We all need a little positive reinforcement now and then, and Google's aiming to give that to you by surfacing a bit of data it's been keeping track of for a few years. If you head to your Google+ profile online, right next to your followers will be the number of views your content has gotten since Google started keeping track in October of 2012.
The kids who obsessed about Nintendo's Pokémon in the late 1990s are now the up-and-comers at some of the world's biggest technology companies. If you don't believe us, then check out the following video:
Yup, Google is back to its April 1st tricks, and they're going all-out this year. The video sets up an augmented reality game that lets you go out into the world and catch "real" Pokémon through you phone's camera.
Ready for another Google Now rumor? We've already seen evidence of contact-based reminders reliant on your proximity with another person, and "inferred events," whereby Now would pluck mentions of meetings or other appointments from your conversations to automatically create calendar entries. This time, we have something just as useful - a new bill pay card and interface, evidently headed for Google Now.
Google has updated its Play Store developer policy with some tweaked language and a few new sections. As usual, Google is making changes to address worrying trends it is seeing in apps. Developers whose apps are not in line with the new policy risk getting booted from the store. Perhaps the most interesting alteration is a new section outlining unacceptable app promotion techniques.
Google sometimes gives us a hint of what it's working on if you're willing to dig for it. Buried in the new Chrome Beta for Android update is something called contextual search. It's not completely functional right now, but you can take a peek at some aspects of it.
To enable contextual search in Chrome Beta, go to chrome://flags/#contextual-search in the address bar. Tap enable to activate this feature, then restart the browser using the button that pops up.
Over the course of ten years, Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame has produced quite a bit of music. Now his record label, Size Records, is working with Google to give away 150 songs entirely for free. That's right - free. That's roughly a full workday of non-stop electronic music.
It took Google a little longer than usual, but now the official site is up with the registration dates. You can try to sign up for I/O from April 8-10th, however remember that the tickets will be handed out randomly this year. Don't be too bummed out, though. There are some fun animated puzzles at the top of the page to play around with (they react to sound from your mic).
You can finally say goodbye to that desktop Music Manager app for Google Play Music. Well, as long as you don't mind venturing into the Play Music labs. Google has added a new Chrome app toggle in the labs that enables drag-and-drop music uploads and a cool little pop-out player interface.
Just head to the labs page and enable "Google Play Music for Chrome" and save your changes. Chrome will download the extension, and then you can drag any compatible song files into the Play Music window to upload.
As an English speaker, this functionality is just something I take for granted. But like everything else, it takes time to expand this out to other languages. Now Google's drawn attention to the feature's availability in Spanish.