Google Android Apps

Google just updated 3 of its top apps – here’s everything you need to know

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Google just updated 3 of its top apps – here’s everything you need to know

When the very first Android phone was released back in late 2008, we knew we were looking at something that would end up being big. We also knew that we were looking at something that was hardly the most attractive piece of software, and the user experience left much to be desired.

Who could have known back then that Google would go on to build many of the best apps on the planet in terms of both design and utility. More →

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Google Wireless Carrier Android Bloatware

Another reason Android fans will love having Google as their wireless carrier

By on March 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Another reason Android fans will love having Google as their wireless carrier

Anyone who has bought a non-Nexus Android phone through their wireless carrier has probably encountered a significant bloatware problem. It’s particularly bad when you buy a device through your carrier because it means that your device will come with potentially unwanted software from both your OEM and your wireless company, a one-two punch that will hurt your phone’s battery life and performance. Even worse, this bloatware is harder to remove than bloatware on PCs — if you have to do a factory reset of your device, for example, the bloatware will all come back even if you previously uninstalled it. More →

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Google Nexus Smartphone from Huawei

Leak: We may have just found out who’s making the next-gen Nexus phone

By on March 4, 2015 at 1:07 PM.

Leak: We may have just found out who’s making the next-gen Nexus phone

A couple of reports out of China have recently suggested that Google might be partnering up with at least one company in the region for a next-gen Nexus device. One of the recent rumors even went ahead and singled out one particular Chinese company, while adding that LG might also be in the running to make a future Nexus device.

GizmoChina is now back with more details on the matter, saying it has received confirmation on which company will build the Nexus 6’s successor. More →

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Android Apps Sale

Big sale: Google is offering 33 great deals on apps and more for a limited time

By on March 4, 2015 at 9:58 AM.

Big sale: Google is offering 33 great deals on apps and more for a limited time

Can you believe that the Google Play app store is only three years old? Android apps have been around for a bit longer, of course, but the Google Play app store as we know it today just turned three. We can celebrate by reminiscing about our favorite Android apps, or we can celebrate by stopping for a moment to appreciate the tremendous impact Android has had on the smartphone market.

Of course, there’s a third option as well: We can celebrate by enjoying some great deals that Google is offering for a limited time. More →

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Freak: Android and Mac Security

Beware of the ‘Freak’ inside every Android and Mac

By on March 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Beware of the ‘Freak’ inside every Android and Mac

More and more security threats are discovered on a regular basis, and now it’s turn for a “Freak” vulnerability — that’s actually its name — for Android and Mac to come out of hiding. According to Re/code, both Google and Apple are aware of the situation, and have developed fixes to patch the Freak. More →

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Google Wireless Carrier Sundar Pichai

Now we know the real reason Google is becoming a wireless carrier

By on March 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Now we know the real reason Google is becoming a wireless carrier

Google really is going to become a wireless carrier, although you shouldn’t expect it to have a major impact on the markets where it’s launched as Google Fiber has. During a talk at Mobile World Congress this week, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai explained that Google is really going to become a mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) but added that for the time being it doesn’t have plans to build its own nationwide network capable of rivaling carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile. More →

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Popular Websites

Do you remember what Facebook, YouTube and Google looked like years ago?

By on February 27, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Do you remember what Facebook, YouTube and Google looked like years ago?

The Internet has evolved at an incredible pace. Websites that looked amazing less than a decade ago are absolutely hideous by today’s standards — even the websites that are now worth billions of dollars.

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Google Vs. Revenge Porn

Infamous ‘revenge porn’ kingpin asks Google to remove ‘unauthorized’ pictures of him from searches

By on February 27, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Infamous ‘revenge porn’ kingpin asks Google to remove ‘unauthorized’ pictures of him from searches

It looks like one of the Internet’s biggest scumbags is trying to exercise his “right to be forgotten.” Ars Technica reports that Craig Brittain, the former proprietor of a “revenge porn” website, has filed requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to have Google remove 23 links that contain accounts of his past actions, including a link to an FTC press release describing its settlement with him. Brittain says that the offending links contain “unauthorized use of photos of me and other related information.”
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Google North Bayshore Campus Photos

Google is proposing a crazy new futuristic campus – here are some awesome renders

By on February 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM.

Google is proposing a crazy new futuristic campus – here are some awesome renders

Apple has gotten a lot of attention for the work it’s doing with its so-called “Spaceship” campus but it turns out Google is looking to build an insane-looking futuristic campus of its own. Google on Friday revealed plans to build a massive new campus in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, California and it posted some absolutely stunning renders of the proposed campus on its Google+ page. More →

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Google YouTube Profits

The third most popular website on the planet still can’t make a profit

By on February 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

The third most popular website on the planet still can’t make a profit

YouTube completely changed the way we consume media, and it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Google owned property was the third most visited website in all of 2014. Whether or not you’re looking for videos of historical political debates or clips of thrill seekers tossing themselves off of buildings, YouTube has every and any type of video one can possibly think of. More →

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Next-gen Nexus 6 Smartphone

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

By on February 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM.

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 on February 26, 2015 at 1:20 PM.

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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