Friday, February 25, 2011

Finding the right place when you need it

Over the past few months, we have launched several new mobile search features for iPhone and Android-powered devices that make it easier to find local businesses. In the US, we launched an “open now” feature which lets you filter local search results to show only businesses that are open right now, based on their listed hours. When you’re hankering for pizza at 1 o’clock in the morning, this can be really handy:

Other local search options available globally include filtering by star ratings (find a highly-rated restaurant for your first date) and by distance (especially handy when you’re on foot).

You may have noticed other improvements as well, like the addition of images, reviews from around the web and bigger buttons for viewing a map or calling a business directly. Each business’s open hours are also shown in the result snippets.

If you haven’t used local search recently, now is a great time to try it out. Just go to in your browser, tap on the “Places” link at the top of the page, and do a search. You can also access these features when searching for businesses on Google Maps for mobile on Android devices.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

HTC Smartphone Prices in Saudi Arabia February 2011

Smartphone market in Saudi Arabia is rapidly growing. Now you can find any kind of smartphone here. From HTC to iPhone, from Blackberry to Samsung, from Sony Ericsson to Nokia. Because people are purchasing in Saudi Riyal, that is a powerful currency and offers a strong purchasing power to customers, people are fond of buying any new device arrived. They'll switch from Nokia to Blackberry sometimes and when next smartphone arrives from Samsung, they immediately buy it. Saudi Arabian cities like Jeddah, Riyadh and Al-Khobar are big markets of mobile phones.

Here are the prices of most popular and latest HTC Smartphones in Saudi Arabia. You might find a few Saudi Riyals difference when you visit the actual market.

HTC Smartphones

#Smartphone ModelPrice in Saudi Riyals
1HTC HD73299 SR
2HTC 7 Mozart2999 SR
3HTC HD22490 SR
4HTC HD mini1599 SR
5HTC Viva850 SR
5HTC Desire HD2990 SR
5HTC Desire Z2890 SR
5HTC Desire1999 SR
5HTC Legend1999 SR
5HTC Wildfire1290 SR

Friday, February 18, 2011

5 tips for using Blogger on your Android phone

Earlier this month, we announced the first version of the Blogger app for Android on the Blogger Buzz blog. Today, we’d like to share some tips on how you can use the Blogger app to quickly publish posts when you’re on the go.

1. Attach photos as you compose
Take photos using your phone’s camera and instantly add them to your post while you draft. You can also insert photos from your phone’s gallery, all within the Blogger app.

2. Include your current location
With your phone’s GPS, you can let your readers know where you’re blogging from by selecting your current location, no additional typing needed.

3. Share to Blogger
Share videos, products, photos, links and other interesting things you would like to include in your blog via the share button that’s available in many apps, including Google Maps for mobile, YouTube, and your web browser. After you share an item to your Blogger, it will be inserted into new post that’s automatically created for you so that start can composing right away.

4. Switch across multiple Blogger accounts
If you’re an author of more than one blog, you can easily switch between your different accounts by tapping on the orange arrow next to the title of your blog. That way, you can publish articles for each of your blogs to keep your all of your readers up to date.

5. Keep track of published posts and saved drafts
See what you’ve composed in an easy to read list by tapping the list icon located on the top right-hand corner.

We hope that you enjoyed these blogging tips. If you haven’t done so already, you can download the free Blogger app for Android 2.1+ devices from Android Market or scan the QR code below. As always, we would love to hear what you think so please feel free to share your thoughts with us through our feedback form.

Happy blogging!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Updates to the Google Reader app for Android

(Cross-posted from the Google Reader blog)

Today we’re excited to announce some updates to the official Google Reader app for Android. Over the last couple of months, we’ve added some of your most-requested features:

Unread count widget - choose any feed, label, person, or “all items” and get the unread count on your home screen. Clicking on the widget takes you to straight to that stream.

  • News ticker widget - if you prefer a bit more information, you can add a larger size widget that cycles through items on any stream you want in Reader. Clicking any headline will take you to the article, while clicking the folder will take you to that stream.

  • That is a lot of widgets

  • Mark previous as read - if you’ve used the mobile version of Reader before and missed this feature, it’s now back! As you scroll down your reading list, hit “Mark previous as read” at any time to only mark things above the screen as read.

  • In addition to these new features, we now have an official Russian translation as well.

