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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition first-impressions

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition first-impressions

This week Google sprang a couple of devices on the public with little to no leaks or warnings, incredibly so, with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition bringing up the tablet front. This device has landed on SlashGear's review bench this week complete with a standard AOSP build of Android inside, rolling with Android 4.4 KitKat to boot. You'll find this machine working with a cool 8.3-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution up front and a full metal jacket (aluminum, that is) around its back.

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition first-impressions

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition first-impressions

The first Sony-made device to appear amongst the Google Play Edition ranks has arrive on SlashGear's doorstep, that being the Sony Z Ultra. This device went by the name Xperia Z Ultra earlier this year before it was ushered in as a more pure Android experience from Google, here appearing with essentially the same specifications save the unlocked and un-skinned details within. Now we're seeing the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition ready for action here ready to roll for 2014.

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Google Play Edition expands: Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 get pure

Google Play Edition expands: Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 get pure

This week the folks responsible for socking the Google Play store with the latest and greatest in Android devices have added another LG and a brand new Sony device to their ranks. What you'll find is both the massiveness of what was called (earlier this year) the Xperia Z Ultra as well as the LG G Pad 8.3, both of them being released with "Google Play Edition" on their box. These devices will be released in a manner not unlike that of the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition official with AOSP Android

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition official with AOSP Android

There's a new tablet appearing soon from Google called the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, the first tablet to enter this arena of "Nexus" devices. This isn't the first time a device has been released with a more "pure" version of Android - we've got the Nexus 7 and 10, after all, but it is the first time Google has worked with a manufacturer for a tablet to be released the same way the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions where. This machine will otherwise work with the same specifications as the original LG G Pad 8.3, for the most part.

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Google Search for Android update brings results from apps, Google Play

Google Search for Android update brings results from apps, Google Play

Google has rolled out another Search for Android update, this one bringing with it more results across a wider range of mobile offerings than previously available. Namely, a Google Search query will now also include results found within apps, speeding up the entire search process, as well as pulling up app options from within Google Play, depending on the search term.

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Google Glass scores official Play Music glassware

Google Glass scores official Play Music glassware

Tis a happy day for Glass owners, who can now grab the official Play Music app for their Google wearable. The announcement was made by Google's Stephen Lau on Google+, where he dropped a quick and humor-infused note informing Explorers of the update. The Music app can be grabbed from the MyGlass page, but those who are using a sideloaded apk will need to uninstall it first.

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Google Play for Education setup app brings Nexus into the classroom

Google Play for Education setup app brings Nexus into the classroom

Google Play for Education -- the program that leverages certain tablets and educational apps for K-12 classrooms -- now has a setup app that should make it relatively easy to initiate the program. School administrators who want to enable their bulk-purchased tablets to receive content from the Education Store can configure the tablets using the app. From there, integrating any of 30,000 education apps should be a breeze.

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Google Play Newsstand: what is it?

Google Play Newsstand: what is it?

This week you'll have a new Google service available to you straight from Google itself, one going by the name of Google Play Newsstand. This interface allows Google Play to roll with Magazines, Newspapers, and even Blog Feeds in a single centralized location, one that's available to the masses just as the Google Play store's many other outlets are today.

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Google Play Music iOS release live: All Access included for a month

Google Play Music iOS release live: All Access included for a month

Today Google has released its own Google Play Music app for iOS, working on the iPhone and iPod touch with a unique iPad version coming in the near future. At the moment you’ll find this version of Google Play Music missing the “I’m feeling lucky” option to roll the dice and listen to music based on your previous listening action, but essentially everything else is ready to roll. This app is free on the iTunes App Store and works with Google accounts to bring the user their entire cloud-based music collection.

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