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A New Version Of Google Sheets Is Now Available With Offline Support, Speed Improvements, And Many New Features
Google has rebuilt Sheets, the spreadsheet-related portion of its online office suite, and is making the new version available immediately. None of these changes directly affect the Android version of the app, but given that this is the desktop browser-based companion to what Google would consider the platform’s best spreadsheet editor, it may be time to give the service another go if you aren’t already a committed user. The new version of Sheets comes with a range of new features, including offline support.
- Google Drive Update Brings Native Spreadsheet Editing And Do You Really Even Care What Else? Because There’s More
- [What's Really New] Big Google Drive Update Rolling Out – UI Changes, Swipe-Down-To-Refresh, Bottom Action Bar, And More [APK Download]
- Google Drive Update For Android Brings Improved Presentation Viewing, Basic Table Support In Docs, And More
- PSA: Offline Maps Still (Sort Of) Exist In Google Maps v7, My Maps Not Supported But Will Return [Updated]
A New Version Of Google Sheets Is Now Available With Offline Support, Speed Improvements, And Many New Features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Rdio Availability Opens Up To 20 New Countries, Including Israel, South Africa, And Much Of South America
Spotify made news earlier today by lowering its barrier to entry, allowing users to stream music to their phone or tablets for free. Yet it isn’t the only music-streaming service in town, and competitor Rdio has expanded access to 20 additional countries. This brings the total number of supported territories up to 51, which this handy map illustrates.
Newly supported countries:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- South Africa
An Android app is offered in the Play Store, and though you’re free to give it a go for a limited time, you will need to pony up for a monthly subscription to make extended use of it.
- Android Market Extends App Purchases To 99 More Countries
- Google Maps Adds Tons Of New And Updated Satellite And Flyover Imagery All Over The World
- Google Play Books Comes To Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, And Venezuela
- Google Maps Navigation Expands Into New Countries Including Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Peru, Thailand, Ethiopia, And A Ton More
Rdio Availability Opens Up To 20 New Countries, Including Israel, South Africa, And Much Of South America was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Photospheres feature has been a photographic novelty thus far, but today Google Maps has added some notable functionality. The Views section of Google Maps already lets you place your own 360-degree panorama on specific points in the world, but now you can connect them via virtual paths, creating an instant, locale-specific Street View. Other users can then view it and move between multiple Photospheres for a more complete experience.
- Google Maps Street View Support Expands To Israel
- [New App] SphereShare.net Is A Massive Gallery Of PhotoSpheres, With Private And Public Posting
- Meet "Views" – A Brand-New Way To Share Your Photo Spheres On Google Maps
- Google Improves Maps With Its "Biggest Street View Update Ever", Updates 250,000 Miles Of Roads And Special Collections
Photospheres Can Now Be Connected On Google Maps For A Homemade Street View was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Despite progress on the Google Maps preview proceeding very slowly in terms of adding back in features that were present in Classic Maps, Google continues to work on other fronts to make their new maps framework something to be experienced. Their latest addition was announced today and continues their effort to capitalize on Photo Spheres and their ability to mimic the Street View. In fact, Google says you can now build your own Street View by stringing together several Photo Spheres in the Views community and then sharing the result on Google Maps.
Once your new creation, built with Photo Spheres from an Android phone or DSLR, is published to Google Maps, visitors can navigate between the different points just like they navigate with normal Street View images. Developers will find they can even embed the interactive viewer on websites or in other applications thanks to the Google Maps API.
Google is hoping the new feature will help users produce views of the beautiful and interesting places they visit. Photographers are encouraged to stretch the bounds of the platform by producing Street Views that document changes over time, or subject to different weather conditions, or how events may change a place, all in-depth views Google is not able to capture with a brief drive-by.
source: Google Maps Blog
Come comment on this article: Google lets you create your own Street View
Want to help get your favorite apps and games the attention you think they deserve? Google is now giving you the opportunity to do so by opening up a “Player’s Choice Awards” contest, where you get to choose the best apps and games of the year. There are 6 categories, three for games and three for apps, which each category having eight nominees. If you don’t like Google’s choices, you are permitted to suggest something else.
