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Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

You can't argue that the Google Play store isn't heavily-trafficked, with 50 billion installs over the past twelve months, but now Google is adding tools to help developers get discovered. Revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, the extras include developer profile pages which can be used as a landing page to set out a virtual stall for both code and company ethos. On Google's side, meanwhile, there'll be better search so that finding apps is more straightforward and accurate, and a Family Zone for age-appropriate software.

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Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

Google's next version of Android is revealed to have a "Dozing" feature which puts your phone sleep, effectively. What Google will do with Android M is to bring a Doze mode that sees when your phone has not been in use for an extended period of time. When you've accidentally left it on the counter over a long weekend away, for example. When your Android device senses this happening, it powers down all non-necessary functions. This could potentially extend battery life by 2x or more on your device.

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Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear now has 4,000 apps, Google confirmed today, with the wearable's latest software update featuring things like sketchable emojis added. The new software also supports flick-gestures for navigating through Android Wear's card-based UI, along with always-on display support both for watch faces and third-party apps. "Checking the time is pretty cool," Google joked, "you can just look at your wrist, get the information, and make a decision in just a fraction of a second."

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Google Photos takes on photo & video overload

Google Photos takes on photo & video overload

Google is tackling photo and video overload, now that smartphones are so common and people are capturing huge quantities of media, with Google Photos. Intended as "a private and safe place" to keep photos and videos that's available from any device, Google Photos also takes on the tricky challenge of organizing the content without spending hours (or longer) shuffling between folders manually.

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Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Google has announced Brillo, its play for the Internet of Things, and the Weave common-language that devices from connected locks, fridges, and alarms can interact. "We've taken Android and polished it down - hence the name - this is basically the kernel, the hardware abstraction layer, and the connectivity," Google SVP of Product Sundar Pichai said on-stage during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. And, as rumored, it's Google's most ambitious play for the smart home to-date.

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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Android M release today, public in Q3 2015

Android M release today, public in Q3 2015

This week the folks at Google have let slip that their next version of Android will be coming in the third quarter of the year. They'll be releasing the basic version of Android M Developer Preview, as it's called, as early as today. Developers will have access to Android M through the standard Android portal, while the average user will have to wait until July to get their hands on Android M, or whatever it'll be called when the time rolls around.

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Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

It's the news Game of Thrones fans have been desperate to hear: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast. The streaming system, which has already been making waves over on Apple TV, a way for cord-cutters to subscribe just to HBO's content without having to get a full cable subscription. Meanwhile, with support for both Android and Chromecast, you'll be able to take that HBO NOW subscription on the move rather than be locked to your lounge.

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Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google now has at least one billion users across almost all of its major products, including search, YouTube, and Google Maps. The milestone was announced by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Product, at the opening of Google I/O 2015 today. Android devices are now offered by 400 OEMs worldwide, with carrier support from 500 carriers, and more than 5,000 devices, Pichai confirmed. And those aren't all the achievements, either.

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Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

This morning Android M was introduced by Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015. There it was revealed that this software would be brought in the form of an Android M Developer Preview first, then released to the public. This is much in the same way that Android L, eventually Lollipop, was introduced to the world. This version of Android - M - will have Google going "back to the basics." That means functionality and "improving the core experience." This version of M will be released within weeks for developers - if not sooner.

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