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Google Presents Its Big Bet on Android Games at Game Developers Conference 2018

Google Presents Its Big Bet on Android Games  at Game Developers Conference 2018

Android games are going to get revamped for better in upcoming days

Google Android platform had grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade where it happens most widely used OS with no challenger for its numero-uno position. In the recent Android OS updates Google has focused on the interface and functionality of the Android to keep it consistent with the ever-growing demand of the users. Google will turn its focus back to the Android games to boost the performance of the Google Play store.

Google Play is simply the most widely used mobile application store to download and install variety of apps ranging from the communication, utility, entertainment to games.

It is worth noting that in last year the number of users who installed games on their Android devices had doubled by itself. This boost was powered by the new smartphone users in the emerging market namely India, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia.

Debut of Google Play Instant for Android Games

Google is looking forward to make it easier for the users to discover new games easily and also get rid of the install process in the beginning which result in many users opting to skip the game altogether. It has been found that opening and installing gamesis quite time consuming which often results in people never ever experiencing the game. Therefore Google is bringing instant apps feature for the Android games.

With this feature users are simply required to give a tap on the game of their choice in the Play Store and they can try the game instantly without the need of downloading it at first.

Some of the popular Android games which supports this new features includes Worlds with Friends 2, Clash Royale, Bubble Witch 3 Saga as well as a number of games from popular developers namely Hothead Games, Jam City and others.

This new experience of playing Android games without downloading them has been termed as Google Play Instant.

Google Play Console tools for Android Games to unveil soon

Google wants to bring the best of the aggressive and demanding gaming on the Android as they are capable enough to deal with it due to presence of high end processor, better display and adequate RAM.

Therefore it will be launching the Play Console tools for building great and demanding Android games for the future generations. One such tool will be a new internal testing track which will allow Android games developer to run tests quickly and come with new games and features with quick turnaround time.

This track will remain present for the Android games developers apart from alpha and beta tracks already available at their disposal. This tool will also allow games developers to make their game available to as many as 100 tester within seconds.

Another tool worth mentioning is the demo loops which will help in generating the prelaunch report for the Android games developers. This feature will allow developers to predefine a wide se of series of actions within a game and make this loop run effortlessly on a number of devices present in the Test Labs.

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Google Song Maker Lets You Easily Compose Music within Your Browser

Google Song Maker Lets You Easily Compose Music within Your Browser

Google’s Song Maker allows you to make your own Songs

Google’s launching Song Maker, where you can make your own songs and share it with the world. This project is coming out as a National Association for Music Education initiative. Google’s adding Song Maker as another tool to its Chrome Music Lab. Basically Song Maker is an easy to use sequencer that allows you draw out your own tunes in the browser itself.

It combines fun with education and allows you make songs in your very own basic music studio. There is even a feature that allows you to convert your drawing into music.

What is Song Maker?

Song Maker is a tool that makes making your own music fun and interesting. You can choose from a few instruments also to make out your tunes like the piano, synth, marimba and woodwinds. You can even get that beat down by adding drums to your musical composition.

Song Maker also comes with a section that converts your singing into notes and you can also attach a midi keyboard to your computer and play the instruments.

Song Maker also gives you the opportunity to allow the whole world to listen to your musical creations by giving you a permalink. You can also share your tunes on Twitter and Facebook and see what your friends think of your musical inclinations.

Song Maker is a simple sequencer that gives you a choice between five instruments and drums to get your groove on.

You can make your own tunes and loop it with two instruments and then share it with your friends or go in for a collaboration.

Started of as a tool to Google Chrome lab, the song maker is a fun place to kill the time and show something productive while doing so. Google launched Chrome Music Lab in 2016. As a series of web installments, Chrome music lab helps you get your jam on while playing around with music and making your own tunes as well.

Some of the installments to Chrome music Lab is Oscillators that allows you to squish a cute character, this squshing gives you an idea about frequencies and then there is Sound Waves, that shows how sound vibrations travel through air through a visual representation.

Song Maker on the other hand is a sequencer that allows you draw out your own melodies. It is divided into two portions with the top SongMaker portion being for melody and the bottom half being for rhythm. There are several musical options in each setting and you can start making your own tunes by using your finger, mouse, or any other thing depending on your device. It is as simple as that. In Google SongMaker the notes do not have to be pressed individually too you can press down on a number of them or swipe your finger across all to create whatever tune you want.

Song Maker does not require you to be a musical professional or know how to play any instruments either.