The categories, and the nominees for each, are:
I Can’t Quit You (Best addictive games)
- Angry Birds Star Wars II
- Candy Crush Saga
- Clash of Clans
- Deer Hunter 2014
- Knights & Dragons
- Tiny Death Star
Old School, Still Cool (Best franchise games)
- FIFA 14
- Final Fantasy V
- Prince of Persia
- Raiden Legacy
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- The Sims
Lights, Camera, Action (Best games based on a movie)
- Despicable Me
- Fast and Furious 6
- The Hobbit
- War of Heroes
- Temple Run Brave
- Transformers Legends
- Turbo Racing League
Quietly Brilliant (Best apps for enhancing the everyday)
- Photo Editor
At Your Service (Best apps for booking and buying)
- Hotel Tonight
- Just Eat
I <3 Google (Best Google apps)
- Chrome for Android
- Google Keep
- Google Maps
- Play Games
- Play Music
- Google Search
To get voting, visit this link.
Mobile document creation and editing is one of the linchpins for mobile success. If — as companies like Google and Microsoft want — we’re going to go more mobile than desktop, we need stronger productivity tools. Google has Drive, which is clearly a desktop service first, also has a very robust mobile system as well. Quip, on the other hand, puts mobile ahead of everything.
With Quip, an admittedly mobile-first document editor and creator, co-creator of Google Maps Bret Taylor and his team are taking a different approach. By bringing the service to the mobile device first, they hope to create a buzz-worthy following. The app has been on iOS for some time, but Taylor notes in an interview with Pocket Lint that this isn’t a dumbed-down port:
“Quip for Android is the best writing experience available for Android devices. It’s not simply a port of the app — it takes advantage of a number of features unique to Android including automatic Google account integration, intelligent notification stacking, custom work to handle third party keyboards, etc.”
Quip also doesn’t plan on being just another document editor. Now that the app is available on both platforms and “76 per cent of phones and tablets in the world”, Taylor and his team want to grow the service. Sharing files via messaging services uniquely ties into the chat function already imbedded, and many smaller business entities are currently using it to plan events and workflow.
Though we like Quip, there is still much more we’d like to see from the service before crowning it a champion. We love the interface, and the collaborative focus is really great, but in terms of straight-up productivity, it’s not there yet. Services like Drive offer all the same functionality, Quip just does it in a different way. If the cumbersome feeling of Drive dissuades you from using it, Quip might just be the answer.
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- Google Drive update adds pull-to-refresh and new shortcuts
- Quickoffice relaunched by Google, price drops and includes 10GB Drive perk
- Google Drive may be getting Chromecast functionality
- Google Drive Android app to feature new editing features, better tablet support
AdSense For Android Updated To Version 2.0 With Tweaked User Interface, More Metrics, Detailed Charts, And More
Google’s rolling out an AdSense update for its Android app that should provide a better experience for monitoring your revenue stream on the go. Version 2.0 introduces an enhanced interface, one that presents new information in a more visual manner. And don’t worry, the widget introduced in the last release is still intact.
When you’re trying to earn a living off the web, every metric counts. So Google has increased the number that the app is capable of following.
- [New App] Official Google Analytics App Lands In The Play Store, Complete With Real-Time Support
- Google Maps Adds Live Traffic Coverage For 13 European Countries
- Google Releases Google Places For Business App, Manage Your Places Listing Right From Your Android Device
- [Update x3: It's Back!] HTC Droid Incredible Gingerbread Update Rolling Out, Again
AdSense For Android Updated To Version 2.0 With Tweaked User Interface, More Metrics, Detailed Charts, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you like Imgur, you know their Android app is a bit frustrating. A touch clumsy, and not quite pretty to look at. That has all changed, as the app is being updated to version 1.3 today. With it, you’ll find the new Android slide-out menu and redesigned tablet interface.
The popular web-based image repository is wildly popular for Reddit images, but can be used to host whatever images you like. With an improved Android app, we’d like to think more people will use the service. The top menu gets the familiar slide-out enu, along with a dedicated upload button on the top right. We also see the wishbone share button, much like we find in various other apps and Google services.
The interface for tablets has also been re-done, moving us away from the adequate — but not great — scaled smartphone app. Now, Imgur takes full advantage of your tablet interface, creating a new depth and sheen to the service. We have to say, with the proliferation and increased screen quality of Andorid tablets, it’s about time a popular service like Imgur take advantage.
There are a few other fixes, like old search results no longer showing up, but the UI improvement is much needed. In our quick run-through, we find image searches much easier, and results pop just a bit more. This might just have us using Imgur a bit more, and that’s a good thing.
- Imgur photo-hosting app for Android leaves beta, hits Google Play
- App Updates: Twitter, Vine, Google Maps, Imgur, reddit is fun and more
- App Updates: Imgur, Twitter, Samsung WatchON, WWF and more
- Imgur update adds image save, pinch-to-zoom, upload progress and more
- App Updates: Facebook beta, Google+, eBay, Imgur, NFL Kicker and more
The holidays are always a pretty busy time for most people, and Google Calendar is here with some really convenient improvements just in time for you to start planning those parties and family get-togethers.
