Google Play services 8.1 detailed, includes new Android 6.0 permissions and more

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Keep (Finally) Comes to iOS.

One of the ongoing frustrations with using Google services on iOS is that the company is often late to bring its new tools to Apple’s mobile platform. More than two years after the debut of Google Keep for Android—Google’s note-taking app—the search giant has finally, and we mean finally launched a companion app for iOS. “Forget fumbling with sticky notes or trying to recall that last item on your to-do list.Glextor is an Android app manager that gives you full control over the way apps appear on your device: split them into categories and folders, highlight your favorites, find important apps quickly, tailor the app drawer interface and more.

Strategy-wise, it makes sense, since Google is competing for primacy in the mobile market and pushing the best version of its apps to iOS users could give Apple a competitive advantage. The premium edition adds a few extra features, including support for subfolders, automatic app backup updates, an unlimited number of hidden apps and of course, no ads. Other improvements include the choice to set your favourite timer ringtone and dismiss alarms preemptively within the Clock app in case you wake up before the alarm buzzes off. If you haven’t tried Keep, the note-taking app allows you to search through your notes to quickly find things you previously wanted to remind yourself to do.

This means that all of the app’s handy tools like location-based reminders, shared lists and quick search and filtering are ready for your iPhone or iPad. Nonetheless, Google says the features Google Keep users have come to expect on Android and the Web are now available to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.

You can also organize your notes by color or type (if they’re images, text, or audio notes), and you can even add labels to notes to better categorize just what, exactly, you’re writing down. Not only can the app declare the permissions it’s going to need, but permissions will be divided into groups based on their functionality, making the organization easier. There’s also a “most used” panel at the top which fills up over time as Glextor learns which apps are most useful to you (or just most addictive). The new updates have also been introduced with Android Wear in mind as it allows easier alarm and timer management from your wearable device along with interactive alarm notifications. If you share your notes with others, then multiple people can collaborate on a single item in real-time—like deleting items from a grocery list, for example.

Marshmallow also includes limits on how permissioning is handled at install time — users won’t be prompted to grant permission to some apps because of the nature of these services, such as alarm clock or Internet apps. If, however, you’re already using Google Keep on another one of your devices, being able to access your notes on your Apple gadget is a welcome addition. Users can also set time- and location-based reminders for things like remembering to pick up eggs at the grocery store or sending a birthday card off to a family member. It’s also possible to create home screen shortcuts for any category—if you want larger shortcuts, head into the Android widgets panel and use the ones Glextor provides.

That functionality is similar to reminder features that Microsoft has built into its Cortana virtual assistant (which is available on Windows 10 and Android) and what Apple is doing with the Reminders app on iOS. For Keep die-hards who are already using the app on the Web or Android, this could be a welcome alternative to the third-party apps in the iOS App Store that work with Google’s note-taking service. Game developers will be interested in the new Play Games Player Stats API, which will let developers better tailor the user experience to specific segments of players. It also comes with the option to create your own repository of app downloads and backups, so you can reinstall apps or go back to previous versions without having to rely on Google Play. For those developers using Google Nearby, the company has added a feature that gives apps the ability to receive a callback when an active Nearby publish or subscribe expires.

This is the first update to Google Play services since last month, when new APIs were made available that let developers utilize face detection, barcode recognition, and facilitated Nearby Messages.

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