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    The Wednesday morning keynote that brought us the Google Assistant-based Google Home Echo rival, as well as the first details on the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear’s biggest update yet, Android Instant Apps, and Allo and Duo communication services was just the beginning of the 2016 I/O celebrations. The software developer-focused conference will only wrap up later today, and since the opening keynote, we also heard word of the imminent arrival of Android apps to Chromebooks, Family Library sharing for Play Store purchases, and seamless updates (or lack thereof) for existing Nexus ...

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    There wasn’t much Google announced during the I/O 2016-opening keynote yesterday in terms of Play Store updates, mostly because the official Android app library has been revised and tweaked several times in the past few months, and the search giant unveiled a bunch of exciting new software products. But Instant Apps, of course, have a lot to do with Google Play, while the long overdue Android equivalent of a very popular iOS feature silently broke cover in the Developer Console help pages. No idea why Family Library wasn’t trumpeted and detailed on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage in ...

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    T-minus five days ... and counting. Google's biggest developer conference of the year is happening at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, from May 18 to 20. If you weren't lucky to be chosen to get tickets for the event, you can still grab a chair at one of the 471 (and counting) I/O Extended events. Better yet, you can stream select events live from the Google I/O app or the Google Developers YouTube page. While the schedule is loaded for the three days, we have just three events you should watch out for if you're anything at all like us — curious about mobile and ...

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    The past year has been one where Google's really started moving security to the forefront of the Android experience. Between the rise of fingerprint scanners on Android devices (and corresponding API support), the publication of high-profile exploits like Stagefright, and the company's move to deliver monthly security updates for its Nexus lineup, Google's been tackling the issue of device and data security from all angles. Those efforts extend to keeping apps safe, and Google's long taken steps to make sure that not only are Play Store apps as trustworthy as can be, but that risks from ...

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    Mobile software and advertising have a long and sometimes tumultuous history. Ads help compensate developers for their time and effort, and a successful campaign can go a long way towards encouraging those devs to create more of the apps we love. But sometimes we've had enough of ads, and we pay to upgrade to an ad-free experience; sometimes we pay to upgrade and ads (in one form or another) continue to persist. And then there are those times when we've simply had enough, and we don't want to see any ads at all. If you find yourself in that latter mood often enough, Google's got some good ...

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    While Google last fall assured its handful of unrelenting Chrome OS believers the desktop platform would not be merged with Android and effectively shut down anytime soon, clear signs of a coalition and consolidation of sorts keep flooding the interwebs. The latest persuasive rumor calls for Google Play spreading its wings to embrace Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits and Chromebases before long, letting all these machines “choose from over a million apps and games to install and use.” That’s promotional text already baked into Chrome OS source code, mind you, so we’re dealing ...

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    For many Android users, 2015 will go down in history as a sad year for the platform’s vulnerability protection, due mostly to a collection of mischievous software bugs known as Stagefright. But that’s all behind us now, and at least according to Google’s second Android security annual report, the remote code execution and privilege escalation troubles may have made the ecosystem stronger than before. Of course, there’s no mention of Stagefright in this latest “overview of new security protections introduced in 2015”, but it can’t be a coincidence the probability of an ...

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    There’s an app for that. A witty, catchy marketing slogan first used by Apple way back in 2009, a fact of life nowadays as true and unquestionable as the color of the sky. If you can’t find an Android or iOS app for any task, chore or undertaking, you must be doing something wrong, probably not knowing where to look. Just take a moment and ponder these figures – 30,000 titles available in Google’s Play Store just six years ago, roughly 2 million by the latest count. 1 billion downloads in total through August 2010, around 11.1 billion in the past quarter alone. Granted, the number ...

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    The virtual reality revolution begins now. Well, as long as you’ve been quick to pre-order the consumer variant of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive headset, and lucky enough to actually receive them among the very first in the world. Hot on the heels of its arch-rival, the HTC and Valve co-developed Vive started “arriving at homes around the world” yesterday, with orders placed at the time of this writing estimated to be fulfilled “around May.” Hailed by reviewers as “truly immersive”, game-changing and mesmerizing, the VR contraption is by no means affordable, costing $800 ...

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    How do you organize (or not) your apps? Does each download get treated with great care, as you thoughtfully group it according to developer, genre, or maybe just how you use it – keeping work apps separate from leisure apps? Or are you content to just let each land in your app drawer, knowing you can sort through and find one later when you need it? Both valid answers, but if you find yourself leaning more towards the latter approach, things can get a little more complicated. App icons, for instance, start becoming a lot more important; looking through a list of titles is one thing, but ...

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    The world’s most popular Android device manufacturer might still not be in a position to threaten Google’s mobile OS domination with its in-house Tizen platform, but when it comes to smartphone web browsers, Samsung looks ready to give the search giant a healthy run for its money. What could the aptly titled Samsung Internet app possibly do that Chrome can’t? For one thing, work in conjunction with third-party ad blockers to, well, block online commercials. Big G opposed this effort a while ago by pulling Adblock Fast from the Play Store, but quickly reversed course as public outrage ...

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    In the market for a particular Android app or game that feels a little rich for your blood? Always on the lookout for discounted premium content to keep you entertained or productive while on your phone or tablet? Today might be your lucky day. Unfortunately, that “might” is much stronger than usual, as Google’s latest Play Store sale seems weirdly restricted to some users in a handful of European countries. Namely, the UK, France, Germany and Russia. No love for Americans, and though it’s billed as an Easter promotion, it bizarrely shuns many overwhelmingly Catholic territories, ...