Some of the improvements include:
- Google Maps autocomplete: Calendar will predict (autocomplete) addresses as you type locations of events into your schedule (Seen above). If the event is shared, you’ll be able to click on the event’s map to make sure everyone knows you’re going to the same place.
- If you forget the exact date and time of an event and need to quickly look it up, you don’t need to search through all of the days of your calendar for results. Now, you can simply type in keywords related to the event in Calendar’s search feature and all relevant events will appear (Seen below).
- Lastly, you can now invite Google groups as a whole so you don’t need to worry about recreating the same guest list multiple times for similar events. Users can easily join and leave a group so everything stays organized (Seen below).
Source: Gmail Blog
Come comment on this article: Google Calendar receives flurry of key improvements in time for busy holiday season
Never give out the wrong address for an event again
Google is rolling out changes to Google Calendar on the web that make it even easier to get friends and family together for events. To help ensure that everyone gets to the right place, when you type into the "where" box for a new event, you'll receive auto complete options for places pulled from the Google Maps database. When you go back to view the event later, or someone you invite views the event, you can simply click the "map" button and be taken to Google Maps to view the location.
Universal search is also being improved in Google Calendar. Just like in Gmail, you can start typing in the name of the event, attendees or location and get a list of results as you type with relevant events containing those key words or people. While these updates are specifically for the web version of Google Calendar, the existence of the new back-end could make this very easy to implement in later versions of the Android app.
With the latest changes, if you create events on the web with the new location search and select a specific place, that location will be a link to open Google Maps on your phone — it's a good start, and we look forward to both the location and search functions being improved on mobile soon.
Source: Gmail Blog
Anyone who’s used an Android device knows the calendar experience isn’t always the most pleasant thing to write home about, but one company is looking to change that with a comprehensive app that will make you enjoy keeping up with your day-to-day tasks. It’s Any.DO’s Cal (already available for iOS), and they’re promising big things with the launch of their second app for Android.
The app features beautiful design that follows Android’s card-based UI guidelines quite nicely, but it’s the functionality that Any.DO is hoping will keep your attention. Here’s what they’re setting out to do with Cal:
- Social and location integration predicts who you want to meet and even suggest nearby places for meeting them
- Any.do tasks are perfectly woven into your calendar so you can see what needs to get done for each event
- Cal knows when you’ll need to get on the road and let’s you seamlessly get an Uber, or use Google Maps to navigate your way there
- Swipe, tilt, and flow your way through a productive day while still finding time between commitments to refocus on what matters
- Rich graphics in 9 specially curated photo themes add harmony to working life and personal time
It’s not just a meaningless subset of features that adds empty social features. Cal embraces the third-party services and apps already available to make your calendar experience more useful to you in ways that matter to you.
The Android app isn’t some carbon copy port from iOS, either — Any.DO actually took care to add some features that Android users will no doubt appreciate. A fully-featured widget, landscape mode, Google Calendar and Exchange sync, even tighter Any.DO integration and more are all coming together to make this experience even more tasty than what our iOS-using friends have been treated to all this time.
The best part of all this? It’s free, and it’s sitting in the Google Play Store right now. Go ahead and download it and see if you can’t discover a better way to keep track of everything that’s going on in your life. Watch the video above if you want the visual rundown.
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 29, 2013
If you haven’t already opted in to the new Google Maps, you might want to now. Along with so many great new features and an updated UI, you can now easily embed a map with easy access to the HTML snippet.
Click on the gear icon on the bottom right and then go to “embed map.” Once the map is embedded, users can sign into the maps to see their own relevant content such as saved places— they can also save a place from your own embedded map so they can see it later on on their device. Usage limits are non-existent as well.
Source: Google Geo Developers
Come comment on this article: Google Maps adds new ‘embed map’ with easy access to HTML snippet
Google Maps is great for exploring areas you may never get to, or scoping out those which you’ll be visiting soon. Often times, that requires public transportation. Google Street View is useful for checking out where you’re going, and getting good idea of what places look like, but what about when you get inside? It’s not always so easy.
Sometimes you get to a train station or airport, and are left looking like that thing you want to avoid being: a tourist. You stand there, jaw dropped, trying to figure out where you’re going. Which platform does your train take off from? You know you need to be at gate 13 for your flight, but where is it best to be dropped off at?
Google Street View is now adding Airports and Train Stations to their mix, giving you a great way to accurately and efficiently plan your trips. By knowing where to go once inside, you can reduce a lot of stress and avoid missing your planned trip. Also, you have more time to enjoy vacation, and could spend less time stressing about where you’re going next.
Most of these mapped locales are overseas, so if you’re traveling domestically, keep stressing. Even larger airports, which can be tough to navigate (we’re looking at you, Chicago O’Hare) aren’t mapped yet, but we hope it’s coming. Google has begun lending out their Street View backpacks, so hopefully airport security will let mappers trapse around. If you’re curious which locations are mapped, check out Google’s Street View transit finder page.
Google apps on the £49 'Avoca' tablet were not properly licensed, according to reports
Following the arrival of cheap Android tablets from British retailers Argos and Tesco, retail chain Carphone Warehouse made headlines with the launch of its own budget slate, priced at just £49. By all accounts the "Avoca" tablet packed pretty basic hardware — a 1GHz CPU, WVGA display and 512MB of RAM stands out as being decidedly low-end — but at least it included the full suite of Google apps.
Now it seems the those apps may have been loaded onto the device without being properly licensed. The UK-based Mobile Magazine reports via "industry sources" that the Avoca's software was not licensed by Google, and as such manufacturer STB Developments had loaded apps like Google Maps and the Google Play Store onto the tablet without permission. Applications like this form the GMS (Google Mobile Services) package, which is licensed separately to the open-source Android OS.
MapQuest For Android 2.0 Navigates Its Way Into The Play Store, Shows Off New Interface, Better Map Quality, And Other Enhancements
As an Android user, you would be forgiven for having never used a navigation app other than Google Maps. It’s not perfect, but it’s available for free and remains one of the best GPS solutions around, especially if you live in the US. Yet before Google Maps grew into a household names, MapQuest was synonymous with looking up directions online. Now a redesigned version of its mobile app has found its way into the Play Store.
- New Google Navigation For Android Utilizes Traffic For Routing
- Google Maps Adds Live Traffic Coverage For 13 European Countries
- PSA: Google Maps v7 Removed The Traffic Widget But There’s An Even Better Directions/Navigation Widget That’s Actually Worth Using [Updated]
- [I/O 2013] Google Unveils New Version Of Maps App For Android w/ New Navigation UI, Looks Absolutely Gorgeous
MapQuest For Android 2.0 Navigates Its Way Into The Play Store, Shows Off New Interface, Better Map Quality, And Other Enhancements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
MapQuest for both Android and iOS received major updates late last evening, bringing the third party maps app up to version 2.0. Inside the update are a few important things that needed to come in order for anyone to use this over Google Maps, at least in our opinion.
In version 2.0, during navigation, your routes will now display colors to indicate traffic conditions – Red for bad, yellow for moderate traffic, and apparently blue for clear. The developers didn’t just add features, though. MapQuest received a complete UI refinement, now with easier to navigate menus and cleaner looking maps. It’s an impressive update, for sure. To see the full changelog, check below.
- Traffic conditions on route – Your route turns red or yellow to keep you informed of live traffic conditions
- Exquisite, eye-catching map styling
- Custom home/work bookmarking
- Road alerts
- Location sharing
- Audio mute capabilities
- Advanced search capabilities
Does anyone use a third party maps app over Google Maps? And please, don’t say VZW Navigator.
When Apple maps on iOS originally came out, it was somewhat of a laughing stock among tech geeks around the world. It had a lot of bugs and errors, and seemed to be a failed attempt at launching something that could be as good as Google Maps. Despite this, Google Maps has lost a whopping 23 million users to iOS since Apple Maps was first released, almost a quarter of the 81 million user that it used to have.
A year after Apple maps was originally launched, it now has a total of 35 million users. It is important to note that Google still has more users with a total of 58.7 million users across both Android and Google Maps for iOS. Around 6 million of those users are using it from the Google Maps app for iOS.
Maps data is extremely important for both Apple and Google. It helps both companies monitor information like traffic jams, and it also helps Google provide location based advertising, which is an extremely important source of income for Google.
Come comment on this article: Google Maps loses 23 million users to Apple Maps
After completing their acquisition of Waze earlier this year, one of the first benefits users saw was the ability to access incident reports coming in from Waze users. Google announced today via a tweet that they are expanding the service to 46 new countries and territories throughout the world on both the desktop and mobile client.
