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Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Android apps on Chromebooks will arrive with brand new hardware and the possibility of much more expensive software, Google has said. The news today that Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebook also brings the promise of new Chromebook devices; while there's no specific news to share at I/O 2016, the company said, when Android apps arrive later in the year it'll be accompanied by "new hardware built with the Play store in mind," Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS, said.

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Android apps on Chrome OS how-to and release schedule revealed

Android apps on Chrome OS how-to and release schedule revealed

This morning at Google I/O 2016 the company showed Chrome OS's newest ability - running Android apps via Google Play. In this, Google expands the reach of Android apps to a whole new cross-section of laptop users and Chrome OS-lovers, making way for new Android apps for personal, work, and/or educational use. Google has outlined the ways and means for developers to start testing apps now. You'll need one of several types of Chromebooks to make this work - at first.

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Samsung may be next to bring TV to the web

Samsung may be next to bring TV to the web

Samsung Electronics has been reported to be speaking with one or more "entertainment companies" about selling an online TV service. This would be another competitor for the likes of HBO Go, Netflix, and Hulu - though we're not yet completely convinced that the company would take the time to create such a service without already having the content bank to back it up. Word from Bloomberg is that their sources suggest "the plans are still in the early stages, and Samsung may ultimately decide not to pursue the concept" - which generally means they probably wont.

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Allo and Duo are in Google Play for Android now (sort of)

Allo and Duo are in Google Play for Android now (sort of)

Google's new message apps Allo and Duo have been released to Google Play for Android devices in a new form - not actually available, just appearing there as placeholders. If you were looking for the release of Google's new smart messenger app - attached to your phone number and ready to go to war with iMessage, you're in luck. Sort of. Users such as yourself will be able to see the apps in the places where they'll be listed in the Google Play app store, BUT, you wont be able to download them until Google actually makes them available.

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Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

The Android smartphone in your pocket is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, could make your everyday life more organized and less chaotic. Do you take advantage of that potential? If your answer's no, keep reading. Google has a slew of 'OK Google' commands and you probably use some of them; if you're like me, though, you may have procrastinated about pulling up the full list of commands and seeing what's available. If so, check out the following five commands that could make your daily life easier.

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Android N could save the slumping Android tablet market

Android N could save the slumping Android tablet market

When was the last time you saw or even heard of a noteworthy, particularly high-end, Android tablet? With the except of the Google Pixel C, which has its own story to tell, chances are the last ones of note were mostly launched in 2014 or prior, with a sprinkling of a few curious ones in between. Although technically there is no dearth of Android tablets in the market, interest and sales in the device segment has waned greatly in the past years. Depressing at that may sound, hope springs eternal, and that hope could very well be brought by Android N, whatever its name will be.

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Cortana syncs notifications between Windows 10 and Android devices

Cortana syncs notifications between Windows 10 and Android devices

Android smartphone users like to get notifications from their smartphone in multiple places so they can always be aware of emails, texts, and other important information. Microsoft has announced that Cortana can now synchronize notifications between your Android smartphone and your Windows 10 PC. Notifications can also be synced between PCs and Windows 10 mobile smartphones.

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Samsung Pay finally supports membership, loyalty cards in US

Samsung Pay finally supports membership, loyalty cards in US

These days, and especially in the US, purchasing items is no longer just a simple case of handing over the exact amount in exchange for a product. A lot of times, discounts or deals are applied via membership perks or loyalty incentives. To put it in perspective, Samsung says that an average American household juggles around 30 loyalty cards, which all add up to bulking your wallet. As part of its mission to digitize money, Samsung Pay is finally getting support for those loyalty cards to make shopping in the US even more convenient.

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Google lets loose beta-quality Android N Preview

Google lets loose beta-quality Android N Preview

Google definitely unloaded a lot of juicy stuff surrounding Android right on the opening day of Google I/O. From a new VR platform of its own to the much awaited multi-window capabilities, there are a lot of things that Android developers will want to get their hands on before Android N finally rolls out in July, delays notwithstanding. And to whet the appetites of those eager developers, Google has released the third development preview, a.k.a. DP3, of Android N, which it bills to be its first beta-quality release, hinting at the maturity of the codebase and the imminent stable launch.

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BlackBerry Hamburg at GFXBench confirms mid-range Android specs

BlackBerry Hamburg at GFXBench confirms mid-range Android specs

The bevy of announcements dropped at Google I/O may have many Android fans salivating over the idea of new smartphones and tablets carrying Android N soon. Of course, that's not gonna happen yet, even late this year, as most devices still to come will most likely still carry Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Take for example BlackBerry's Android "Hamburg" handset. Yes, another full Android smartphone coming from the embattled Canadian company. And based on this sighting at GFXBench, it will indeed be a mid-range device as rumored. At least it looks to be a decent one at that.

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SHIELD Android TV updates with exclusive Netflix HDR, YouTube 4K60

SHIELD Android TV updates with exclusive Netflix HDR, YouTube 4K60

Today NVIDIA has announced a collection of new apps for the SHIELD Android TV like VUDU and updates to apps enabling 4K60 content on YouTube and HDR on Netflix. Exclusive content for NVIDIA SHIELD includes GameStream HDR as well - this being a newly bright and colorful version of GameStream for this device enabled by the newest graphics processors shown by NVIDIA just this past week. A set of new games is coming to the console as well.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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