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Android One reboot could see ridiculously low prices

Android One reboot could see ridiculously low prices

You have to hand it to Google. It just doesn't know when to quit. Despite the lackluster performance of its sub $100 Android One project in developing markets, particularly in South and Southeast Asia, the search giant is still pushing forward, even if it has to slash prices down by half. According to a Google exec, the company is planning to relaunch the Android One program, where a primary focus is pulling down the prices even more, which could result in sub-$50 Android smartphones in India.

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Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

With all the details coming out about Stagefright, the new Android vulnerability that could hijack your device, Android users are right to be concerned. While Google has released a patch, it's currently only available for Nexus devices. Almost everyone else is still at risk. Fortunately, the folks at Zimperium, the company that first discovered the Stagefright bug, have released the Stagefright Detector App to help keep users informed on whether their phone is still vulnerable.

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Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Ever since the whole Apple Maps fiasco almost three years ago, Google has had the opportunity to snatch that part of the mobile Apple experience. So far, it's been working and iPhone users are more or less satisfied. Except for one thing that mostly drivers have been clamoring for: night mode. The day, or night, has finally arrived when you will no longer be blinded by your iPhone's bright screen while driving down the highway. Night mode is finally here, perhaps giving users less reason to switch map apps.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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Huawei Nexus 8: this is (probably) it

Huawei Nexus 8: this is (probably) it

This past month we saw case leaks for the next Nexus smartphone, today we see the full back of the device. Earlier this year we first heard rumors that Huawei was up next for the Google Nexus smartphone crown. Today we hear those rumors again. This device has been rumored to be coming later this year with a quad-HD 6-inch display (that's 2K) that may well end up replacing the Nexus 6. With a fingerprint sensor, of course.

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Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Google has rejected France's calls for the "right to be forgotten" program to be applied worldwide, risking the wrath of the European Union in the process. The French data protection regulator, CNIL, had issued Google with a formal notice in June demanding that any links ousted from Google's European search sites under the program should also be delisted from indexes globally. That, Google argues, is a path with potentially dangerous implications.

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Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Samsung's price cuts for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have begun to take effect near the eve of the reveal of the Galaxy Note 5. This was foretold by Samsung itself, as the company's last quarterly earnings report revealed lackluster sales of both devices. While it was suggested that sales didn't add up because of manufacturing difficulties, the results are these: one hundred dollars knocked off the prices of either device in the market, starting in the United States with T-Mobile USA.

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Galaxy Note 5 event may have a tablet, too

Galaxy Note 5 event may have a tablet, too

A teaser has been released by Samsung for the next big "Unpacked" event showing not just the Galaxy Note 5 and larger "Edge", but a tablet too. This larger tablet is likely a 7-inch tablet made to take on the likes of the missing 7-inch spot in Google's collection and the iPad mini. Whether or not it will have an S Pen is moot - though the non-appearance of a stylus popping out in this teaser seems to suggest it'll be without.

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Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is about to roll out into its largest city so far: San Antonio, Texas. This is the latest in Google’s slow-growing ultra-fast Internet service, which has already been available in several cities and is slated to roll out in many more. Google cites San Antonio as being a big and still growing tech hub, one that is drawing in more tech jobs through things like the Tech Hire initiative. Sibling city Austin, TX has already enjoyed Google Fiber service.

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Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Today Google announced a new update policy for Nexus devices, saying that in addition to the regular updates, the Nexus devices (minus the Galaxy Nexus) will receive regular monthly security updates over the air. This is another method on top of existing features to further increase Android security. Google points toward the fact that it has, for the past three years, informed Android manufacturers monthly about security issues, and with this newest change it is taking that to a new level.

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Google Slides now works with video calls

Google Slides now works with video calls

This morning Google updated their "Google Slides" functionality for mobile and desktop devices to work on video calls. This system recently added functionality for Chromecast and Apple's Airplay, now they're bringing the slides presentation system to the remote viewing world. Users on Android smartphones or tablets will see a "video call" option when they tap the "Present" button in Google Slides starting this week.

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YouTube ends 301+ view count mystery

YouTube ends 301+ view count mystery

It's the end of an era - YouTube will no longer be stopping view counts on videos at 301+ views. While the comments kept coming, the views stopped. It was a legendary break in the system. Or so people thought. In reality, Google has been automatically stopping views on YouTube videos at 301, checking the views at that point individually to make sure they weren't from spam bots, then releasing the video's counts into the wild. All that ends today.

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