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Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

It’s update Wednesday, and you know what that means, Android fans: more Google for your Android! On top of the Nexus 6 rollout Google is doing each Wednesday, we also get our hands on some new app features, and sometimes new apps altogether. Today, we’re seeing both, as a really nice update to Google Search is rolling out, and Google’s newest messaging app is also being introduced to the Play Store. For the majority of Android users, both will be available, too.

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Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

So you're all about the newest thing in the Facebook universe, right? You want to get in on all the newest software in the social networking globosphere as fast as possible, correct? You're in luck - we're got news for you. This is Facebook Say Thanks. It's a system in which you'll use Facebook to send a video to your best friend, thanking them for whatever you need to thank them for. Thank them for the Say Thanks video they just sent you, if you really want.

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YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

This morning YouTube Music Key became official for the first time. It'll be released in Beta mode for a monthly fee, appearing at first to come up against Google Play Music's All Access system. Instead, subscribers to Google Music will be included in the subscription cost of YouTube Music Key - all one package. As for those of you that already subscribe to Google Music - we're waiting to hear back from Google on that. For now, gotta catch em all - music style.

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Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Before today, Samsung had been relatively mum on the subject of "beacons." Apple started talking about their program - "iBeacon" - some time ago. We saw a Qualcomm Gimbal-made system for Apple Store in action back in February - ready to roll. Here near the end of the year, Samsung's developer conference has led the way to the company's own software solution for beacon technology. It all begins with Bluetooth LE.

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Moto X, Moto G will receive Android Lollipop starting today

Moto X, Moto G will receive Android Lollipop starting today

Android 5.0 Lollipop — you want it, but when will your device manufacturer give it to you? If you’ve got a new Motorola device, the answer is — well, today! Via their blog, Motorola is announcing they have begun rolling out the Lollipop update for several of their own devices, and have upgraded their device list to include one of our favorite new Motorola handsets. While limited to their Moto X and Moto G variants for now, you can expect others to roll out with Lollipop sooner than later now that the ball is rolling!

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Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.0 Lollipop on phones, arguably the biggest thing to happen to the OS in many generations. So, with supplies still frustrating all but the best-timed of buyers, is the Nexus 6 the Android phone you want in your pocket?

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Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Samsung has announced that they'll be teaming with Inrix to bring a variety of traffic-powered apps and functionality to the Gear S smartwatch this Autumn and Winter. With Inrix real-time traffic updates, the Gear S will be able to send the user traffic time insight, telling them when the best time of day will be to take a trip, head to the store, or head home from work. This will work with the INRIX XD Traffic app specially aimed at Gear S users.

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Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Review: Christmas Morning

Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Review: Christmas Morning

It's Christmas morning. Your child woke you up with an ear-piercing scream of excitement - Santa has come. Once your child sees the present you've wrapped in special paper - next to the Santa gifts, of course - they snatch it up. They realize it might just be socks. They open it. It's the Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition. They go wild. Then it's your turn. Your task is opening the box and setting the tablet up so that they might play the whole day long. How difficult (or incredibly easy) is this going to be, you might ask?

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Saygus take two: ambitious new Vphone on its way

Saygus take two: ambitious new Vphone on its way

If you don't remember or haven't heard of the name "Saygus" at all, you cannot be blamed. The company had a short but somewhat glamorous stint in the smartphone market way back in 2009 with its first Vphone, appropriately called the V1. But then it suddenly vanished and no one heard from it again. That is, until today. Founder Chad Sayers has published an open letter to the company's investors, laying out plans for the next Vphone, with feature that sound even more ambitious than its stillborn predecessor.

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Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update release next

Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update release next

The Moto G, Motorola's best selling smartphone on the low end, appears to be bringing some heat here this Autumn as the next device to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. Appearing in a Moto G (2nd Generation) Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Notes document this afternoon, it seems all but ready for full release. First is the soak test - not everyone will be getting this release immediately. Once that's done, the whole world can partake in the delicious candy update goodness that is Android 5.0 Lollipop in its entirety.

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