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Oh Google. Why did you ever stray from the Google Talk brand? Typical.
Google is building another message app, because why the hell not.

Google Talk. Google+ Chord / Huddle / Messenger. Google Hangouts. Google Voice. Google Messenger. These are the voyages of Google's messaging ambitions. To seek out new messaging concepts and new platforms. To boldly go where no company has before, such as creating as many messaging products as humanly possible.

The 'new' messaging service / app / platform / thing will apparently harness the true power of Google and tap into their machine learning capabilities. Why? Well, Facebook, WhatsApp, and WeChat that's why!

Little is known thus far, except that you'll be able to send the 'chatbot' messages or queries and the chatbot will tap into Google's knowledge graph and return answers. Basically, doing a Google search, but inside a messaging app.

Well alright.

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Just installed the native +Instagram app for Android on Chrome. Now that's pretty cool.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/3/8339197/android-apps-on-windows-mac-linux-chrome-os
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Quite a fun trip to Austin with +Ryan Warner at #SXSW ! And great to see +Jason Rauck and +Christopher Slijk as always, of course! :)

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Yay!
Improved exception messages: Goodbye "undefined is not a function". Hello "http://foo.bar  is not a function" 
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"In iOS if your users want to take an advantage of a feature in iOS 8, they have to have iOS 8 installed. In Android this isn’t always the case. Google ships a library called ‘Google Play Services’ which gets updated regularly. When a new version of Android ships, you’ll often find a lot of the new APIs appear in this library, and not the core of Android itself. This isn’t the case for every API, but more often than not you can give your users on older platforms access to newer features, without waiting for them to update."

Good read.
Pocketcast always dropping knowledge. They get my money anytime

"People are often quick to mis-interpret these numbers. “iOS 8 adoption is at 64%, but Android 4.4, a version that’s years old isn’t even at that!”. There’s two things wrong with these kinds of comments. Firstly there are roughly 6-8x more Android devices than iOS devices in the world, depending on which market share numbers you use. This means that if a version of Android achieves 39% adoption, that’s a huge deal, and you could develop just for that platform and address a larger user base than targeting iOS 8 with its 64%. Secondly people confuse overall numbers, with actual numbers of people who buy apps. Here for example are the version breakdowns of people who buy Pocket Casts on Android

So while Android 5.0 has less than 1% adoption in the overall Android eco-system, 23% of our customers already run it. This makes sense when you put a bit of thought into these numbers. People that have the money to buy apps, and are passionate about Android, have up to date phones. While some users who run Android 2.3 on their 5 year old phone might be perfectly happy, they probably weren’t ever going to buy Pocket Casts. It’s also worth noting that Pocket Casts sells in much larger volumes (and makes more revenue) than any numbers I’ve seen for an equivalent iOS app. We’ve slowly moved our minimum version from 2.3, to 4.0, to 4.1 and it hasn’t hurt sales at all"

http://rustyshelf.org/2015/01/31/how-new-versions-of-android-work/

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I'm pretty sure Google thinks +Grant Parker​ is me. But a good year and year-in-review, either way :)

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My family's photos are uploading to Google Drive as I write. This is pretty powerful!
Most people here already know that G+ does a great job with photos; I just wrote up my latest attempt to centralize all of my family's photos in one place. I'm quite happy with the end result: 75,000 images (50 years worth!) – instantly accessible by phone, computer, and TV. With #AutoAwesome , Stories, and search integration too.

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Ha!
We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we have to upgrade!

Hover over the counter in PSY's video to see a little math magic and stay tuned for bigger and bigger numbers on YouTube. 

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I've missed you, material design. Android 5.0 is here!
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Just checked out the Chrome Apps for Mobile toolchain and within 10 minutes had an app that runs identically on iOS, Android, OSX, & Windows. This is cool. #html5   #chrome  
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