Finally, Chrome OS and Google Android are Getting Married

Google’s Chrome OS and Android both are strong evidence that Google can make some serious software. According to WSJ, Google is planning of merging both software platforms by 2017.

Prepare yourself for the marriage reception in 2017.

Google’s Chrome OS and Android both are strong evidence that Google can make some serious software. According to WSJ, Google is planning of merging both software platforms by 2017.

Android is the current biggest mobile operation system and it holds the largest user base. However, Chrome OS which is used in Google’s Chromebooks has not done so huge impact on Desktop OS market share. After merging both the Operating Systems, Google hopes to make a strong platforms which will be taken seriously on Desktops and Laptops too.

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Although, Google Chrome OS and Google Android are going to merge, you don’t need to worry about Google’s Chrome Web Browser. It will be kept intact and the company will continue to work on this product. Also it is being said that Chrome OS wont be killed off completely, Laptop makers will still be able to install it on laptops.

Engineers at Google Inc. will contribute to Google Chrome OS but the main attention will be on The new OS that will merge Android and Chrome OS.

Why This Matters?

Google has tried very hard to make people jump to Chromebook bandwagon but even after all the efforts, Chromebooks were just able to become a product for niche audience. On the other hand, Android has turned itself into a money making machine for Google.

The biggest problem with android is that despite being optimized for large screen tablets, it still feels that this is an OS for small screen. On the Chrome OS side, the disappointing adoption definitely has a few good reasons. The biggest one on them is too much dependency on the internet connection.

android is merging with Chrome OS

Chrome OS is good and fast, but it is still too dependent on Internet connection and there are still not many good web apps that can replace desktop grade productivity software. Due to the lesser user base developers are not so interested in making serious full blown software for Google Chrome.

Google tried to reduce the app gap by making it possible to run several android apps on Chrome OS.

Merging both platforms makes sense for Google. It will result in a perfect software platforms that will be able to run android apps on full blown Laptops and if Laptop and desktop user adapt Google’s new OS, it will result in increased market share for Google.

What do you think about Google’s decision of merging Android and Chrome OS? will you but a laptop that is mix of Android and Chrome OS? share with us in the comments below.


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100+ Google Now Voice Commands You Can Try

We have more than 100 voice commands that you can try on Google Now, we will dig on them by categories.

Google Now is not as chat-y as Apple’s Siri or Microsoft Cortana but it has its own perks. The silent search app does its job pretty well and once you have set it up properly -you can be sure that it wont let you down.

Voice search feature on Google Now is excellent, it is also improving day-by-day. Just like You activate siri by saying “hey siri’ and cortana by “hey Cortana”, you can activate it by just saying “OK Google”.

Keep in mind that whereas OK Google command will work well on android, it wont work on Google Chrome on a desktop computer.

Following are the more that 100 voice commands that you can try on Google Now, we will dig on them by categories:

General Searches and Tasks

  • “Say [Nice to meet you] in [Spanish]?”
  • “Where was [Mahatma Gandhi] born?”
  • “Who invented [time travel]?”
  • “Define [idealism ]”
  • “What is the meaning of [dynamic]?”
  • “Search for [Formula 1 Race]?
  • “Who is married to [Amir Khan]?”
  • “Stock price of [MSFT
  • “Post to Twitter [Enjoying The Day]”
  • “How do you say [Good Night] in [French]?”
  • “What is [Twitter] trading at?”
  • “What is [Google glass]?”
  • “Author of [Da Vinci Code]”
  • “How old is [Morgan Freeman]?”
  • “Show me pictures of [Amazon River]”
  • “Post to Google+ [Going to NYC]”

Sports Related

  • “Did [Brazil Football Team] win their last game?”
  • “Show me the [Premier League] table”
  • “How are [Team name] doing?”
  • “When is the next [IPL] game?”

Weather Related

  • “Weather”
  • “Do I need an umbrella today?”
  • “What’s the weather like?”
  • “Is it going to rain [in evening/ Saturday]”
  • “How’s the weather in [NYC] on [Friday] going to be?”
  • “What’s the weather in [Delhi]?”

Maps and Locations

  • “Show me the nearby [coffee shop] on map”
  • “Directions to [say a place or address]”
  • Map of [city name]”
  • “Where’s my hotel?”
  • “Where is my home?”
  • “How far is [name of place] from [name of other place]?”
  • “Where is [city/ place ]”
  • “Navigate to [address] on car”
  • “Find the [land mark]”
  • “What are some attractions in [London]?”

