Google Maps has come a long way, and now version 5 (latest release) takes it to a whole new level. Vector-based dynamic maps (instead of flat images), 3D rendering of buildings and landmarks, a much better support for finger-based gestures and even functional in offline mode (of course with a few limitations). At this point the application will be limited to the following devices though: Galaxy S, Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, Evo, Nexus S, and the G2.
Many agree that the Nexus One is still one of the best Android mobile phones ever launched. Today Google unveiled its new avatar, the Nexus S. The device has been developed in collaboration with Samsung and would be available unlocked for $529. It will featured a new 4-inch curved super-AMOLED glass screen and will be powered by a 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor.
Google always wanted to join the eBook bandwagon, and there have been a few rumors across the web to support the notion. And now finally it takes effect. The company recently launched the eBookStore with a list of 3 millions titles to start with. The eBook apps are available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPod/iPad), Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader. Of course it is also available for desktops via a web-based reading application.
Android is growing fast, much faster than any other mobile OS. Now, recent data indicates that atleast 83% of all Android devices are running version 2.0 or above. Google’s latest release, version 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo, is currently running on 43.4% of all Android devices.
If you are a Google Earth fan, then you will be even more impressed with its latest avatar. Version 6 now includes more realism, complete with 80 million 3D-modeled trees. That’s just incredibly-detailed pure awesomeness! “With Google Earth 6, you can explore 3D trees all over the world. Discover more than 50 different species of trees in areas such as city parks, neighborhoods, and remote forests.”
Google Docs has been around for quite a while now. Although there isn’t any shortage of office productivity tools for the iPhone and Android devices, Google Docs didn’t quite have the required features to be considered as a mobile office “on-the-go” application.
Google as we all know is one of the top tech companies on Earth. With a house full of the smartest developers, analysts, managers and computer scientists, the company has consistently ranked as one of the best companies to work for by several leading magazines. Google recently announced that it will raise employees’ salary by 10% from 2011. Wow, that’s a real good way to start your year.
Well…this was inevitable. Gartner’s smartphone stats for the third quarter shows that Android accounts for 25.5% of worldwide smartphone sales. This makes it the second most popular mobile OS worldwide, ahead of iOS, Blackberry OS and others. So I guess it is just a matter of time when this powerful OS takes over the no. 1 spot.
If you think Bing isn’t quite up to the mark yet (as a search engine) for your brand new Windows Phone 7 device, Google has made things easier. The search giant has its own app ready and is now available in Marketplace. “The Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing you to search the web, images, local, news, and more.”