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A “version of” Google Play may come to China

A “version of” Google Play may come to China

If you’re in China, Google is hard to come by. The search company pulled out of China in 2010 due to repeated hacking attempts and censorship. There’s also the sticky situation of China’s desire to have all information about Chinese users stored in their country. We’re not sure how, but a new report suggests Google will be bringing — of all things — the Play Store to China. Well, a “version of” the Play Store, at least. Light on details, the new report is intriguing nonetheless.

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Nokia Z Launcher now available via Google Play

Nokia Z Launcher now available via Google Play

If the Nokia N1 tablet weren’t enough to get you excited about Nokia again, they’ve also announced their launcher will be coming to Android fans via a public beta. The Z Launcher, which will come preloaded on the N1 tablet, has come out of a private beta session, and is now on the Play Store. The launcher aims to offer you a contextual experience based on the time of day, and an always-on app searching feature is also pretty amazing.

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Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

To help get their services to a wider audience, Google has issued a Play Services update today. The aim is, naturally, getting Google stuff in more places, and making it a better experience for the end-user. Moving forward, Developers will have the ability to better control the API library they need, and use only the API they want. That will keep apps lightweight, and easy to update/support. Developers will need it, too; there are a lot of cool new things they can build into their apps!

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Project Tango hits Google Play, but isn’t for sale (yet)

Project Tango hits Google Play, but isn’t for sale (yet)

Google’s Project Tango is an exciting look into the future of tablets, gaming, and just overall tech. The devices, via series of cameras and sensors, can map environments and objects in 3D. We knew Project tango would be made available “later” this year, but as time ticked away, we wondered if Google was just behind a bit. Turns out, they may not be. The Project Tango tablet has been discovered on the Play Store, but it’s not quite ready for you to purchase yet.

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ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

The ASUS ZenWatch might be one of the better Android Wear devices around, and it’s finally available via the portal you might expect an Android Wear watch would be. The ZenWatch is now available on Google Play, and carries a price we’d been expecting. At $199, it contradicts a previous listing at another retailer, Best Buy, undercutting it by $30. We’d heard since ASUS announced the watch it would run in that sub-$200 price range, so it looks like Google got it right.

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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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Nexus 6 cases hit Google Play, available soon

Nexus 6 cases hit Google Play, available soon

Most smartphone users know that using a smartphone for an extended time without a case is asking for trouble. The first drop could be the end of an expensive smartphone. With the Nexus 6 getting ready to launch around the world, a lot of accessories are starting to turn up, including a pair of cases that have hit Google Play marked as coming soon. When "soon" is we don't know.

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Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Secure messaging is a big deal to many, with ephemeral services like Snapchat a popular choice. Still, that service has been violated many times, leading some to search for a new path forward. The last time we talked about Wiper, the service was new, and pretty amazing. For a messaging platform, the encrypted app-to-app pipeline and ability to clear the chat on both ends is special. The company has recently released version 2.0 of their app, bringing the encrypted platform full circle.

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Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app tracks your tossing and turning

Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app tracks your tossing and turning

Part of your overall healthy lifestyle is getting the right amount of rest, but do you know if you are getting it? More to the point, are you getting good sleep? There are wearables that can help you decipher the deep-sleep code, but that might not be your style (literally). If you’re more of a smartphone-centric user, Runtastic just released an app that aims to offer up better details of your sleep patterns and habits while your head in on the pillow.

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Google to release Nexus 6 stock each Wednesday

Google to release Nexus 6 stock each Wednesday

Almost as quickly as it went up for sale, the Nexus 6 was out of stock. A confusing scenario, we wondered just what was going on. Did Google shut down orders until they could parse the first batch? Was there just a limited quantity? Did that many people really want a phone with a 6-inch screen?! We were all in the dark, but it seems at least one of those questions was right. Google’s quantity of Nexus 6 smartphones seems to be trickling in, and in limited quantities.

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