Math related Questions

  • “What is [96] percent of [1000]?”
  • “[arithmetic expression] equals”
  • “What is the tip for [10] dollars?”
  • “How much is [6] times [145]?”
  • “Square root of [96]”
  • “Convert [currency / length …] to [another currency / length …]”

Web Browsing

  • “Show me [GettingGeek.com]”
  • “Go to [PC Advisor]?”
  • “Browse to [howtogeek.com]”
  • “Open [Microsoft.com]”

Flight Information

  • “Show me my flights”
  • “Flight [AK 968]?”
  • “Has [AK 968] landed?”
  • “When will [AK 968] land / depart?”
  • “Flight status of [AK 968]”

Movies, Music and TV

  • “Listen to / play [Bad Blood] by [Taylor Swift]?”
  • “What songs does [Adele] sing?”
  • “YouTube [Austin Evans]?”
  • “When was [Men in black II ] released?”
  • “Runtime of [Interstellar ]”
  • “Who is the producer of [Transformers]?”
  • “Listen to TV”
  • “What’s this song?”
  • “Who acted in [Oblivion]?”
  • “Play some music”
  • “Watch [The Martians]”
  • “Read [the Aesop’s Fables]”
  • “Where is [The Avengers] playing?”
  • “What movies are playing [afternoon]?”

Time & Dates

  • “What time is it in [NYC]?”
  • “When is the sunset ”
  • “What is the timezone of [India]”
  • “When is the sunset [in NYC ]”
  • “Time at [home / work]”

Reminders & Notes

  • “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to call John]”
  • “Set an alarm at [7 AM]”
  • “Remind me to [call John] at [9 PM]”
  • “Note to self: [The sun rises in the east]”
  • “Wake me up in [5 hours]”

Calendar

  • “Set a timer for [2 Hours]”
  • “When’s my [next meeting]?”
  • “What is my schedule for [today]?”
  • “Create a calendar event: [meeting with HR] [Sunday at 3 PM]”

Calls and SMS

  • “Listen to voicemail”
  • “Send [email] to [Jack], [Subject: Delay in Project], [Message: Re-scheduled to 5PM]”
  • “Send [SMS] to [Jack], [get in here soon]”
  • “Call [Jack]”
  • “Call [mom / dad / wife / uncle / aunt …]” (You need to add relationship to contact)
  • “[Contact name]”
  • “Call [BIMR Hospital]”
  • “Find [Jack’s] [phone number / email / address]”

Apps

  • “Take a [picture / photo / selfie]”
  • “Record a video”
  • “Launch [Google Play Music]”
  • “Open [Settings]”

Easter Eggs

  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “Tilt / Askew”
  • “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?”
  • “What’s the loneliest number?”
  • “What is the nature of the universe?”
  • “Make me a sandwich!”
  • “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears…”
  • “When does the narwhal bacon?”
  • “Sudo, make me a sandwich!”
  • “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!”
  • “Up up down down left right left right”
  • “Go go gadget [app name]”
  • “When am I?”
  • “What is the Bacon number of [random actor]?”
  • “What does the fox say?”
  • “Who’s on first?”
  • “Who are you?”

These were all the native commands on Google Now, keep in mind that other apps can have their own set of commands for Google Now, such as you can say “send a message to Jack on WhatsApp” and it will work just as well.

Apart from these, do you know any other Google Now Voice Command? if yes, please share with us in the comments below.


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5 Cool Google Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Have

Searching and Finding right extension for yourself is quite time taking and confusing.
Here I have listed some of the coolest extensions for your Chrome Browser.

The best thing about Google Chrome is most probably its huge library of extensions. Thousands of Apps and extensions are made for Google Chrome, some of them are even capable of working offline.

For those who don’t know about them, an browser extension are tiny piece of software that can add features in a web browser. Such as you can install an extension to remove all the ads or spoilers from internet.

They are a lot different than a browser plugin. Plugins are a lot more powerful and they sometime require system level permissions to work. also, a web site may need plugin installed in order to work, not a user.

Taking Adobe Flash for example, a website will need Flash plugin to be installed in order to play flash video whereas a website will never require you to install a browser extension.

Searching and Finding right extension for yourself is quite time taking and confusing because of a big library of extensions in Google Chrome Store.

Here I have listed some of the Must Have extensions for your Chrome Browser.

Pocket for Chrome

Pocket or formally known as Read it Later is a free extension, that is available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Imagine times when you are browsing internet and you find an interesting post, but you don’t have time to read it. Then rather than bookmarking it, you can save it for offline reading in Pocket.

Once a page is saved, pocket will remove all the clutter from page and make it more readable. The app from Chrome Store can also save it for offline reading.

