2 More new apps straight from Google

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To be exact, today Google dished out an Orkut App and a Buzz Widget. Never heard of Orkut? Orkut is Google’s first of three attempts at social networking (that is if you count Wave and subsequently Buzz as numbers two and three) and the most orthodox among them. Here are the respective press releases from the Google Mobile Blog:

Introducing Google Buzz widget for Android

Since we launched Google Buzz for mobile, we’ve been working on ways to make it quicker and easier to share your thoughts and experiences while you’re out and about.
Today, we’re excited to release a Google Buzz widget for Android phones that lets you post text and photos with a single tap. Like other mobile access points for Google Buzz, the widget lets you choose to tag your post with the location or place from which it was posted. You can post buzz about a great meal you had and share photos of the new restaurant. To save time, your posts will upload in the background, letting you get back to your scrumptious dessert without a wait.

The widget is initially available in English for Android phones running v1.6 and later. Search for ‘Google Buzz’ in the Android Market to download it now. Once installed, you can add it to your home screen: tap “Menu” while on the home screen and select “Add > Widgets > Google Buzz”.

We plan to add support for other languages soon. Visit our Help Center to learn more, ask questions in our Help Forum, or give us suggestions and vote on other people’s on the Mobile Product Ideas page.

Posted by Zak Cohen, Software Engineer, Google Mobile
Source: Introducing Google Buzz widget for Android

Orkut for Android — live folders, photo upload and more!

(Cross-posted on the orkut Blog)
Orkut is now ready to roll on mobile phones with Android. Now you can stay connected to your orkut friends wherever you go — via scrap notifications, direct photo uploads to your orkut albums, and a phonebook synced to your orkut friends’ phone numbers and status messages. Orkut for Android lets you stay in touch with pals through…

Orkut friends live folders
Simply add the list of your orkut friends as a live folder on your home screen, and you’ll be able to browse through your friends list even when not under data network coverage. The live folder also lets you communicate (via call, scrap or SMS) with your friends in a single click. To install a live folder, click “Menu > Add > Folders > Orkut” on your Android device’s homescreen after installing the orkut for Android application.

Photo uploads to your orkut albums
Gone are the days when you needed to download photos from your Android phone to your computer and then upload them to your orkut albums. Now you can simply upload photos from your Android Photo Gallery. Just click “Menu > Share > Orkut” while browsing your photos in the Android Photo Gallery to get started.

Scrap notification
You will get notifications on your Android device when you have new scraps on orkut. The notifications will appear on your Android device notification bar; clicking on notifications will take you to your scrapbook page.

To install the orkut for Android application visit Android Market from your Android device and search for “orkut” under the social applications category. You can also directly scan the QR code below to install it. Note that the application is available only for Android devices running version 1.6 or higher.

Hope to see you on orkut for Android soon!
Posted by Deepak Sethi and Alok Goel, software engineer and product manager
Source: Orkut for Android — live folders, photo upload and more!

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