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GALAXY S 4 Google Edition made real with Vanilla Android

GALAXY S 4 Google Edition made real with Vanilla Android

This week Hugo Barra spoke up at Google I/O 2013 on the devices that make Android a unique and powerful system, including the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This introduction moved quickly to a Google Edition of the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This version of the device will be working on AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE with a 16GB internal storage and a vanilla flavoring of Android. This will be sold through the Google Play and will receive updates straight from the company.

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NOOK HD gains access to Google Play, apps required

NOOK HD gains access to Google Play, apps required

Starting this week, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ devices will be receiving access to the official Google Play app and digital content store straight from the source. Where since the birth of the NOOK line of ereaders, each Android-based device worked specifically and only with the Barnes & Noble Shop for books and movies, users will now have the ability to access both Google apps and Google Music. There's only one catch - if you'd call it a catch, that is.

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Google blocks non-Play Android updates in Facebook Home snub

Google blocks non-Play Android updates in Facebook Home snub

Google has quietly tweaked its Play store policies to prevent apps like Facebook Home from updating on Android devices without going through the official method. The change, which coincides with Facebook directly tweaking its social homescreen replacement rather than pushing out an update through the Google Play store, adds a new proviso which forbids any circuitous attempts to "modify, replace or update" code.

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Swype now available via Google Play

Swype now available via Google Play

Nuance has rolled out its latest update for Swype, bringing with it some new keyboard themes, and a few other improvements and and change. The big news, however, is that for the first time Android users can get the keyboard app from Google Play, which has a limited-time special price of $0.99, after which point you'll have to shell out an unspecified amount.

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Google Play updated for Tablet-sized screenshots

Google Play updated for Tablet-sized screenshots

Those of you working with a tablet in the Android universe know that it's been a long, hard road from the first Samsung Galaxy Tab. Here in 2013 we're finally about to see tablet-sized thumbnails for apps for the first time - before now, it was all teeny tiny smartphone-sized business. Just as soon as developer jump onboard and start delivering the shots, we'll be seeing the good stuff!

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Google Voice app update fixes SMS reliability issue, hints at something new

Google Voice app update fixes SMS reliability issue, hints at something new

When you want to make a phone call over the Internet, you likely think of Skype or perhaps even Facebook's voice messaging service, which is currently in its infant years. Rarely does one think of Google Voice, which is disappointing considering how fairly robust and capable the service is. Still, despite its less-than-stellar popularity, Google has rolled out a bug fix update for the service.

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