Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster And Facebook for Android Updated

Some of the popular Android apps such as Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster and Facebook were recently updated. Dropbox, Flickr and Google Goggles received pretty major updates, while Frindcaster and Facebook for Android got minor updates. Check out the complete changelog below.

Dropbox for Android:

Dropbox for Android was updated to version 2.1.10 and it brings video thumbnail support, UI improvements for the Android 4.1 Jelly powered Nexus 7 tablet along with bugs fixes and performance improvements.

Changelog:

  • Video thumbnails
  • UI improvements for Nexus 7 tablets
  • Open Dropbox files directly from other apps
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

[ Download Dropbox from Google Play ]

Flickr for Android:

The latest version of Flickr for Android app is numbered 1.5.0 and it comes with a brand new user interface. It allows you to choose the camera for taking pictures and then apply filters. It comes with the tab bar similar to the iOS with individual notification, profile, photo, upload and explore tabs. The new Flickr app now allows you to edit the details on your existing photos. They have also included some important features such as pull to refresh, swipe between photos and improved search.

Changelog:

  • Explore the most interesting photos around the world
  • Edit details on your existing photos
  • Choose any camera installed on your device to take a photo
  • Improved Search
  • See HTML content in comments and descriptions
  • Pull down to refresh content on a screen
  • Bug fixes

[ Download Flickr from Google Play ]

Google Goggles for Android:

Google Goggles for Android has now reached version 1.9. The latest version allows you to search from camera even when the search history is disabled. It also support non-autofocus camera. Google Goggles now check the URL against a malicious URL blacklist and comes with a faster object tracking in continuous mode.

Changelog:

  • Search-from-camera no longer requires search history to be enabled.
  • Faster, more robust object tracking in “continuous” mode
  • When scanning a QR code that has a URL encoded:
  • The thumbnail of a page is shown
  • URL is checked against a malicious URL blacklist
  • More complete barcode coverage
  • Support for non-autofocus cameras
  • When Goggles fails to find an exact match – search for products that look similar.

[ Download Google Goggles from Google Play ]

Friendcaster for Android:


The latest version of Friendcaster fixes login issues along with widget button UI and white menu icon on white background. Android devices running on the latest Jelly Bean OS were facing issues related to account sync, which has been fixed in this update. The size of the update is 4 MB and the version is bumped to 5.0.9.8.

Changelog:

  • Fixes login issues
  • Jelly Bean account sync fix
  • Bug fixes for notifications
  • Widget button UI fix
  • Fix for menu icons being white on white background
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

[ Download Friendcaster from Google Play ]

Facebook for Android:

Facebook for Android has received a pretty minor update. Now, you can add photos as well as emoji to messages right from your Android smartphone. The latest version is numbered 1.9.8 and it brings the new option to create events from your Android device. It also comes with the new upload flow, which will allow you to share photos with a few seconds.

Changelog:

  • Easily create events
  • Share photos faster with a new upload flow
  • Add photos and emoji to messages

[ Download Facebook For Android from Google Play ]

Google Announces its New Augmented Reality Glasses

Remember the ultra-futuristic Google Goggles we had reported a couple of months back? Well, they just moved a couple of steps closer towards becoming a reality. A short while back, Google officially acknowledged the existence of the top-secret project, and offered the world a glimpse of its grand vision. Check out the somewhat poetically titled Project Glass video embedded below.

We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.

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Initial speculation had suggested that Google Glass is going to be similar to an Oakley Thump. Thankfully, the design that Google showed off today is a lot more slick and practical. The new pictures suggest that Google Glass is simply going to be a heads up display (HUD) instead of a full on goggles. As far as functionality is concerned, Google Glass behaves like something right out of a sci-fi flick. Google will tap into several of its services to power the glasses. Google Maps, Latitude, Gmail, Calendar, Picasa, GTalk are some of the obvious ones.

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I would absolutely love to get my hands on one of these uber-geeky gadgets. However, whether or not I will use it daily is another question. For the gadget to be practical, Google will have to make it reliable, intuitive, and unobtrusive.

Google Goggles with HUD Might Arrive Soon

A couple of years back, Google launched Goggles for Android, which is pretty cool by itself. However, Google is now reportedly trying to build the real thing – an actual goggles with a HUD (heads up display).

9To5Google learnt by the way of a tipster that Google is currently developing wearable glasses that resemble Oakley Thumps. These glasses will be fitted with a tiny HUD for each eye on the sides. The display is expected to provide an augmented reality experience by showing real-time information corresponding to objects in your sight. Navigating the on-screen HUD is said to be as simple as tilting your head. The glasses will have a tiny camera equipped with flash, along with a mic for recieving voice commands. CPU, RAM, and other storage will be equivalent to previous generation Android smartphones, which will be stunning considering the form factor for the device.

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Oakley Thump

The glasses are still a long way from being done, and Google isn’t even sure if there is an actual demand for such a gadget. However, what this clearly illustrates is just how ambitious and bold Google has become. It’s not afraid to invest money and time into projects that almost appear to be science fiction. 9To5 believes that Google might launch a public beta testing program to gauge demand, as it did with the Cr-48 Chromebooks. Let’s hope that they are right.

Facebook, Googles Goggles and Google+ Apps For Android Get a Major Update!

Last night, quite a few popular Android apps got a pretty major update. First and foremost, the official Facebook app for Android was updated by the developers hired by Zuckerberg. The new update is a pretty major once, and brings some major UI enhancements along with faster notifications and access to the Games and apps available on Facebook.

