I don’t know about you guys, but I usually use Google mobile whenever I want to search on my phone. I’ve seriously been wondering why it’s been loading up a lot faster recently.
According to the Google Mobile blog, they just updated their mobile homepage. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s actually really fast given that you are trying to load up pages on your phone.
For people like me that doesn’t have a GPS on my phone, Google Maps saves my life all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I have almost gotten lost in those crazy one way streets in downtown.
Well, Google announced on the Google blog that they just launched transit directions and schedules on the new Google Maps for mobile. The Google Mobile blog said that “This version (2.2) allows you to get transit directions in all the same places as the web version of Google Maps, including Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Vancouver, and over 40 other cities in North America.”
That’s pretty convenient, especially for a city like San Francisco where public transportation is rather popular.
Steve Horowitz, the Engineering Director at Google, made a nice and informative presentation at Google I/O. Oh by the way, before we even go into the video, the official Google blog says that Google I/O had “nearly 100 in-depth technical sessions, on-site massage therapists, and 3,500 pounds of assorted snacks (including 395 pounds of M&Ms and 190 pounds of Gummi Bears).” Wow.
Android application scan finds pricing and metadata for anything with a barcode. You will be able to source detailed reviews, search online/offline stores for better prices, get directions to other local stores, preview cd’s (yes people still buy cd’s unbelievably!) and check for books in the local library.
Google showed us a little more about Android today. Sounds pretty cool!
‘Android’ comes with a compass, video game and Web bookmarks!
Google Inc. showed off its nearly completed mobile software system to about 3,000 computer programmers Wednesday, hoping to cultivate more services and advertising for people on the go.
Although brief, the demonstration at the Internet search leader’s annual developer conference in San Francisco represented the most extensive public look so far at “Android” — an open-source platform being designed for “smart” phones and other mobile devices that surf the Web. Android was first announced nearly seven months ago.
The bells and whistles unveiled Wednesday included: a way to unlock phones by drawing a specific shape on the touchscreen instead of entering a password; bookmarks for favorite Web sites on the device’s home page; a “compass” tool that automatically roams with the phone while a user looks at photographic images of a city map; a magnifying tool to zoom in on Web content; and a mobile version of the video game “Pac Man.