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Why You Should Care About Google Big Push for RCS

Why You Should Care About Google Big Push for RCS

RCS to Enhance Standard Messaging

RCS (Rich Communication Services) will come with enhanced features that will take the standard messaging to the next level. Google in partnership with 43 carriers and device manufacturers is trying to better the usual messaging experience with RCS for every Android user.

What is RCS?

RCS which stands for Rich Communication Services is being launched by Google to give Android users a better SMS texting than what one has experienced. The current default SMS app on Android phones is sending Messages. Google will be implementing Rich Communication Services to this SMS app to give its users a better experience.

It will give a rich content with images, emoji inside the standard SMS app on the phone. In addition to text messages, one can do much more. Rich Communication Services provides file sharing, group messaging, images, stickers and gaming, voice and video calls inside the standard SMS app. Google’s RCS aims to provide a better and more interactive new standard SMS app.

At the Mobile World Congress, Google plans to work with their partners to bring Rich Communication Services to businesses in various regions. They will showcase how the business industry can be more interactive using RCS and change the way they interact with mobile customers. This will help the businesses to not only send text messages but also images of their products which can help the customers to buy something without leaving the messaging app. All the customers who get SMS messages from a business will automatically get this upgraded version of using RCS in Android Messages.

In order to provide the RCS experience to Android users all around the world, Google has been working in collaboration with most of the carriers and device makers.

In the previous year, carriers across Europe, North America and Latin America committed to launch RCS messaging, powered by Jibe RCS cloud from Google. Google had created an Early Access Program to enable businesses to take part in the Rich Communication Services business messaging. Companies dealing with food, travel, retail and delivery services in the U.S. and Mexico are having an interactive experience with their customers using Rich Communication Services.

On the flip side, if your interaction with Rich Communication Services is mostly business messages, then you can get many messages that are annoying, ads or even spam.

There is also a problem that if your phone and carrier support Rich Communication Services and the recipient of the message does not have Rich Communication Services, then you will not be able to use the RCS messaging app.

There are also a number of other messaging apps like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat being used to send messages.

According to a Google update, Google makes it clear that it will not allow businesses to spam users with RCS. In the Early Access Program, they will review every campaign and make sure the messages do not contain any spam. The businesses that send the

Rich Communication Services messages are basically the ones that people choose to receive and they can opt out at any point in time.

Google plans to adopt policies that will prevent spams and have automated and manual mechanisms to provide security to their users.

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Using Youtube to Promote Sites

Using Youtube to Promote Sites

This idea was in my marketing/advertising arsenal the minute i started car sites, wrote article about custom grilles br t rex, but to widen the markeable niche here I’ll give out a few tips on how you can use youtube to promote almost any kind of sites, Recently i saw a post on tc that showed a youtube video of microsoft promoting vista, which by the way is an awesome idea overall.

Here are the stats for it, although it was blogged about on techcrunch the video did not get many views but still you can use SMM to get traffic tot he videos, even if your video knocks out around 100 views thats a good thing because now 100 mainstream users know about your website.


Figuring out just what to promote..

If its the anime/video streaming niche, then you probably already know what to do but if you have a product website or a niche that isn’t really “video” friendly then you’ll need to be a little creative.

  1. Promoting an activity is a good way to get people’s attention too, the best example for this should be this site : Pimp My Walk they either create their own videos or find videos using p2p programs and upload them to their youtube as a resource to their own users at their site and on every video page they link to themselves which gives them some kick ass traffic.
  2. Promoting a service can be tricky stuff, i mean “ebooks” and “how to books” when i say services because thats the most popular niche in the how to topic, this one is tricky because here you will have to either upload testimonials or case studies of people with the problem or whatever the niche suggests, it has to be genuine and moving and this can be really hard because you can’t just find these videos you’ll have to make them (record them) using real people.
  3. Promoting a blog, this is my favorite part because bloggers can make or upload (showcase) videos just about anything as long as the video gets tons of views no one cares where it was retrieved from, the bloggers such as Shoemoney and Johnchow are examples of this one, Jeremy has videos on his personal life which features him and videos on SEM by Pam, whereas Johnchow loves to make videos on cars, past time activities, food, movies anything that will float his boat. When bloggers make videos and showcase them on their blog its the best marketing tactic ever because it makes your users feel like they are a part of the blogger’s life!

Including your link..

Including your link on every video is crucial and its better if you can somehow make an intro that you can add to every video, something really really flashy that shows your site’s name and address, you can also add your link to the description and/or on your youtube profile page that will definitely help bring in people to your site as well as give you some link love, not that it would be all that great but keep in mind the whole objective here is to bring in excessive traffic.