Unfortunately, due to the space limitations, a list of all the countries was not provided and thus far Google Maps has not provided a list. The original rollout of the feature covered Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.
Come comment on this article: Google expands Waze traffic incident reporting to several new countries
“Outsmarting traffic jams” is every commuter’s or driver’s fantasy, but technology that offers that promise is only useful if it supports one’s local roads. Luckily, Google is now making its new Waze-based feature available in 46 more countries, giving users of Google Maps a better chance to get home faster and safer.
In June this year, Google acquired Israeli startup Waze in order to add its much-coveted features to Google’s on Maps technology. Waze basically uses crowdsourcing, harnessing the power of mobile device users and social networking, to give real-time updates about traffic situations in different areas. This gives travelers faster, though probably sometimes less accurate, traffic information aside from official sources, especially in cases where such sources aren’t even available to the common people.
A month after the acquisition, Google rolled out an update to Google Maps that integrates Waze traffic information. This gave Google Maps users on Android access to accident reports, on-going construction, road closures, detours, and more, all gathered from Waze users. However, this extremely useful feature was limited in scope, available to 13 countries only, including the US, the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Switzerland. Now, Google is stretching its coverage and is adding 46 more countries and territories all over the world.
At the moment, Google has not indicated which countries and territories have been added to the roster, but we’ll probably find out soon once the feature starts rolling out. Waze incident reports will be available to Google Maps on both desktop and mobile platforms, though Google does not say if the Maps app needs to be updated for the feature to appear.
Back in June, Google officially purchased the GPS and traffic application Waze so they could implement it into Google Maps. Luckily for most of us, they were pretty quick on the uptake, eventually adding traffic reports into Google Maps in August. Today, they are looking to expand that functionality to even more people around the world.
Google took to their Maps Facebook page to announce this latest update. When it rolls out to you, it will bring Waze traffic reports to 46 more countries and territories. Unfortunately, they do not go into any more specifics on what this update will entail, and since it is a staged rollout, we do not have the changelog to share with you. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear more.
A nice little update is rolling out for Google Maps to many overseas capable users. The update brings in the added Waze incidents to 46 more countries and territories. Giving more people access to real time incident reporting and re-routing to save time and headaches. The services have been available for while here in the states and we know a number of our staff have been saved a few times by it.
The post on Google+ from +Google Maps doesn’t offer up specifics. Just that you should check your Play Store, or iPhone app store, for an update.
So go pick it up if it is available. Be sure to pick up Waze while you are at it so you can do some reporting to help others.
Google Glass gets XE11 update, adds new directions, calendar search, setup and screencasting shortcut
A quick heads up for you folks (OK, you few folks) out there sporting Google Glass. The November update — XE11 — is now available.
New this month is the ability to designate home and work locations on Glass — just like you can in Google Maps, the easier to find your way home or to work. (And, more important, to route you around any traffic.)
You'll also be getting personalized calendar search, so you can ask Glass to show you what's coming up.
There's a new setup scheme as well, but you'll need to do a hard-reset to see that.
And finally there's a new shortcut in the notification drawer of your phone for screencasting.
Google's also changed up the shortcut for initiating a search. Instead of long-pressing the touchpad, you'll need to tap it three times slowly when the display is off.
Google is known for a lot of its services and Maps is one of them. And the folks at Mountain View have just announced a new upgrade to Maps on desktops. These features will only be available if users have chosen to receive previews of early Google Maps builds, while the rest of the world should see the feature go live in the next couple of weeks.
One of these features is Earth Tours which lets users get an aerial 3D view of tons of destinations from across the globe. This functions on WebGL so your browser needs to be compatible, which isn’t a problem as most new browsers today support WebGL. Maps will also give out incident and congestion reports now while getting driving instructions, thanks to Waze which is now owned by Google. Further, Google has also introduced a step-by-step directions guide for pedestrians, giving images of the street to give a better idea of the diversions and turns.
Google has heavily revamped the user experience and this includes street view which makes navigation a whole lot easier now. The new Maps will also have Pegman returning as the mascot for Google Maps Street View. This icon will be placed conveniently on the bottom right of the screen and when clicked, all the areas with Street View access will be displayed in blue on the Maps app. Further zooming will allow users to get a detailed look at places and even inside restaurants (marked yellow).
Via: The Next Web
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Pegman from Google Maps suits up in hundreds of outfits (including Google Glass) to celebrate Waze integration
Google Maps has dominated the mobile navigation landscape since smartphones moved tot he forefront of the tech industry. But there’s always room for improvement and that’s why Google acquired Waze for $1.3 billion several months ago. Although their real-time traffic technology has already made its way to Google’s mobile maps products, we’re now seeing some of the benefits in the new Google Maps for Desktop.
