Google in an email to all developers states following …
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google’s much anticipated Nexus One was finally unveiled at a press conference in Mountain View, California on January 5. It had already been distributed to Google employees in December, before its launch.
Made by HTC, Google has co-branded the phone. Google is retailing this phone in a way that it knows best, on the web. Available through www.google.com/phone, the phone is available for $529 as an unlocked version and $179 with two year contract with T-mobile (with a $79.99 monthly data plan) in the United States. It is also available for delivery in UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. So, yes, you cannot buy it in India yet, nor get it shipped here.
The looks of the phone are pretty similar to the iPhone but have a few more buttons that then Apple device. The bottom of the screen houses four touch sensitive buttons for Back, Home, Menu and Search unlike the iPhone that has just the one button to go back to the home screen. Below the buttons is a tri-color illuminated trackball. The color of the trackball changes depending on the kind of notification being received on the phone.
Read More @ http://www.google.com/phone/
Many things are designed to make our lives easier, but sometimes they seem to make them more complicated. If everything worked like Google Mail, life would be much simpler!
Google launched set of 5 videos which illustrates how life is easier with Google Mail …
Google Mail conversation chains – Email replies are grouped into conversations with the original message
Offline Google Mail – You can access your email even when you are not connected to the internet
Google Mail spam protection – Spam-fighting technology saves you time
Google Mail themes – Customise your inbox with themes to suit your mood
Google Mail voice and video chat – Chat face-to-face with friends using built-in video chat
Watch the videos at http://google.co.uk/googlemailvideos
Attended the Dreamforce Google Wave sessions, and guess what got an Google Wave Invite.
Here’s your chance to give Wave a try for yourself. Enter your email address below and the last five digits of your Dreamforce badge below and we’ll send you an invite to give Wave a ride.
Google Maps Navigation (Beta) is launched . It is an internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 phones.
Below are few of the videos demonstrating various features of Google Maps Navigation (Beta)
O’Reilly’s upcoming book Google Wave: Up and Running on Google Wave showcases
How a wave is structured?
How it works?
Also it details on Robots, Gadgets, Embedded Waves, Wavelets, Blips, threaded conversation model ….
So What Exactly Is Google Wave?
Google Wave is a real-time communication and collaboration platform that incorporates several types of web technologies, including email, instant messaging (IM), wiki, online documents, and gadgets. In more technical terms, Google Wave is a platform based on hosted XML documents (called waves) supporting concurrent modifications and low-latency updates.
The Google Wave user interface includes panes that dynamically update with content as users interact with waves.
A general overview of how a wave is structured. Waves contain wavelets, which are containers for blips (messages) added by participants. Extensions, in the form of robots and gadgets augment the conversation between participants in a wave by adding different types of features and functionality to a conversation.
The threaded conversation model includes one or more threads based on replies to an initial message or replies to other replies.
Waiting for Google Wave Invite, check the invite post @ http://www.chiragmehta.info/chirag/2009/10/03/google-wave-preview-invitations/
The most anticipated Google wave is live in limited mode. Currently it is in invitation mode, where in you need to request for an invitation to Google and they will revert back with limited version of Google Wave.
Wave is a new step towards Collobaration …
Hmmm, this is interesting. Google had spotty luck trying to push its Chrome browser to users, but now it’s come out with Google Chrome Frame to embed Chrome’s functionality inside Internet Explorer.
The idea of embedding one browser’s functionality inside another browser isn’t new. Firefox users have IE Tab, for example, to run sites that absolutely require IE to run. With IE Tab the user can specify a list of sites and/or file extensions that should always be opened in an IE tab. That approach is problematic at times because the user isn’t always the best person to determine whether the site works correctly with a particular browser. It may take trial and error on the user’s part to determine that the site is breaking because it requires IE.
Google Chrome Frame lets web page developers specify that their page would really prefer to be rendered in Chrome rather than IE. Once the plugin is installed, the author of a web page can specify that IE should use the Chrome Frame plugin by putting a single tag into the top of the document:
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”chrome=1″/>
If some other browser is in use, or if the user has IE with the plugin not installed, the page renders just like it normally would. If, however, the Chrome Frame plugin is installed in IE, the page is rendered using the Google Chrome engine even though it’s still within the IE application.
This sort of browser-in-browser solution could be great for developers that want to support IE6 users without having to deal with IE6 quirks. They’d just add the tag to their site and tell IE6 users that they’d be supported only with Google Chrome Frame. (IE7 and IE8 aren’t as problematic, so most developers can build a site that supports them with or without Chrome Frame.) The biggest problem I see is that many IE6 users are dealing with locked-down systems and won’t have the authority or ability to add the plugin. If they could do that, they’d also be able to upgrade their browser!
Read more on Google Chrome Frame @ Google Chrome
Ack : Dave Methvin
I am receiving error that Google’s mail service, Gmail, is down when I try to access GMail. CenterNetworks International Headquarters shows that it is unreachable. Google’s Apps Status Dashboard shows an outage for Gmail although they state it’s for a “small subset of users”.
View Google App Status Dashboard
The following message is displayed on some loads:
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request. Please try again in 30 seconds.
Read More @ CenterNetworks.com
I am a big fan of using Gmail for all of my email needs. However, there is one thing that Gmail is missing that I find essential. How do you send an email at a specific time in the future?
For e.g, save an email(with future date defined) in OUTBOX to wish birthday of your loved ones. It automatically gets delivered on the date you want it to be sent on. No hassles, no crying or no need to make any excuses to your loves ones on missing to wish them birthday or anniversary or etc …
Anyone can request features to Google on GMail @ http://mail.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=suggest
Above forum have resulted in creation of following wonderful features. Recently Implemented Suggestions
* Multi-person chat
* IMAP access
* Extra paid storage
* Support for more browsers
* Signature options
* New message notifier
* Free POP access
* Free automatic forwarding
* See the number of new spam messages from my inbox
* Automatic email forwards
* Save my message drafts
* Search my Contacts list
* Import addresses into my Contacts list
* Colorful background skins
* Import contacts from other email accounts
* Import messages from my other email accounts
* To-do list
So go ahead and request or suggest features you would like to see in Google’s GMAIL.