    We hope you enjoy the update - give it a try! You can download the app in all countries from Android Market. The Google Reader app is available for devices running Android 1.6 or higher, with widget functionality available for devices on Android 2.2+. 

    Posted by Brian Shih, Product Manager

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Nokia N8 High Resolution Images for Designers

    Just for Designers, High Resolution pictures of Nokia N8 Smartphone. These pictures are in PNG format with transparent background. I hope you guys will like it.
    You can also find iPhone 4 High resolution images here.

    Nokia Mobile Phone Prices in Pakistan February 2011

    Nokia Logo
    Last time in January I have published Prices for Nokia Mobile Phones in Pakistan . Upon good response from users I am publishing these prices for February 2010. You might find a 3 % difference between actual market prices. These prices might give you an idea of the Pakistan mobile phone market. market.

    NOKIA 1280
    Rs  1885
    NOKIA 1616
    Rs  2295
    NOKIA 1800
    Rs  2390
    NOKIA 2220
    Rs  4390
    NOKIA 2330
    Rs  4250
    NOKIA 2690
    Rs  5000
    NOKIA 2700
    Rs  6600
    NOKIA 2710
    Rs  9900
    NOKIA 5030
    Rs  2950
    NOKIA 5230
    Rs  13125
    NOKIA 5233
    Rs  11490
    NOKIA 5250
    Rs  17200

    NOKIA 5530
    Rs  17200
    NOKIA 5530 Pink
    Rs  17800
    NOKIA 5630
    Rs  17200
    NOKIA 5730
    Rs  23000
    NOKIA 5800
    Rs  21200
    NOKIA 6303i
    Rs  11000
    NOKIA 6600i
    Rs  17800
    NOKIA 6600s
    Rs  18900
    NOKIA 6700c
    Rs  19500
    NOKIA 6700s
    Rs  15800
    NOKIA 6720
    Rs  18500
    NOKIA 6730
    Rs  15200
    NOKIA 6760
    Rs  18800
    NOKIA 7020
    Rs  7800
    NOKIA 7230
    Rs  10750
    NOKIA C-1
    Rs  2600
    NOKIA C-1.01
    Rs  4150
    NOKIA C-3
    Rs  10100
    NOKIA C-5
    Rs  13030
    NOKIA C-6
    Rs  23000
    NOKIA C-7
    Rs  28800
    NOKIA X-2
    Rs  8800
    NOKIA X-3
    Rs  11200
    NOKIA X-3.02
    Rs  13400
    NOKIA X6 8GB
    Rs  23700
    NOKIA X6 16GB
    Rs  28000
    NOKIA E5
    Rs  17200
    NOKIA E52
    Rs  19110
    NOKIA E63
    Rs  14870
    NOKIA E66
    Rs  19300
    NOKIA E71
    Rs  20555
    NOKIA E72
    Rs  26250
    NOKIA E72bt
    Rs  28800
    NOKIA E75
    Rs  23900
    NOKIA N8
    Rs  38000
    NOKIA N86
    Rs  32500
    NOKIA N958gb
    Rs  36000
    NOKIA N96
    Rs  36500
    NOKIA N97mini
    Rs  31900
    NOKIA N900
    Rs  35700

    Thanks to Faheem for getting prices for me.

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    A Rumored smartphone HTC Desire 2

    We are getting news on different Smartphone news website about launch of a new HTC Android based Smartphone, HTC Desire 2. Yet HTC didn't display anything about this on their site, we still managed to give you an update with the help of

    Here is the Specification of HTC Desire 2

    GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
    Announced Not officially announced yet
    SIZE Dimensions -
    Weight -
    DISPLAY Type S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
    - Multi-touch input method

    - Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate

    - Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

    - HTC Sense v3.0 UI

    - Touch-sensitive controls
    SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
    Loudspeaker Yes
    3.5mm jack Yes

    MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
    Call records Practically unlimited
    Internal 4GB storage, 512 MB ROM
    Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
    EDGE Yes
    3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
    WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
    Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
    Infrared port No
    USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
    CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    Features Geo-tagging, touch-focus, image stabilization
    Video Yes, 720p@30fps
    Secondary Yes, 2 MP
    FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
    CPU 1 GHz processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm 8250 Snapdragon chipset
    Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
    Browser HTML
    Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
    Games Yes
    Colors Black
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
    Java Via third party application
    - SNS integration

    - Digital compass

    - Dedicated search key

    - Google Search, Maps, Gmail

    - YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration

    - MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player

    - DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

    - Organizer

    - Document viewer

    - Voice memo/dial/commands

    - Predictive text input
    BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Introducing the Google Translate app for iPhone

    (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog and Google Translate Blog.)

