Google launches a lightweight ‘Gmail Go’ app for Android

 Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps – the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets – with the launch of Gmail Go. The app, like others in the Go line, takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard… Read More


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Comcast rolls out a new Stream TV app for its cable and internet TV customers

 Comcast is launching a new app called Xfinity Stream, which will replace its older Xfinity TV app on mobile devices, as well as deliver a host of features for cable subscribers, including access to live TV, on-demand programming, DVR recordings and more. But the app serves another purpose, as well: Like the TV app it replaces, it will also be home to Comcast’s internet TV service… Read More


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Google Maps redesign puts traffic, transit, places and more at the bottom of the screen

 Google Maps is getting an upgrade today aimed at putting the information you need most often within easier reach in the app’s interface. With a swipe up from the home screen, you’ll now be able to view things like the current traffic conditions – and how that impacts your ETAs to home and work – as well as transit schedules, places to eat or drink, nearby ATMs,… Read More


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Microsoft Flow, the company’s IFTTT competitor, comes to Android

 Microsoft Flow, the company’s workflow management tool, has now arrived on Android. The app, a competitor of sorts of IFTTT and Zapier, offers an interface where you can mash up two or more services in order to create workflows – like getting a text when you receive an important email, or copying images from Instagram to Dropbox, saving a Twitter search to an Excel file, among… Read More


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Google makes working on mobile easier with new Android Add-ons for Docs & Sheets

 Google announced today Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets, an easier way to use third-party services when working with Google’s office programs on your mobile device. These Android add-ons available within downloadable applications available on the Google Play store, as well as within both Google Docs and Sheets. The add-ons let you do things like pull in CRM data into your… Read More


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Google announces ebook, other Android apps on Chromebooks soon

Google Play store ChromebookAnother very interesting announcement out of Google I/0 2016 is definitive confirmation that Android apps will be “Coming to a Chromebook near you.” As quoted by 9to5 Google, the Google session statement says: “Today we announced that we’re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.”

This certainly isn’t the first time that this possibility has surfaced. Already a month ago rumors via Reddit were pointing towards full implementation of the Google Play Store on Chrome OS, with a pretty impressive screen grab (see above). But now apparently it’s official – well, as good as. And the many Chromebook users, both teachers and students, in the education sector, as well as those who just like a good cheap laptop, can look forward to expanding on the current pretty limited Chrome OS selection of ebook reading apps – including “Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader (the Chrome flavor) … Readium and dotEPUB and Cloud ePub Reader with Drive” or “the Google Books reader.” Bookari for Chrome, anyone? FBReader? Moon? All that could be just around the corner, to the delight of many.

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Packt Publishing offers cheap, free ebooks – if you’re an Android dev

Packt Android WeekIT and computing publisher and video producer Packt Publishing has announced its Android Week, offering “a whole week of free Android titles and an ever bigger selection of top selling and brand new Android titles at 50% off.” There’s only one snag. These are not general ebooks running on the Android platform – they’re programming and application development titles for Android developers, with a highly specialized niche audience. If you’re not among that merry band, then sorry people.

That said, I’m guessing that TeleRead’s readership might number quite a few such tech whizzes, or at the very least, first-timers who might want to try their hand at Android app development with the aid of a title like John Horton’s Android Programming for Beginners. There are game titles, Java programming titles, even Google Maps and Android Wear development titles. Right now I don’t see any titles on ebook or e-reading app creation, but since Packt offers titles like Instant Apple iBooks How-to, I suspect its Android range may throw up similarly useful volumes for ebook creators.

I’m not clear from Packt on exactly how long this offer is destined to run, but I suspect it may be until the end of the working week. In any case, if you’re one of the target audience, you should probably jump at it.

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An Open Google Now Is About to Make Android Super Smart

An Open Google Now Is About to Make Android Super Smart

Google Now plans to open its API to all apps, which would help the service go from “very useful” to “absolutely essential.”

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