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10 hours ago

Expect at least two Android M Developer Preview updates before the final release

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In a change from last year, Google officially plans to update the M Developer Preview at least twice before final release.

Speaking at the "What's new in Android?" talk at Google I/O, Chet Haase of Google explained how the Android team plans to update the latest Developer Preview. Unlike the L Developer Preview last year, Google has an upgrade path set up to update the M Developer Preview once at the end of June and again at the end of July, each time integrating changes based on feedback from developers.

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14 hours ago

Google highlights the best apps with Material Design with Google Play showcase

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Google has compiled a list of 18 apps that it feels best showcase Material Design.

Just in time for the one year anniversary of Material Design, Google has compiled a showcase of the 18 third-party apps that it feels best take advantage of the design paradigm.

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15 hours ago

Shazam snags visual recognition for QR codes and images

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Shazam isn't just for audio anymore: you can now use the app to recognize QR codes and images as well.

Shazam announced that users with the latest version of its can now scan images and QR codes that will offer up access to interactive content and more.

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16 hours ago

The Google Design website gets a Material Design revamp and lots of new content

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The Google Design website has a new look today, and not surprising it uses much of the Material Design style found in Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google first introduced the Material Design look for Android 5.0 Lollipop nearly a year ago for Google I/O 2014. Today, as part of its Google I/O 2015 conference events, the company launched a revamp of the Google Design website, which uses Material Design as its inspiration.

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16 hours ago

Spotify and Foursquare out pair of Android Wear apps

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Android Wear is about to get a couple of new apps courtesy of Spotify and Foursquare.

Both Spotify and Foursquare announced that they are bringing their respective services to Android Wear smartwatches in upcoming updates.

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17 hours ago

Google's got a crazy new launcher in the Android M Developer Preview

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Android M Launcher

We know better than to assume anything is final in the Android M Developer Preview, but this new launcher is a spectacle that warrants a moment's consideration.

We're all still absorbing everything Google announced at I/O today, but it couldn't be more clear that the next version of Android is all about polishing the experience and making Google a part of every nook and cranny of the operating system. We've got a little bit of a wait for Android M to graduate to a full version of Android with its own hardware and everything, but the M Developer Preview images mean we can take a peek at the things Google is working on before that hardware launches.

If you do decide to flash the preview on your Nexus 5, Nexus 6, or Nexus 9, the first thing you'll notice upon opening the app drawer is a wildly different interface. We don't know if this is going to make it into the final version, but so far it's fun to play with.

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17 hours ago

New Google Photos app with unlimited storage goes live in Google Play and on the web

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Google's brand new Photos app is now available to download in Google Play and on the web, letting you back up all of your photos with at no cost.

Earlier today Google introduced their revamped photos service, which offers users unlimited storage at no cost. Of course there are some limits, like max of 1080P video and 16MP still images.

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17 hours ago

Google Play Services 7.5 gives Android app developers access to Smart Lock for Passwords

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Google Play Services 7.5 is now available for Android app developers, adding features such as Smart Lock for Passwords.

As part of the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, the company launched the SDK for Google Play Services 7.5. It includes new features that Android developers can use in their apps, including Smart Lock for Passwords, which should help with using passwords on multiple devices and platforms.

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18 hours ago

Dashlane password manager works with new Android M fingerprint security

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Dashlane, a popular password manager, has announced support for Android M's new fingerprint security.

Right on time after the announcement of new security APIs in the latest version of Android, the password manager will be one of the first to integrate with the new security platform. Using both the "Fingerprint" and "Confirm credentials" APIs, you will be able to access the Dashlane app, as well as display secure information within other apps, with just your fingerprint.

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18 hours ago

You can now download Android M Developer Preview system images

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The Android M Developer Preview has been announced, and now it's time to try it out on a device.

After a little wait while the download links populated, you can now get to the Google Developers site and download an Android M factory image to flash onto a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and even a Nexus Player.

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19 hours ago

Google Carboard gets a huge update with new hardware and software

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Google's simple VR experience has expanded to new devices, with new software and purposes.

As impressive as it is for Google to announce that over one million Cardboard viewers have been folded and activated around the world, you can't get far in a conversation about this inexpensive little box without hearing about the lack of support for many devices. Google has updated the Cardboard design to support larger devices like the Nexus 6, but has also updated the software to include iOS support. Perhaps more significant, the Cardboard team has announced a new classroom initiative called Expeditions, with software to help kids go on virtual field trips anywhere in the world.

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19 hours ago

Google Play sees more than 50 billion installs in the past year, over one billion active users

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Google Play is growing along with Android, and there are currently over one billion active users, and it is growing worldwide.

Apps make our phones better, and Google Play is constantly growing because of this. In 2014, Google saw over 50 billion installs, and there are currently one billion active users. The growth is tremendous, but in areas like India, southeast Asia, and the Middle East the growth is twice as fast as the rest of the world.

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19 hours ago

Google's 'Android Nanodegree' is a six-month course to teach Android development

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If you're interested in learning how to develop Android apps, Google wants to help.

Announced at Google I/O today, Google is partnering with Udacity to create an Android learning course set that will teach you the basics of developing for the platform in just six months. The course is just $200 per month, a steal compared to what you'd pay at a large university, and at the end you'll have a "Nanodegree" in the subject.

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19 hours ago

It'll soon be easier to find family-friendly content on Google Play

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Google has detailed some of the changes coming to the Google Play Store that make it easier for parents to find family-friendly content.

Google is making it easier for parents to find family-friendly content in the Play Store. The company is implementing a new system that offers filtered app and content results, sorted by age groups, and appropriate results will now have the new Family Star on them.

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19 hours ago

Google to offer developers Universal App Campaigns

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Google will give app developers what they are calling Universal App Campaigns, which should offer a better way to promote apps with Google's services.

During the Google I/O keynote address today in San Francisco, the company announced what they called Universal Ad Campaigns, which offers app developers a way to set how much they are willing to spend for ads, so that the right ads will appear in the right places.

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