Google Play Services 4.1

The latest release of Google Play services has begun rolling out to users. It includes new Turn Based Multiplayer support for games, and a preliminary API for integrating Google Drive into your apps. This update also improves battery life for all users with Google Location Reporting enabled. Once the rollout has completed, you’ll be able to download the SDK using the Android SDK manager and get started with the new APIs. Watch for more information coming soon.

Turn Based Multiplayer
Play Games now supports turn-based multiplayer! Developers can build asynchronous games to play with friends and auto-matched players, supporting 2-8 players per game. When players take turns, their turn data is uploaded to Play Services and shared with other players automatically.

We are also providing an optional new “Connecting to Play Games” transition animation during sign-in, before the permission dialog appears. This helps contextualize the permission dialog, especially in games that ask for sign in on game start.

Google Drive
This version of Google Play Services includes a developer preview of the new Google Drive API for Android. You can use it to easily read and write files in Google Drive so they’re available across devices and on the web. Users can work with files offline too — changes are synced with Google Drive automatically when they reconnect.

The API also includes common UI components including a file picker and save dialog.

Google Mobile Ads
With Google Play services 4.1, the Google Mobile Ads SDK now fully supports DoubleClick for Publishers, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and Search Ads for Mobile Apps. You can also use a new publisher-provided location API to provide Google with the location when requesting ads. Location-based ads can improve your app monetization.

Google+
An improved Google+ sharing experience makes it even easier for users to share with the right people from your app. It includes better auto-complete and suggested recipients from Gmail contacts, device contacts and people on Google+.

More About Google Play Services
To learn more about Google Play services and the APIs available to you through it, visit the Google Services of the Android Developers site.

Download link if you are in a rush : Google Play Update

Most Useful Apps For Your Daily Life

Do you consider yourself a high-tech user with a smartphone? Is there any favorite apps out there to help your life out? Here’s my favorite daily apps in my HTC One.

1. Google Maps

Google Maps has many various tools to be used as my daily applications. I have this application for years as it solves my daily traffic check when I go to the office and back to home or anywhere. Google maps has made a very interesting approach in giving an information like traffic, navigation, places, etc.

How to enable the traffic? You just need to open Google Maps menu and enable/tick the traffic. It will show you 3 colors, Green : No traffic, Yellow : Medium Traffic, and Red : High Traffic. Google Map delivers the service with internet connections, so you need to have a good connection and location services to run it effectively.

Download Google Maps application here.

2. MovPlex

This is an Indonesian Movie schedule, which is very accurate in delivering the service. MovPlex use the data from the largest Cinema Group (Studio 21 & Studio XXI) and Blitzmegaplex in Indonesia. MovPlex now connected to Rotten Tomatoes API for Box Office Movies (Opening, Top & Upcoming). MovPlex has a very attractive design and is very easy to use. You can do several things like :

1. Find the schedule of Now Playing movies & Theaters, not only that, but also you can see IMDb Rating & watch the trailer directly from your phone, anytime.

2. See the Coming Soon (Upcoming) movies synopsis and also the trailers if any.
3. Movie Review and Rating.
4. More …

Download MovPlex apps here

3. Komutta

Komutta is a comutter guide for the people that live in Jakarta, It does several useful things in Jakarta’s Mass transportations.
– Show Transjakarta/Busway koridors and route (Beta for Koridor 11)
– Show KRL schedule, shift the schedule, train position and set an alarm
– Transjakarta Route Map and shelter location
– Show Bus, Bus AC, Mini Bus and Angkot Route
– Shows Taxi name and Phone Number
– Favorite your most common route, either it’s a Busway, KRL of Angkot.
– Search Route from Start to End Shelter, Tap the item and your route will be shown in the map (non smooth)
– share your search result to a friend using email
– support localization for Indonesian language (Bahasa)
– CCTV View

Download Komutta here

 

You’ll Never Send Things To Friends The Same Way Again | PushBullet Blog

You’ll Never Send Things To Friends The Same Way Again | PushBullet Blog.

By  on November 05, 2013

You can now add and push to friends with Pushbullet, making Pushbullet the fastest and easiest way to share links, files, and more, directly with your friends.

Why is Pushbullet better than other ways of sharing? Because we’ve made it possible to send almost anything directly to a friend, without anything getting in the way. Here are a couple examples of why this is better than email:

  • By pushing a link directly to a friend instead of emailing it to them, they’ll instantly get a notification about the link and going to that link is as easy as tapping on the notification (as opposed to having to go and find it in their inbox). Cool.

