tech2 News StaffApr 19, 2014 10:38:26 IST
This past week saw some really cool app updates. For those who want to keep a track of what’s new in the app world, here’s a quick recap.
Microsoft will now let Chrome users add Word Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online to the Chrome App launcher, allowing users to create documents with a single click. Excel Online will be made available shortly. The update also brings some new features for Office Online. Excel Online will now allow users to insert new comments and also adds the ‘Tell Me’ feature. Word Online adds commenting to editing mode, so you make comments and changes at the same time as others. PowerPoint Online has been updated so that the slide layouts look more like the final copy, while OneNote gets print functionality along with multi-column section.
Google Chrome Remote
Google Chrome Remote Desktop app comes to the Play Store. It lets you access your home or office PC from your smartphone. All you really need to do is install the app from the Play Store, enable remote access, and connect to any PC. You can set up the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome Web Store on your PC to enable remote access and they will automatically show up on your phone as well.
Google has finally revamped its camera app for Android and at the same time it’s also releasing it to the Play Store for easier updating in the future. The UI has become even more minimalist and the shutter button is replaced by a shutter bar. In the Lens Blur mode, Google requires you to keep the subject centred and move the camera along the vertical or horizontal axis as may be the case. You have to be very steady and slow in your movements, which is not such a hindrance because the whole process lasts about 2 seconds. After the image is processed you can choose the focus area and the intensity of the blur element. Google has also cranked up the stitching algorithm in the Photosphere and Panorama mode. Click here, to know more about the app.
Gmail Photo Insert
Google has begun rolling out a new ‘Insert’ button in Gmail, enabling users to share images with a few clicks. The new Gmail button will let users insert Auto Backup photos from their smartphone into Gmail messages on the web. Auto Backup is used to automatically back up photos and videos to Google+. The new update also lets users send photos that you upload and organize into albums on Google Photos. Moreover, you can share the entire album. The new feature also adds the ability to resize images while composing messages by dragging one of the corners of the image.
Keeping the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in mind, Haptik texting customer support app has now added support for voting-related queries. Haptik experts will now help you with any information related to voting such as polling center info in your city, timings, voting eligibility, details about electoral lists and more. The app s available for Android as well as iOS platforms, and can be downloaded from Google Play store and Apple App store, respectively.
The popular iCouchApp – that serves as a platform for users to discuss TV shows – has added new features, especially crafted for the IPL season. It will now allow users to vouch for their favorite team, share each team's anthem and the IPL theme, and generate memes of Live Match Moments. Users can also record and share slogans/messages in their native languages. iOS and Android users can download the iCouchApp for free from the Apple App store and Google Play store, respectively.
After Google brought the Google Now app to desktops last month, Microsoft has added a similar feature to the Bing search homepage. This feature is called personalised cards. To start using the personalised cards simply log in to your Microsoft account when using Bing. After logging in you can let Bing know what it should track for you. This can be achieved by setting up your interests, just like on Cortana. After setting up your interests come back to Bing homepage and do a search. You can then click on the star beneath the search result and Bing will give you all the updates on that starred topic.
Google Helpouts for iOS
Google finally launches Helpout for iOS users. Helpout is a service that lets consumers pay for live video chats with experts who can provide everything from step-by-step turkey cooking instructions to marriage counseling. Helpouts for iOS can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store.
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