Next-gen Nexus 6 Smartphone

Here’s our first big rumor about Google’s next-gen Nexus phone

By about 2 hours ago.

Here’s our first big rumor about Google’s next-gen Nexus phone

It’s way too early for next-gen Nexus smartphone rumors, but a wild report has already emerged out of China many months before Google’s expected launch date for a new Nexus phone. The successor of the Nexus 6 — which we won’t call Nexus 7 just yet, because that would simply be a strange smartphone name considering Google has used it for tablets so far — might be made by an Android device maker from China, according to a post on Weibo posted by someone with knowledge of the matter that was recently quoted by GizmoChina. More →

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Android Apps Search

Did Google just ruin the Android app store?

By about 6 hours ago.

Did Google just ruin the Android app store?

Apple’s iOS App Store is an interesting place. It houses more than 1.3 million apps that combine to make up the best mobile app ecosystem on the planet. It also features what may very well be the absolute worst search technology on the planet. Finding good apps using the App Store’s in-built search function is next to impossible, which is a big part of the reason we spend so much time here at BGR sharing great iPhone apps with our readers.

The Google Play app store for Android is a different story… for now, at least. More →

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Google Play Music 50,000 Song Limit

New Google Play update is every music lover’s dream come true

By on February 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

New Google Play update is every music lover’s dream come true

Google announced on the Android Official Blog this week that the music storage limit for free Google Play Music users has been bumped up from 20,000 songs to 50,000 songs. You can stream or download any of those 50k songs to your phone, tablet, computer or Chromecast. More →

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Google Chrome Malware Protection

How Google Chrome is keeping you safe from malware

By on February 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

How Google Chrome is keeping you safe from malware

No matter how hard you work to ensure your private data stays safe, it’s impossible to account for every potential security threat, as most recently illustrated by Lenovo’s bizarre adware catastrophe. Thankfully, there are other technology companies that consider security a priority, which is why Google’s latest Safe Browsing expansion is worth highlighting. More →

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Google Inbox Invite

Google’s email killer Inbox is finally coming to Apps accounts – how to request an invite

By on February 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Google’s email killer Inbox is finally coming to Apps accounts – how to request an invite

Google’s so-called “email killer” Inbox is a fantastic new service from the search and software giant that aims to take some of the sting out of email. The app apes some key features found in a number of similar apps such as Mailbox, mixes in a few original functions, and wraps it all up in a user interface that is positively gorgeous.

One of the key limitations for Inbox so far has been the lack of support for Google Apps accounts, so business users and people with their own domains have been unable to test Inbox. Starting soon, however, that will begin to change. More →

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Best Google Apps

11 great Google apps you’ve probably never even heard of

By on February 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

11 great Google apps you’ve probably never even heard of

To look at early versions of Android, when Google first began to truly embrace mobile, you would have never guessed that the company would eventually be responsible for some of the best and most beautiful apps on the planet. Today, however, apps like Gmail and Google Maps are the best and most widely used applications in their respective categories, and Google continues to wow us with its app quality each time new updates roll out or new apps are launched.

As much as you rely on the Google apps for computers, Android and iOS that you currently use, however, there are a slew of apps Google makes that you have probably never even heard of. More →

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Google Glass 2 Prototypes

Google Glass 2 prototypes reportedly already in the hands of developers

By on February 23, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

Google Glass 2 prototypes reportedly already in the hands of developers

Despite the fact that Glass was all but a complete misfire for Google, the project isn’t going away any time soon. Earlier this month, Tony Fadell told The New York Times that “future products” in the Glass line won’t be subjected to the same public experimentation as the first-generation model.

So we probably won’t see “Google Glass 2” at every tech event in 2015, but if a report from 9to5Google is to be believed, prototypes of the new version of the device might already be in the hands of developers. More →

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Samsung Vs. Google Apple Pay

Google and Samsung are on a collision course when it comes to fighting Apple Pay

By on February 23, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Google and Samsung are on a collision course when it comes to fighting Apple Pay

The security and ease of use behind Apple Pay unquestionably makes Apple’s own mobile payment service the best in the business. Left to play catch-up, Samsung recently acquired LoopPay, a mobile payments company with technology that enables consumers to make payments via traditional credit card readers.

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YouTube Kids for iPhone and Android

Google’s newest mobile app is a must-have for parents everywhere

By on February 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Google’s newest mobile app is a must-have for parents everywhere

Regardless of what mobile operating system you favor, chances are that you are using quite a few popular Google services, including Search, Gmail, Maps and YouTube, to name just a few. And if you’re a parent then you should definitely be interested in the latest service the company launched, a new app that’s available for both iPhone and Android in the U.S. right now. More →

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Google Now Gas Station Card

A great Google Now feature I’ve been waiting for was just added by Google

By on February 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM.

A great Google Now feature I’ve been waiting for was just added by Google

Google Now is easily one of my favorite mobile services. In fact, it’s probably one of the best things to happen to mobile devices in years. The service serves a number of different functions, but the easiest way to describe it is this: Google Now gives you information you need… before you even know you need it. I use Google Now constantly on my Android devices and on my iPhone, where the service lives inside the Google Search app.

Google Now is packed full of fantastic features, but there’s one simple one in particular that I have been waiting for — and now it has just been added. More →

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Google Search Mobile Changes

Google’s latest mobile search change brings some key interface changes

By on February 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Google’s latest mobile search change brings some key interface changes

Where would we be without Google Search? We have written a number of times about how important Google and its industry-leading search engine is — for a good example, see our article titled “The truth about Google and evil.” Google has launched and will continue to launch a number of important products with impact that reaches far beyond profits and revenue, but Search stands out because of the role it played in breaking down the barriers between people and information.

As good as Google Search is, however, Google is constantly looking for ways to improve its search engine and its interfaces, and the company’s latest big change brings some great improvements to mobile search. More →

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Google Inbox iPad Download

Google’s reimagination of email is finally available for iPad

By on February 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Google’s reimagination of email is finally available for iPad

This past October, Google released a new email app that had all the makings of a winner. Called Inbox, the app offered a somewhat fresh new take on email management that looked to help users combat email fatigue. Inbox only notifies users when important emails arrive, never when things like newsletters or promotional emails hit the Inbox, and it also includes snoozes and other features from rival offerings like Dropbox’s Mailbox app.

Now, a new update issued by Google on Thursday adds one important new feature that many users were sorely missing. More →

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