Blogger for iOS gets iPhone 5, iPad compatibility
Google, on a recent spree of iOS apps and updates, has upgraded its blogging application Blogger to v220.127.116.11, which adds compatibility with the longer screen of the iPhone 5 along with native support for the first three models of iPad. More controls are now available as well, now offering "Save as draft," "Publish" and "Cancel" along with support for Google Analytics usage. In addition, a number of big bugs have been fixed, including the composing screen (which previously had issues with losing entered text under some low-memory conditions). Also fixed where some photo upload errors, a bug with Japanese and Chinese keyboard entry, and occasional application launch failures.
Blogger for iOS arrives to match Android
Google closed a big gap in its apps for iPhone and iPod touch owners on Thursday by launching its first-ever version of Blogger for iOS (free, App Store). Like the Android version available for some time, it lets bloggers write posts directly from the phone, either as drafts or taking them live immediately. Posters can flag posts with the phone's location and add photos, either directly from the app or from an existing shot.
Product names to focus on Google brand
Google is reportedly planning to rebrand its Blogger and Picasa products as part of a broader strategy to reinforce Google Plus. The company is said to be renaming Blogger as "Google Blogs," while Picasa will allegedly become "Google Photos," unnamed sources have told Mashable. Most of Google's other properties, such as YouTube, will reportedly maintain existing branding.
Google Social Search updates
Google on Thursday made a significant change to its Social Search to better bring in social networks. The engine now pushes videos and other content recommended by friends depending on their relevance through outside sites, such as from Twitter, Flickr or a Blogger page. It had previously only pulled the information from a Google profile and often let the results sit at the bottom.