Google has announced today that Google Street View will be adding the Galapagos Islands, the volcanic islands made famous by Charles Darwin. The Galapagos Islands has a gorgeous landscape inhabited by some of the world’s largest tortoises and other creatures wandering around. Google sent hikers to the Galapagos with Street View camera gear known as “trekkers.” The camera gear is a 42-pound computer backpack with large cameras mounted on a tower.
Apple is claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone is violating five of their patents. Apple is pushing to have the S4 added to an ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. The lawsuit is being heard at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division. The S4 was announced in March and went for sale in late April.
Google Happiness Evangelist François Beaufort wrote on Google+ that the company is working on a Chrome OS app launcher for the Mac. Early adopters can try a beta version of the app now. To access App Launcher in beta, you will need to install Chromium and run a command in terminal. Then when you click on the Chromium dock icon, you will see a grid of installed web apps from the Chrome store. When you click on the apps, it will open the browser windows in full-screen with the selected app. You will also need to keep your terminal window open to access other apps. No word yet on when the final version of Chrome App Launcher for OS X will launch officially.
According to an annual study, consumer satisfaction for the Apple iPhone is dropping at the gain of Samsung and Google subsidiary Motorola. The Apple iPhone is seeing a slowdown in sales due to the constant release of new competitive products by Samsung and Motorola.
Google just announced that it’s shutting down Checkout as it transitions to Google Wallet. This change will affect Checkout merchants, Google Play developers, and Chrome Web Store developers.
Google Play developers and Chrome Web Store developers will automatically be transitioned to Wallet.
Google has updated the Google+ Android app today to match the revamped designs on the desktop version of the social network. Google+ for Android now gives users access to automatic photo enhancements and Auto Awesome while they are on-the-go. Other features that have been added to the Google+ Android app includes instant hashtagging and improved notifications.
Earlier this year, Google decided to discontinue the social streaming media player known as the Nexus Q. However, a new Google media player gadget has been spotted in FCC testing documents with the product name H840. The product code is the H2G2-42, which is a play on the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
In one the most recent TEDTalks, Google co-founder Sergey Brin discussed why his team at the company wanted to build Google Glass, the gadget with an eye-mounted camera and computer built into a pair of glasses. Brin opened up his speech with a joke by looking at his mobile phone and saying that he was sorry for looking at an e-mail from a Nigerian prince that needs help getting $10 million. Brin said “I like paying attention to these because that’s how we originally funded the company and it’s gone pretty well.”