With Google Maps updates came the return of Pegman, and he came dressed for the occasion, suiting up in 180+ different outfits including several with Android themes.
The Google Maps Google+ account posted them throughout the day, taking suggestions with the #PegmanLive hashtag. That live participation has now ended, but we have to admit it was pretty fun to follow. Hopefully Google will allow you to select your own favorite Pegman for use with the Maps product. (Which one would you select?)
While the Pegman Android tie in was fun, Google Maps included some real updates that improve the user experience. Streetview, Photosphere, and other features have turned Google Maps into a much more multimedia-rich tour guide type of experience. The interface takes a bit of getting used to – I’m still flubbing up navigation from my familiarity with the old Google Maps – but after getting over the learning curve, the product is far superior.
Google has become a trailblazer with mapping and navigation tech and I firmly believe they’re just getting started. The potential for synergy across all their products is huge, especially when factoring in the relative youth of smart automotive tech.
The next few years should be huge for travel tech and it appears Pegman’s warddrobe is ready for the long haul.
It was one of the coolest new features of the new Android 4.4 KitKat update: Google’s brand new dialer app. While that may not sound very exciting at first, it’s the new dialer features that have our undies in a bunch.
Leveraging the power of Google Maps, the dialer not only pulls up contacts saved to your Google account, but phone numbers from local businesses in your area as well. So insanely useful, it was like combining the Yellow Pages and dialer into a single cohesive experience.
Last night, Google made the “stock ROM” for the Nexus 5 available, along with all the new apps therein. We were able to extract a handful of the new Android 4.4 KitKat apps, some of which we were even able to get up and running on our non-Nexus 5 devices. “Haxxors” and generally nosey Android fans began diving into some of these new apps, KitKat’s latest Dialer being one of them.
What was discovered was a line of code found inside the Dialer app that began raising some eyebrows. Here’s what was discovered:
<string name=”advertisements_enable”>Advertisements enabled</string>
<string name=”advertisements_disable”>Advertisements disabled</string>
From the looks of it, it’s easy to assume that some kind of advertisements would be making their way into the dialer, especially given the Dialer’s new Maps business listings search. This even lead to ArsTechnica’s Ron Amadeo to sate, “Google will show Ads in the KitKat Dialer” but they can be turned off (see enable/disable string).
After handing the app over our developer, he looked over it and found that this line of code wasn’t even new to KitKat. After searching for the code in past AOSP repos, he found that that it’s almost as old as Android itself, dating all the way back to Android 1.6. Yes, folks, Donut.
So while we suppose it’s possible for Google to add ads to the dialer in the future, this was simply some leftover code from Android’s past that failed to get cleaned up. There should be absolutely no reason for concern, ads are definitely not coming to your Dialer anytime soon.
UPDATE: Ah, looks like Amadeo updated his original post on Google+. Nice work.
Steve Albright contributed to this post.
Google is finally paying attention to the phone app in Android 4.4 by adding smart organization of contacts, enhanced search, and a new card-based UI. However, there might be something more dastardly hiding in the dialer code. Google might be preparing to roll out ads of some sort to the Android dialer.
The strings from the dialer APK clearly refer to advertisements, but it’s not clear how (or if) they will be implemented.
- Google Shopping Now Provides Local Search Results With Related Products And Storefronts For Nearby Businesses
- [APK Teardown] Play Store 4.4 Suggests Google Is Getting Ready To Release Google Play Newsstand
- [APK Teardown] Google Maps Is Getting Real-Time Traffic Rerouting, And Google Voice Search Learns How To Hold A Conversation
- T-Mobile’s Last Galaxy S II Update UVLH1 Also Quietly Removed Universal Search
Ads May Be Coming To The KitKat Dialer According To Code In The APK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
For a smartphone operating system, Android hasn’t always had the best features for, you know… calls. One of the especially annoying omissions has long been caller ID, but Android 4.4 takes a big step toward fixing that. If you get a call from a business that Google knows, it lets you know on KitKat’s incoming call screen. Neat.
The phone will try to identify unknown callers (i.e. those not in your contacts) by searching through local business listings on Google Maps.
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- WhitePages Acquires Popular Call Blocking And Caller ID App Mr. Number [Update]
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KitKat Feature Spotlight: A Smarter Caller ID With Local Business Search was written by the awesome team at Android Police.