Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube offline support extended in a big way

Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube offline support extended in a big way

Google goes offline in multiple respects with apps like Google Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. Android will soon have a version of Chrome that'll allow you to save a webpage for offline viewing. That's the simplest update here of the three. While YouTube offline support launched with YouTube Music, there's also going to be a feature here for all users that'll allow you to keep a YouTube video saved offline - to your phone - for 48 hours. How great will that be for long car rides? Super great.

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Google Photos includes free unlimited storage

Google Photos includes free unlimited storage

With the introduction of Google's newest iteration of their app "Photos" comes the promise of Unlimited Photo and Video storage. This system is what Google calls "a home for all your photos and video, [helping] you organize and bring moments to life [and making] it easy to share and save what matters." This simple system will build on Google's already in-place Photos app on Android devices across the board. Storage will be incorporated with Google+, but will not require it.

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Google Photos takes on photo & video overload

Google Photos takes on photo & video overload

Google is tackling photo and video overload, now that smartphones are so common and people are capturing huge quantities of media, with Google Photos. Intended as "a private and safe place" to keep photos and videos that's available from any device, Google Photos also takes on the tricky challenge of organizing the content without spending hours (or longer) shuffling between folders manually.

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Google Now On Tap works with all Android apps

Google Now On Tap works with all Android apps

Aparna Chennapragada speaks on how Google Now will be given a giant feature update in coming weeks. Speaking at Google's developer conference Google I/O 2015, Chennapragada let it be known that Google Now would continue to focus on Context, Answers, and Actions. Google Now will be given new abilities in the immediate future like "Gas Stations Near You" or the location of your choice. But it won't all be done inside Google Now - "In a mobile world you get things done with apps."

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Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Google has announced Brillo, its play for the Internet of Things, and the Weave common-language that devices from connected locks, fridges, and alarms can interact. "We've taken Android and polished it down - hence the name - this is basically the kernel, the hardware abstraction layer, and the connectivity," Google SVP of Product Sundar Pichai said on-stage during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. And, as rumored, it's Google's most ambitious play for the smart home to-date.

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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Android M release today, public in Q3 2015

Android M release today, public in Q3 2015

This week the folks at Google have let slip that their next version of Android will be coming in the third quarter of the year. They'll be releasing the basic version of Android M Developer Preview, as it's called, as early as today. Developers will have access to Android M through the standard Android portal, while the average user will have to wait until July to get their hands on Android M, or whatever it'll be called when the time rolls around.

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Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

It's the news Game of Thrones fans have been desperate to hear: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast. The streaming system, which has already been making waves over on Apple TV, a way for cord-cutters to subscribe just to HBO's content without having to get a full cable subscription. Meanwhile, with support for both Android and Chromecast, you'll be able to take that HBO NOW subscription on the move rather than be locked to your lounge.

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Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google now has at least one billion users across almost all of its major products, including search, YouTube, and Google Maps. The milestone was announced by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Product, at the opening of Google I/O 2015 today. Android devices are now offered by 400 OEMs worldwide, with carrier support from 500 carriers, and more than 5,000 devices, Pichai confirmed. And those aren't all the achievements, either.

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Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

This morning Android M was introduced by Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015. There it was revealed that this software would be brought in the form of an Android M Developer Preview first, then released to the public. This is much in the same way that Android L, eventually Lollipop, was introduced to the world. This version of Android - M - will have Google going "back to the basics." That means functionality and "improving the core experience." This version of M will be released within weeks for developers - if not sooner.

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