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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 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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Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

The newest BlackBerry OS build, 10.2.1, could allow the Google Play Store to be installed, letting users download and install Android apps to run on BlackBerry devices--if the four leaked photos shown below are to be believed. PhotoShop is always a suspect, but the images are plausible. As long as they represent a genuine near-future reality, BlackBerry users will soon no longer have to side-load Android apps.

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Nexus 8 no more: Google “fixes” photo

Nexus 8 no more: Google “fixes” photo

The Android underground was aflutter yesterday as keen-eyed obsessives spotted a device in press photo for Android they didn't recognize - so they called it the Nexus 8. This device looked to be sporting a display significantly larger than that of the Nexus 7 while it kept similar-sized chassis. So similar, it would appear today, that changing the device into a Nexus 7 was only a matter of re-adjusting the display.

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