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Google’s Project Fi: what we do (and don’t) know

Google’s Project Fi: what we do (and don’t) know

With news breaking that Google is likely working on some sort of MVNO service for Nexus handsets, we’ve got as many new questions as we had old curiosities. Is Google sidestepping carriers and bringing a network direct to customers? Yes and no. While ‘Project Fi’ definitely tells us Google has something going on, we don’t get a lot of the gritty details. We won’t until Google wants us to know about it, either. Still, we wonder if this might just be the coolest thing to come from Google I/O this year.

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Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Remember talk about Google's plans to take on mobile carriers? While the initial furor of speculation seems to have died down a bit, it seems that things are still proceeding as planned for Google, with an expected public announcement at the upcoming I/O 2015. A new leak has revealed some possible details about the service that would give consumers reasons to be hyped and carriers cause to worry. Aside from free calls and texts inside the US, Project Fi will only charge users based on data they actually consumed and even credit unused ones at the end of the month.

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Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

For those of you with a Nexus device, prepare yourself - you may be able to unlock your phone with your voice by the end of the week. This will come as a part of the newest update to Google Play Services 7.0 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it'll be appearing in your Smart Lock section of security in standard Settings in Android. This newest unlock will appear alongside Trusted Devices (like Android Wear devices), Trusted Places, Trusted Face, and On-body Detection. This update will eventually be released to all devices - provided their manufacturer gives the thumbs-up in due course.

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Google is working on solid-state batteries that last longer than typical batteries

Google is working on solid-state batteries that last longer than typical batteries

With every new release of mobile or portable devices, battery life has been one of the most deciding factors for many consumers to adopt a device. While battery technology has been improving and devices operate more efficiently, there isn’t anything revolutionary that would give our phones or laptop two or three days of battery life. Google X Research Labs is said to be working on several new battery technologies - one of them is a solid-state battery in the form of thin-film.

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Roundme: a spherical VR community for iPhone

Roundme: a spherical VR community for iPhone

The creators at Verdom IT Projects have updated an app that, up until now, was only sort of immersive. This app was and is called Roundme, and it's just been given a new version fully prepared for virtual reality for the iPhone. How might you use this app with the iPhone to create a virtual reality experience, you might ask? With Google Cardboard, of course. While this app is not yet available for Android, Roundme is prepared to be a fully functional virtual reality tour experience - and community - for the iPhone.

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Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Amazon has pushed out a new Kindle for Android update, and with it comes the Word Wise feature, as well as a handful of other changes that round out the overall product. Word Wise allows users to have definitions for hard words automatically displayed above the word, aiding in the reading process without slowing the user down. Other features include the ability to make flash cards and improved manga navigation, among others. Also coming with the update are some bug fixes.

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Apple vs Android: winning in hardware, winning in software

Apple vs Android: winning in hardware, winning in software

While Apple wins in Hardware in the United States, Android wins in software. So says the most recent report on smart device usage in the United States. This week comScore has released their report mobile device usage in the month of February 2015 for the USA. This study showed the three month average starting in December of 2014, ending in February of 2015, and studied smartphone subscribers ages 13 and older. As you can probably guess already, Apple and their 2nd-place opponent Samsung are still neck-and-neck here in 2015 for hardware market share.

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Android Lollipop may be bad for Nexus 5, Nexus 7

Android Lollipop may be bad for Nexus 5, Nexus 7

Just after we saw Apple’s newest iOS update fix a bevy of bugs (and add at least one more), it’s Google’s turn to take some heat for Android. According to posts in Google Product Forums, some Nexus users are seeing their devices lock up, sometimes for no reason at all. This seems to affect both Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 — but not the Nexus 6. There isn’t even one Android update we can point to. All we know is Lollipop might be bricking devices.

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Google preps first-ever Chrome Live event to woo businesses

Google preps first-ever Chrome Live event to woo businesses

Google might now be synonymous with search and Android more than anything else, but it isn't about to let its other platform fall by the wayside. It has been pushing Chrome more aggressively in recent weeks, particularly with Chrome OS and surrounding devices. Now, it is about ready to let Chrome come out of its skin. In two weeks' time, it will be holding its first ever "Chrome Live" online event that will be pushing Chrome forward into a relatively new territory and with a slightly new name: Chrome for Work.

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Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

The public may very well be able to get their hands on a Project Tango tablet in the near future with an update coming down today. Those that've reserved this 3D-scanning tablet as a developer but have not chosen to purchase as of yet are receiving an email today which suggests that Google is "opening up sales more broadly" so those that've reserved a unit should go ahead and jump in now. They've also given the half-price special to these users, just as they did for developers attending Project Tango sessions at GTC 2015.

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