Google I/O 2012 kicked off yesterday with a bang, to be sure. Even after rounding up all of yesterday's news, there were still some things that can be better understood by listening to/watching the keynote speakers themselves (not to mention it was a pretty great show to watch). After all, yesterday saw a ton of news – from two new Nexus devices to the introduction of Android Jelly Bean, Google Glass, and updates to the Play Store and Google+.
Swiftkey 3 recently arrived on the Play Store, and not too long afterwards, the company has posted a statement on its blog letting us know that the app is currently the best-selling paid app on the Play Store. Not too bad, SwiftKey! Of course, the biggest challenge is ahead, as Google announced yesterday that, from Jelly Bean onwards, the default Android keyboard will attempt to predict your next word. Which smacks just a little of SwiftKey's pitch.
Google Drive just saw its first update since back in April when it shed the Docs nametag. The update is relatively minor, but still brings some worthwhile enhancements and tweaks:
- Quickly find files that have been recently opened, edited or shared with you
- Upload/Download all file types to/from your Google Drive
- Selecting contacts to share with is easier
- Faster navigation of folders when syncing in the background
- Choose text alignment in the documents editor
Frequent users of the Drive app will surely take pleasure in the faster navigation while sync is in progress, as the app could get quite sluggish at times; the ability to upload all file types is definitely a welcome improvement and one more step in Google's quest to take out cloud storage heavyweight Dropbox.
Welcome to day 2 of Google I/O. Day 1 was pretty busy, but who knows - maybe today is going to be even more exciting. Google TV updates? Chrome? We'll see in just a few minutes. Join us in the live blog below:
Final Fantasy III, whose previously old-school fanbase has become somewhat more mobile over the past few years, has made it to the final frontier of smartphone/tablet gaming at long last: the Play Store. The game is available now - but before you get too excited, take a good, hard look at that $16 price tag.
For those not familiar with the title, Square Enix's classic RPG sees four youngsters chosen by fate (OK, a crystal) to save the world from all sorts of evil wild beasts.
If Tobey Maguire just didn't do it for you as Spider-Man and you'd much rather swing around ridding the world of evil as Eduardo Saverin, then Gameloft's rendition on the new Spider-Man is sure to fit the bill perfectly.
The game is exactly what you expect from a Spidey-game: you fight the bad guys, rid NYC of injustice, blah blah blah. For $7, you'll get over 25 missions in five distinct districts of NYC, free rein across Manhattan, immersive 3D environments, boss battles, and a versatile fighting system with melee, ranged, and combo attacks.
Good news for those of you in the UK; according to Engadget, you will be able to pick up a 16GB Nexus 7 from your local store on July 27th for £199, with the 8GB model being sold exclusively through the Play Store for £159.
The 16GB model will be stocked by retailers such as PC World, Comet, Tesco and Ebuyer, with contracts available through Carphone Warehouse if you can't bring yourself to splash £200 on a new tablet straight away.