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3 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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3 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 hours ago

Google enhances developer tools, Android Studio hits version 1.3

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Google is making their development tools even better, with Android Studio getting a bump up to version 1.3, and Polymer going official with version 1.0.

On the stage at Google I/O 2015, Google introduced a large update to Android Studio, made Polymer official, and introduced Cloud Test Lab. With all of these new tools, Google has improved the developer experience, giving them better tools to get the job done.

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4 hours ago

Full offline Google Maps access coming later this year

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Fully offline access is coming to Google Maps in the future, along with turn-by-turn navigation and more.

At Google I/O today, Google announced that offline maps are coming to Google Maps later this year. With offline maps, users will be able to save maps and search for things with everything they've become used to with the online version of Maps. You'll be able to browse reviews, hours, and even get turn-by-turn voice directions—all while offline.

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4 hours ago

Google's made search and mobile web faster and lighter in developing nations

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Google has opened up a bit about their efforts to make the web and search better in developing nations

Google highlighted their efforts to make the web, search, and mobile faster and easier to access around the world. As the company expects to see 1.2 billion smartphones in Mexico, China, Brazil, India, and other developing phone markets, they want to make the experience of buying and using mobile devices better than before.

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4 hours ago

Google 'Now on Tap' will bring lots of new help to Android M

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A supercharged update to Google Now is headed to Android M, and it's all about "in the moment" features.

Google is all about showing off their knowledge engines, and for a while Google Now has been a big part of that experience. Alongside all of the updates to Google's Machine Learning systems, which make Google Now bigger, faster, and smarter, Android M is going to take things one step further and offer additional "in the moment" features to Google Now. These new and improved features to Google Now have earned the name Now on Tap, and it's going to be a huge push into the individual apps and services you use every day.

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4 hours ago

Google Photos is all about smartly organizing of all your photos and videos

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Google Photos at I/O

Google Photos is the company's new service and app that is separate from Google+ that was introduced today at the Google I/O conference.

During the Google I/O keynote address today in San Francisco, Anil Sabharwal, the company's Photos director, introduced the all-new Google Photo app.

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4 hours ago

Google is building deep neural networks to help improve its search engine

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Google is creating deep neural networks to help the company improve its search engine which can be used by services like Google Now.

During the Google I/O keynote address today in San Francisco, Google says it has been busy building deep neural networks that learn and help the company improve its search engine.

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5 hours ago

In pictures: What's coming in the Android M Developer Preview

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Android M is happening, and you can relive the announcement in pictures right here.

We're following along closely with all of the information and announcements coming out of Google I/O, and of course the big announcement of the day is the Android M Developer Preview. We've started rounding up as many pieces of information as possible, but pictures are worth so much as well.

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5 hours ago

Project Brillo is Google's operating system for the Internet of Things

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Google has annoucned Project Brillo, their operating system for the Internet of Things.

Google has introduced Project Brillo, their operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT). Brillo is derived from Android, but is scrubbed down to the barest level so that it will run on many devices without a large footprint.

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5 hours ago

Android Wear now has over 4,000 apps to check out

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Android Wear device owners now have over 4,000 apps to download and use, according to an announcement from Google today.

During the Google I/O keynote address today in San Francisco, Google gave an update on its Android Wear platform, announcing that there are now over 4,000 apps available to download.

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5 hours ago

Android M offers smarter power management, double the standby battery life

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Google has announced that along with many other changes, Android M will bring new power management options as well.

Android M will introduce a great new power management feature, Doze, which will help improve power management. Doze can identify when a device is not being used, and the device will automatically dial back on the power needs.

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