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Google Introducing its Photo Apps Appsperiments

Google Introducing its Photo Apps Appsperiments

Google’s new “Appsperiments”: Photo Apps

In a new series of experiments, where Google combines its ‘Google” technology to create apps, Google has come out with 3 photo apps. Google’s new “Appsperiments” take into account today’s selfie generation, where anyone and everyone wants to rake a pic. Forget just selfie, everyone these days is taking a pic often with them in it for social media or some other reason.

Bottom line is these photo apps Appsperiments allow an individual to configure or play around with their images to get a whole new portfolio of sorts. From comics to a- at-home-photoshoot, Google is giving users a chance to experiment with their photo apps.

Google’s inspiration for their Photo Apps- “Motion Stills”:

Google has used Motion Stills as an inspiration for their new Appsperiments. Motion stills uses google technology to capture many photos and then make it into cinematograph or a time lapse.

Motion Stills was created by google researchers and was the first app to use Google’s experimental technology. Taking cue from motion stills, google researchers have created the first installment of experimental photo apps using google technology.

Google’s photo Apps- “Storyboard”:

Google’s first in its Appsperiments photo app line up is- Storyboard. In storyboard a user can take a video of whatever mundane activity and transform it into a cool comic book layout.

There are over 1.6 trillion possible ways in which google technology converts the video stills into a comic book layout. Not happy with the layout? Simply pull down to refresh and get a new layout. This app is only available to android users.

Google’s photo apps-“selfissimo”

This Appsperiment sounds like a magic act. In this photo app available to both android and IOS users, users get a custom photo shoot at home itself.

This photo apps allows you to pose and pout just the way you want and then clicks the picture without you having to lift a finger. All you have to do is strike a pose and the app takes pictures as soon as you stop moving. You tap the screen to start a photo shoot and tap it again to end it. Users can then select images they want and delete the rest.


Google’s photo apps- “Scrubbies”

This photo app works much like a DJ’s remixing.  All you have to do is take a video with your phone and create video loops by speeding up the playback or focusing on funny faces all while “scratching” the phone like a DJ.

Scrubbing with one finger plays the actual video and you can capture the playback by scrubbing with two fingers and then save or share it.

This photo apps is available to only IOS users.

These apps are first in a series of Appsperiments that google plans on launching so there might be more in the future. There are many photo apps out there that allow you to edit your pics in various ways but none offer the same thing as Google.

These photo apps are focused on ways to bring Google’s trademark software to mobile phones in the form of apps.

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Get Local Help with Your Google Assistant

Get Local Help with Your Google Assistant

Google Assistant can help you with local stuff more smartly and intelligently

Google is simply aiming at making the Google Assistant the most intelligent and smart smartphone AI for the millions of users. It has enhanced the capability of the AI when it comes to sorting out the local stuff and offering the best of results to the users. Now users will be able to make use of AI to look for different nearby service such as house cleaner, plumber, electrician and other with simple commands.

Search things local easily with  Google Assistant

Users are only required to say “Ok Google, find me a plumber’ and the Assistant will work on finding it through the search engine. This feature will work not just on the Android devices but also on iPhone and other voice activated speaker like the Google Home. This Assistant can even come up with follow up questions in order to offers you a more precise and local nearby options within few seconds. This feature helps in doing away with the need of typing out the query on the search box and actively looking into the search results to find the best possible match. Now users can simply ask the Google Assistant to do the apart of looking up the local services within few seconds without much effort. Ask the assistant for the recent sports score and it will surprise you with accurate live scores and yesterday’s score with ease.

Some other cool features of  Google Assistant

You can ask the Google Assistant to search for images by simply asking for it. When it comes to local searches Assistant can advise you on where to eat, drink, shop and dance. It makes use of the ‘Nearby’ feature to locate the requite places near you and bring the best possible options in a moment’s notice. You can ask Assistant casually to shows you the nearby restaurants and it will be do so by bringing forward a list of popular restaurants in the vicinity with reviews, rating, address, direction as well as a link for calling the restaurant.  If you are planning for getaway trip for the weekend but could get the ideas then simply ask Google Assistant about some cool vacation spots or ideas and it will showcase requisite search results which you can easily tap to get more information about some great vacation spots or ideas.

 Google Assistant new features is coming soon enough

Google is all set to lunch this new feature in US in the upcoming week while it will be rolled out in the rest of the weeks at the earliest. This feature will specifically showcase the pre-screened service providers in order to provide secure and safe service delivery. These service provider are either been screened by Google and partner companies like HomeAdvisor and Porch. If there are no pre-screened service providers then also Google Assistant will offer the nearby results but it has to be ascertained by the user whether they are up for job or not. Now users will be able to plan fixing, painting or cleaning projects with Assistant awesome help.

