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Google’s iOS and Android Applications Change, Security Strengthens

By July 17, 2013March 6th, 2023Cybersecurity

1105261_two_callsGoogle continues to change and tweak its applications for the two main phone operating systems. In just the last two weeks, both versions of the apps have seen new features, improvements to security, and some large changes. Here are just a few of the notable tweaks.

Gmail Alterations

The biggest complaints about the new Gmail upgrade have been addressed, including the lack of a “delete message” button, which had people ranting and raving all over the Internet. The button was reportedly removed on purpose with the option of restoring it via the options menu, but too many complaints caused a return of the button with the last update.

Google Earth Alterations

A huge update happened just a few days ago to Google Earth. The most important feature is the new version of Street View straight from Google Maps. You can now explore the world from the ground level from your phone when using Google Earth (in addition to Navigation). Google Earth now also includes full 3D maps, and the search results have been vastly improved. Directions on Google Earth have also been changed, and you can now navigate using mass transit and walking as well as driving.

Google Hangout Improvements

While Hangouts haven’t changed much on Android devices, the application for iOS has been improved dramatically. The Google Now part of the application now functions fully and displays “cards” with information pertaining to different interests. Google Now can also listen to what’s happening on a TV and can not only identify the show, but can give you suggestions on the next show you should also watch.

Security has also been improved on both devices, and the company recommends that timely updates are made to take advantage of state-of-the-art virus protection and detection.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.