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This new update finally makes Facebook for Android usable and nearly on par with its iOS counterpart. I would highly recommend all Android users to try out the latest version of Facebook for Android. Here is the download link of the app.

The big G also updated two of its apps, Goggles and Google+ app. The update for the Goggles app adds some new features including a Continuous mode. This mode allows users to use the Goggles app without pressing the shutter button. The app can now also recognize text in a document and provide a link of its online version.

The Google+ app was also updated last night, and its adds some much needed features like the ability to +1 a photo or a comment. Users can now also upload a high resolution photo directly on Google Pllus. Support for videos in Instant Upload was also added back. It was removed in the previous version because of a bug. The latest version of the Google+ app for Android can be downloaded from here.

Google Goggles Updated To v1.3; Gets Faster, Solves Sudoku

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Google recently updated its popular iPhone and Android app, Google Goggles. It is an image recognition based search engine which allows you to capture images and then use those images as queries to obtain search results. The new version of this amazing app is much faster and smarter as compared to its previous versions. The Google Goggles 1.3 client can scan barcodes almost instantly.

The print ad feature in Google Goggles easily recognize the print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Just click a picture of the ads displayed in newspapers from the Google Goggles app and it will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product and brand. Sadly, this feature is not available for print ads appearing before August 2010 in newspapers and magazines.

The next feature will definitely surprise you. The latest version of the Google Goggles can even solve Sudoku puzzles, much faster than a Sudoku champ. Most of us play Sudoku, but when we make a mistake, we are unable to solve the puzzle for hours. But the latest version of the Google Goggles app for Android and iPhone will help you to solve your Sudoku puzzles quickly. All you have to do is, just take a clear picture of the Sudoku puzzle and the app will solve your puzzle in seconds.

Android users can easily download the latest version of the Google Goggles app from the Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for both Android and iPhone app. Till then, check out the Google Goggles Sudoku demo below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Google Goggles Now Available for iPhone

Google had introduced Google Goggles’ on Android way back in December last year. Today, Google has released the Google Goggles application for the iPhone. The application will be available as a part of the Google Mobile App. To use the Goggles application on the iPhone, users just need to tap the camera button and point the camera towards the desired object.

Here is a short video by Google demonstrating Goggles app on iPhone-:

Users should keep in mind that the Google Goggles feature is still a Labs’ product i.e. it is still in beta. Since the Goggles application requires auto-focus, the application will work only on the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 running iOS4 and above. Here is the official blog post from Google.

Google Mobile App with Goggles is available for download at the Apple AppStore.

Google Goggles Now Does Translation Too

Remember Google Goggles? If you thought searching for stuff by simply snapping their picture was cool, you are definitely going the like the latest improvement announced by Google.

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Google Goggles can now quickly translate text from pictures snapped by you. Using Goggles translation is as simple as it gets. Just point your phone to a word or phrase, select the region of interest and snap the photograph. Goggles will take care of the rest for you.

Goggles’ latest feature should come in handy to travelers left befuddled by the menus in a restaurant or monoglots stumped by billboards and banners in a foreign country. Goggles translation was first demonstrated with German language support in the Mobile World Congress ’10. Now, it recognizes several more languages including English, French, Italian and Spanish. In the future, Google plans to add support for non-Latin languages like Chinese, Hindi and Arabic as well.

Google Goggles 1.1 runs on Android 1.6 mobile phones and features several other improvements including improved barcode recognition, a larger repository of artwork, recognition of many more products and logos, an improved user interface, and the ability to initiate visual searches using images in your phone’s photo gallery. You can download the latest version from the Android Market.

Google Planning to Take Goggles Platform to the Next Level

Where on one hand, Yelp is pushing augmented reality over mobile search, Google is planning to take its Goggles platform to the next level.

Yelp is an augmented search tool. It takes any picture and analyzes it over social networks to give business suggestions and street information. Google has a similar product, the Goggles. Google has made itself clear on the non-availability of Augmented Search. Instead, it will have support for the Visual Search through Goggles.

Goggles product manager Shailesh Nalawadi said,

80% of information is consumed visually, and not through any of the other senses. Why is it you have to translate and transcribe what you see into words?

Almost 80% of data in this whole world is sent through images. Shailesh Nalawadi has also said,

Goggles is not just an app – it’s a platform. Yes, we do plan to open up the platform as an API but we are not sure what the platform should be.

Goggles is not just an app. it is a full-fledged platform now, just like Java. Google has speculated that it could soon release the API for this feature. (Via: Techradar)

Google Goggles Demoed on Xperia X10

Google Goggles, the latest innovative search has already created a buzz, with its unique way of searching the web based on photos. Google Goggles was recently demoed on Xperia X10, the much awaited Android based phone which will be released next month.

The user in the video was able to capture the barcode of a Toblerone chocolate pack and submit it to Google, to get accurate search results. He also took  a picture of the chocolate wrapper, and this time too, Google Goggles came up with accurate results.

Overall, the technology in itself is very superior, and it is definitely worth downloading if you are using a Android Phone. By the way, the Xperia X10 looks pretty good too and has a really awesome camera. Watch the video after the jump.

Google Launches Visual Search On Android – Google Goggles

Until now, we could only search on Google either by typing or using Google Voice search. Now, Google has launched an amazing new service for Android phones Visual search engine. All you need to do is, click a picture of any object using your phone’s camera. Goggles, Google’s new application will then attempt to recognize the object and provide you with required information. This is exactly like Nokia’s Point and find technology.

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As this is still a nascent technology, Google only recognizes items like landmark and art work . You may check out the video to get more information how this works:

You can download the Google Goggles application from the Android Market.