Today, YouTube released a new app called Capture to make it easier for users to shoot and share video. The app offers quick and easy recording, basic editing with color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks, as well as the ability to share videos on YouTube, Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Once opening Capture, users can shoot new video or use existing footage from their camera roll; from there they can apply some automatic color correction filters, trim the video, and even apply a soundtrack. The app automatically starts uploading video as soon as you’re done shooting, and it also helpfully includes a landscape lock reminder to help cut down the blight of vertically-shot videos that are being taken these days.
YouTube Capture is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]
Last week, Google Maps for iOS was released. Now the app, as mentioned in a Google+ blog post from Jeff Huber, has turned out to be a hit, with more than 10 million downloads just 48 hours after the app was released last Wednesday night.
We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.
If you already have it – thank you, and please tell a friend. Any feedback you have is welcomed, here in G+ or in the app (just shake it).
Google Maps took the number one free app ranking on the App Store within a day of its release, and today is has a 4.5 star rating with more than 20,000 reviews.
Google Maps is a free app that can be downloaded via the App Store. [App Store]
The CyanogenMod team has been hard at work on merging Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with its sources. The team has been slowly adding all the features from CM10 to CM10.1, making sure they don’t cause any stability issues.
While unofficial CM10.1 builds for quite a few Android devices are available on XDA forums of the respective devices, the CyanogenMod team is going to make things easier for some of us. Beginning from today, the CyanogenMod team has started rolling out the official CM10.1 nightly builds for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 7 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. The Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 have already been enjoying official CM10.1 nightlies for sometime now.
Apart from adding more devices to their stable, the CM team is also working on adding more features to CM10.1. The team, recently, added the ability to customize the Quick Settings notification pane in CM10.1, making the feature much more useful.
Looking at the way the CM team is working, most of the devices that would be supported by CM10.1, should get official nightlies by Christmas.
Surprise surprise! The Nexus 4 16GB is finally “Sold Out” in the Play Store. Considering that the shipping times of the phone had reached an insane 7-8 weeks, I am surprised it took Google this long to put the “Sold Out” tag on the device back in the Play Store.
The 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 went out of stock last week, with the 16GB Nexus 7 also being “Sold Out” earlier this week. The Nexus 10 was also sold out briefly, before being back in stock again.
Even though the Nexus 4 16GB had insanely long shipping times before being sold out, some people actually got the handset inside 10 days, after canceling their original order and then re-ordering the handset again.
With both the storage variants of the Nexus 4 now sold out, there is no chance for potential buyers to get their hands on the handset before 2013 arrives, unless they are ready to pay some kind of premium and purchase it from the grey market at a higher price.
Ironically, the Nexus 4 is now available on Three UK’s network for 35 pounds/month.
Google has just announced a massive list of new features and enhancements that it is bringing to Google+ and the mobile app for Android. Overall, Google is making 18 new changes that should please all G+ users out there.
For us Android lovers, the Google+ app will get a major update today that will bring support for animated GIFs, emoticons, birthday reminders in Google Now, a lock screen widget, the ability to subscribe to notifications from a circle or community, on-the-go profile editing and much more.
One of the biggest change for Android users is enhanced Instant Upload. Until today, Google+ Instant Uploaded resized images to 2048px with unlimited storage. Beginning from today though, users can upload full resolution pictures to Google+ with up to 5GB of free storage space. Apart from this, Android users running Android 2.2 or higher can now also view Photo sphere images right on their mobile device.
There are a bunch of other changes as well including improved Hangouts on Air experience, enhanced event planning and Hangouts.
Head over to Google’s official blog post for the full list of changes.
Hot on the heels of the Jelly Bean update for the One X, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE. Apart from bringing all the usual Jelly Bean goodness like enhanced notification bar, Project Butter, the update also brings Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense brings a slightly improved camera app, and toned down animations for an improved user experience.
Below is the full change-log from Sprint -:
– WiFi Authentication Improvement
– Personalized ringtones
– Calendar event description hyperlinks and calendar reminder improvements
– Addition of Sprint Connections Optimizer
– Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+
– Improved Browser performance
– Face Unlock Improvement
– Application Improvements to YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Maps, and more
– Improved Camera including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing Mode capabilities
– Improved Gallery with ability to display photos and video albums according to when or where taken
– Tap and Go function to connect the phone to select Beats Audio speakers
– HTC Get Started support to allow device set up from a computer
Since Sprint is rolling out the update in batches, it might not be available to all EVO 4G LTE owners immediately. However, users can manually pull the update from Sprint’s server by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.
Today, Google has released a standalone Maps app for iOS [App Store]. It is available via the App Store for free. The new app offers a significant number of features that weren’t offered in the built-in Maps app on iOS 5 and earlier. Turn-by-turn directions are offered along with the famous Street View.
