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Test Android apps across devices with Google’s in-house Cloud Test Lab

Test Android apps across devices with Google’s in-house Cloud Test Lab

Android developers need to make sure their apps work on a wide variety of mobile devices, while iOS developers only have to worry about iPhone and iPad variations. According to an Open Signal report, there were over 18,000 distinct Android devices in existence in 2014. To ensure that apps don't encounter unforeseen bugs on such a fragmented device market, developers have been enlisting third-party testing services. Google announced at its I/O conference that it will be launching the in-house testing service, Cloud Test Lab.

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Unsend emails using Inbox by Google—no invitation needed

Unsend emails using Inbox by Google—no invitation needed

Inbox is Google's Gmail-based app that offers deeper integration with calendars, photos, and your daily life that basic Gmail. The mobile app's goal is to "help you spend less time with email," which is a welcome goal for any smartphone user. Inbox debuted in October, but just like the early days of Google+, the app was available through invitation only—until now. Google has opened up Inbox to the public, so now is your chance to get organized, or at least get an organized inbox.

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Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay is coming, and it's impressively streamlined compared to the overly-complicated and feature-bulging Google Wallet. Officially revealed alongside Android M at Google I/O today, the mobile payments system supports both NFC for dropping virtual cash out in the wild, and in-app integration for retailers wanting to enable easy payments. I grabbed a Nexus 6 and a Nexus 5, both equipped with pre-release versions of Android Pay, to go shopping on Google's dime.

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Inside Google Photos: A super-smart cloud for your memories

Inside Google Photos: A super-smart cloud for your memories

Google Photos isn’t the first cloud photo storage service, or the first media management platform, but first impressions suggest Google has raised the stakes with its smart new system. Announced at Google I/O today, and further detailed in a later session by Bradley Horowitz along with the rest of the Google Photos team, much of the near-magic is what’s going on behind the scenes, such as how it uses landmark recognition to fill in missing geotags, intelligently deals with diminishing storage on smartphones, and even differentiates dogs.

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Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Remember Google+? Google’s social network has long been the butt of jokes, positioned first as the Facebook killer for the whole family but failing to hammer the killer nail into Zuckerberg’s empire. Turns out, though, that Google+ isn’t going away, though the broadly-misunderstood network is certainly going to change according to VP of Product Bradley Horowitz speaking at Google I/O today.

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This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

GoPro has been busy lately, first showing off a spherical rig yesterday and then following up today with this, a 16-camera 360 Array to work with Google Jump. The first example of a Jump-compatible rig for recording entire panoramas of footage, the 3D-printed framework holds more than a dozen GoPro cameras and, optionally, a microphone with them, so that users can capture everything going on around them and share it on the new YouTube service.

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Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google focuses on Android, development of Internet of Things, Photos, and virtual reality at this year's Google I/O developer conference. The conference began with a brief introduction to Android M, Google's next software for mobile devices. From there, they went on to celebrate their first billion user products and the release of Android Pay. Needless to say, this wasn't a super Chrome-focused sort of day. This was a day of mobile engagement from the start of this first keynote to the end. All about movement and tiny device software.

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Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

Google is taking Cardboard into classrooms, with a new Google Expeditions pack containing everything a teacher needs for their class to go on a virtual reality fieldtrip. Taking advantage of the affordable VR viewer that folds up around a regular smartphone but turns it into a 3D eyepiece, Expeditions will feature content from high-profile providers like the Palace of Versailles.

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Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

You can't argue that the Google Play store isn't heavily-trafficked, with 50 billion installs over the past twelve months, but now Google is adding tools to help developers get discovered. Revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, the extras include developer profile pages which can be used as a landing page to set out a virtual stall for both code and company ethos. On Google's side, meanwhile, there'll be better search so that finding apps is more straightforward and accurate, and a Family Zone for age-appropriate software.

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Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear now has 4,000 apps, Google confirmed today, with the wearable's latest software update featuring things like sketchable emojis added. The new software also supports flick-gestures for navigating through Android Wear's card-based UI, along with always-on display support both for watch faces and third-party apps. "Checking the time is pretty cool," Google joked, "you can just look at your wrist, get the information, and make a decision in just a fraction of a second."

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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 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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