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5 Google Maps Tricks That Make Travel Easier

5 Google Maps Tricks That Make Travel Easier

Some Useful Features of Google Maps

One of the useful features of smartphones is the navigation apps and Google Maps has been extensively considered the best of the lot.  Most of the users are not aware that there are some useful features in Google Maps which would make mapping on their next holiday much easy or even enhance their daily travel.  We present some google maps tricks which would be beneficial to iPhone and Android users.

  1. Download Offline Maps

If the user desires to save the mobile data or check map without access of the internet, Google enables you to save maps to be viewed offline. Users could zoom the map according to their details and type OK Maps in the search option to save the map.  Another alternative for google maps tricks is that one could explore for a precise location select it to get the information car and click the menu icon towards the top-right area and bring up the `save offline map’ option.

  1. Launch Navigation Mode Faster

Detailed directions are provided on Google maps which are very helpful while navigating and these google maps tricks could be beneficial.It tends to take a few clicks to launch the feature though one can get started on Android instantly on holding down the blue transportation icon towards the bottom left area of the app.  The icon is seen by default as a person, car, train or a bicycle based on the mode of transportation Google would assume to be suitable.

  1. Zoom in With One Hand

Users could pinch and zoom on a location with Google Maps and if the user tends to have only one hand free then you could double tap the screen for zooming instantly.  Should you hold your finger on the screen after the second tap you could swipe up or down to smoothly zoom in or out.

  1. Star Popular Place

Starring places tends to be useful while making plans and one can have their own personal directory whenever the need arises.  It separates the contents one would be interested in and helps in identifying places of interest like restaurants, coffee shops, dentist, your favourite stores, movie theatres, galleries, museums, a friend’s apartment which would be complex to reach if forgotten.

  1. Save Work & Home to Save Time

Though it seems fundamental it is essential to save your home and office wherein instead of having to enter your address each time one attempts to reach home you would only have to type HOME and you can be on your way.  While driving, Google Maps would lead you through the fastest route to reach your destination.  Should the user avoid the beaten path and come across winding back road, ensure to head to your setting and switch on `Avoid Highways’ and `Avoid Tolls’. Thus the user will not get delayed in driving through long highways and find interesting pit stops en route.

  1. Speed up Searches

Chrome enables text shortcuts to various search tools and Maps is said to be one of them.  In order to create the shortcut one can click on the menu icon – three vertical dots towards the top right area of Chrome window and opt for Setting.  On Scrolling down to – `Search Engines’, click `Manage search engines’. Scroll to the bottom of the `Other search engines and one will come across three boxes to add new search engine.

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Finally Facebook Creator App Unveiled Just Made for the Video Creators

Finally Facebook Creator App Unveiled Just Made for the Video Creators

Facebook Creator app for Video Creators

Just a few months ago Facebook made it clear that it is looking forward to establishing its social media platform as dedicated video sharing platform. Facebook simply wanted to give YouTube a stiff by banking on its massive active user’s base and it is trying to woo the video creators on its platform on a serious note with the launch of the Facebook Creator app. It brings a wide range of tools which helps in streaming videos, messaging people on varied Facebook platform as well as for updating stories.

Facebook had already other apps

This isn’t the first Facebook brought a dedicated app for a particular function or feature available on its platform. In the past, people had made use of the Facebook Pages app in order to manage varied pages present on the platform. It even had dedicated app for celebrities which helped in community building. But Facebook Creators app is different from the usual apps as it brings hard-core features for the users to actively manage the videos on the Facebook like never before. But this Facebook Creators app isn’t an original concept rather it is an updated and to be more precise a rebranded version of the app which was set to be named Facebook Mentions.

Exciting features in the new Facebook Creator app

Facebook Creator App boasts some special features which is designed for the Facebook Live. Using this app, users will be able to add intro as well as outros to their live videos and they can even add interactive stickers and custom video frame to make the video more punchy and individualized. This app can even be used for capturing and editing photos which can be posted later on in the Facebook Stories or on other platforms like Instagram.

Facebook has given a priority towards enhancing the communication with it new app. Facebook Creator app brings a unified inbox for the comments having both Facebook, Instagram & Messenger messages in a single place. This ensures that users don’t have to jump in between different apps to respond to other people messages, responses, and requests. Facebook Creator App isn’t free from glitches and shortcoming it happens to be a right step in the direction of efficiently managing to message within the varied Facebook services.

