You've been driving for two hours, and you've got at least two more. You're tired of sitting behind the wheel and you want to stop and stretch your legs, but that just delays the inevitable. There aren't any alternatives, so you soldier on as that robotic voice of Google Maps occasionally pipes up to let you know there's a turn in 2 miles.
Hey, wait a minute, why does she get to tell you what to do? You gave her a phone, a data plan, and you're driving her around. You're taking care of her, so why does she act like the one in charge? Read More
The month of June, also known as LGBT Pride Month, is nearing an end. But that doesn't mean it's too late to enjoy a few celebratory animations in Hangouts. If you type the words "happy pride" into the instant messenger, you will get a visit from a number of emoji standing in front of a rainbow or waving a flag. Some may even be making out.
Earlier this month, Google updated Androidify to version 4.0 and included plenty of prideful accessories to adorn your robot with. More importantly, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, giving gay people and supporters ample reason to celebrate. Read More
Google likes jokes, but it has confined most of the Android gags to one specific place. When you open the secret version logo, you can long press to see what Google has cooked up for an Easter egg. In KitKat it was an interactive mosaic of platform logos, in Lollipop it was a Flappy Bird clone, and in the M preview it's a shrug emoticon.
To see the shrug for yourself, you have to go into About Phone (or tablet) and tap a few times on the Android version line, which just says M right now. Read More
Google let loose with a torrent of updates yesterday, many of which offered little more than bug fixes and fairly small changes. Drive and its lineup of editors made the list with a few improvements, but not much to get excited about. However, a little digging around revealed that a previously seen Easter egg has finally been enabled. Also turning up is one of the most shocking features yet, an actual terminal. The power users are going to love this.
: Teardowns are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete evidence. It's possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong.
Google likes a good easter egg. That is evident by the company's multitude of weird, unexpected, and fun little things that it sprinkles inside its apps, websites, and services. Case in point: Project Fi. The network's experience page prominently and repeatedly displays the same phone number: (404)-978-9316.
A nosy reader's curiosity was piqued as to the specificity and focus on that particular set of ten digits. He decided to dial it up and see what happens. Is it Larry Page's hotline? Would someone from Project Fi's support team pick up? Does it trigger a bunch of balloons to pop somewhere in the world? Or maybe it's really some random guy's phone number and he has no idea he's about to get bombarded with calls for no reason. Read More
Game of Thrones fans won't be surprised to know that winter is on its way to Winterfell. The high today will only reach 22 degrees. During the day the Great Hall will be hazy with smoke, and the smell of fresh bread will fill the air. Come night time, water from the hot spring will rush through the walls like blood.
Speaking of which, in King's Landing, be on the lookout for bloody rain. If you find yourself caught outside, don't even bother trying to remove the stains. Fortunately, with a high in the mid 70s, you shouldn't have to layer up. It's perfect weather for a wedding, but by night time, the streets will be dark and deserted. Read More
Hangouts has recently made a habit of adding a little flair to every holiday with some Easter eggs. While most of the year you would know what I mean by Easter egg, let's be clear that I am referring to those hidden little gimmicks that you might stumble upon in software. But, this weekend, I also mean the other kind of Easter egg. Hangouts has come full circle by adding Easter eggs for Easter that are actually Easter eggs. Say that fives times fast!
As some of you send your well wishes for the Easter holiday over the weekend, you and your recipient will be greeted with these little bits of fun. Read More
Today, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness. You're forgiven if you did not know this, as it's not the kind of holiday that gets folks out of school or work, nor does it involve exchanging gifts. Really, it's just about being happy and encouraging others to do the same, along with coming up with ways to eradicate poverty and establish peace on Earth.
So if you say Happy International Day of Happiness into Hangouts, a little guy will dance out from the side of the screen and strike a happy pose.
After that, he continues to dance until he disappears in the opposite direction. Read More
In what is becoming a tradition of sorts, Google is not letting an American holiday go by without a corresponding Hangouts Easter egg. When messages contain certain trigger words, users are greeted with corresponding animations to add a little spice to the conversation. Since their debut, we've seen the animated emoji people bring in the new year and celebrate Valentine's Day. Add St. Patrick's Day to the list! I've spotted three different versions so far.
Both sender and recipient should be greeted by these little leprechauns. Don't worry, the recipient won't see the animation until they open the app to read your message. Read More
To be honest, I never really expected to have anything to say about a teardown of the Drive companion apps, but here we are. Google uses Docs, Sheets, and Slides to give Android a mostly seamless editing experience for each of Drive's primary document types. They've gone through a steady set of improvements since launching in April and June of last year, either keeping pace or progressively catching up with the features offered by their web counterparts. While the latest updates brought some fairly minor tweaks, they've also got a few clues hidden inside. We can see the long-awaited Chromecast support for Slides, a printing-related security toggle, and a clue about an upcoming Easter egg. Read More