Google Killing Off More Mobile Services, Including Sync
Google today announced some "Winter Cleaning," which will see it shutter a few mobile products and services. In particular, Google said that as of January 30, 2013, consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync. Devices that already use Google Sync will continue to work. Google suggests that people use IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV instead to duplicate those services. Google Sync for Symbian S60 handsets will also no longer be available after January 30, 2013. Google is killing off Google Calendar Sync for all mobile devices today, December 14. Last, Google plans to get rid of Punchd, a service that lets Android and iOS device owners manage their retail loyalty cards. Punchd will go inactive starting June 7, 2013.
Android Wear App Gains New Design
Google has updated the Android Wear app for smartphones ahead of the Android Wear system update for smartwatches. The smartphone Android Wear app has a brand new design that more closely matches Google's Material Design concepts.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Google Home Gains Voice-Based Shopping to Compete with Amazon Echo
Google today added the ability to shop for certain goods to its voice-controlled Google Home speaker. Google says people can use Google Home to purchase everyday essentials from more than 50 national and local retailers.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Google Gives Enterprise Admins More Control Over iPhones
Google today expanded the security features Google Mobile Management administrators can enforce on corporate iOS devices. The new tools will let businesses that rely on Google's device management service to ensure iPhone and iPad users conform to corporate security policies.
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Google Calendar Sync: The Google Calendar Sync download link will be removed on December 14, 2012. Existing users can continue to use it t...
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