Not just that, Pocket also has an Android and iOS app and they sync with the desktop extension.

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SidePlayer For YouTube

We have already discussed it in past, SidePlayer will let you play a floating video in Google Web Browser, you can continue to do your work while keeping an eye on a YouTube Stream.

Sideplayer lets you play YouTube Video as a Popup on screen

You can read more about SidePlayer in this post.

UpNext Music Player

This is one hell of extension for Music Lovers, UpNext Music Player is a legal way of using YouTube as a music player. To play a song just install the extension and type the name in search box, it will automatically pull results from both YouTube and SoundCloud and start playing music.

5 coolest achrome extensions - upnext music player

UpNext is completely free to use and it looks really slick. You can create playlists and you can also import your Public playlists from YouTube. The charts section of extension will give you recommendations from Reddit and other sources.

Stylish

Are you getting sick of seeing the same ugly blue color of Facebook? well, you don’t really have to be. Stylish is the best extension for Google Chrome to change the theme of websites.

It simply replaces the UI components from websites with the custom made by users around the globe. It has thousands of themes for thousands of websites. It is both easy to use and free.

You can read how to use stylish to change website themes from here.

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PushBullet

Available as both an Extension for Google Chrome and as an app for android. It is just like a god gift for managing phone from computers. PushBullet is excellent at sending files and text from Computer to Phone and vice versa.

Moreover, you can view and also reply to notifications from your PC. PushBullet makes it really easy to send text messages from your Computer.

5 coolest chrome extensions - pushbullet

Did I forget to mention a extension that is cool and should be on this list? if yes, drop it in the comments below.


 

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How Big is YouTube?

We have already talked about the absurd amount of money people make on YouTube.
Lets see how many videos are on YouTube and how much has it grown since its introduction in 2005.

YouTube is huge, the Google Owned company recently started subscription based services to expand its business on the internet.

The Video streaming service is now more than just a place to see cat videos, instead it is place where hundreds of YouTubers make living,  Thousands of brands promote themselves and millions of people watch videos.

We have already talked about the absurd amount of money people make on YouTube.

Lets see how many videos are on YouTube and how much has it grown since its introduction in 2005.

How Big is YouTube?

Click on the infographic to see in full size.

Via communications.syr.edu

How Big is youtube

 

What do you think About YouTube and YouTube Red? Share with others in the comments below…


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YouTube launched YouTube Red – a Paid Version of YouTube

Yesterday Google announced its new subscription based YouTube service on its Official YouTube Blog.
It has been named YouTube Red and it costs $9.99 per month.

Yesterday, Google announced its new subscription based YouTube service on its Official YouTube Blog.

It has been named YouTube Red and it costs $9.99 per month. With YouTube Red, the company jumping on the subscription based bandwagon. It will compete with subscription based music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Groove Music.

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Although with YouTube Red, Google is also focusing on giving users an option to use the services without viewing ads on any devices. The apps will be ad free if a user does a sign in via its subscribed Google Account.

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A subscription to YouTube Red will also make user able to use Google Music free for charge. It will work on YouTube Music app as well and you can save the videos in your device for offline viewing.

Google has said that the ad supported versions of YouTube will continue to work just as they did in the past.

The free, ad-supported version of YouTube we all know and love isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to enjoy YouTube, along with the YouTube Kids, Gaming and Music apps free of charge.

As Google’s Pay Per channel and Donation system for YouTube were pure flop, it will be interesting to see how much impact can YouTube Red make on Music and Video industry.

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No more “OK Google” Voice Detection on Google Chrome

Google seems too obsessed with simplification of its Chrome Browser, right after Google removed the notification center from all Google Chrome, the company has also ripped off “OK Google” Voice Detection.

Google seems too obsessed with simplification of its Chrome Browser, right after Google removed the notification center from Google Chrome, the company has also ripped off “OK Google” Voice Detection.

The reason is same for this as it was about Notification Center -no one seems to be using them.

We haven’t seen many users utilize this feature on these platform

– Google

The Voice Search Feature was used to make Google Searches on Chrome. When a users said OK Google followed by search query or question, Chrome will make a search on Google

Although the always on OK Google detection is being removed, Google still offers the voice search button on Chrome’s new tab page and on its home page.

The feature is being removed with 46th version of Chrome and it will be applied on Google Chrome for Windows, Linux and Mac. Any device running Chrome OS or Android wont be affected with this.

Chrome 46 looks more like a decrementation updates for features, it is sure that users who were using it will get disappointed. However, Google thinks that the number of these users is too low and can be ignored.

