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4 weeks ago

In pictures: Android L

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Android L

The Android L developer preview is out, and we've brought you our first impressions of the next iteration of Google's mobile OS in our hands-on video. But if you want to take a closer look at the new version of Android launching later this year, you'll want to check out our extensive screenshot gallery below — we've got shots from the phone UI on the Nexus 5 and tablet UI on the Nexus 7.

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4 weeks ago

Android L developer preview hands-on

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Android L

Google surprised us yesterday with not just a new version of Android, dubbed Android L, but also the announcement of early preview builds to let developers get to grips with the new OS. Today, on the second day of Google I/O, we've finally gotten our hands on the Android L preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 and taken it for a spin. And while everything's not quite in place yet — as we'd expect given that we're dealing with pre-release software — it's a promising start for the next version of the OS.

Take a look in our hands-on video after the break.

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4 weeks ago

Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

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Google Search has been updated, adding the ability to activate Google Now from any screen or app on your device. This includes the lockscreen, which will now listen for your "Ok Google" command.

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4 weeks ago

Top ten things you need to know about Android 'L'

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Android L

Android's biggest update yet is brimming with exciting new stuff

Phew. Today's been a huge day for Android news, with the Google I/O keynote presentation and the assortment of announcements that followed. For Android followers, the biggest news of the day was the announcement of a next version of Android after KitKat, named simply "Android L." We don't know what the "L" stands for just yet, but we do know that Android L will bring sweeping changes to Android's UI, important performance and security enhancements and a boatload of new user-facing features.

Read on to learn more about the top ten features coming in the next version of Android.

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4 weeks ago

Google Maps update brings better search and terrain view

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Shortly after the Google I/O keynote ended, Google pushed out an update to Google Maps to bring some new features to the free turn-by-turn navigation service. The change log this time is rather short, but the update does make it easier for you to search for places and know where to go.

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4 weeks ago

Android TV Remote Control app lands on Play store ahead of Android TV

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Excited for Android TV? Then you should get ready by downloading and installing the Android TV Remote Control app for Android. The app will allow you to use your Android phone or tablet as an Android TV remote.

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4 weeks ago

Slides joins Docs and Sheets in Play Store

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Google had just released Slides, an app for presentations and an alternative to Microsoft's PowerPoint, in the Play Store. The move is the latest to break out the editing functionality away from Google Drive, which will now be used primarily for storage, and have separate apps for each of the Office alternatives.

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4 weeks ago

PayPal announces app for Android Wear

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PayPal has announced an app for Android Wear. The app will initially roll out to PayPaly's beta community, eventually rolling out to all Android Wear devices in the coming weeks. The app will let users check in to pay at local stores, redeem offers, receive payment notifications, all on their Android Wear device. PayPal also posted some screenshots of the app.

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4 weeks ago

Hotel Tonight introduces mobile check-in and keyless entry for Android

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Hotel Tonight has just announced mobile check-in and keyless entry for Android customers. Hotel Tonight is the popular travel app that connects empty hotel rooms to spontaneous travelers at the last minute. Rooms can be booked the same day and usually with average savings of 30 percent off the regular price.

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4 weeks ago

Sensopia announces MagicPlan interior mapping app for Project Tango

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As part of Google's I/O 2014 developer conference, software company Sensopia has announced plans to launch a version of MagicPlan, their interior mapping app, specifically for Google's Project Tango smartphone and tablet devices

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