For a long time, users of Google+ have had to back up their pictures to Google Drive manually by clicking the Share button and sending them over to their cloud storage account.
However, in the latest round of Google updates, pictures that are uploaded to Google+ will also be automatically backed up to the user’s Google Drive account. This will be accessible via a new tab in the Google Drive menu, under the heading ‘Google Photos.’ You are also able to back up and sort your pictures into files on your ‘My Drive’ section. You needn’t worry about wasting valuable space in your Drive account either, because even if you back up your pictures in the two different places, it only registers one photo-worth of storage space. This tutorial will show you how to locate your My Photos section and make the most of your storage space.
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LG’s latest smartwatch, the LG G Urbane, has just gone on sale at the Google Store.
Priced at £259.99 at both the Google Store and Clove, the LG G Watch Urbane is hoping to finally crack the puzzle of how to make a smartwatch look like a classy timepiece. It sports a leather strap, side bezel and a brushed aluminium casing and we have to say really looks the part.
It is compatible with Android 4.3 devices and above, is water and dust resistant and runs off a 410mAh battery, which should comfortably give you a day’s worth of use.
It also comes with a heart rate monitor for when you’re exercising as well as all the usual features of a Android Wear device, such as Google Fit support and the ability to see your notifications on your watch face.
The Nexus 7 has been dropped from the Google Store in favour of the Nexus 9.
The seven-inch tablet, built for Google by Nexus, has been a popular device since its launch back in 2012 but it has reached the end of its life-span after Google decided to drop the device from the Google Store.
The only option now for those who want a Nexus tablet is the Nexus 9, a nine-inch tablet built by HTC and available since late 2014. This can still be bought at the newly launched Google Store.
Production had ceased on the Nexus 7 last year but it was only over the weekend that the device was entirely removed from sale.
With only a modest spec update, including LTE, a bigger battery and an 8MP camera, is the second-generation Moto G 4G still the best budget buy?
Officially, the ‘G’ in ‘Moto G’ is meaningless. Android fans have long speculated that it stands for ‘Google,’ ‘generation,’ or even ‘geek,’ but Motorola themselves say it was just a randomly assigned letter. For our part, we’ve always thought it stood for ‘game-changer.’ Back in 2013, the original Moto G turned the phone industry on its head, offering the specs and user experience of a much more expensive handset for around £100. Can we say the same about the Moto G 4G (2015)?
The answer depends. If you’re upgrading from the first-generation Moto G 4G, which came out in Spring 2014, you will be impressed. The original Moto G 4G was only a minor upgrade on the Moto G, adding LTE connectivity and a microSD slot. However, if you’re upgrading from the Moto G’s official successor, the second-generation Moto G which launched last autumn, you’re not going to notice much of a difference, as it’s another incremental update.
The new Moto G 4G looks the same as the Moto G (2014), turning the palm-size smartphone into a 5.5-inch phablet. The dual front-facing speakers deliver impressive-sounding audio for all your musical needs, while the IPS display is easy on the eyes. The screen technically has a lower pixel density than the original with 294ppi, but it still looks perfectly crisp and sharp, both for reading small text and watching 720p video.
How to get Apple Watch functions with Android Wear.
One of the big announcements from the Apple Watch launch was the ability to send messages and drawings to fellow Apple Watch wearers with just a few clicks.However, if you are an Android Wear user, you’ve been able to do this for a while, thanks to the TicTalk chat app.
This neat addition to your Android Wear device can send pre-loaded messages and interactions to your friends via your smartwatch. As long as your device is one that can measure your heart-rate, it can even mimic the Apple Watch’s feature of sending your current heart-rate to a friend.
This tutorial will show you everything you need to do to send those neat, affectionate messages to other smartwatch wearers, way ahead of those looking to buy the Apple Watch.
Google has just revealed that they will be updating all seven Android Wear devices to give them Wi-Fi capability and emojis.
This move comes in the wake of the Apple unveiling its Apple Watch a couple of weeks ago. This has prompted Google to announce that all of the smartwatches that run Android Wear, such as the LG G watch and the Samsung Gear 2, will receive a major update with two key features from the Apple Watch.
Firstly, you will now be able to hand-draw emojis onto your watch, which will then convert themselves into proper emojis (no offence to your drawing skills intended) that you can send, trumping the Apple Watch for speed and entertainment. To see how to practise your emoji drawing talents, check out our quick tutorial here.
The other headline news from the update is the creation of Wi-Fi support. You can now get all your notifications and alerts through your phone even if it’s not within range, provided both are hooked up to a Wi-Fi signal. What makes this even better is that the watch and phone don’t even need to be connected to the same network, meaning you can be at a mate’s house and your phone can be at yours and you’ll still get your alerts.