream View is great. Its covered in a nice fabric, so it feels nice, and the headset alone is comfortable to be worn for a long period of time. In comparison to other headsets, (Gear VR, Playstation VR), it doesn’t feel like a heavy piece of plastic and it covers your peripherals so it feels as if you are truly immersed in what you are seeing.
Set up is rather simple and doesn’t take too long to get it running. You need to have Bluetooth enabled to power the VR. During the software setup, you’ll learn how to use the remote. While at first glance the remote may seem to be detrimental to the whole immersive experience, it becomes more clear as the tutorial progresses, why the remote is so important. There are no button options on the Daydream View; everything is done manually on the remote. For example, the buttons help align your center, and can also be used to head to the Home screen.
The difference of the layout and idea of Daydream, feels like something out of a kids movie. With very cel-shaded graphics and pixelated art, its easy to be awed by what you are looking at.
If you are part of the Android/Google Ecosystem, you’re going to love it. The option of playing purchased movies from Google Movies on the VR is a beautiful experience. The quality is great. You also have various other apps that allow for a movie like experience in Virutal Reality.
A few issues with the Daydream View is that while there is plenty of content, the majority of it is just for viewing purposes and not much else. The quality of content that is presented was a bit lackluster. I opened up a Youtube VR video of Star Wars, but it didn’t feel immersive, particularly because the graphics were not high quality. The other issue is the mono-speaker that detriments the true immersion. Don’t expect to run the Daydream View VR for a long time. Within 30min of playing around with Virtual Reality, I saw a significant decrease in battery life on it. (35% decrease)
Until then, I’ll still play around more and give more of a concrete review of the Daydream View.
Google is getting closer to becoming the perfect assistant.
Just last night, Google Home unveiled a new update, which provides Google Assistant to be more in-tuned with your daily activities. What once used to be a simple way to cast your favorite Youtube videos onto the big screen, the Google Home now has a few more ‘actions’ that can be spoken too, a few notable ones being Netflix and Google Photos.
Here are the 21 Apps that can also be utilized with your Google Home:
- 21 Blackjack
- Akinator the genie
- And Chill
- Ask Jelly
- busuu – language learning
- ELLE Horoscopes by The Astro Twins
- FitStar Personal Trainer
- Food Network
- HuffPost Headline Quiz
- Lonely Planet
- NBC News
- NPR One
- Number Genie
- Product Hunt
- Sub War
- The Bartender
- The Wall Street Journal
- Trivia Blast
- VentureBeat News
The saying goes: big things come in small packages. And while we can’t say that for the Pixel XL, we can certainly give it credit for keeping it safe, in terms of design and finish but giving a new spin on the UI and Android OS.
At first glance, the Pixel doesn’t seem like much. This is Google’s first phone but the exterior gives it an iPhone look, without having the iPhone’s iconic middle button. I found myself trying to tap on an invisible button, but with enough uses, you will soon forget about it and start using its finger print sensor, located on the back of the phone. It has a good weight to it, which gives it more of a finished feel. Nowadays, it’s very hard to find a smart phone that doesn’t have the same metal/aluminum finish. The old rhetoric stays true for this design: if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. And with the rectangular bezel, camera placement and overall body, it pays homage to what works currently in the smartphone world.
Google has done an incredible job at optimizing the battery life and speeds on the Pixel. I t is extraordinarily fast, with very few lag inputs. The battery life on the Pixel XL is just as impressive. While a 3,450mh battery may not mean much with bigger batteries like the S7 Edge, its held out on strenuous tasks that I’ve assigned it to do. I’ve never had to charge it more than once a day. I connected two Bluetooth devices (my smartwatch and headphones) and watch Netflix on it for about an hour. The result? It barely dropped down to 15%.
Something that Google has proudly boasted is the camera quality. Being a skeptic coming in, I couldn’t possibly believe that it could rival Samsung’s flagship phones in term of camera. Perhaps even against the iPhone 7, I would have expected to see major differences within it. But it did. Taking photos on the Pixel XL in low-light is hands down, by far the best I have ever seen on any smart camera out on the market. It rivals virtually all smartphones that talk about its impressive aperture. Taking a few shots in comparison, you can see the difference this makes and how astounding it is.
However, when it comes to taking a photo in natural light, it doesn’t shine as bright as the Galaxy S7. In fact, the colors do not pop as much as one would have hoped. Regardless, it is all up to the photographers tastes and what they want. But these are note-worthy differences if you happen to be a fanatic of mobile photography.
Another great addition is Google Assistant. In essence it’s a Google Now v2.0: a more robust search function with more “smart” capabilities. Google Now assists with everything from Calendar appointments upto recent searches on your purchases. It takes it a step further with an AI, and can be a lot of fun when you set it up. But while it can make your life a bit easier and is more reliable, its still not “smart” enough. It recognizes my voice just fine. Its just not as personal and intuitive as I would have liked it to be.
I welcome the Google Pixel as a great contender between Samsung and Apple. It certainly has the potential to be greater (especially since it will always be the first one up in Android Updates.)
Next Monday, Diane Von Furstenburg is set to launch her fashion-forward collaboration with Google Glass, just ahead of the Google I/O Developer conference. This designer partnership begs the question – is Google Glass getting trendier to make the wearable technology more “wearable?”
Techies rejoiced at the initial launch of Google Glass and this move could be a push to get fashionistas to look at the technology as a must-have accessory. It’s fashion meeting function, perfect for capturing life’s biggest moments in style. Arguably, no moment in life is bigger than a wedding day, a fete that also happens to be a veritable fashion show. As DVF models wore Google Glass down the runway, would brides want this technology parading down the aisle on their big day?
According to the David’s Bridal “What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey, the answer is yes. When asked if they’d like Google Glass to capture the moment at their ceremony and reception, 81 percent of brides said yes. Who would they most like equipped with the technology?
- 43 percent said the wedding guests
- 40 percent said the wedding party
- 31 percent said their significant other
- 29 percent wanted to wear it themselves
- And 23 percent said the officiant
*Respondents were able to choose multiple people
With Google Glass expanding its reach with designer partnerships like this, this could be the next social media trend at weddings and beyond. Thought this information might work in any pieces you might be working on surrounding Google, the DVF partnership or wedding season in general, or could be a fun social media post surrounding the upcoming week of tech news.
I think of myself pretty much a minimalist and like the simple things in life. I live in a small condo (550 square feet), drive a mini cooper, wear jeans daily, and very little jewelry. So when I received the package of 3 GoodWood braclets from Karmaloop I absolutley loved them. You can wear these with everything! Classic wooden bead bracelets for…..get this…..$20.00 for a pack of 3! Plus GoodWork jewelry is made in the USA. Below are a few options they have.
The GW Bracelet 3-Pack in Blue, Natural, & Dark Wood $20.00
The GW Bracelet 3-Pack in Natural, Red, & Brown $20.00
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