Google has introduced Google Voice for Gmail. So, you can now call anywhere in the World right from your Gamil account using Google Voice. And most amazing part is that calls to US and Canada are FREE in 2010. You can call international numbers at insanely low rates. Here is how Google describes its new service in a video, “Call Phones from Gmail”:
Google app for iPhone has been updated and brings Push Notifications on Gmail for iPhone and Google Calender for iPhone. That’s a major update to Google app, we’re still looking in for more new features, stay tuned!
An update to Gmail for Android has leaked in the wild. The leaked Gmail 2.2.1.apk only supports Froyo for now and brings UI tweaks. It’s not released to public as yet so you won’t find it in Android Store. You can however follow the link below to download Gmail 2.2.1.apk from RapidShare, MegaUpload and other file sharing sites:
Update: Gmail 2.3 is now available in Android Market and brings in support for Priority Inbox and other enhancements.
Android marketshare experienced a big leap as it grew from 9% in February 2010 to 13% in May. This was revealed by the statistics report issued by comScore. Here is head to head comparison:
|Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers|
|OS||Feb 2010||May 2010||Change|
(Stats via PRNewsWire)
Things look good for RIM at the moment as it continues to dominate the market with 42% marketshare. With BlackBerry 6.0 around the corner and release of devices like BlackBerry 9800 RIM may continue its steady growth.
Apple marketshare dropped from March to May but it is expected to rise with release of iOS4 and considering the phenomenal success of iPhone 4. So, Apple will continue to be the biggest threat to RIM domination in US smartphone market.
Microsoft Windows Mobile seems like the one that has lost the most among all. Main reason could be because there are no new devices being introduced. New Windows Phone 7 smartphones are expected to arrive in October this year. HTC Mozart could be among the first devices to come with WP7.
Google Android experienced record growth from March to May and it will continue to grow due to range of handsets it continues to features on. From HTC EVO 4G to Samsung Galaxy S and Motorola Droid X, all are worthy competitors to Apple iPhone 4. Android also features on low and mid range smartphones like Samsung Intercept which gives it great advantage on comparatively expensive Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry. You might like our comparison of some great Android power mobile devices.
Future growth of Palm OS is still in question after HP took it over. However, it has managed not to fall much and has maintained its marketshare well compared to iPhone and Windows Mobile.
Steve Jobs pours his thoughts on Google and Android saying “Google wanted to compete … so they are”. Steve also confirmed that Google services will continue featuring on iPhone and iPad saying that being in competition doesn’t mean that you have to be rude. Here is the video:
You might also want to check out Steve Jobs thoughts on Adobe and Flash.
Video Courtesy: AllThingsD
Rejoice all Nexus One users! Google has started rolling out Android 2.2 Froyo OTA update for Nexus One. This certainly is big news for Nexus One users who were first to get their hands on Android 2.1 OS and are now they are getting Android 2.2 aka Froyo update days after it was announced. Earlier, Android 2.2 Froyo was spotted on traffic stats of some websites. We also updated you that Google Nexus One will be the first device to get Froyo update OTA (Over the Air). Android 2.2 Froyo brings lot of new features with enhanced OS speed and performance. Google had promised 2x to 5x increase in speed for Android 2.2 Froyo when compared to Android 2.1.
Although OTA updated has started, it may take some time to complete. So, wait for your turn and get your hands on feature-packed edition of Android.
Google I/O 2010 is the largest event of the year for Google developers. Event will be held on May 19 & 20 and you’d be able to watch Google I/O 2010 online video live. Here is the schedule:
|Tuesday, May 18th 2010|
|12:00 pm – 7:00 pm||On-site check-in|
|2:00 pm – 8:00 pm||BootCamp|
|Wednesday, May 19th 2010|
|7:00 am – 10:00 pm||On-site check-in|
|7:00 am – 10:00 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am – 10:30 am||Keynote|
|10:30 am – 6:30 pm||Developer Sandbox|
|10:45 am – 5:15 pm||Breakout sessions|
|11:45 am – 12:30 pm||Lunch break (no sessions)|
|11:45 pm – 1:30 pm||Lunch served *|
|12:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Office Hours|
|6:30 pm – 10:30 pm||After Hours evening party|
|Thursday, May 20th 2010|
|7:00 am – 4:00 pm||On-site check-in|
|7:00 am – 9:30 am||Breakfast|
|8:30 am – 10:00 am||Keynote|
|10:00 am – 6:00 pm||Developer Sandbox|
|10:15 am – 5:45 pm||Breakout sessions|
|12:30 pm – 1:00 pm||Lunch break (no sessions)|
|12:30 pm – 2:00 pm||Lunch served *|
|12:30 pm – 5:30 pm||Office Hours|
* Birds of a Feather sessions to take place during lunch at the tables.
Google Chrome speed test video shows how fast new Google Chrome Beta is. In this video, page rendering time of Google Chrome is compared with Potatoes, Sound waves and Lightening. Here is the awesome video:
Here is what Google had to say about the video:
These speed tests were filmed at actual web page rendering times. If you’re interested in the technical details, read on!
- Computer: MacBook Pro laptop with Windows installed
- Monitor – 24″ Asus: We had to replace the standard fluorescent backlight with very large tungsten fixtures to funnel in more light to capture the screen. In addition, we flipped the monitor 180 degrees to eliminate a shadow from the driver board and set the system preferences on the computer to rotate 180 degrees. No special software was used in this process.
- 15Mbps Internet connection.
- Camera: Phantom v640 High Speed Camera at 1920 x 1080, films up to 2700 FPS
Download latest Google Chrome Beta
Turn off Google Buzz! And if you’re wondering how to, it’s simple and takes hardly 2 seconds. You should not be searching Google to disable Google Buzz, rather you need to use Ctrl+F feature while your Gmail is open. You can also do it following way:
- Open Gmail and go at the bottom of the page
- There will be a link with title “Turn Off Google Buzz”
- Click on it and this ugly thing will be out of your sight
Here is the graphic showing location of Google Buzz turn off feature: