Android Wear Update

Google announces its first major update for Android Wear

By on October 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Google announces its first major update for Android Wear

Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone.

Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. More →

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Google Now New Cards

Here are the latest awesome features Google added to Google Now

By on October 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Here are the latest awesome features Google added to Google Now

Google has quietly added a couple of new cards to its Google Now arsenal, with Reddit users having already spotted a special police activity card as well as a card that provides solar eclipse information. More →

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Google USB Stick Password

Google may have finally figured out how to kill the password once and for all

By on October 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Google may have finally figured out how to kill the password once and for all

The problems with traditional passwords are many, and while two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security, it’s also a tedious and annoying process a lot of the time. Several big-name tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, have been working on ways to replace the traditional password with other security measures and now Technology Review reports that Google may have finally settled on a way to make the password obsolete and it involves using a USB stick to act as the physical key to your Google account. More →

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iOS and Android Encryption

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

By on October 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. More →

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Chromecast vs. Android TV

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

By on October 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

After having been spotted in FCC documentation, the second-generation Chromecast has been confirmed by Googlers from the Chromecast team during a Reddit ask-me-anything session, but they said the device will not have any new features for users, without revealing more details about it. Meanwhile, Gigaom has learned that a Chromecast V2 is indeed coming, as Google doesn’t plan to replace its extremely affordable and very popular dongle with Android TV just yet. More →

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Android 5.0 Download

This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for free

This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for free

By on October 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Google recently unveiled the finished version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is now in the hands of developers and handset vendors. The former group is busy updating the look of their apps to match Google’s beautiful new “Material Design” and the latter is hard at work readying updates for their latest phones. It will be months before those updates are finished being built and tested though, so most Android fans still have quite a wait ahead of them.

Of course, thanks to Android’s open nature, there are ways to get a taste of Google’s latest and greatest software without having to wait another minute. More →

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Gmail vs. Bigtop: Google Email

Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternative

By on October 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternative

Google is apparently not happy with all the features its email product can offer, and it’s reportedly working on a new Gmail alternative, Android Police has learned, currently known internally as project “Bigtop.” More →

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Google Play Listen Now Update

Fantastic update may finally help Google’s music app become a real Spotify rival

By on October 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Fantastic update may finally help Google’s music app become a real Spotify rival

Do you remember how there were hints from Google that Google Play Music was going to get an entire Material Design revamp? Not only was it true, but Google has updated Play Music with a new “Listen Now” page that may help it become a legitimate rival to Spotify.

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Google Android Fragmentation Problems

Google is trying to stop Android from spiraling out of its control

By on October 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

Google is trying to stop Android from spiraling out of its control

You know how whenever you pick up an Android phone, it comes preloaded with Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and other key Google apps? Well, it’s not like that everywhere in the world. In fact, in China it’s quite common to find Android phones that have no native Google apps on them. More →

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Android 5.0 Features

Android 5.0 will bring one of the new Moto X’s coolest features to all Android phones

By on October 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Android 5.0 will bring one of the new Moto X’s coolest features to all Android phones

When we reviewed Motorola’s new Moto X last month, we didn’t mince words. All things considered, the second-generation Moto X was and still is the best Android phone on the planet. The customization options are unparalleled, the hardware and build quality are top notch, the display is beautiful and the performance is impressive. It really is the total package. The best things about the Moto X may be the great voice controls and other convenience enhancements Motorola added to Android on the Moto X, and now one of the coolest features from the Moto X is apparently coming to all top Android phones in Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. More →

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Google Nexus 6 Preorder

This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6

By on October 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is bigger and more expensive than any previous Nexus-branded smartphone, but that doesn’t mean certain Android fans aren’t eager to buy the Motorola-made handset. The device has already been listed on Google’s Play Store pages well ahead of its actual launch, with the company reminding potential customers they’ll soon be able to purchase it online. More →

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Eric Schmidt Google Search

The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

By on October 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

For many Internet users, Google is synonymous with online search and is seen as the go-to place to get your questions answered. However, Google is still looking for new things to add to its search capabilities, as former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt outlined in a speech last week in Berlin where he talked about “innovation, technology, and the future of the Internet.” More →

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