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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

While all the web apps and services from Google are designed to run in the browser, sometimes its just easier to have some things running as a separate app, making for one less browser tab to sift through. That's how one developer must have felt when it comes to Google Play Music, as Windows users can now download a desktop app for the streaming service. The software is open source, so this is in no way an official app, and can be downloaded for free from GitHub.

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Google Play radically updated: APK download available now

Google Play radically updated: APK download available now

Those of you wishing to see the new Google Play - wait no longer. The folks at Google responsible for selling you apps and entertainment have done the store a great justice. They've split the whole thing in two. Now you'll be able to decide instantly whether you're going to be looking for Apps and Games OR Entertainment bits and pieces. Inside Entertainment you'll find books, movies, and music too. The app file has been released to the public - you can wait, or you can update your device using the APK file.

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Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Both the Google Play store for Android and Apple's iOS App Store label apps that feature in-app purchases, making it clear to users that additional money can or may need to be spent to make use of the software. Now, Google Play will be taking things a step further, and notify users before they download that an app is supported via advertisements inside. It seems to be an effort by Google to make its marketplace more transparent when it comes to ads and funding, and the change will take place starting in 2016.

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Google Play Movies & TV heading to LG smart TVs this month

Google Play Movies & TV heading to LG smart TVs this month

LG Smart TV owners will soon be able to watch content from Google Play Movies and TV, it has been announced. The service will be available to users in more than 100 countries around the globe, working with LG’s webOS smart TV system, as well as the old NetCast 4.0 and 4.5 platforms. Google’s movies and television content include everything spanning from indie releases to new shows and long-standing classics. The support will be coming to LG Smart TVs later this month.

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Google’s Play Books gives comics a kick in the cape

Google’s Play Books gives comics a kick in the cape

Though Google has had digital editions of comic books from every major publisher for quite a while, the reading experience hasn't changed a whole lot since Google's "Play Books" app's comic experience was first launched. As such, Google has decided to give the whole digital comic-reading experience a kick in the pants. Google is launching a number of features in Play Books that aim directly at the comic book reader, including a new vertical scrolling experience that makes comic reading on a smartphone a whole lot more intuitive.

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SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey has announced a new update for Android, rolling out SwiftKey 6 to users. The app first went into a public beta a few weeks ago, and after some further refining it is rolling out to the general public. The new version brings with it several new features, chief among them being double-word prediction, which predicts the next pair of words you’ll say in a single instant rather than just single-word predictions.

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Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Podcasts are all the rage lately, and they partly have Serial to thank. Following the resurgence in popularity, we’ve seen music services increasingly advertise offering them, and now Google is getting into the mix. Today, the company announced that podcasts will soon be arriving on Google Play Music; the audio shows will have their own dedicated portal, which is currently up for podcasters to access.

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Google Play adds fingerprint authentication for purchases

Google Play adds fingerprint authentication for purchases

Along with the Google Play store's new redesign to better match style of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the digital marketplace has been updated to allow users to confirm purchases with just their fingerprint. This does, of course, require users' device actually have a fingerprint sensor, as well as be running Android Marshmallow. This is comparable with Apple's own Touch ID, which debuted two years ago with the ability to authenticate purchases in the App Store, skipping the need for manual password entry.

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YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

This morning YouTube revealed a subscription service that'll encompass not only all of the video content they have to offer, but music from Google as well. With YouTube Red, users will pay a monthly fee to be able to view the vast majority of YouTube content without advertisements, and offline, too. This service ties in with Google Play Music - and YouTube Music Key - as they'll soon all be offered under the same umbrella, for the same monthly fee, all at once.

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Google Play store redesign revealed in new images

Google Play store redesign revealed in new images

With the release of a new version of Android each year, Google's mobile operating system often see new interface designs and adjustments, especially with last year's debut of Material Design. Now it's time for the Google Play store specifically to get an overhaul of its own. A redesign of the app marketplace is on the way, and Kirill Grouchnikov, a software engineer at Google, has shared some of the first images on his Google+ page this week.

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Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Few musicians have tasted such delicious "one hit wonder" delights as Rick Astley, creator of the internet's favorite song "Never Gonna Give You Up." It's the song you use to "Rick Roll" your friends. You link to the video, you link to the song, you link to Rick's image if you're feeling like your friend knows the joke well enough. Today Google has collaborated with the master himself, giving away the full "Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Astley" to Google Play Music users today.

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