I tried Google Station in Mexico City: free and fast public Wi-Fi but at a price

Google describes Google Station as "fast, reliable, for everyone." So I went to try it in one of the locations spread in Mexico City. The closest hotspot Galerías Insurgentes, a shopping centre southwest of the city. It's hard to find one: you can only access it in 7 shopping centres and a bus station. Nevertheless, Google seems to be making an effort to expand its availability; it's...

Google nailed the handling of files on Android with Files Go

I like Google’s mobile apps: they are quite simple but offer different features in one place. I use Maps almost every day to find the best bike routes to get to work; Keep lets me share shopping lists with my girlfriend and edit them collaboratively to know what to get from the supermarket; and Trips makes planning a holiday a whole lot easier, with sightseeing recommendations, flight and hotel...

We tried Google Assistant for iPhone outside the United States

Today, Google released a new app for iPhone: Assistant. It wants to take Siri´s place, although not completely because of Apple´s iOS restrictions. Assistant is available in the US App Store for free and works only in English. The main screen takes you directly to your "Google Assistant," that can "help you find what you need and get things done." Tap the mic icon and after granting...

We tried Google Duo, the search giant’s response to FaceTime

You know FaceTime, Apple's video chat app for iPhone and iPad. Well, Google has just come up with a true rival: Duo. Free for Android phones and, yes, iPhones, Google Duo wants to best FaceTime. Just like Apple's app, Duo doesn't require any configuration. Instead of an Apple ID, enter your phone number and Duo will automatically verify it by sending you an SMS. Next, you will see your...

Quick tip: How to save a map to the SD card on Google Maps for Android

Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world. It's good to have Google Maps with you for whenever you're lost. But what if an area doesn't have mobile internet coverage? Most importantly: What if you don't have a Mexican SIM card for starters? To avoid any roaming charges, Google Maps lets you download an area of a city for offline access. Even better, now you get to choose between...

How to use Google Maps “Add stop” feature on Android

Google just updated its Maps app for Android. It now enables users to add a stop to their trips; you get directions to a third place, instead from just A to B. To use Stops, look for a place. After Google Maps locates it, tap the car icon to get directions. The map will show up; you will notice a three-dotted button on the top right. Select it and choose the "Add stop" option. Now...

How to set a sleep timer on Google Play Music for iPhone and iPad

Google Play Music listed a new update on the App Store that includes a redesigned search bar and a sleep timer. The former to "help you find the right music faster" while the later to "turn the music off automatically when the time is up." (Plus, there's a fresh new Play Music boot logo.) While the redesigned search is straightforward – tap the magnifying glass icon and look for an artist,...

This free player makes using Google Play Music on a computer so much better

I've been a fan of Google Music – that´s right, the early Google service that enabled you to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud and access them on a computer or Android smartphone – since its launch in 2011. Don´t get me wrong, I like Play Music, and you can read my reasons on why you should give it a chance, but I like the idea of not having to pay for something I will end up not using in...

How to take a detour on Google Maps for iPhone

Google Maps 4.16 brought two changes to the iPhone's cartography app, beside the common "bug fixes." You can now use 3D Touch on an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to quickly access directions to your house and work on the Home screen. But the most significant addition, at least for people without the latest and brightest smartphone from Apple, is the ability to "add detours to your route. These include to...

Get 2 GB of free Google Drive storage, courtesy of Google’s Safer Internet Day promo

Today is Safer Internet Day, a time intended to "promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world." To help with making users more security-conscious, Google is giving away 2 GB of free Drive storage. Google Drive enables you to upload and store all kinds of files in the cloud so you can have access to...