Google Things Changing and Things in the Works

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Google is changing some things, testing things, and unveiling things. Yes, I like things.

If you haven’t seen the changes yet you will shortly two of my many Gmail accounts have been upgraded to the new Gmail. Putting your mail in categories (Tabs) Primary, Social, and Promotions with the capability to add Updates and Forums to the list. I for one don’t like this change, but again with the change of the Play Store and other things on the horizon. It comes with the future coming quickly. I know we want change, but come on every few months seems like it’s turning into every few days. It might just not be a bad thing other than for my wallet.

When it comes to your files with Google and their Google drive, there is a great thing coming in security. Unnamed sources told CNET that Google is currently experimenting with encrypting Google Drive, and has already encrypted a small percentage of files. The move arrives in the wake of revealed classified slides owned by the NSA which show that the government uses PRISM, a program that collates data provided by companies as required under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. PRISM does not collect encrypted data unless the government possesses a key.

Typically, files are transmitted to Google Drive in encrypted form, but the data is stored in Google’s data centers in an unencrypted manner. However, if Google encrypts those files, then the company will not be able to divulge the stored content even if police obtain a search warrant for domestic law enforcement purposes, or if the NSA filed a legal order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

All clues point to Google taking the wraps off something big July 24. Could it be?:

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.2.2 launched back in February and is getting a little long in the tooth. Android fans widely expected the company to release 4.3 Jelly Bean at Google I/O in May. That didn’t happen, and technology pundits are speculating that Pichai will likely unveil the latest version of Android next week. It’s a safe bet, as Google has consistently released new versions of the Android OS every three to four months. Android 5, aka Key Lime Pie, is expected to launch later this year. I can’t wait.

Maybe the new Nexus 7
Google launched the Nexus 7 tablet one year ago this month, and speculation is running high that it’ll refresh that tablet soon. Reporters at Android Central this week leaked photos and a specification sheet for what they believe is the forthcoming Nexus 7. If the spec sheet is right, the new Nexus 7 will be made by ASUS, feature a 7-inch screen, front- and back cameras, running a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Previously, Android Central leaked possible pricing for the Nexus 7, which reportedly comes in between $229 and $269, depending on features.

The Nexus 7 runs a streamlined version of Android that avoids the kind of bloatware endemic on lesser Android tablets. If the rumored pricing is correct, the Nexus 7 will be $100 cheaper than the basic iPad Mini, which it competes within size and specs. More is better when it comes to speed, but with that speed comes a higher price. I for sure know that the current Nexus 7 knows there’s a new one coming when it decides to explode (not literally) in my hands and stops working with the headache of having to ship it to Asus for repair.

Or the Moto X
Google has really managed to build buzz around its forthcoming premium, made-in-America smartphone, the Moto X. Motorola chief Dennis Woodside talked extensively about the Moto X at the D11 conference. Google bought full-page, Fourth of July-themed newspaper ads for the Moto X and said it could spend up to $500 million marketing the phone. To top it off, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was (probably) using the Moto X at the Sun Valley conference earlier this month. If it’s not at next week’s press event, it’ll be soon thereafter. Google says it plans to sell the Moto X before the end of the year.

I just can’t wait to see what they are rolling out this coming week as we are done hearing about what’s coming out of Comic-Con. I for one love when new information is put out for me to want it NOW.

By: Forrest L. Rawls

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