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    It’s been a solid three weeks since the first “global” reports of Android 6.0 promotions on the Xperia Z5 family came in, and given there was no news of widespread issues during this time, we figured the software goodies had reached the majority of the three phones’ owners worldwide. Unfortunately, some big red flags are now raised on Sony’s support forum and other discussion portals, with user complaints on stability prompting the Japanese OEM to halt the update in at least one major Western market. Namely, Canada, where the company tweeted over the weekend that it had ...

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    It’s probably time for Samsung to give up on its struggling Milk Music streaming service and move on, possibly towards acquiring and trying to revive Tidal. But before any of that happens, the global smartphone sales champ is looking to take an unrelated audio-centric app to the next level. Dubbed simply and fittingly Samsung Music, this is now available for all via the Play Store. If by “all”, of course, you understand strictly users of Galaxy devices already running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You know, early S7 adopters, lucky S6, S6 Edge, Edge+ and Note 5 owners, and essentially no ...

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    Let’s be honest, we haven’t exactly been waiting with bated breath for Nintendo to make Miitomo available for mobile downloads. But for better or worse, this is the hugely popular Japanese developer’s first Android and iOS title, so it deserves a bit of attention. Unveiled and ambiguously detailed back in October, the social “go-between” game felt like a fun little experiment meant to pave the way for much more ambitious Nintendo projects off the bat. Nothing less, nothing more. And now that it’s fully fleshed out and up for grabs in the Japanese Google Play and iOS App Store, ...

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    Google loves it some Android apps, and why wouldn't it? App downloads help fuel developer interest, which in turns encourages them to make new apps, making Android a more attractive platform in the process. And when users go and pay for apps, Google's getting a healthy cut of that money. So it's little surprise that over the past few months we've seen the company introduce some interesting ideas to connect users with apps in ways we hadn't seen before, like letting them install new apps right from Google search results, or letting them stream select titles before committing to a ...

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    A smartphone's only as useful as the software that's on it, and while talented (to say nothing of generous) developers have released plenty of free apps, good code is worth paying for, and we've also go no shortage of premium app options to consider. Of course, even when we're paying for apps, it's nice to get a little extra bang for our buck, so we've always got an eye out for the latest app deals. Right now, there's a decent sale going on over at the Google Play Store, where a couple dozen titles are discounted to just about a buck a piece. Like photography apps? Good, because this Play ...

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    Android enthusiasts already know Google doesn’t need a special occasion to put Play Store items on sale, so while Valentine’s Day is a distant memory and music streaming prices are back to normal, film buffs can enjoy a new release on the cheap through March 17. Every Google account holder is eligible for only one half-off rental of their choice, so select wisely and perhaps don’t settle for bargains like “Spotlight.” The recent best picture Academy Award winner costs a measly $5, whereas a top contender and best adapted screenplay victor, “The Big Short”, typically fetches ...

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    Still undecided as to what to gift your significant other on Sunday? Didn’t realize until just now Valentine’s is only two days away? About to have a heart attack looking up jewelry prices and whatnot? Relax, and let Google hook you up with the perfect present. It’s thoughtful, but it doesn’t send too strong of a signal, it’s cheap but it doesn’t necessarily look it, and you can be sure your better half will love it. Who doesn’t love free unlimited music streaming, seasoned with a no-ad YouTube viewing experience, and exclusive content produced by top vloggers? Google Play ...

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    How much feedback is enough, and does too much risk being counter-productive? It's a question countless companies have faced, and we're sure Facebook is just one of the most recent as it prepares to launch Reactions to a wide audience: will all those new responses empower users to better express how they feel about posts, or will too many possible responses make it that much more difficult to get an at-a-glance reaction to how users in general feel about a post? Sometimes less really can be more, and that may be what Google's considering as it rolls out one of its latest changes to the ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    When you go looking for a new app, it's good to know what you're getting into. That's why app stores like the Google Play Store try to provide users with ample notice of what to expect, from permissions the app will use, to the presence (and pricing) of in-app purchases, to a rating, warning users of potentially objectionable content. That's well and good when all the content in your app is coming right from the publisher, but what about when the app itself is a tool for consuming outside content: say, something along the lines of a web browser, or a media player? Developers of such titles ...

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    Piece by piece, over the course of the day we've been getting to know Google Play's holiday deals. First we spotted that sale on whole albums, and later saw Google's generosity extend to a 75-percent-off sale on movie rentals. If you've been following these offers, you had to be thinking what we were: “Those are cool and all, but Google Play sells a lot of other stuff, too; where are the sales on apps?” All good things come to those who wait, and it looks like our patience has paid off, as Google goes public with the rest of its Play Store deals. How about those apps? We love a good ...

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    A new day, a new reason to get into the holiday spirit, courtesy of Android’s always giving creators. Yes, Google has yet another deal to spoil its mobile fans with, following several incentives to buy the second-gen Chromecast, Nexus 5X, 6P and Huawei Watch discounts, as well as a little something, something taken off even your most trivial Play Store purchases. But don’t be in a rush to use your PayPal rebate on Adele’s sizzling hot “25” e-record, as the “ALBUM2015” coupon code lets you shave a much more significant 50 percent off the album’s normal price. You’ll ...

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    It’s pretty obvious Google decided to put greater emphasis on Christmas savings than Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals this year, very recently taking $50 off the Nexus 5X and 6P, as well as throwing in $20 Play Store credit with second-gen Chromecast purchases, and further bundling in some sweet free premium content. The latest special offer technically comes from PayPal, not the search giant, though Big G must have also given its blessing for your $3 discounts. Granted, 3 bucks isn’t a lot of money, but if you’ve been keeping an eye on apps, games, movies, books or magazine ...

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