iPad users no longer have to use the 2x display mode when using Google Assistant on their Apple tablet. The app has been updated to automatically fit all iPad model displays. This includes the 7.9-inch iPad mini to 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The app has also includes bug fixes and stability improvements "to bring you the best Assistant experience," according to the release notes.
Google has finally updated its three main productivity apps with multitasking support for the iPad. Google Sheets, Slides and Docs were all updated yesterday with Split-screen multitasking and minor bug fixes. Google was one of the first to update its apps with iPad Pro optimization, but it was slow to roll out multitasking to its productivity apps. Google Photos was one of the only Google apps that gain multitasking features back in March.
Google this week updated its productivity apps, Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, with native iPad Pro support. Each of the apps will now take advantage of the tablet's larger 12.9-inch screen. Google Docs has also been updated with a word count feature, while Sheets gained an easier account creation tool. All three apps were updated with minor bug fixes and performance improvements.
Google announced today that it is has begun indexing iOS apps with a "small group of test partners". This means iOS users will eventually be able to open app content directly from Google Search on their iOS devices. The initial test links will begin showing in the Google App and Chrome for "signed-in users globally in the coming weeks."
Google today released a mobile Classroom app "to help teachers and students connect from wherever they are". The app not only allows teachers to stay organized by assigning and tracking assignments on their phone or tablet, but it also allows students to easily add images, PDFs and web pages to their work. Students can snap photos from the assignment page in the app and even attach images or other files created with other apps. The app also features offline caching so class streams and assignment information can be accessed without an internet connection.
On the other side, teachers can keep an eye on all the assignments they have issued across all classes via the teacher assignment page. From this page teachers can see what assignments they have viewed and check a student's progress. Google also added a way for teachers to archive classes so they can keep the old separated from the new.
It looks like Google Play Music will be the next subscription-based music app to land on the iPad. A 9to5Mac tipster has discovered that an iPad version of Google's music app has been lurking inside the iPhone app.
We’ve received another tip stating that changing the app’s “UIDeviceFamily” key from 1 to 2 within its info.plist file will provide the same iPad layout shown below. We’ve independently tested and confirmed this to be true.
Photowall for Chromecast is a new iOS app by Google which allows people to "collaborate with images" on their Chromecast-connected TVs. Chromecast owners can use the new app to doodle and comment on images before beaming them to their televisions to share with other Photowall users. The app also allows anyone to add photos to the montage, and it automatically uploads your Photowall creations to YouTube for easier sharing.
Photowall for Chromecast is available for iOS devices only. It is free to download from the App Store and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 6.0 or higher.
Google has teamed up with Fox to give American Idol fans an easier way to vote for their favorite contestants. Here's how to vote using your iPad, iPhone or computer:
Simply open the Google Search app on your iPad or iPhone, or just go to Google.com on any browser and search "american idol". You will then be given a list of the current finalist to choose from. Click on the contestant's image that you want to vote for, and then use the slider to select how many votes you want to add. You can add up to 50 votes and vote for as many finalist as you want. Finally, just click submit to send in your votes.
The Google Play Movies & TV app is now available in the App Store. The app allows users to watch movies or TV shows they bought or rented from Google Play directly on their iOS devices. Unfortunately you can't buy movies from the app since Google opted not to pay Apple its 30% fee. Google also added Chromecast support so users can "cast" movies from their iPhone or iPad to their TV.
The app is free to download from the Apple App Store. It requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with all iOS devices.
Google has brought its crusade against Vertical Video Syndrome to tablets by adding iPad support to its YouTube Capture app. The app, which was originally launched for the iPhone in December, is a quicker and easier way to capture videos and directly upload them to YouTube. The app requires that users hold their device in a horizontal position to work, in a effort to cut down on the amount of annoying vertical videos being uploaded to the internet.
Users can now use the app to record and simultaneously upload video to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter from their iPads and iPad minis. The app also allows users to set preferences for automatic color correction, video stabilization and location services.