Google Play Services is getting a nice update today, which could end up meaning big things for users. Via several new APIs, Developers will be able to cobble in quite a bit of utility. From fitness to advertising, things are changing for Android.
Images posted to HTC’s Weibo account hint at a new device, which promises to be fashionable. The handset is aesthetically reminiscent of the older One (which had several variants), but there is no information accompanying it to give hard details on what we’re getting.
Portal, a classic of modern console gaming, has come to the SHIELD. NVIDIA’s groundbreaking gaming platform has seen a robust PC and Xbox title come to the small screen, showing the prowess of their device. We got the chance to go hands-on with it, and we must say — we’re impressed.
LG is rolling out their Chromebase today, an all-in-one desktop running Chrome OS. Saying it has “everything a home computer needs to suit a modern lifestyle”, LG is packing all we’ve come to like about Chrome device in a stylish desktop solution. Though it made an appearance at CES this year, the Chromebase is now available for consumers.
Google Maps is releasing an update, which is rolling out incrementally to users. This update provides us with a lot more utility than we’ve come to know with Maps, improving everything from navigation to offline maps. There are a lot of working parts to the update, but it should give all of us more reason than we already had for using it.
Google is working hard to drive business to local retailers. A new feature in Now, their Search skin, should help to that end, as the service will now show you which local retailers have items you’ve recently searched for. It’s a bit of gamesmanship from Google, but also gets items to up quickly should we want to go pick them up.
Google Stars, the leaked project aimed at cataloging your favorite Internet things, has another leak showing us a bit more about its utility. Simple in aim, Stars could be one of the more widespread Google utilities in use upon launch. We now see the extent of what Google is working on with Stars, and a bit more about how social it could be.
Canada, you’ve got music. Google has finally made Play Music available to Canadian users, bringing the streaming functionality much of the rest of the world has been enjoying for some time now. In addition, Canadians will get a special offer to try it out.
Talking to your wearable might be the best method for getting things done, which is why Qualcomm has tapped Nuance to help with their Toq smartwatch. The wearable will now allow you to respond to messages via your smartwatch, which is a neat trick — it just needs a bit of work.
Who’s got the fastest mobile network? All kinds of studies are out there, but are typically a small sampling of carriers’ network strength. Android Community is partnering with PC Mag to help crowdsource some information on which network has the best speeds.