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Android L release today: developers first

Android L release today: developers first

This week Google has announced the L Developer Preview. This is the next generation of Android, coming with a "fresh, bold, and new look." This system was announced by Matias Duarte of Android for Google, coming with a look that’s made for mobile, desktop, and beyond.

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One Billion Android active users as Google I/O 2014 begins

One Billion Android active users as Google I/O 2014 begins

Google I/O 2014 is kicking off, and Sundar Pichai is opening with some stats on the state of Android, which has now reached over one billion active users. The milestone, measured over the past thirty days ahead of I/O, also comes with new stats on Android tablet penetration, with Google saying that the OS is running on 62-percent of global tablet share, even before you take into account custom versions like on Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX.

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Udacity launches for Android with four new courses

Udacity launches for Android with four new courses

Udacity, the popular tool for learning all kinds of tech things you might not otherwise get to, has finally made its way to Android. The iOS app, launched about two months ago, has been reworked for Android, and the company has some new courses you can take to celebrate. Four new learning programs are available for Udacity, and they have a decidedly Android flair.

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We’re here at Moscone West for Google I/O 2014!

We’re here at Moscone West for Google I/O 2014!

We are on the ground and live from Google I/O 2014! This year, Google has made some interesting changes to their format, and the entire feel of the event hints that it will be about the Developers and what they can do. From a new version of Android to other odds and ends we’re expecting to see (or not see), this year’s I/O should be a fun one.

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Glass upgraded pre-I/O but no swap for existing Explorers

Glass upgraded pre-I/O but no swap for existing Explorers

Google is giving Glass a refresh, making the wearable faster and longer-lasting, though likely to infuriate early-adopters all the same as unlike before they won't be given the opportunity to swap to the new version. The new Glass will now have 2GB of memory - double the 1GB of RAM the current Explorer Edition model has - and the promise of around 15-percent longer battery life thanks to a combination of firmware released today and quietly-made hardware changes a few months back.

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Android boss envious of Apple, but says open source is best

Android boss envious of Apple, but says open source is best

An interview with Business Week has given all kinds of insight into how Sundar Pichai, Android and Chrome honcho at Google, operates. One of the more interesting angles is how Pichai considers Android and iOS, and more importantly how he feels about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent comments on stage at WWDC. Calling Android a “toxic hellstew” of vulnerability led Pichai to concede defeat of sorts.

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The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

Not for nothing has Google Maps become one of the most relied-upon navigation services around, but the ways in which Google tailors geographical information to satisfy territorial disputes could prove surprising. Unseen by most - since the details only change when viewed from a different location - the tweaks to border lines can grant vast swathes of land to different countries, something a new Google Maps project has highlighted.

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