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2 months ago

Google Fit will now track your strength training, give instant insights to your activities and more

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Google's fitness app, Google Fit has gained some new features and functionality in its latest update. Included in this update is instant insights, a way for you to quickly and easily see all the stats of your activity. This means you'll be able to see your route, elevation, speed, pace and much more. In addition, you'll be able to easily track your push ups, sit ups, and more.

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2 months ago

You can now invite people without Google accounts to join Hangouts video calls

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Google has dropped the requirement of having a Google account to join a Hangouts video call, as you can now invite people without one. The way it works is simple. The meeting organizer will give out the link to the meeting, and those without an account will be prompted to enter their name and submit a request to join.

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2 months ago

Nuzzel 2.0 ditches the need for a Twitter account, adds news alerts and more

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Nuzzel, an app that makes it easy to see what your friends are reading and talking about, has just pushed out a huge update which brings some great new features. Previously, to log in the app you needed a Twitter account, but that has since been changed.

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2 months ago

IFTTT now lets you add trigger phrases for the Amazon Echo

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If you're a fan of using your Amazon Echo with automation app IFTTT, things just got a little more customizable. You can now set up specific trigger phrases for IFTTT actions when using an Amazon Echo, allowing you to simply ask the Echo's virtual assistant, Alexa, to trigger a certain action and then letting IFTTT do the dirty work.

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2 months ago

Skype for Android update lets you save video messages, share photos directly to groups

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Skype for Android recently received a pretty handy update, bringing the ability to save video messages, share photos directly from your photo gallery to group conversations, and more.

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2 months ago

Oppo's Project Spectrum brings a near-stock Android experience to the Find 7 and 7a

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Smartphone maker Oppo has released the first beta version of its "near-stock" Android ROM for the Find 7 and 7a, based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

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2 months ago

How to get all your existing Amazon apps on the BlackBerry Priv

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A lot of people buying the new BlackBerry Priv are moving from other BlackBerry devices that aren't running Android. With the app situation the way it is for the BB10 platform, that means a lot of those folks will have quite a number of apps in the Amazon ecosystem. It's easy to get all of those back on your new Priv.

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2 months ago

You can now secure your Amazon account with two-factor authentication

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A bit of extra security with two-factor authentication is never a bad thing when it comes to your online accounts, and it looks like you can now count Amazon as one of the latest companies to support the security measure. The company is now offering the option for users to turn on two-factor authentication, bringing an added layer of security for Amazon accounts.

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2 months ago

Google Play Store in 2016 will tell you whether any app has ads

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Android developers today are being notified that they need to declare by Jan. 11, 2016, whether their applications have ads in them or not. This currently is a requirement only for apps that want to be included in Google's "Designed for Families" category in Google Play. But starting early next year all applications will have to declare whether they include advertising.

Where things start to get a little interesting is when you talk about what an ad is. For these purposes, Google's including "ads delivered through third-party ad networks, display ads, native ads, and/or banner ads." And for the most part we all know what those look like. Sponsored articles also fall under the ads umbrella, Google says, as do "ads within a feed" and other kinds of native ads.

And Google will be doing some checking on this. If you attempt to say that your app doesn't contain ads, Google runs a quick check of SDKs included in your app and will nudge you appropriately.

It'll be interesting to see how users take to this, and whether install rates drop because of it. The Android Central app, for example, doesn't really have what we'd consider to be ads. It occasionally has webviews with display ads, though (though that's not the norm), and there occasionally are forms of native content. But if you asked me whether our app "has ads," I'd probably say no — because it doesn't in the traditional sense. But by Google's standards here, it does.

More: Google Play Developer Support

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2 months ago

Google introduces new ways to find content from apps in Google Search

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Google has added some new ways to find content in Google Search by showing "app-first" content as well as "streaming" apps that you don't have installed. Apps have been indexed by Google for roughly two years now, and previously Google has only been able to show information from apps that have matching web content. That all changes now.

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2 months ago

Google brings offline navigation and search to Google Maps in India

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Google recently launched its offline search and navigation in Google Maps, and now the company is expanding the feature to users in India as well. With the offline navigation and search, you are able to select an area of a map and have it downloaded, so that if you drop your data connection you won't be lost.

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2 months ago

YouTube Kids heads to Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK

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Seven months after making its debut in the US, YouTube's kid-friendly service is now available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The app comes with a filtered selection of channels and videos that are appropriate for children. Ability to upload videos or comment is also absent from the app, and there's a timer function built-in that allows parents to specify the amount of usage.

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2 months ago

Google Photos now lets you recover storage by compressing full-resolution photos to high quality

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If you've opted to backup your photos in Original Quality (which retains the resolution of the image) on Google Photos and are now running low on storage, Google is letting you recover some of that space by converting the full-resolution images to the default High Quality setting via the Google Photos web interface.

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2 months ago

Tasker is back in the Google Play Store [updated]

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Update: Good news! Google has reached out to let us know that Tasker is back in Google Play and all is well. Their official statement:

We can confirm that Tasker is available again on Google Play. We worked very closely with the developer to resolve the situation and ensure that the app was in compliance with our policies.

The original story is below.

Tasker has unfortunately vanished from the Google Play Store. Should you not have the task managing app installed, you'll be out of luck attempting to get it through official Google channels.

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2 months ago

The revamped Google+ is aiming to keep things simple and easy

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Google has announced a newly revamped version of its Google+ social network, which aims to make it easier to post, search and connect with others.

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