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Waze update 4.0 aims to replace Google Maps

Waze update 4.0 aims to replace Google Maps

Release after release, Google's own Google Maps has made the case for being the best - and only - maps app for Android. Now comes along Waze 4.0 for Android (incidentally also owned by Google) to try to take the crown. Can swanky graphics and what may be a more personal set of controls do the trick for you, the Android-based Google Maps addict? Could you possibly replace the most basic map app in the world with one that's... just a little bit different?

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What’s New in Android N?

What’s New in Android N?

This week we've been running down the many features that appear in the next version of Android from Google. As we remember that this is only a developer preview release thus far, we can also conclude that not all features will be delivered to end-users by the time OEMs get onboard. What we've got today is a video from Google. This video shows what's new in Android N for everyone able to load the software right this minute.

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Android update: what’s the point?

Android update: what’s the point?

Google releases another new version of Android and I have to ask: what is the point? Why continue to allow the public to be misled? We asked this question a few years ago, suggesting that Google should never have promised Android updates in the first place. They called it the "Update Alliance" - a group of manufacturers and mobile carriers that promised quick updates to Android whenever Google had them available. It was absurd then. It's still absurd today.

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Do not download Android N

Do not download Android N

Google's new Android N Developer Preview software shows off new features as well as plentiful reason why it's not meant for general users. Google has made clear that this update to the operating system is made for developers - not for everyday average Android device owners. As such - and since it's been released so very early - Android N is not for you. Unless of course you're a developer. A developer who likes to find bugs.

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Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook’s ultra-lightweight app for slow connections and lower-tier phones, Facebook Lite, has been updated with some new features including support for emojis in messages and batch image uploading. The features are a welcomed addition, adding a bit more functionality to the barebones version of Facebook's mobile app without adding too much of a burden on applicable handsets.

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Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs just made life easier for Android and desktop users, adding an outline feature that appears when you're scrolling through a document. The outline tool picks out pertinent sections of your document and takes you straight to them when selected. Also recently added to Google Docs is an EPUB export option, making it easier to export documents directly for ebook readers and ebook platforms.

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5 Android N features you need to see (plus split-screen)

5 Android N features you need to see (plus split-screen)

Google's newest software, Android N, has been released this morning, and with it comes a batch of new abilities for smartphones, tablets, and Android TV. We've combed through the developer bits and pieces to find the most relevant and experience-changing features that've been delivered with this software preview - not all of which might end up on your devices out in the wild by the end of the Summer.

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Android N release now: Google makes it official

Android N release now: Google makes it official

While there was a bit of a leak earlier today, Google has made Android N official with a news release of their own. Now we're able to see Google's own devices running the software and the developer preview software links are live. Now you too can get your hands and eyeballs on Android N right the minute. Download Android N Developer Preview for your Nexus device now or... you know... do it later.

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How to download the Android N update

How to download the Android N update

This week a bit of a slip of the publish button seems to have revealed a whole lot of details about the next version of Google's Android. The dessert known as Android N, more than likely Android Nerds, or Nougat, will be launching this week as a developer preview on multiple devices. If a leak (now pulled) from Ars Technica is to be believed, this will include the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C, Nexus 9 (tablet), and a single Android One phone by the name of General Mobile 4G. Strangely enough, this is not the first time this has happened.

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Skype Live Translator adds Arabic support

Skype Live Translator adds Arabic support

Skype Translator, the nifty (to understate things) tool for translating spoken conversations in real time, has just added support for Arabic. With the support, Skype Translator can be used to translate to and from Modern Standard Arabic, the version of Arabic used by journalists and others throughout Arabic-speaking countries. This brings Skype Translator up to eight supported (spoken) languages.

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Pebble major update: Jumbo emojis, fresh new iOS app

Pebble major update: Jumbo emojis, fresh new iOS app

Pebble has just announced the rollout of firmware and app updates and while these benefit everyone, those on iOS have a lot to look forward to in this round. The firmware for the smartwatch itself has been update with both serious and whimsical new features while the Android app has gotten more multi-lingual. The iOS app, on the other hand, gets the biggest chunk of changes, starting with a totally new look. Plus, it also gets some new abilities, like being able to keep your notifications silent.

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Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

The newest update to Spotify will come this week, adding to their already popular "Discover Weekly" feature with "Fresh Finds." As if to say "please, please listen to something other than Coldplay or Skrillex," Spotify has created yet another way for users to find new and exciting rising musical stars. Five categories are being added as a part of this initiative, including Basement, Cyclone, Fire Emoji, Hiptronix, and Six Strings.

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