Apple iOS users do not need to envy their Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean counterparts anymore as Google Now is available on the iPad and iPhone. All you need to do is to head to App Store and update the Google Search app.
Instead of swiping up or long-pressing a button on Android devices, Google Now can be accessed on the iOS device by opening the Google Search app and swiping up to reveal the cards. As expected, the types of Google Now cards available on iOS are lesser than Android. 22 of the 29 cards available on Android will be making their way to iOS, some of which are:
Time at Home
Another limitation of Google Now on iOS is its inability to do the extent of background sync that it can do on Android. It will support iOS background location feature so that the time taken to pin-point your location upon opening the Search app will be minimized. High priority Google Now alerts will not be integrated with iOS’s notification system.
It’s no secret that Apple messed up big time with their own Maps app. Recently and most seriously, their app was found to have led Australian drivers into the wilderness. As a result, Australian police have warned drivers against using Apple Maps for navigation purpose. Left with no choice, Apple publicly apologized for the quality of the app and vowed to do better.
For some time now, Apple has been rumored to be interested in acquiring Foursquare. However, the problem with Foursquare is that it sees limited use outside of the U.S. Furthermore, there’s not much to be gained with Foursquare. What good are “check-in” locations?
With that in mind, perhaps it is not surprising that Apple is turning to Israeli developers Waze and their social GPS app. Waze has been steadily gaining popularity throughout the world thanks to its unique functionality and blend of traditional GPS mapping and social media elements. And because Waze’s maps are built based on drivers’ locations, it is far more useful than just “check-ins”. It is also the exact kind of data that Apple needs to refine its app.
According to rumors, Apple is presently offering Waze US$400 million and a further US$100 million in incentives. Waze, however, is holding out for US$750 million.
Today is a special day for YouTube where Google launch their first standalone apps for iPhone to replace the build in YouTube apps that has been removed from iOS 6 which going to release very soon. Starting from today, you can download the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store.
Google announced the release on its official blog early Tuesday. The company touted the apps’ channel guide, instant search recommendations and options to share to social networking sites. The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience.
The release notes for the app list the following features:
Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
Find videos and channels more easily with voice search and query autocomplete
Subscribe to channels and instantly access your subscriptions with the channel guide UI
Read comments, browse related videos, enable subtitles and more – all while watching
Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter
The new app comes with a trade-off. Google says tens of thousands of videos, such as music videos from VEVO, are now available that weren’t before, but users will now have to sit through advertising to watch them.
Apple confirmed the move (and Google’s upcoming app) with a statement: “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.”
The following are the screen shot for the new YouTube apps:
Google added another new amazing feature for their mobile search engine – Handwriting recognition.
Users on Android and iOS devices can enable handwriting support by tapping on settings over at Google.com and enabling Handwrite. You’ll need to be running iOS 5 or later on your Apple device or any version of Android other than Honeycomb to take advantage of the new Handwrite technology.
Amazingly, up to 27 languages are supported by the new handwriting feature which understandably works best in Google’s own Chrome browser. 3G have been waiting for this feature for sometime because it’s quite slow and counter productive to type using on-screen QWERTY keyboards.
The Handwrite feature is very new and it’ll probably take some time before it gets to a standard where it’ll be adopted on a wide-scale by the general population. However, auto-complete will still work when using the Handwrite feature , which should aid its effectiveness.
Watch the following video clip for their amazing new features
Google Chrome browser finally comes into your iOS devices. Google made its announcement on Thursday as part of its annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Chrome for iOS immediately available for download in Apps Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod (Only available for those iOS devices runs iOS 4.3+) after the announcement.
But the good thing is Chrome for iOS allow user to sync tabs between their computer, Android devices, and iOS devices. Besides that, it also come with incognito mode, Google voice search and allows you to open multiple tabs. Other than that, the look and feel of the Chrome browser in iOS more or less the same as what you use in your other devices.
You can view your Google chrome detail in other devices
When Google first release their Chrome Browser few years back, very less number of people would expected that the new browser will become more popular than Firefox and Internet Explorer, but after few years in the market, Google prove to the world that they can make even better browser than other people. With the Chrome for iOS, again, it will significantly increase their market share and as a user, we keep looking for better version release coming up soon by Google again. Click here to download Google Chrome for iOS
Malaysia taxi booking apps for iOS and Android – MyTeksi was officially launhed in Apple Apps Store and also Android Market. MyTeksi allowing Malaysians to book for a taxi via this application and SMS.
Taxi driver showing the MyTeksi Apps
The MyTeksi mobile app works on iOS(Apple iPhones/iPads) and Android devices. The application can be downloaded for free. Below are the steps of using the mobile app:
You need to sign up for the MyTeksi account in order to receive information on future updates and promotions.
The app auto-detects your location (you’ll need to enable Location Services).
Alternatively, drag the map and position the blue pin on your exact pick-up location. You can also manually type in the address in the Address bar at the bottom.
Repeat the procedure for destination. You can drag the map and position the green pin on your drop-off point, or search for your destination by tapping on the Address bar.
You can also search for your desired drop-off location by clicking on the address bar at the bottom and manually searching the address.
Key in any remarks/requests/tips and tap “Book Now”.
Confirm your booking.
Your taxi booking will be confirmed within 3 minutes.
You’ll then receive details about your confirmed taxi booking.
For bookings via SMS, just send an SMS to 36881 with the following information (standard SMS charges apply):
Example: Teksi Jaya33 PJ #Mid Valley #Waiting at lobby
Passengers using the MyTeksi iOS and Android app will enjoy a RM2 waiver on their standard taxi booking fee until 30 June 2012. The fee is paid directly to the Taxi driver. There are about 120 Taxis currently available in the Klang Valley, and can be booked 24-7, 365 days.
MyTeksi Mobile Taxi Hailing service is powered by Maxis’ Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and leverages on Maxis 3G and 2G network in Malaysia. According to the company, major taxi companies, associations, and cooperatives, besides Comfort Taxi are already in the process of testing the MyTeksi solution.
The launching of the Facebook app center for Google Android and Apple iOS show that facebook is try to step into the 2 major smartphone maket and try make the smartphone more interesting.
Facebook has announced it is in the process of launching an App Center in the Android and Apple Stores Thursday night. It’s rolling out on three platforms: Android, iOS and Facebook.com (on the mobile web) itself.
With the new launch of the Facebook apps for the iOS and Android, you will soon be able to customize your mobile Facebook app. But will facebook charging for the apps download? Here’s a clue: the company explicitly doesn’t want to call it a “store,” according to ABC News.
“The App Center is launching tonight with more than 600 social apps, including Nike+ GPS, Ubisoft Ghost Recon Commander, Stitcher Radio, Draw Something, and Pinterest,” Facebook reps wrote in an email.
“You’ll only see high quality apps in the App Center, based on user ratings and engagement.”
This TEDTalk was given by Thomas Suarez at TEDxManhattanBeach. Thomas is in the 6th grade at a middle school in the South Bay, and he’s made several apps for the App Store and established his own company,CarrotCorp.
Besides his fantastic presentation skills, Thomas is an amazing testament to how the younger generation is shaping the world of technology. What a smart kid. Steve Jobs would be very proud.
And we’re downloading his app, Bustin Jieber, as we speak. It looks fun.