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Love using Google Docs, but hate the fact that you can’t edit your word documents or spreadsheets on the iPhone or iPad? Well, that’s going to change in the coming days as Google has announced today that users will very soon be able to edit their precious docs while on the go. For those of you who have yet to use the popular Google Docs service, think of it as Microsoft Office on the web. Using your Google account, you can create text documents and fully functionally spreadsheets online, all without having to worry about saving them on a local hard drive. You can also share these docs with friends and colleagues and even allow others to edit them (collaborate).
According to Google, mobile editing will be rolled out in the next few days and it’ll be available on Android with Froyo (version 2.2) and iOS Devices (v3.0+) , including the iPad. Check out the video demo after the gap.
Earlier last month, Google brought their new visual search tool Google Goggles to the App Store. Now, they have unleashed Google Instant on iOS’ mobile safari. For those of you who rely heavily on Google’s search engine, it’s likely you’ve already used this neat feature. Basically, results will appear as you type out your queries. Here’s how it works:
In September we announced that we were working to bring Google Instant to mobile, and today we’re making a beta version available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box (if you don’t see the “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).
Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when you type on your mobile device you’ll see predictions of what you might be searching for. If you type [anse], for example, you should see [ansel adams] along with other predictions. Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions will display those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed.
Once you do start using Google Instant, it just feels natural and you wonder why they didn’t think of this sooner. So if you want to check it out on your iDevice, be sure your Instant (beta) is turned “On” on your mobile browser.
While Google’s Mobile Mail app for the iPad is plenty good and provides all the basic (and necessary) features, the same can’t be said for Google Docs. Currently, users are only able to view their documents. Those who wish to edit gDoc files on their iPad must resort to 3rd party apps like Documents To Go and Quickoffice (TMA Review). Sure they work just fine, but not everyone will want to drop $10+ for this functionality. For Google Docs users, the good news is that editing will be coming soon for the iPad (and Android).
The Android Marketplace has real success stories such as Aaron La’s Advanced Task Manager; its open slant gives opportunity to many developers who can’t afford a Mac to join a huge market place. Every day, Android grows, and barring the all-out success of Windows Phone 7, it is destined to remain at the top, at least as market share leader. But, all is not well.
According to the Reg, Google’s hands-off approach allows its Marketplace to drown in oceans of porn just as the App Store was chocked by useless apps (fart and flashlight) in its early days. There is another negative effect: piracy. Despite the fact that the average selling price for Android apps is less than their iPhone, developers are strangled by app pilfering. The net result is that 49% of Android developers are making less than they expected and only 27% making more than they expected. Again, there is no question that Android is the market leader. For developers, it is an attractive platform. But it isn’t the heaven and spice that disgruntled iPhone developers may think it is. Google needs to adapt to keep its most important customer, the developer, happy. Happy, loaded developers make great apps. Currently iPhone Development, while a lot more controlled, has a friendlier, more lucrative face; it also tends to sport much more high quality apps.
The absence of iPhone Flash support has been a major points of criticism against Apple. To this Steve Jobs has replied many many many times that Flash kills battery life. Flash is also slow and buggy and will kill the iPhone user experience. Well, it seems now they actually have some tests to back up those claims.
For those of you who routinely search for the latest (and hottest) Megan Fox pics via Google Image search on your iPhone, you may already have noticed some interface changes. To make mobile browsing of piccies even more intuitive, Google have redesigned the Image Search module for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices. Here are some of the highlights:
- The thumbnails are square to maximize the number of images we can get on the screen at one time so you can scan them quickly
- You can swipe to see the next or previous page of results, or tap the large, stationary ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ page buttons
- We optimized for speed so that the images appear quickly when you browse
And like an app, you can now swipe across the screen on both the search and individual image pages to view the next/previous results. To start using the new version of Image Search, all you have to do is go to www.google.com on your iPhone/iPod Touch and tap on “Images”. Video of the new interface in action after the gap.
Hardly does a man like me scoff at the competition, especially when that competition is the “don’t be evil” Google. And, hardly does a man like me scoff at the floundering of smartphone – I root for the sub-genre with passion not seen outside Hollywood. But after a month of sales under its belt, the Google Nexus One isn’t looking that good. The times are bad, I know. And Android has been pumped in the arm by a lot of great phones – this too I know. But its sales figures are dire next to the iPhone heady debut and the more recent outing of Motorola’s Droid. For those who pray, pray for the success of at least one Apple competitor, but don’t pray too hard – I am a man who likes Apple and would rather not start chasing everything else.
[via Gizmodo Japan]
Yesterday’s news, aka Dell, have got a little something something up their sleeves: a 5 inch slate device which packs a neat little camera a the most flattering of shiny screens. While its nomenclature reminds one of a car, and not to mention the fact that DELL is a four letter word around certain parts, the device is cute. Techie bits and tits aside, the Mini 5 has one very good thing going for it. No, it isn’t the jump-on-the-bandwagon-copying-Apple’s-shiny-advert-shots. No – it is Android under the bonnet. That this squeaky clean machine been tied to Windows Mobile, this post would lost in the fray. Android is going places where OSX and Windows aren’t welcome: the kitchen, a place where computerised appliances such as microwaves are queueing up for robotic love.
Motorola’s new Android phone will be released on Verizon for American customers, and in the downtime between hype and release, the once-proud electronics company have somehow dropped the towel from the gentle genitals of their yet-to-be-born handset. But not to worry, their yet unborn offspring ripples with the vigour of advanced hardware features and of course, Android. On the cusp of Verizon’s iDon’t campaign, the whole affair reeks of a well-ordered attack on Apple’s hegemony. Specifically, it targets the iPhone’s following weaknesses:
- iDon’t have a real keyboard
- iDon’t run simultaneous apps
- iDon’t take night shots
- iDon’t allow open development
- iDon’t customize
- iDon’t run widgets
- iDon’t have interchangeable batteries
It isn’t clear what started the war, but in the chaos of bombs and gunfire, all that matters is staying alive. Apple and Google have each been dancing in awkward, fan-sullying steps since the two decided to get phoney. The first awkward step may have been Apple’s insistence that Android phones forgo multitouch in order to protect the then-precious iPhone hegemony, but then again, no one knows who started the war which has hit both director’s boards. The second – forget the second; suffice it to say that both parties have been stepping on the other’s toes time and time again since the middle of this year. The party is over; Apple and Google’s romance, spurned by a mutual disrespect for Microsoft has decayed into uneasy competition. To make matters worse, Apple’s exclusivity with AT&T may finally be biting them in the apps: Verizon, a potential customer, have begun taking staking stabs at Apple’s iPhone. The carrier, in a vendetta against rival AT&T have the iPhone in their sites, shooting with nothing less than the powerful ammunition, Google Android.