Here’s the full list of features the Google Maps app offers:
- Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
- Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
- Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.
- Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
- Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
- Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
Street View and imagery
- View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
- See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
- View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
Simple and easy to use
- An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
- Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
- Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
The app is not optimized for the iPad yet, but can be used as an iPhone app.
Back in October, we blogged about a new Android keyboard called SwiftKey Flow. Android already has several dozen keyboards, so a new keyboard is hardly newsworthy. However, SwiftKey Flow had us salivating, simply because of the folks behind it. SwiftKey’s other keyboard – SwiftKey X, has the best prediction engine in the market. Once it gets used to your typing style, it often manages to effortlessly predict word after word. In spite this, SwiftKey never managed to cement its position as the default keyboard on my phone. The sole reason for that is its lack of support for gesture typing. Gesture typing, pioneered by Swype, is the best way to type on touchscreen mobile devices. It’s not only a lot faster, but it also takes a lot less effort, and requires only one hand.
SwiftKey Flow promises the best of both worlds. It boasts of SwiftKey’s renowned prediction engine, and supports gesture typing. After teasing us for months, SwiftKey announced the open beta of Flow a short while back. Like the original SwiftKey, the new Flow keyboard also can scan your messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, and Gmail conversations to learn your typing pattern and build up its dictionary. Flow also keeps on learning as you type. So, the longer you use, the better it gets. The Flow is meant for both tap-typing and gesture-typing. While gesture-typing is identical to Swype, it doesn’t seem to support all the bells and whistles of Swype. However, Flow does have a couple of unique tricks up its sleeve. It features instant predictions, which keep on changing as you keep swiping. And it supports continuous typing, which SwiftKey calls “Flow through Space”. You can type entire sentences without lifting your finger, by simply gliding over the space key to begin a new word.
It’s hard to review SwiftKey after using it for less than six hours. However, one thing that’s amply clear is that SwiftKey still has a long way to go because it can match Swype’s accuracy. Gesture typing often leads to wrong guesses, and since the prediction engine tries to predict the next word, going back and correcting mistakes is annoying. I also missed Swype’s convenient single tap replace while using SwiftKey. SwiftKey Flow’s biggest challenge is that it is trying to tailor itself for both tap typing and gesture typing. Right now, its split personality is holding it back.
[ Download SwiftKey Flow ]
E-commerce in India has been experiencing rapid growth over the past few years. It’s estimated to be worth $1.6 billion in 2012 (Forrester Trends Report), which is not a huge number by global standards, but is impressive considering the demographics. However, still many Indians shy away from buying stuff online. Trusting retailers who are probably located several thousand kilometres away to deliver goods that one hasn’t checked first-hand is a scary proposition for many Indians.
Google is trying to break the shackles and initiate more Indians to online shopping by leveraging its brand name and deep pockets. The online giant is organizing a “Great Online Shopping Festival” on Dec 12. It has roped in most of the biggies in the Indian e-commerce space, including Flipkart, Myntra, Snapdeal, Pepperfry, and Jabong. Google has also partnered with classifieds, matrimonial services, job portals, and real estate agencies. You can avail attractive discount on premium memberships for services like Bharat Matrimony and Monster.com.
In addition to leveraging its online assets and getting the buzz going on social media, Google is also campaigning on radio channels. The target is obviously the middle class that has so far stayed away from e-commerce. It has even prepared a handy collection of tips for new shoppers. Unlike in most western countries, winter shopping is not a big deal in India. It will be interesting to see if Google can help change that with its Cyber Monday-esque shopping festival.
[ Visit Grand Online Shopping Festival ]
Google and LG are clearly struggling with the demand for the Nexus 4. The company should have prepared itself after being bombarded with orders when the phone sold-out in just 20 minutes in Europe, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States when it was initially released on 13th November.
The Nexus 4 went back in sale on the U.S Play Store after the Thanksgiving weekend and while it did not really sold-out, the shipping time soon slipped to an insane 7-8 weeks for the 16GB as well as the 8GB variant of the handset.
As if these late shipping times were not enough, Google today finally put the Sold Out/Out of stock’ tag back on the 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 on the Play Store. The 16GB variant of the handset is not doing any better with a shipping time of around 9-10 weeks i.e. not before 2013. There is a very high possibility that the 16GB variant of the Nexus 4 will also go out of stock from the Play Store in the next few days. So, if the extremely long shipping times don’t bother you, head over to the Play Store and order the 16GB Nexus 4 now.
Looking at the way how Google and LG are struggling with the Nexus 4 orders in the United States, I am not too optimistic of the handset coming back in stock in Canada and other regions of the world anytime soon.