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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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Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Google has announced Brillo, its play for the Internet of Things, and the Weave common-language that devices from connected locks, fridges, and alarms can interact. "We've taken Android and polished it down - hence the name - this is basically the kernel, the hardware abstraction layer, and the connectivity," Google SVP of Product Sundar Pichai said on-stage during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. And, as rumored, it's Google's most ambitious play for the smart home to-date.

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Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

It's the news Game of Thrones fans have been desperate to hear: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast. The streaming system, which has already been making waves over on Apple TV, a way for cord-cutters to subscribe just to HBO's content without having to get a full cable subscription. Meanwhile, with support for both Android and Chromecast, you'll be able to take that HBO NOW subscription on the move rather than be locked to your lounge.

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Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google now has at least one billion users across almost all of its major products, including search, YouTube, and Google Maps. The milestone was announced by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Product, at the opening of Google I/O 2015 today. Android devices are now offered by 400 OEMs worldwide, with carrier support from 500 carriers, and more than 5,000 devices, Pichai confirmed. And those aren't all the achievements, either.

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Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

This morning Android M was introduced by Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015. There it was revealed that this software would be brought in the form of an Android M Developer Preview first, then released to the public. This is much in the same way that Android L, eventually Lollipop, was introduced to the world. This version of Android - M - will have Google going "back to the basics." That means functionality and "improving the core experience." This version of M will be released within weeks for developers - if not sooner.

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Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream here today

Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream here today

Starting at 9:30 AM Pacific Time Google begins their first big keynote of their developer sessions for Google I/O 2015. This event will be streamed live here - check below for the full stream all day long. This will be the first in a collection of talks given by Google and Google associates over the next couple of days. While all talks will be developer-focused, there's always some interesting information to be had by consumers as well. New phone software, new virtual reality bits and pieces, and new Chrome updates are likely to pop up throughout this morning and the rest of the next couple of days.

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Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google I/O 2015 tipped to be another send-off point for Google Cardboard, the company's virtual reality pre-brand. The stars are aligned. It's time for Google to treat Cardboard - and the virtual reality community in general - like the sleeping tiger it really is. This week at Google I/O 2015, Google is likely to reveal far more than they did last year, when the VR headset Google Cardboard was given away with barely a word on what it was capable of doing. This platform is about to blow open.

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