‘Google Apps’ Category
Google has announced that all apps in the Android Market will have to show content ratings, or else be labelled as ‘mature’.
In a blog post, Android developer Eric Chu said that the move comes in response to increased requests from users asking for more information on the apps and that Goolge will be showing the content ratings for the apps in a few weeks.
Chu said that the Android Market content policy has not changed, and all apps will be rated according to one of four levels: All, Pre-teen, Teen, or Mature.
“To prepare for this launch, starting next week, developers submitting new or updated applications will be required to include a rating for all applications and games uploaded onto Android Market. In addition, developers will have the next several weeks to add a rating to their existing applications and games,” he said. “Once content rating is visible to users, anyapplications or games that do not include a rating will be treated as ‘Mature’.”
The Google Apps enterprise productivity suite has been updated to include access to more than 60 consumer apps like Blogger, YouTube and Google Maps.
In a blog post, Google said that it will be offering a full spectrum of consumer apps from its web services to empower enterprise users with more productivity options.
The company said that administrators will have the ability to provide different sets of applications to different groups of users.
“For example, you could equip your marketing team with Picasa Web Albums so they can collect and share photos from customer appreciation events, and let that team publish your company’s blog with Blogger,” Google explained.
Google said that users will be able to shift to the new infrastructure supporting the consumer apps at their own pace within the next couple of months.
In addition to adding consumers apps to Google Apps, the company said that daily updates will be made to the Google Enterprise blog, providing suggestions on how to use particular Google consumer app within the enterprise.
Google has released its official web search application for Microsoft’s newly launched Windows Phone 7 operating system.
In a blog post, the search ginat has said that the app will allow users to use Google search more easily from their Windows Phone 7 smartphone.
The app, which is available as a free download from the Windows Phone Marketplace, will allow users to receive automatic search suggestions, repeat a query from their search history and use their current location to get more personalised search results.
The Google Instant feature, that starts giving search results as soon as the users start to type, is absent from the platform, however.
“The Google Search app is a free download for all Windows Phone 7 devices and languages. Just search the Marketplace for “Google Search”, download, pin to Start, and the power of Google Search is only a click away,” the company explained.
The Windows Phone Marketplace app store is growing at an impressive rate, already offering 1,636 apps for download in the short time since its launch.
Google Docs may soon be getting new feature, a cryptic message found within the source code has hinted.
The message has suggested that third party apps, cloud printing and sync capabilities are soon coming to the platform, though the search giant is yet to confirm exactly when.
According to the Google Operating System blog, the Google Docs source code contained the message: “Coming soon: Third party applications, cloud printers, and sync devices”
Possibly the most interesting aspect of this revelation is the addition of a cloud printing solution. This would allow any application – whether web-based, mobile or desktop – on any device to print a document on any printer anywhere in the world.
Google explains in its Google Code blog for Google Cloud Print: “Users associate printers with their Google Account via the service. Printers are treated in much the same way as documents are in Google Docs. Therefore, it is very easy to share printers with your coworkers, friends, and family anywhere in the world.”
Google has unveiled a new Google Apps software suite designed for government use.
The new Google Apps online software suite is based on the US Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) security standards specified by the US government.
Google Apps is a cloud-based online software suite with a number of capabilities, including e-mail, document sharing and calendar sharing, as well as standard word processing and spreadsheet programs.
The company said that the price for using the Google Apps for Government software suite would be similar to the cost of using Google Apps Premium Edition.
Google will provide separate storage space for government data in data centres located within the US.
Speaking to news agency AFP, Kripa Krishnan, programme manager for Google Apps for Government, said: “With no hardware or software to install and maintain, Google Apps for Government allows agencies to redeploy resources to technology projects core to their mission of serving the public.”
“This means government customers can move to the cloud with confidence.”
Google has added a User Policy Management feature to its Google Apps service.
The new tools allows IT administrators to group users in terms of which Google Apps they’re allowed access to.
The company wrote on the official Google Enterprise blog that administrators will be able to create a sort of user directory, allowing them to more easily manage application use in their organisation.
Adam Dawes, Google Apps Product Manager, explained on the blog that administrators will be able to form organisational groups comprising of Google Apps users, making it easy for them to decide which applications are available to which users.
The company also explained that organisations will be able to test applications among a selected group users before making them available to everybody else.
Mayooran Rajan, chief technology officer at IT consultant Revevol, told Google: “The new user policy management feature helps us tailor Google Apps and provide businesses with granular control for each department within their company.”
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