Google's $35 Chromecast dongle is still officially U.S. only, but the companion app for iOS – along with its Android cousin – has at least gone global. We're seeing it ourselves in the UK and Canada, but reports suggest that it stretches far and wide beyond.
After pushing out an update to Maps, Google has also updated the YouTube app for for iOS today with a much requested new feature. When connected to WiFi, you're now able to select the quality of the video you're watching manually as well as setting auto-select.
Ingress is something of a favorite with a big portion of the Android faithful, and now it seems the developers are set to bring it across to iOS in 2014. Speaking in a recent interview to AllThingsD, Brandon Badger Ingress product manager from Google's Niantic Labs outlines the plans:
Google's $35 Chromecast dongle may have limited functionality right now, but it's still flying off the shelves. At least, it is in the U.S, the only officially supported Chromecast country right now. If you've picked one up to use with your iPhone or Mac, there's a couple of different ways to get the dongle set up, including the recently released iPhone application. It's this we're focusing on today, so here's how to get up and running with your Chromecast using your iPhone.
Google's Chromecast is officially still a U.S. only product, but Amazon has now started to offer international shipping of the little $35 dongle for the first time. With shipping and import fees, the Chromecast still comes in less expensive than those often ridiculous eBay prices for anyone outside the U.S.
As it sits now, if you want to share a photo to Google+ from your iPhone, you need to take a photo with the Camera app, leave the app, and launch Google+. There really isn't any easy way to communicate with Google apps unless it's a third party developer that's went out of their way to include support. According to the Google+ Developers Blog, Google plans on changing that with a Google+ iOS SDK for developers.
15 years on from the birth of Google Search, the folks from Mountain View have detailed a pretty interesting sounding update to the Google Search app for iOS heading our way soon. While iOS users get access to the pretty impressive Google Now service, it's nowhere near the experience our Android friends enjoy, but Google it seems has a treat in store for us on that front:
iOS 7 still uses Google for the default search engine in Apple's web browser, Safari, but Bing is the new default for Apple's virtual digital assistant, Siri. Yes, just like Open Table is the partner for reservations, and Wikipedia for general information, Bing and Microsoft worked out a deal with Apple for Siri search. So, while you can't change that, you can tell Siri to search Google (or Yahoo!) instead. Here's how:
Google has updated its Google Translate app for iOS to version 2.0.0 - the first change to the app in a year and a half. Google Translate is still free and is available for download from the App Store.