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New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

This morning the folks responsible for development of Google's "Local Guides" program have sent out invites to some users for Beta Testing. What this app does is tap in to the Google Maps feature you may or may not have heard of - a feature by the same name Local Guides - to assist users in finding awesome local sights and events when they travel through a new city. Both Android and iOS users will be given the opportunity to test this app.

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New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

At last, a version of Google's own Phone app is available for the masses. Not just Nexus devices. Not just the Moto X from Motorola. Anyone who has a phone that runs Marshmallow or better - or higher, that is to say - will be able to use this app as it exists in APK form today. When activated properly, this app will allow you to see Google's own vision for what a basic phone app should be on your Android device.

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Google IO schedule shows where Android and Google VR are headed

Google IO schedule shows where Android and Google VR are headed

Chrome is here, too, of course, but we're jumping in on the Android bit with Google I/O 2016's scheduler this afternoon first. A selection of sessions have been revealed for the developer conference over the course of three days, the majority of which are consequential mostly for the developers themselves. However, we've already found a few tidbits you'll be interested in, including a cryptic message/description in the section called "Google's Vision for VR."

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Amazon’s “fastest-selling tablet” now comes in tangerine

Amazon’s “fastest-selling tablet” now comes in tangerine

That $50 tablet Amazon introduced not too long ago is coming in several new colors starting this week. Amazon calls the Amazon Fire the company's "fastest-selling tablet ever" - without actually giving any numbers. Maybe they mean they had a footrace in which they sought to find which tablet would be able to be sold the fastest based on the speed of several human runners holding several different forms of payment? We'll have to wait and see.

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Listen to podcasts, see live TV listings in Google Search app

Listen to podcasts, see live TV listings in Google Search app

While in the midst of facing a massive antitrust lawsuit in Europe revolving around Android and search, Google is giving its Android Search app even more power. Somewhat ironically, these new features could give OEMs even more reason to stick to Google's apps, for the sake of their users, of course, giving more fodder to the EU's objections. With two new features, users won't even have to dive into web pages or open another app just to see when their favorite show is up or to listen to a podcast.

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EU files antitrust charge against Google, this time on Android

EU files antitrust charge against Google, this time on Android

Google is the new Microsoft. At least as far as collecting antitrust lawsuits are concerned. In Europe, the tech giant is once again facing serious charges, this time surrounding the Android mobile operating system. According to the European Commission, Google is using unlawful monopolistic practices that unfairly puts its search and apps, and there its ads, as the dominant, if not only, choice on Android devices, to the detriment of competition and potentially stifling innovation. Naturally denies this and hints that the EC might not exactly understand how Android works.

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Google Keep update brings new Chrome extension, hashtags

Google Keep update brings new Chrome extension, hashtags

Google Keep received an update today, one that gives users “a few new ways” to use the note-keeping service, according to Google. First among the changes is a new Google Keep extension for Chrome, enabling users to save a website — or parts of it — in Keep with the click of an icon. The same extension is also available on Chrome for Android, offering the same functionality.

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New Giphy app update for Android shares gifs in ALL the apps

New Giphy app update for Android shares gifs in ALL the apps

There's an app called Giphy that connects to the archive of gif images that the company called Giphy has shared or saved - and today it's been updated. The Android version of the Giphy app now allows you not only to browse gifs and find all the gifs your mind and body and soul could possibly want - it allows you to share them all, too. Just like you'd share said gifs to the likes of Facebook's Messenger app before, now you'll be able to share gifs to your other social networks and image-sharing apps and such.

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LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

The folks responsible for LOUD on Planet X have given the music-friendly gaming scene a real kick in the pants. In this game - for multiple platforms - is a new generation of gameplay, taking the best bits of both Plants VS Zombies and Rock Band - or Dance Dance Revolution, if you prefer - combining them into a game that's neigh on impossible to resist once you've played. Even better - some of the most awesome "Indy" bands are here to play along.

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New Google Camera released for Android [UPDATE: Auto]

New Google Camera released for Android [UPDATE: Auto]

This week Google released the newest version of their "Google Camera" app for the masses - for Android, anyway. This new version of the app give you the ability to take photos while shooting video, first and foremost. That's an ability many devices already have and, indeed, an ability that past versions of Google's camera for Android did have as well - it just disappeared for a while. Now it's back!

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

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Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Many years after some of Google's competitors launched their own portals for podcasts, Google Play launches their own for Android. This podcast portal launches within and paired with Google Play Music, where users are able to collect and stream podcasts at will. For those of you that aren't into streaming - you're pretty much out of luck. This may be launching in Google Play, but it's housed within Google Music. There you'll listen to all your favorites, inside the orange dome, with the new Google Play Music icon in full effect!

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