  • Sending a picture or file to someone shouldn’t mean attaching it to a blank email. With Pushbullet, you simply send the picture or file right to them. They can then start downloading instantly by tapping the notification. So much easier.

This is awesome, how do I get started?

Once you’ve installed or updated the Pushbullet Android app, you’ll see this message on the top of the screen. Tapping on the message will take you to a list of your contacts, where you can select those you want to be able to push to. Tapping on the X icon will dismiss the message forever.

After selecting your friends and pressing the send icon, those you’ve highlighted will be added as your friends on Pushbullet. You’ll then be able to start pushing to them right away. Those that don’t already have a Pushbullet account will get an invitation to join.

You can also add friends by entering their email address in the Android app or here on pushbullet.com.

Once you’ve added someone as a friend, pushing to them is easy.

All of your friends on Pushbullet are shown as options that can be pushed to using the updated Android appChrome extension, and Firefox extension (or via pushbullet.com). This makes sending something to a friend incredibly simple—just select the person you want to send it to and away it goes.

What happens when I push something to a friend?

They’ll instantly receive a notification on all of their Pushbullet devices. This notification will be smart—links will open in their browser, addresses in Google Map, etc, just like the notifications for pushes to your own devices. Then, once they’ve dismissed the notification on any one of their devices, we automatically dismiss it on all of the rest. This means they’ll never be annoyed seeing the same notification multiple times.

What if I push something to someone who hasn’t signed up yet?

If the person you’ve pushed to doesn’t have a Pushbullet account, we resort to sending it to them as an email. They’ll be able to see whatever you’ve pushed them right from this emailwithout having to sign up first. This is important because it means you don’t have to worry about whether or not they have Pushbullet before you send them something–they’ll get it no matter what.

What if my friend has an iPhone?

We don’t have an iOS app right now but we are working on it. In the mean time, those using iOS can still install our Chrome extension to be able to send and receive pushes on their computer.

If you’re waiting for our iOS app and want to get updates as development progresses (and potentially help us test it before release), you can subscribe to updates here.

What comes next?

These new features are huge step forward in the evolution of Pushbullet. To see people start using us to share things with friends is incredibly exciting and we’re really looking forward to hearing what’s great about it and what we can make better. Our plan for the next couple weeks is to react as quickly as we can to feedback in order to improve this new component of Pushbullet.

Most-Used Smartphone App in 2013

Most-Used Smartphone App

Google Maps shown a huge response in delivering their service. They got the tittle of The Most-Used Smartphone App in quarter 2013 shown by Statista. According to data published by GlobalWebIndex, 54 percent of global smartphone owners used Google’s navigation app in the month preceding the survey. As per my earlier post about Google Maps, the Google Maps application has several function that is very useful for our daily life.

Google’s decision to develop an open source mobile operating system and give it away for free apparently pays off. Android’s market share in the smartphone market recently soared above 70 percent and since Android phones come preloaded with several Google apps, the search company controls a significant share of mobile web usage.

So, What’s your favorite apps?

 

How To Optimize Google Maps in Your Daily Life

English: Wordmark of Google Maps

English: Wordmark of Google Maps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe you all know what Google Maps technology is. There are several functions out there that will help you out in your daily life. I currently use HTC One with Android JellyBean 4.2.2 as my daily smartphone to help me several things. Google Maps have such functions like traffic, navigation, places or else. Traffic jam is such my daily problem when to go outside, especially in Jakarta where I lived in.

Google Maps has recently updated their mobile application version for android. The new Google Maps app has a simplified interface that focuses on the map. It has a lot of things in common with the new Google Maps for desktop, including the missing features. For now, there’s no support for My Maps (it will be added later), many layers are missing, Labs features are no longer available. Map caching is now a hidden feature: type “OK maps” in the search box and the app will pre-load the map you’re currently viewing. Google Latitude has been discontinued and replaced by a Google+ feature. In my limited testing, the app was pretty slow and laggy, so Google still has some work to do to optimize the app. Continue reading

Streamzoo : Is it just another Photo-sharing app??

As per my previous application review for photo-sharing service, the famous Instagram. I found another interesting applications in google play with the same point of view and focus, streamzoo.

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Streamzoo provides more advanced photo-editing tools before you upload your arts. Unlike the instagram for android, it has 15 filters, borders, tilt-shift, more advanced lighting tools, and the best thing is you can choose how your photo sized to be uploaded. This what matter the most, unlike Instagram that force you to have a square picture to be uploaded.

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