    Back in August 2008, we launched a Google Translate HTML5 web app for iPhone users. Today, the official Google Translate for iPhone app is available for download from the App Store. The new app has all of the features of the web app, plus some significant new additions designed to improve your overall translation experience.

    Speak to translate
    The new app accepts voice input for 15 languages, and—just like the web app—you can translate a word or phrase into one of more than 50 languages. For voice input, just press the microphone icon next to the text box and say what you want to translate.

    Listen to your translations
    You can also listen to your translations spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages. This feature uses the same new speech synthesizer voices as the desktop version of Google Translate we introduced last month.

    Full-screen mode
    Another feature that might come in handy is the ability to easily enlarge the translated text to full-screen size. This way, it’s much easier to read the text on the screen, or show the translation to the person you are communicating with. Just tap on the zoom icon to quickly zoom in.

    And the app also includes all of the major features of the web app, including the ability to view dictionary results for single words, access your starred translations and translation history even when offline, and support romanized text like Pinyin and Romaji.

    You can download Google Translate now from the App Store globally. The app is available in all iOS supported languages, but you’ll need an iPhone or iPod touch iOS version 3 or later.

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Live Stream: Think Mobile event for mobile marketers

    Looking to reach out to your customers on mobile? Join us for our live streamed discussion on February 10th, 1:05pm EST with Mary Meeker, Partner at Kleiner Perkins, Google’s Dennis Woodside, SVP of Americas Operations, and Jason Spero, Head of Americas Mobile Advertising on the future of mobile and mobile marketing. To learn more about the event and live stream, please visit the Google Mobile Ads blog.

    Posted by Suzanne Mumford, Google Mobile Ads Marketing Team

    Priority Inbox in Gmail for mobile

    If you’ve ever cursed a phone’s tiny screen as utterly inadequate for sifting through an overflowing inbox you’ll be pleased to hear that the Gmail mobile web app now supports Priority Inbox. Priority Inbox helps combat information overload by automatically identifying your important messages so you can focus on those first. Until today it was only available on the desktop and on Android devices.

    Now, once you set up Priority Inbox in the desktop version of Gmail, you’ll see Priority Inbox sections when you visit from your phone’s browser and click on the ‘Menu’ screen. You’ll also see importance markers in your inbox, so you can quickly identify which messages are important.

    This feature is available for most mobile browsers that support HTML5, such as devices running Android 1.5+ and iOS 3+. Currently, you can’t set up Priority Inbox or mark messages as important or unimportant from here. If you have suggestions or want to learn more, visit our Help Center and forum.

    Posted by Nathan Bullock, Software Engineer

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    Introducing the Android Market website

    Over the past two years, developers around the world have helped make Android Market the go-to place for more than 100,000 apps, games and widgets. Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today, we are introducing the Android Market website that lets you browse and search for great apps right from your web browser.

    The website makes it easy to discover great new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. You can also send apps directly to your Android device with just a few clicks—no wires needed. We’ve built in new social features, too. You can share apps with your friends through Twitter. And you can read and post app reviews directly to Android Market from the web or from your device.

    And what about all those apps you’ve already purchased and downloaded? Sign in to the website with your Google account and click “My Market Account” to see all the apps you’ve purchased or downloaded. It makes managing all your apps quite easy.

    The Android Market website was officially unveiled today during an event at Google headquarters where we showcased Honeycomb (Android 3.0), our latest Android release built from the ground up for tablets. Honeycomb has a completely redesigned user interface, with more interactive notifications and widgets, improved multi-tasking, and the latest and greatest Google Mobile services optimized for tablets. We also showed off pre-release applications optimized for Honeycomb, from over 17 developers including:

    • AccuWeather
    • CNN
    • Disney Mobile
    • The Economist
    • Fuze box
    • Glu Mobile
    • Google Body
    • Grocery iQ
    • Intuit
    • Ngmoco
    • Pulse News
    • Quickoffice
    • Time Magazine
    • TouchType
    • Trendy Entertainment
    • War Drum Studios
    • Weatherbug
    • Zynga

    Stay tuned for more at Mobile World Congress (February 14) in Barcelona where you'll see more than 50 developers demoing their latest phone and tablet apps at the Android booth in Hall 8.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Announcing Google Shopper for iPhone