Facebook Creator app: Everything is thought of by Facebook

Since  Facebook Creator app is an app directed towards the video creators then it is essential to bring analytics functionality embedded into to understand the performance of the videos. Keeping this thing in mind Facebook has brought analytics feature in this app so creators can make the best use of their video. Facebook is making this app available at first on the iOS platform followed by the Android platform roll out in the coming months.  Facebook Creator app will certainly help the video creators towards making active use of the Facebook platform to take their video to a massive user base and with it will be strong enough to give stiff competition to the YouTube.

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Seamless Google Street View Panoramas

Seamless Google Street View Panoramas

Google Street view was first launched in 2007.It is a technology used to capture and provide panoramic views of streets, places, towns and even museums.

Google street view was first launched in a number of cities in the US and then susbsequently it has moved to other places as well. Google is still in the process of mapping and photographing various places but it has achieved its presence in all the seven continents.

It is not an easy task to provide a series of panoramic images of places and this is seen in the process of making Google’s street view possible.

Equipment used in The Google Street View:

Taking pictures in rocky, snowy terrains or even underwater is no easy feat for any person. Considering that you cannot take a car ride to such places, the only other option is to take the a photography trip by foot. Google has come out with a backpack that has a 360 degree camera attached to it for such excursions. It is called the Street View Trekker.

Google has the Street view Trolley for all it’s indoor sightseeing. To fit through narrow doorways and not bump into any objects that may be lying about such as a statue in a museum, google has introduced a versatile mobile known as the street view trolley.

For those snow covered slopes, google has the street view snow mobile and for those places with narrow alley ways, Google has introduced the street view trike so that the Google team could pedal along zoos, campuses, UNESCO world heritage sights and more, capturing amazing photographs on the way.

Google’s Street View Publishing Process:

The first step in the venture is of course clicking photographs. For this Google has to see the time and place to click photographs in a particular place. They do this by first checking out the population density, weather and various other factors in a particular place.

The next step in the process would be to align the images according to their geographical location on the map. Google achieves this by using various sensors on their google street mobiles. These sensors measure the speed, direction and the GPS location of the image. The images are then adjusted according to their position on the map.

The third step in the process is to turn the images into 3D images. Whenever a picture is taken, the adjacent picture is taken with a slight overlap, Google then stitches the images to gather for a seamless 360 degree view using various algorithms.

Finally, there are lasers which are used when the pictures are taken. These lasers are used to gauge the distance of various objects in the image. Google then uses this info in making their 3D panorama.

Problems in 3D Panorama in Google Street View:

There are many problems that could come up when taking a picture. The rosette camera which is used to take pictures could be mis-calibrated, there could be timing differences in taking pictures and parallax. While parallax can be still taken care of by using more approximate geometry, other problems could still occur.

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Six Gestures You Need to Learn for iPhone X

Six Gestures You Need to Learn for iPhone X

Getting Accustomed to iPhone X New Gestures

One of the things any new iPhone X owner would have to get used to is the fact that there is now no home button. Right from the time when the first iPhone was released to now there has always been a home button. This absence of a home button actually changes things up a bit.

It may take a couple of days to get used to the new gestures and ways to interact with your new iPhone X without a home button, but many of the tap, swipe, pinch and other functions remain the same as compared to previous models.

The Power button in the new iPhone X takes up some of the functionality of the home button that is where Face identification and a few tactile interactions are concerned. But in the end it is important to know how to navigate the interface without a home button.

 Going Home on the iPhone X:

If you are on a page or an app and are looking for ways to get off the current content and want to land the home page, then all you have to do is swipe the bar that appears on the bottom part of the screen, up and lift your finger off from there. That will take you directly to the home screen. The bar appears white or black depending on the matter you are reading.

Moving to different apps in the iPhone X:

To get to the apps that are at present running on the phone all you have to do is swipe right, this brings you to an app that is already opened. You can then swipe right or left depending on the app that you want to see. An important feature to note here is that if you pause at an app for a few seconds, the app moves to the rightmost position.

Swiping and getting rid of apps while multi- tasking in iPhone X:

To get rid of some of the apps that are running, you can access the multi- task list of apps by swiping the bar at the bottom to the top and hold it there, this is different form the home gesture as you remove your finger from the screen once the bar is dragged to the top. Once you get to a list of the apps running, it is then a simple task of tapping and holding on an app to get the minus sign on it that allows you to get rid of the app.

Swiping for Notification and Control center on the iPhone X:

To get to the notification center all you have to do is swipe down from the time that is displayed on the top of the phone, this then brings you to notifications that you can click on normally to go to the respective app.

Unlike previous models, the control center can be reached by swiping down from the WiFi, Cellular and battery usage icon.

Swiping to get Spotlight in the iPhone X:

All one needs to do in order to get the spotlight search is to swipe down from anywhere on the home screen.


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