More pre-installed Google apps allegedly stipulated in manufacturer contracts
Producers of Android smartphones and tablets will need to increase the promotion of Google apps and services in their devices in the future, according to a report. It is claimed a number of hardware partners including Samsung, Huawei, and HTC will have to accept a new set of terms before being able to use Android, as Google attempts to keep users within its ecosystem.
Plug-in brings Google video call functionality to Outlook, Chromeboxes
Last week, Google announced that it has released a new extension that allows Microsoft Outlook users to participate in a Google Hangout. The plug-in will allow users who don't use Google's apps for their primary communications outlet the ability to participate in video chat without the need to pay for a Google Apps for Business account.
Classroom uses Google Drive, Docs, Gmail for assignment management
Google has a previewed a new tool for educators to communicate with their students. Launching in a limited beta, Classroom is being billed as a way for teachers to create and organize assignments from students quickly, which Google hopes will give teachers more time to work with the students instead of dealing with marking and other paperwork.
Changes remove option for advertising in educational version of Google Apps
Google will no longer scan the e-mail of students to serve advertising, the company has revealed. Users of its Google Apps for Education service will be safe from having their data and e-mails accessed by Google's monitoring systems for advertising purposes, with the move affecting more than 30 million students, teachers, and administrators around the world.
Google services like Gmail and Google Now added to phone in five steps
A member of the XDA-developers forum who won a Nokia X at the Mobile World Congress has managed to hack and gain root access to the phone in order to bring Google applications and services to the device. The Nokia X, known for using the bare-bones free version of Android at its core, had opted to pull in Microsoft services to intentionally avoid Google's integration.
Existing free users of Apps for Business remain unaffected
Google has withdrawn the free version of its Apps for Business to new registrations. Originally offered as free to organizations with less than 200 users, Google has reduced the user count periodically over time to the most recent 10-user limit, and now forces individuals to use the personal Google Account or face paying for the single "for Businesses" option.
Google Drive could get long awaited debut
Google's long-upcoming Google Drive might be close to a real launch after leaks on Tuesday. The cloud storage service was slated by GigaOm sources to be coming during the first week of April. It would potentially be a step back from Dropbox, providing 1GB for free instead of 2GB and thus bringing more people into the paid version.
State competes migration to Google cloud platform
The state of Wyoming said Wednesday that it has completed transitioning its 10,000 employees to Google's Apps for Government platform. This makes Wyoming the first state government to adopt Google's web apps across the board. It had been using Lotus Notes for its e-mail and other online services.
Android gets Find My iPhone-like enterprise tools
Google late this week took a cue from Apple to bolster Android in the workplace. A combination of a new version of the Google Apps Device Policy app (Market) and a new My Devices page lets workers control a lost or stolen phone similar to Find My iPhone. They can track the device's location, reset the PIN code, ring it to help others find it, or lock it entirely.