    (Cross-posted on the Google Merchant Blog)

    As we announced last November, millions of people have downloaded Google Shopper for Android to help them shop on the go. Today, we’re excited to let you know that Google Shopper, our popular Android shopping application, is now available for iPhone as a download in the App Store. Google Shopper turns your iPhone into a shopping assistant, so you can:

    • Learn more about products and read relevant user reviews
    • Compare prices at online and local stores
    • Save and share products for later consideration

    Let’s say you’re planning a special meal for Valentine’s Day - but you need a cast-iron skillet to get the recipe just right. With Shopper, finding one is easy enough: just type in “cast iron skillet” or say it using Voice Search. Then, from the results, you can choose a specific product that appeals to you. Alternatively, if you were in the store and wanted to see product reviews, you could also scan the barcode of a particular product.

    Once you’ve selected a product result, you can compare prices across web retailers, and even find where you can purchase the item nearby, which is especially useful for those of us who are last-minute shoppers. For some retailers, we also provide inventory information so you can see if a particular store branch has the item in stock, has limited availability, or if the item is out of stock and you should head to a different store.

    If you’re not sure about making a purchase or are building out a gift list, you can “star” products for future consideration. You can also share items with friends across your social network to let them know about products you love or great deals you've found.

    You can download Google Shopper for free in the App Store. Shopper is available for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0+ in English only for the United States and the UK.

    We hope you enjoy shopping with Google Shopper!

    Check in with Google Latitude

    (Cross-posted with the Official Google Blog)

    We first introduced Google Latitude to help you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are. For the 10 million people actively using Latitude each month, this “where” has been a location on a map. Starting today in Google Maps 5.1 for Android, you can also connect that location to a real place by checking in there using Latitude.

    Connecting your location with places
    You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location—like captions to a photo. For example, I live in San Francisco but often travel around the world. Until today, sharing my location let friends and family know if I was across the globe or in their neighborhood. Now, check-ins let them see the cool restaurant I’m trying in Taipei or join me for a latte at the cafe nearby.

    See where your friends are on a map and where they’re checking in.

    Not your typical check-ins
    Because you can use Latitude to automatically detect your location, we’ve added a few twists to checking in to make it really easy:
    • Notifications: Turn on check-in notifications in Latitude’s settings and get a notification to check in at a nearby place once you arrive. Never forget to check in again.
    • Automatic check-ins: Choose to automatically check in at specific places you designate, and you’ll be checked in when you’re there. You can talk to friends or finish your bagel without fumbling with your phone.
    • Check out: Once you leave, Latitude knows to automatically check you out of places so friends aren’t left guessing if you’re still there.

    Explore your world one check-in at a time
    Latitude is built right into Google Maps for Android so check-ins work across Latitude and Maps seamlessly. For example, check in at that new hamburger joint, and you’ll see its Place page with reviews to help you order. When friends check in at a place, you can go straight from their Latitude profile to its Place page to learn about it, fire up Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for turn-by-turn directions to them, and more.

    You can also check in at a favorite place to earn special status there; you’ll see if you’ve become a “Regular,” a “VIP” or a “Guru” on its Place page. Keep checking in to hold onto your status or reach the next level.

    Latitude check-ins are built right into Google Maps and Place pages.

    Of course, we thought carefully about how to make checking in to places quick and easy while giving you control over your privacy. Just like when sharing your location with Latitude, checking in is 100% opt-in, and you can choose to share any check-in with your friends on Latitude, publicly on the web and your Google profile, or just yourself. Learn more about checking in and managing your check-ins with Latitude in the Help Center. Coming later this week, you’ll also be able to see your complete history of check-ins using the optional History tab at from your computer.

    Update (2/11/2011): You can now see check-ins and your own check-in history at from your computer.

    Choose options for individual check-ins or turn on and off notifications in the Latitude settings.

    Start checking in by downloading the latest Google Maps from Android Market (on Android 1.6+; tap here if you're on your phone) and then joining Latitude from the main menu. You can check in everywhere Maps and Latitude are already available. If you’re using the new Latitude app for iPhone, you’ll see your friends’ check-ins, and we’ll update the app soon so you can check in too.

    Just the beginning...
    Checking in from Latitude is just one step in helping you connect the places you go with the people you care about. We believe in letting you use or share your location however you like, and we’re working on making location and check-ins useful in more places—across Google and the web.