Google

Google Map Maker edits to be available again by August

Was it just a few months ago when Google pulled the editing ability for its Map Makers due to some stupid users who made “attacks” (and some racist ones too) on the poor, hapless longitudes and latitudes? Well, hopefully, Google has managed to get things under control because they just announce that they be reopening Map Maker for edits starting this August. But they will be doing so with a new model, with some moderation still being done by Google operators, but now giving freedom to regional mappers as well.

Google launches Eddystone Bluetooth beacons

Internet giant Google has recently introduced an open source Bluetooth LE beacon platform that will work with Android and other mobile OS. Officially called as Eddystone, this service allows devices to link a physical location with online data and tell other mobile devices what's nearby and exactly where they are. These two are Eddystone's two main features that aim to improve several location-based services.

Mexico, Slovakia, Indonesia receive Play Store carrier billing support

Paying for goods found in the Google Play Store has always been easy and convenient. You only need to enter your credit card information or you can also choose to receive a bill from your carrier. I prefer credit card payment because it's more widely used but some people prefer carrier billing. It actually makes sense because it can be easier to keep track of charges while credit cards can be more easily abused.

Google SVP Sundar Pichai wants mobile phones to be less intrusive

Technology may already be at its peak but there is certainly more rooms for improvements and innovation. Google, being ahead of most companies in the industry today, aims to provide not just accurate information whenever it's needed but also provide a well-balanced life. The idea may be impossible because as technology progresses, there is the danger of people depending more on it and forgetting about the more natural stuff or things that really matter.

Warning: Google Photos saves photos without your knowledge, even when app is deleted

We were excited that Google has separated the Photos app from Google Plus and Google Drive because it now serves as a lone app for storing photos. Not that there are no alternatives but the Photos app is very much dedicated for cloud storage and photo backup. This has been tipped way back in 2014 when we heard Google+ Photos may be spinning into its own service and as a new web photo sharing service.

New minor updates for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets coming up

For apps that we constantly use for work and productivity purposes, updates, no matter how minor they are, are always welcome. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides has been used by a lot of people as replacements for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, especially in companies and organizations that rely a lot on Google products. There are upcoming updates to these apps that may not be that big of a deal, but they are still improvements nonetheless, especially if you're always on the go.

Android M Developer Preview updated, platform permissions modified

Not much has been said about the upcoming Android M to be released this fall but I'm sure you've been guessing and betting on what the 'M' could possibly stand for. Muffin? Merengue? Milk Shake? I'm going for Android Muffin because it's much easier to remember and illustrate. But let's not waste our time thinking about the next dessert Google will be serving us. Developers who recently got to experience the Android M Developer Preview will be happy to know that an update has been released.