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Acclaimed PC and console game Never Alone will make its way to Android

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E-Line Media will launch Never Alone: Ki Edition, the mobile adaptation of the acclaimed PC and console adventure game, on June 23. In addition, Android players will have the chance to check out a pre-release version of the game via the Google Play Early Access program.

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You can now stream your Spotify tunes on Android TV

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If you're a heavy Spotify user, you can now enjoy the streaming music service on you Android TV set-top box of choice.

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Hands-on with Android Wear 2.0: New design, watch face complications and handwriting input

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Latest update offers the biggest visual change to the interface yet.

During the opening keynote of I/O 2016, Google dropped a pretty significant update to Android Wear on us. Android Wear version 2.0 refreshes the whole notification interface with a Material Design overhaul, and includes new features for watch faces and text input. Further, the latest update will let developers run apps natively on the watch with absolutely no communication to a phone required.

And while Android Wear 2.0 isn't arriving in an official capacity until this fall, developers can download a preview of the software right now to get a good look and start developing apps for it. We had an opportunity to take it for a spin here at Google I/O 2016, and here's a quick look at it running on an LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

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You'll soon be able to use Android Pay in more apps and on the mobile web

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Android Pay has only recently expanded to the UK, but Google has no intention of slowing down on its burgeoning contactless payment solution.

Starting today, the company will make its in-app payments API available to everyone, a considerable expansion compared to the small number of partners it began with when the feature launched last December. In addition to apps like Uber, Lyft, OpenTable, Wish, and Fancy, any app that has an e-commerce element will be able to tap into securely stored credits cards on compatible smartphones — in countries that support it.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is the expansion of Android Pay's in-app purchase workflow to the mobile web. Developed in conjunction with the Chrome team, a new experience will allow merchants to quickly integrate e-commerce solutions on mobile web pages that leverage the necessary hardware — in particular, fingerprint sensors — to complete transactions on web pages without having to manually enter credit card numbers, shipping and billing information, and more.

During a session at Google I/O, Pali Bhat, Senior Director of Product Management at Google, demoed the new feature, which optimizes payment experiences on a smartphone — app or no app — with the same workflow. While Android Pay was initially envisioned as a solution for contactless in-store payments utilizing popular standards such as tokenization and dynamic transport schemes, it has since expanded to be a full-scale payments platform, allowing anyone with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card to potentially leave their plastic at home.

And while Google already announced loyalty integration with Android Pay, it has now gone one step further, working with popular drug store Walgreens to facilitate loyalty signup, in addition to collection and redemption. Walgreens can merely send an email or SMS, or use an NFC-based reader in-store, to quickly sign a customer to a points program and begin collecting.

Finally, Bhat demoed a new feature with Android Pay in the UK, working with Transport for London (TfL) to not only replace existing Oyster payment cards with a phone, but track when a rider has tapped on and off. If a customer forgets to tap off, he or she will receive a notification with a reminder to tap off or risk having to pay the maximum fare.

While none of the Android Pay announces are on their own particularly exciting, they represent a new phase for digital wallets where payments alone are no longer the crux of the experience. From loyalty to convenience, the ability to replace an increasing number of physical cards, payment or otherwise, with digital equivalents, reducing the number of total actions in the process, is the incentive people need to leave their wallets at home — for good.

More: Google I/O 2016 coverage

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Expanded 4K content, HDR support and more on deck for NVIDIA Shield Android TV

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Coinciding with the slew of announcements coming out of Google I/O 2016 today, NVIDIA has taken the opportunity to tease some big improvements headed to the Shield Android TV in its next software update — and there's plenty to look forward to.

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Xiaomi's 4K Mi Box sports Android TV and is headed for the U.S.

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As Google I/O 2016 has kicked off its first day, Xiaomi has taken the opportunity to announce a new Android TV powered Mi Box boasting 4K support.

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Relive the massive Google I/O 2016 keynote in full right here!

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Happen to miss all of the awesomeness that was the Google I/O 2016 keynote? Never fear, as you can now watch a replay of all of the announcements in full.

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Android N is a big deal for multilingual smartphone users

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Among many of the new features in Android N, which launched its third developer preview today on its way to a public release later this fall, is the ability to set and prioritize multiple languages on a single device.

While multiple language support has been present in Android, and its competitors like iOS and Windows Phone, for some time, Android N is the first version that can dynamically load more than one language on the device, switching between the two easily.

The feature, called Multi-Locale, allows users to set up a list of languages that can easily be re-ordered in a list. Apps that support multiple languages will localize with the top choice, and if that one isn't supported it will seamlessly switch to the next one, and so on. This is especially useful for users that take advantage of apps and games that tend to be used in specific countries, or haven't been localized en masse.

More: Google I/O 2016 coverage

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Google details upcoming Android TV features; new hardware coming from Xiaomi, Sony and more

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Google has announced some of the new Android TV sets that will be on their way from manufacturers later this year. The company has also detailed a few of the features we can expect for Android TV software with the release of Android N.

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You can now pre-register for Google's new Allo + Duo messenger apps [update]

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Allo and Duo aren't available yet, but you can now pre-register for Google's new messaging apps.

Update: The pre-register links are working again.

Allo, Google's new messenger app that brings in the intelligence of Google Assistant, was one of the highlights of today's Google I/O keynote. Together with Duo, the new video calling app, they represent the next step for Google's messaging efforts. And although they're not yet available, you can now sign up to receive a notification when they do lad.

"Pre-registration" pages for the apps have appeared on the Google Play Store following the keynote. Tap the button and Google explains how it all works:

"You're about to pre-register for Allo by Google. Pre-registering means that you will receive a notification on your device when the app is released. You can unregister by clicking the 'Unregister' button."

Allo and Duo are set to launch later this summer.

Source: Google Play (Allo) (Duo)

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Developers can now track and respond to Google Play reviews through Zendesk

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Customer service platform Zendesk has announced it is taking advantage of new Google Play integration to help developers and companies more easily track and respond to app reviews.

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Google Play Services 9.0 includes new video recording API and more

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Google Play Services 9.0 has just been released for Android app developers. It includes a new API that allows app makers to add video recording and more.

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9 most important things from the Google I/O keynote

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A sunny amphitheater, some happy developers, and a whole lot of Google.

Google's annual developer conference is never short on amazing things to look at but not touch until later, and this year is no different. Sundar Pichai led an energetic two-hour presentation filled with all of the big things happening right now at Google. We got some Android, some machine learning, and a couple of shiny new things that are not going to be available to the public until later this year.

Here's a breakdown of the nine big things Google brought to I/O 2016.

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Android apps on Google Play coming to Chrome OS, I/O listing confirms

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Although it wasn't announced at the Google I/O keynote this morning, it looks like the Google Play Store is headed to Chromebooks.

Just as the I/O 2016 keynote wrapped up without any mention of Google Play on Chromebooks — widely rumored in the run up to the developer festival — a new I/O session description suggests it is indeed on the way.

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Google will make discovering beta apps easier with Google Play Early Access

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Open beta programs for apps on Google Play have been around for a while now, but Google is now taking steps to make finding and participating in those programs even easier.

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