If you’ve ever searched for music using Google’s Sound Search widget then you know just how easy it is to find out what song is playing on the radio or in the store. Google has made it extremely easy for its customers to discover new music on the go. All you do is download the widget and then place it on one of your device’s screens. Once you hear a song that you would like Google to identify you simply touch the widget and it’ll start searching for the song. You can also use the Google Now search box to search for a song, as well. Once Google notices that there is music playing in the background a little music sign will show up. When you tap that icon Google will get to work on finding out what song you’re listening to.
We connect to the internet in so many different ways by using our computers, cell phones, tablets and now even our cars. With this new age of technology it’s no shocker that our houses would start to connect to the internet to provide us with an easier lifestyle, as well. Home Automation has been around for a little while now. Things like Nest, Philip’s Hue light bulbs and even smart mattress covers have transformed the way that we live our lives by making things automatic.
If you’re a fan of space or electronic music and you’re looking for a new case for your phone, then check this out. Google and Skrillex are teaming up to bring some pretty cool science to your phone. Today Google announced that Skrillex has launched a satellite named Nanou into the stratosphere. Nanou has been tasked with taking photos of the Earth from high in the sky. Not only are Google and Skrillex letting you take a look at those pictures, but they’re also bringing them to your smartphone in the form of live wallpaper.
Chromecast has been a great tool for those looking to cut the cord and binge watch on the big screen. Chromecast lets consumers view media on their TV without needing to physically connect their device. Announced in 2013, the $35 dongle has allowed for tons of fun in the living room by constantly adding new partners and support. Now that Google’s Chromecast has been around for a while we’ve started seeing tons of companies update their apps to allow for casting from a mobile device to the TV.
Google+ has been overdue for a new feature and Google has definitely satisfied that today by announcing and releasing “Collections.” Collections is a way to group your posts by their topic. For example, you could create a Collection that is comic book based and fill it up with a bunch of neat comic news. Users of Google+ can also follow Collections about things that they’re interested in.
Yesterday during Google’s community-coined #UpdateWednesday, the tech giant not only update several apps (such as Googel+, Messenger, and Chrome Beta) but they also decided to release a few more apps under their portfolio: Chrome Dev, Project FI, and Connectivity Services. All of which you can go to the Play Store and download now.
It’s been a pretty eventful week for Android users as a new version of Android was released for us to dig through and check out. However, Google didn’t stop with just a software update, they also went ahead and extracted all hardware devices from the Play Store and relocated them to a more proper place, the Google Store.