Google provide some tips on how to use Photo Sphere on Android 4.3

Google released Android 4.3 into the wild last week, but the latest iteration in their mobile OS includes some improvements to Photo Sphere. Photo Sphere is used to take 360-degree photos, and is quite a nice ability of Android.

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How Google just quietly made your Android phone more secure

Android PhoneBy now, you’ve probably heard all about the changes introduced with Google’s Android 4.3 release. But those fresh features and bits of polish are only part of the story. One of Google’s biggest changes to the Android platform is actually happening outside of the operating system — and it’s affecting almost every Android device in the world.

It’s the widespread launch of a universal app-scanning system — a system that watches your device for any new application, even one loaded directly onto the device (“sideloaded”) from outside of the Google Play Store, and instantly checks the app for malicious or potentially harmful code.

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Google officially unveiled Android 4.3, here’s what can be expected

Coming in addition to the new Nexus 7, Google also properly unveiled Android 4.3. In a bit of good news, they also confirmed that Android 4.3 would be rolling out to devices starting today. But before you begin refreshing the Nexus device you have in your hand — continue through this post to see what goodies can be expected.Some of the highlights include restricted user profiles and Bluetooth Smart. Some may better recognize Bluetooth Smart as being Bluetooth LE — with the LE standing for Low Energy.

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Google Maps is looking out for your safety with public alerts

Google MapsGoogle started adding public alerts to Google Maps in January of 2012, but most of us have never seen them. Besides severe weather alerts from the US National Weather service, maps also has the ability to give safety warnings from the following:

  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
  • AMBER alerts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Nixle
  • Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
  • Environment Canada

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Take control of your Google Play application settings

Google Play The Google Play application on your phone or tablet is your gateway to all the content Google has to offer. You’ll use it often, whether you’re looking at apps, books, magazines or any other digital content you can buy or rent from Google for your Android device. Needless to say, it’s important to take a quick check of the general settings to make sure you have things just the way you like them.

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Google+ let you transfer photos between your Android and iPad

Install that social network’s Android app on the phone and put its iOS release on the iPad, and its automatic online backup should ensure that every photo you take from the phone will show up in the G+ app on the tablet moments later. That doesn’t mean everybody else on G+ can see your shots — this automatic backup is done in private, leaving it to you to decide later which photos to share.

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The 5 best alternatives to FaceTime for Android

Facetime AlternativeIf you’ve made the switch from iOS to Android, you probably noticed that there is one big feature missing from Google’s mobile OS: FaceTime. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to FaceTime for Android. Not every one will be suitable for every use, but with some research it’s easy to determine which is the right option for you.

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Google’s new note-taking app Keep for Android Phone


Google just made an announcement introducing Keep, its new note-taking service. Keep is currently available for devices running Android 4.0.3 and up, or through the Google Drive Web site. Notes will automatically sync between the Web site and the Android app.

After installing the Android app you’ll be prompted to select the Google account you want to use with Keep. Once that’s done, you can begin keeping notes. There are four different methods you can use to enter a note:

A quick note directly from the text box on the initial screen.

Add a checklist by tapping on the check mark icon.

Create a voice memo by tapping on the microphone. All memos are instantly transcribed, keeping both the audio and text in the note.

Add a photo as a note by tapping on the camera.

At any time you can add a checklist to an existing note by tapping on the menu button and selecting “Show Checkboxes.”

While viewing a note you’ll be able to assign it a color by tapping on the color palette at the top of the screen. The colors will come in handy when trying to organize your notes, but as it stands now, you have to change the color manually for each note. It would be nice if you could create categories and automatically assign colors based on those categories.

You can also add a photo to any existing note by tapping on the camera along the top of the screen. Any photo you add has to be taken at the time you add it; you can’t add previously snapped photos from your Gallery.

Once you’re done with a note you can archive it by swiping in either direction across the note

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