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Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with Google

Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with Google

This week the folks at Google release the full collection of Google I/O 2017 talks in video form. That includes a selection of videos which identify the newest features in Android. That's Android, the operating system quite likely on the device you're reading this with right this minute - dive in and make the most of it!

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Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Google Play as well as Apple's App Store now have the next Pokemon game Magikarp Jump. This game is very likely the most inane Pokemon game in the history of Pokemon games - and not only on the mobile platform. This is the latest effort by The Pokemon Company to cash in on the Pokmon craze created in part by Niantic's release of Pokemon GO. This game is not the same as Pokemon GO, but it has just about as many Magikarp inside.

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Google Actions Challenge igniting new app development for Assistant

Google Actions Challenge igniting new app development for Assistant

The folks at Google responsible for lighting fires in the bellies of developers have revealed a program called the Google Actions Challenge. In this challenge, developers are asked to create mind-blowing apps that make use of Google Assistant in its newest incarnation. These apps will be new - and must be new as in not submitted before May 17 of 2017.

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Google brings family sharing to YouTube TV, Calendar, Keep, Photos

Google brings family sharing to YouTube TV, Calendar, Keep, Photos

As they say, sharing is caring. But when you're running a family, sharing is really the only way to stay sane and keep on top of things. In this highly digital and mobile age, family members amass tons of information and are themselves bombarded with data. Corralling all these into one place accessible to each and every member of the family is sometimes more work than it's worth. Thankfully, Google has introduced new sharing features to its apps and services, making YouTube TV, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Photos a family affair as well as a personal one.

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Google Jamboard virtual whiteboard is now available for purchase

Google Jamboard virtual whiteboard is now available for purchase

At Microsoft's press event in Shanghai, it unveiled a new Whiteboard app that took advantage its Surface lineup, from the Hub to the Studio to the New Surface Pro. As if on cue, Google has finally unchained its own cloud-connected virtual whiteboard device. Half a year in the making, the Jamboard is now available to make your meetings more productive and creative. That is, if you can swallow its steep price tag.

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This Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]

This Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]

The Android O Pixel Launcher APK has been delivered to a wider variety of Android smartphones thanks to one intrepid XDA user. This download is not 100% guaranteed to work on every sincle smartphone - in fact most smartphones cannot make use of it. Smartphones must be running Android, first of all, and they'll need to be running Android version 6.0.1 Marshmallow for the launcher to be activated with all of its features.

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Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie has announced the launch of a new Juice Pack Battery Case for the larger of Google's two somewhat new smartphones, the Pixel XL. This case, as with ones before it, offers both protection and extended battery life via an integrated battery that piggybacks off the phone's own internal battery. The end result, according to mophie, is battery life (read: talk time) that tops out at 50 hours per charge.

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One potential problem with the HTC U11

One potential problem with the HTC U11

My one concern with the HTC U11 is the same as with previous models from lesser manufacturers. Where HTC's smartphones excel in unique design, they give me a chill for those users that are prone to clumsiness. HTC is right on the borderline with popularity in smartphones, where 3rd-party accessory brands decide whether making a case will be worth the effort.

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The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

As the Pokemon GO Rock Event winds down, the next event begins to brew. Information on the next event in Pokemon GO has been tipped to us as a companion for the Gym overhaul. This fabled overhaul of the Pokemon Gym system is just about upon us, and with it will come an event that's quite similar to the one we're in the middle of right this minute.

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Android Go is just a config, not new version, of Android

Android Go is just a config, not new version, of Android

It's not that hard to compare the recently announced Android Go with the more or less dead Android One initiative and conclude that the former replaces the latter. After all, both target entry-level devices which are most likely going to litter emerging markets. Considering the Android Go presentation was direct to the point but short on the details, that conclusion is easier reached. But in a post-I/O interview with NDTV, Google VP of Product Management for Android and Google Play Sameer Samat makes it pretty clear. No, Android Go isn't replacing Android One, and, no, it isn't a distinct version of Android either.

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Android O will let you pause system updates

Android O will let you pause system updates

No matter what type of smartphone you have, system software updates are important to take notice of; they can introduce advanced new features, as well as vital security patches. Unfortunately, these update files are often very large and can become available at inopportune times. No one likes to start a download and then need to transfer to an area where there's spotty internet, or be on the go an unable to charge the battery when it's needed. Fortunately the upcoming Android O will have a handy fix.

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Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android O, the next new version of Android. This version of the software introduces some radical chances to the mobile operating system, including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let it go automatic!

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