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Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Today the Pokemon Company have opened the floodgates - just a TINY bit - for US Beta Testers of the augmented reality game Pokemon GO. This game will allow gamers around the world to find and collect and battle Pokemon as they appear in the real (augmented) world. This is a sort of Mixed Reality game in that part is played on the phone, part in augmented reality, and eventually part in virtual reality. We've yet to see the last of these, but the first begins today!

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Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

While Apple's next iPhone seems to show little potential for great change, Google announces Android software integration with one of their most forward-thinking projects ever: Tango. Apple has built a massive consumer following with the idea that their iPhone is reliable, secure, and ubiquitous - unavoidably present in the public eye. Google, on the other hand, creates the software that manufacturers of all sorts then use to create their own, unique smartphones. This week, Google announced that they'd be adding Tango software to the next version of Android. This could change the public's expectations for a great smartphone entirely.

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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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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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Watch Android Instant Apps run on KitKat

Watch Android Instant Apps run on KitKat

This afternoon Google introduced Android Instant Apps, a system with which Android apps will be able to open as quick as a web link. With this system, developers will be able to present just tiny pieces of the apps they've already made. Users will be able to see just one part of an app without having to download the whole thing. Easy and smooth - and backwards compatible. This system will be released into the wild as soon as Google's done working on it - which doesn't appear to be all that long from now.

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Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

This week the folks at Google have launched a true competitor to Apple's FaceTime and iMessage for iPhone. They've shown off the app called Allo - that's for chat, a straight-up battle-ready app to take on iMessage - it'll be on Android and iOS, as well. Then there's Duo, a video chat app that'll battle FaceTime. That'll be released on Android and iOS as well, too. It's made by the people who developed WebRTC and is built with QUIC.

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The Google Assistant is the natural language AI sci-fi promised us

The Google Assistant is the natural language AI sci-fi promised us

"We think of [The Google Assistant] as an ambient experience," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. This is the link that makes Google's smart search brain attach to all of your devices, making your Google experience connected. The Google Assistant is not an app, it's an idea - it's a concept. It's what ties Google's smart experience together, on all devices. This is the brand that's attached to the experience that's basically already in place on the devices you've got in your pocket today.

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Moto G4 vs Plus vs Play release date and specs impressions

Moto G4 vs Plus vs Play release date and specs impressions

This morning we're having a peek at the full collection of new Motorola smartphones, each of which have a new role to play in the mid-range dominance game. The Moto G4 and its slightly more beefy sibling, the Moto G4 Plus, both work with 5.5-inch displays with 1080p resolution. The least of this new collection of phones is the Moto G4 Play, a device with a 5-inch display with 720p resolution. What could Motorola be thinking with such displays? They're thinking they're about to make a lot of money, that's what.

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Galaxy Note 6 may be biggest (Note) release ever

Galaxy Note 6 may be biggest (Note) release ever

This Autumn it would appear that Samsung is keeping their full attention on the Galaxy Note 6 - and not just in the USA. While last year's release of the Galaxy Note 5 ended up being less-than-pleasing for certain members of the European Union (who didn't see a local release at all), this year Samsung's bringing heat to the Note for the whole world. Or so we're to understand. Sources suggest that instead of splitting attention between multiple devices, it'll be one phone, one release, worldwide.

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Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Today Google has released a brand new teamwork app and ecosystem by the name of "Spaces." Users of Google's accounts - signed up with a Gmail account, that is - will be able to take part in Google's new Spaces app. This app has the ability to create rooms or "spaces" on topics. You'll create a space based on a topic then invite users via messaging, email, social network, or "whatever way you like." We can imagine this will be used in ways both intended and beyond what Google intended in short order.

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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