If you're a user, accidentally clicking an ad on a mobile site or in the middle of a game is frustrating. If you're an advertiser, accidental clicks lead to lower conversion rates. Accidental clicks are just bad all the way around.
To that end, Google is introducing new mechanisms to prevent as many accidental clicks as possible.
First, Google is blocking clicks that happen close to the edge of the ad image.
Second, Google will block clicks on app icons for in-app interstitial ads, so you won't need high precision to hit the little X button and return to your game. Read More
Back in February, we caught sight of an interesting experiment Google was undertaking with the help of trusted local guides. The experiment was an app called Tablescape - a "community to make, share, and discover amazing foodographs." With a little digging, we found that the content shown in the screenshots (originally posted by El Androide Libre) lined up with a community called The Plate, which was likely serving as a Google+-based content funnel for the app.
After that initial glimpse though, we didn't see or hear anything official about the service.
Today we've heard something more, but it may not be what we had hoped - it looks like Google is officially closing down the Tablescape experiment before it had a chance to see the light of day. Read More
The standalone Photos app was released to the public during last month's Google I/O conference, finally completing the separation with Google+ as rumors (and facts) had long suggested. While the new Photos app was widely accepted as an improvement in many ways, it also lacked many of the enhanced editing features that had made the old version so useful. Unfortunately, installing the standalone Photos app effectively hid access to the version built into Google+. That was probably a pretty good sign about what was to come. With the latest update to Google+, users who have stuck to the old version will be warned that it is not long for this world. Read More
Last night, we received a tip that the Play Store listing for AirDroid, a popular app that allows users to see notifications, respond to messages, and manage content from their Android devices on a desktop, had been removed from the Play Store. The listing was directing to Google's infamous "Not Found" page.
We reached out to the AirDroid team who, at the time, were still trying to figure out what had happened. As it turns out, Google had removed the listing after a mass-complaint from Facebook. The sweeping set of complaints picked up tons of apps with "WhatsApp" in their names, but also apps - like AirDroid - that simply mentioned WhatsApp in the description. Read More
There are some impressive alternatives to Google's flagship tablet, but if you want an AOSP-powered machine with a built-in LTE radio, you're hard pressed to find anything in the same weight class. The 32GB version of the Nexus 9 LTE goes for a whopping $600 on Google's online US storefront. Amazon is selling it for quite a bit less, but if you want a good deal, you can't beat Expansys USA.
Expansys is currently offering the LTE tablet for $379.99, a full $220 off of the retail price and $70 cheaper than Amazon. In fact, it's actually cheaper than the retail price on the 16GB Wi-Fi base model - that's still going for four hundred bucks at most locations. Read More
Before bits and pieces of Google+ departed from Google's web toolbar earlier this month, the bar's notification panel began labeling notifications according to their origin. G+ notifications for example got a Google+ icon, while notifications about a user's photo library got the Google Photos badge.
Tonight it looks like Google is rolling out another change to the panel, adding a settings button which allows users to filter out G+, Photos, or YouTube notifications individually.
Interestingly, not all sources appear for all users - it's unclear exactly how the panel knows which options to show, but it appears that the presence of Photos or YouTube options partially depends on whether you've opted to receive those notifications in the Google+ settings. Read More
Looking for an awesome Android TV machine? Then go buy the NVIDIA SHIELD, because it's worth every penny that you pay over competitors like the Razer Forge TV and the original Nexus Player. But if you want one that's cheap, look no further than the Amazon listing for Google's first-party set-top box. Today the Nexus Player is $64.78, just over $35 off of the $100 retail price. Amazon Prime customers can get free two-day shipping as well.
The Nexus Player is far from ideal - its Intel-based hardware is poorly-optimized, so apps and games tend to be sluggish - but at the moment this deal is the only option for Android TV below $100. Read More