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Google Editions to take on Apple's iBooks

Google is expected to launch an online eBook store before the end of the year under the name of Google Editions and that once again puts the head to head against Apple and their new iBooks:

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UPDATED: Misquoted? Steve Wozniak: Android will be the dominant platform

In an interview with a Dutch newspaper, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak made quite the statement about Apple's main competition, saying Google's Android would be the dominant platform in the future.

Woz told the newpaper that Android smartphones (yes Android is not a phone but an operating system), not the iOS powered iPhone would become the dominant smartphone on the market much like Windows was and still is the dominant PC OS. He also added that he believes Android phones have more features that users want and gives users more choices overall. He also believes eventually Android quality, consistency, and user satisfaction will match that of iOS.

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Google Docs on-the-go from iPhone or iPad

Google has added some much awaited functionality to Google Docs today -- you can now edit your docs on-the-go with iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad!

The feature will be rolling out over the next few days and means that:

  • You can work on that important memo...while on the bus or train to work.
  • If you’re behind on a group proposal, but really want to make it to the ball game tonight, your whole team can work on it from the bleacher seats.
  • You can take minute-by-minute notes at a concert so you’ll always remember the setlist. And your friends can jealously follow in real-time at home.
  • ...and the list goes on!

If you utilize Google Docs all you have to do is visit docs.google.com in Safari on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and select the document you would like to edit. Once the document is open simply select the edit button and you will be switched over to their mobile editor.

Let us know if you are excited for the seemingly much anticipated feature and if you use it how it worked out for you!

Check out a video of Google Docs editing on-the-go in a video after the break!

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Reeder for iPad updated, adds Facebook support

Reeder for iPad, which syncs with your Google Reader account and pulls in all your RSS feeds in the blink of an eye, had been updated to version 1.2 and now has added support for posting to Facebook and Zootool. Once iOS 4.2 drops (soon please) Reeder will work in the background using the task completion process, allowing you to leave the app and do other things while the sync occurs in the background.

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Official Google Voice for iPhone hits iTunes App Store

Google's official Google Voice app for iPhone has just hit the iTunes App Store.

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Are Apple and Google both trying to acquire BOKU?

TechCrunch is reporting that both Apple and Google may be interested in acquiring start-up company BOKU, which allows users to purchase goods on their mobile phones.

All users would have to do is simply enter in their mobile phone number and your product would be ordered and put onto your mobile bill. As of now BOKU is partnering with major carriers all over the world and they claim they are already capable of servicing over 1.6 billion users. They also claim that all major US carriers are supported already.

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Google Makes Improvements to mobile web version of Gmail

Google has posted an update to their blogger account notating some new changes to their mobile version of Gmail.  From the looks of it, scrolling looks to be much improved as far as smoothness goes.  Before the pages seemed to be a bit more choppy and the distance it would scroll wasn't always very accurate.  That problem appears to be fixed.

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Google adds iPhone app search

Google has added iPhone app search to their mobile interface. Just tap "more" and the drop down menu now includes "iPhone apps". A search will display apps with their icons, price, star rating, and part of a review. Tapping on one brings you to that app in the App Store. Basically, Google has provided an alternate way to search for iPhone apps - and it's good.

Anyone planning to search for iPhone apps with Google instead of the App Store itself?

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Google Mobile App for iPhone adds Google Goggles support

Google Mobile App for iPhone has just added Google Goggles support. Goggles is the awesomely named camera-search based service that debuted on Android and lets you find information about something just by taking a picture of it.

In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more.

You can see how it works in the video after the break. It's totally Star Trek, but it's also still a work in progress according to Google:

Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.

Get it, it's hot.

[iTunes link via Google Mobile Blog]

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