Did you use “OK Google” voice detection on your PC? if yes, share with us via comments below.

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Google is Removing Chrome Notification Center Because You Don’t Use It

Google, the company that is now owned by Alphabet, has removed Google Chrome Notification Center from Windows, Linux and Mac OS because no one is using it.

Google, the company that is now owned by Alphabet, has removed Google Chrome Notification Center from Windows, Linux and Mac OS because no one is using it.

As the company said in its blog post that the notification system on Google Chrome will be removed to make it simpler and remove the complexity.

Few users visit the notification center. To keep Chrome simple, it will be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux in the upcoming release. The notification center on Chrome OS will remain unchanged.

– Chromium Blog

If you are not familiar with it, the notification center icon used to sit on the notification tray and at its best it was able to show cards from Google Now. Now after it is removed, any try to make a notification will result in an error and also any API that is using the Notification center will no longer work.

Other chrome specific notifications will continue to work and Chrome will still be able to notify you for any occasion.

It was first introduced in 2013 and a few month ago Google refused to Integrate Chrome Notification Center with Windows 10’s notification panel.

However, Google is not removing the Notification Center from its Chrome OS, which is the operating system used in Chromebooks. 

 

What is Chromecast Audio and How is it different?

Phones and tables are already well understood by most people, Chromecast Audio is completely new device in Google Products. Rather than a successor of a pre existing device it is a new first generation hardware.

Yesterday, in an event Google announced some new devices, Two Chromecasts and two new nexus phones. Google also revealed a new tablet called Pixel C.

Phones and tables are already well understood by most people, Chromecast Audio is completely new device in Google Products. Rather than a successor of a pre existing device it is a new first generation hardware.

So, What is Google Chromecast Audio?

In a nutshell, It is a streaming stick which can stream music wirelessly from a mobile phone, tablet (or anything else) to a speaker system. Chromecast audio works in similarly to Chromecast. Both are connected to the receiving device and the signal is sent from another device. There is one major difference between Google Chromecast and Chromecast audio, the former is capable of streaming Videos whereas the latter can only stream music.

You can use the normal Chromecast with a TV and stream videos, Photos or even games to the TV screen. In case of Chromecast audio, it can only be connected to a music system such as home theater or speakers.

The dongle has outputs music through a audio jack which is connected to music system. It is has a 3.5 MM audio jack as output, you can also use Optical or RCA cables.

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Chromecast connects to music systems | Image: Google

Unlike Chromecast, Chromecast Audio includes a Guest Mode. It needs to be powered by an external power source, which is included in the box. Chromecast audio currently supports popular music apps such as Spotify, Google Music and YouTube etc.

Chromecast and Chromecast audio both cost $35.

Which one Should you buy? Chromecast or Chromecast Audio?

It all is based upon your needs, Chromecast is for streaming Video (with audio, of course) to your TV, actually most people will be OK with this.
Chromecast Audio is good for you if you have a dedicated music system in your home.  your music system may already have a bluetooth system, but Chromecast Audio uses Wi-Fi to stream music. Wi-Fi will be more reliable and Faster than Bluetooth. Also the major point is that if you are subscribed to any music service such as Apple Music, Spotify or Google Music, you can easily listen music on music system without any trouble.

A normal Chromecast will work good if don’t have a dedicated music system and you want to stream Video and Music to your TV.

Will you buy the any of them? if yes, which one? Share with us in the comment below…

 

Happy 17th Birthday Google, Live Long and Stay Online

Google just turned 17 years old today. Google is celebrating it’s birthday by a showing a Doodle on its homepage.

So, Google seems to be very excited about its birthday and it should be. Google just turned 17 years old today. Google is celebrating it’s birthday by a showing a Doodle on its homepage. Google has been using a doodle on its birthday since 2002 when it celebrated its 4th birthday. This year, the doodle features a Linux Penguin,  a screen shot of Google’s first home page and a few ballons.

Google's First Homepage | Image: Google
Google’s First Homepage | Image: Google

Google has grown from a search engine to a giant internet company in just 17 years. When I was 17 years old, I was stuck in a math class in my school. No doubt Google has changed how we use the web and well, the web has changed everything

Google’s Birthday: Changes are on the way

Google is a lot changed in last one year. It surprised everyone when Google crated a parent company company Alphabet this year. Along with that some problems were also in the way of Google, and it is trying to get rid of them. The Biggest one is Antitrust Lawsuit in European Union Countries. Google is also changing itself. Google is trying not to become just a internet based company. It has bought thermostat company Nest and even Google is working on its Robots in the secret Google division called Google X. For more updates don’t forget to subscribe.