Google Wave Aims To Increase Productivity

Google Wave is an exciting new real time productivity app

This is an exciting time for Google as it expands its horizons and reaches out into more and more technical arenas.  Now the company has yet another new and exciting app that has just launched into Beta release called Google Wave.

The idea behind Wave is to create a real-time experience with platforms such as blogs and e-mails.  In fact, each character that the user types can be seen on-screen as it happens.  This has never been done before and company is very excited about it, but recognizes that the new app is still in its infancy and will need to catch up to speed.

Right now Google Wave works best with small groups and allows the administrator to control access to the discussions.  The advantage of this program is that participants can join in on discussions at any time and those ideas are recorded just like in Google Docs.  This is a great solution for those who need to conduct a conference or press conference, like the upcoming Facebook Privacy press conference.  Facebook has decided to jump on the Wave and utilize Google’s new service.

Since the app was launched to the public a few days ago, users have had lukewarm reviews of it.  Right now Google Buzz seems to be the top performer, however; Google expects its new Google Wave addition to rise to the occasion and become a part of improving productivity, which so far they have excelled at over Microsoft.

Google Buzz API Launches New Era

Google Buzz API integrates with twelve social apps

Google Buzz is growing up and maturing into a more compatible, multi-platform tool like Facebook and Twitter with the addition the Google Buzz API.  Now Buzz users can go outside of Gmail and tap into applications like Tweetdeck, Seesmic and Boxee.

The announcement came today and is refreshing for current Gmail account holders who have not completely embraced Google Buzz being a part of their e-mail.  It is expected that with the connection with other social network apps that there will be more of a Buzz community emerging, especially since the new version will now be compatible with Facebook and Twitter.

Video sharing will be a major plus for those familiar with Boxee, which will now be integrated with Google Buzz API.  And Seesmic will now be using Buzz with its newly updated apps, its redesigned Desktop and with Android.

Because this is a brand new API, Google has created a Buzz API issue tracker to report any bugs and a developer’s forum.  The company plans to continue to add to Google Buzz API in the hopes of making it a universally compatible social network platform.

There are currently twelve apps that are now integrated with Google Buzz listed on the website.  A developer’s manual has also been issued so that Buzz users can quickly get up to speed with the new API technology.

Let The Tablet Games Begin

The Verizon Google tablet could look like this

The recent release of Apple iPad will soon receive competition from Verizon and Google in their own version, which could be released sometime in early 2011.  The tablet computer will be similar to iPad, and will operate from possibly the Android operating system or Chrome.

The tablet will most likely run on Verizon’s LTE 4G network, which replaces the current failing CDMA network.  It is possible that Verizon will create a new rate plan that includes the tablet along with cell phones or other wireless products.

Verizon and Google have a strong and growing relationship, with the Android system currently running on several mobile handsets.  But the wireless carrier is desperately trying to catch up to AT&T’s success with iPhone and iPad.

Currenly iPad is doing very well in sales, with over one million tablets per month going out.  AT&T has exclusive rights to sell the new iPad 3G, which doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.  What customers love about the new iPad is the easy to use touch screen capability along with the multi-task features that include web surfing, entertainment and reading.  The new Verizon tablet will no doubt include these types of features along with any new ones Google may help create.

Google Chrome Is Now Faster With Added Features

The latest browser is now faster with new features

Die-hard Google Chrome users are now able to enjoy faster page load speeds after some improvements to the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks.

Mads Ager, Software Engineer at Google, recently reported that the new web browser has an increased rate of 35% more than its former Beta release along with some new features for Internet Users.

The new functions of Google Chrome include allowing people to sync their bookmarks on several computers through their Google account, and a new set of browser preferences like themes, homepage and start-up settings, web content settings, and language. Extensions are also now available for those who like to browse in private or incognito mode.

Google has also added more HTML5 functions to Chrome like Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop capabilities. The Adobe Flash Player plug-in is now integrated into Google Chrome for added security.

Apple users will be happy to learn that the browser is now available on Intel based computers running Mac OS X 10.5 or later.  Apple’s rival Safari browser is lagging behind.  Google’s Chrome browser has jumped from 0% of the market to 7% in 20 months compared with Safari, which has only grown 2%.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs has responded with a promise to boost Safari with the HTML5 support that Google Chrome already has.  In the meantime it seems that Google’s latest browser is quickly climbing to the top of the Internet world with new innovations and improvements coming our way.