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Google ‘to put Android directly into cars’

Do you fall on the Apple or Android side of the fence? If you spend a lot of time travelling in your car, a recent announcement may offer a persuasive argument towards making you sway in a particular direction.

“Search giant Google plans to use Android operating system to control a car’s entertainment and navigation features, but could also gather huge amounts of data about driving habits”.

Towards the end of last year, international news agency Reuters reported that Google is planning a version of Android which would be built directly into vehicles, which would result in drivers being able to experience all of the benefits offered by being connected to the interest without the need of a smart-phone.

Forward Progress

Although Google currently offers ‘Android Auto’ software, which comes with the latest version of its smart-phone operating system, it has to be plugged into a compatible Googlecar with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps and therefore a fully integrated version would be a huge forward step.

Google, however, has never provided details or a timeframe for its long-term plan to put Android Auto directly into cars. The company now plans to do so when it rolls out the next version of its operating system, dubbed Android M, expected in a year or so, Reuters reported.

“It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on,” said Thilo Koslowski, vice-president and Automotive Practice Leader of industry research firm Gartner, who noted that he was unaware of Google’s latest plans in this area.

Google declined to comment to Reuters.

Solidifying Market Position

If this move by Google is a success, it would see Android become the standard system for in-car entertainment and navigation features throughout the world and take steps towards solidifying Google’s position at the top of the market in the battle against arch-rival Apple.

Google could also potentially access the valuable trove of data collected by a vehicle. Direct integration into cars ensures that drivers will use Google’s services every time they turn on the ignition, without having to plug in the phone. It could allow Google to make more use of a car’s camera, sensors, fuel gauge and internet connections that come with some newer car models.

For more on this story please visit the Daily Telegraph website by clicking on the following link – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/electronics/11302829/Google-to-put-Android-directly-into-cars.html

 

By | January 12th, 2015|Google|Comments Off on Google ‘to put Android directly into cars’

What Do You Know About Google Extensions?

Extensions pop up in all many ways, we’ve all heard of hair extensions and housing extensions, have you ever heard about Google extensions though?

Google extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome to improve your overall user experience whilst using the browser. By adding these extensions (all of which are free), you have the ability to customise Google Chrome with features that you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use.

Basically they are Google’s version of plug-ins or add-ons and they are growing in number each day. google-chrome-extensions

Below we have identified 10 of the most popular extensions that can help to improve your experience whilst using Google Chrome to do your browsing.

  1. AdBlock – Few extensions have proven to be more popular than this one due to Adblock’s ability to remove unwanted adverts from most websites, providing a cleaner, faster browsing experience.
  2. Send from Gmail – Do you use Gmail as your primary e-mail client? This extension will Makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.
  3. Google Mail Checker – The Google Mail Checker Chrome extension allows easy access to desktop notifications, read, listen, archive or delete emails without opening a Gmail tab & easily manage multiple accounts
  4. IE Tab – If you are visiting a site which has been optimised to run exclusively in Internet Explorer the IE Tab Chrome Extension creates a virtual IE browser inside the Chrome browser to ensure that you do not lose any of your browsing experience.
  5. Personal Blocklist – Personal Blocklist is a simple Chrome extension by Google that allows you to selectively block websites that pop up in your search results.
  6. Evernote – Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking tools available. Evernote is an award-winning service that turns every computer and phone you use into an extension of your brain. Use Evernote to save your ideas, experiences and inspirations, then easily access them all at anytime from anywhere.
  7. Stop Autoplay for YouTube – If you’ve ever opened a bunch of videos in the background, you’ll know how annoying it is when they all start playing automatically.With this extension, videos only start playing when you actually switch to tab which has the video in it. You’ll never have to worry about videos autoplaying in the background.
  8. Feedly – If you have bookmarked RSS feeds from Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube or Amazon, the Feedly Chrome extension automatically imports your feeds, arranging the content into a magazine-style page.
  9. Chrome Remote Desktop – Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.  Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.  All connections are fully secured.
  10. Session Manager – Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like. With Session Manager you can quickly save your current browser state and reload it whenever necessary.
  11. Mustachio – Who doesn’t love a good moustache!!?? All moustache enthusiast’s will appreciate this excellent extension.  Simply download the app and each time you view a website through it, it will add a thick black moustache to every photo on the website that you are viewing!!
  12. Nothing – We live in a crazy world and the internet can be the craziest place of all sometimes. Only on the internet would you be able to find an app like this. This brilliant and innovative extension does literally………. nothing!  However, despite its ability to not help you in any way it, it has still managed to receive 6483 reviews with a current 5 star rating! What can we say, only on Google!

Two For Fun!

  1. Mustachio – Who doesn’t love a good moustache!!?? All moustache enthusiast’s will appreciate this excellent extension.  Simply download the app and each time you view a website through it, it will add a thick black moustache to every photo on the website that you are viewing!!
  2. Nothing – We live in a crazy world and the internet can be the craziest place of all sometimes. Only on the internet would you be able to find an app like this. This brilliant and innovative extension does literally………. nothing!  However, despite its ability to not help you in any way it, it has still managed to receive 6483 reviews with a current 5 star rating! What can we say, only on Google!

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By | April 14th, 2014|Google|Comments Off on What Do You Know About Google Extensions?
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