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Google agrees to settlement with Rockstar consortium over patent dispute

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Google has reached a settlement agreement with patent-holding consortium Rockstar, which counts Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry among its members, in a lawsuit originating last October. In its suit, Rockstar alleged that Google had infringed on seven search-related patents that it owned after winning a bid to acquire Nortel's intellectual property portfolio.

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1 hour ago

How to set your default SMS app on Android Lollipop

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If you take a gander in Google Play and look for SMS replacement applications, you'll find a ton of them. For real, I weighed them. OK, not really, but there are a lot of them. The best part? Many of them are really, really good and you'll probably want to try them out. Android's pretty cool about changing core applications, and thankfully most times it is easy to do.

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2 hours ago

Score deals in participating apps with 'Buy with Google' promotion

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Google announced today that it has some big savings in store for those of you shopping around the with your favorite retailer apps from the Google Play Store. If you choose "Buy With Google" at checkout you can snag some great deals from several different participating retailers.

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2 hours ago

Motorola Camera update brings new timer options, wrist flick gesture for camera switching [update]

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Update: It looks like the Motorola Gallery app has gotten some Material love as well. Article is updated accordingly.

Motorola's Camera and Gallery apps for its Moto X, Moto G, and Droid devices snagged an update today. While the Camera update is rather minor, it did nab a couple of new features including new 3-second and 10-second options for the timer, and the double wrist flick gesture now also handles switching between the front and back cameras. On the Gallery side of things, nothing has really changed other than a fresh coat of Material, but it does look very nice.

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2 hours ago

Chrome OS update focuses on Google Drive with Chromecast, Launcher support

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Google announced today that Chrome OS has gotten a new update on its stable channel, bringing with it a few notable changes. If you're on a Chrome OS device, you can now enjoy Chromecast support for media files stored on Google Drive, along with the added ability to display apps installed on Google Drive in the Chrome OS Launcher.

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3 hours ago

Google Play Music now lists relevant YouTube videos for All Access subscribers

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Looking to heat up the integration with YouTube's new subscription service, Music Key, Google has dropped an interesting little feature for All Access subscribers into the Google Play Music app. Now, when browsing for music or playing a song, the app will show if there is a music video related to your selection.

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3 hours ago

Google Play Music on Android Wear: How to use it and what it still needs

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Music make me lose control, Music make me lose control.

There's room to improve with Play Music on Wear, but at least it's finally here

One of the primary reasons for me to get a smartwatch was for music. Not to listen from it, per se, but to control music from it. Being able to leave the phone inside while I walk my laps is still a somewhat tantalizing idea, and sometimes necessary, as workout clothes (or any other kind of clothes for that matter) for ladies like me often don't have the luxury of sizable pockets. So, with the recent updates to Play Music and Android Wear bringing this welcome change, let's see about getting these jams from our phones to our wrists — and why it doesn't work as well as we would've hoped.

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4 hours ago

Need For Speed No Limits coming soon to tear up the road on Android

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Electronic Arts' next game in its long running Need for Speed series is coming to the Google Play Store. Need for Speed No Limits is a mobile-exclusive racing game that was announced today with a trailer that combined gameplay footage with video featuring noted professional rally racer Ken Block.

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5 hours ago

Pebble rolls out revamped Android app, firmware support for 80+ new languages

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Pebble has announced today that its smartwatch and related apps are receiving a pretty massive update. For Android, the update comes on two fronts in the form of a completely revamped app, as well as new firmware for the device that brings support for a staggering number of new languages.

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5 hours ago

Google Cardboard app brings you front-row to Paul McCartney's concert

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Jaunt has released a new virtual reality app for use with Google Cardboard that places you front and center in the middle of Sir Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die concert. The app requires Google Cardboard and a recent 5- to 6-inch smartphone. Looking through Cardboard, you'll be immersed into the concert with a panoramic 360-degree view and "stereo 3D and immersive audio" as you tilt and move your head around, seeing McCartney, the stage, and fellow audience members.

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6 hours ago

Kingdom Rush: Origins takes the series back in time

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Kingdom Rush: Origins, the latest installment in the Kingdom Rush series of games, is now available on Android. The tower defense game adds new locations, new troops, and of course, new towers. As the name suggests, Origins takes place before the events of the first two games.

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6 hours ago

Twitter adds ability to share tweets privately via direct messages

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Twitter is on a never ending quest to improve its messaging features, and today provides even more evidence of that. The micro-blogging service announced today via its blog that users will now be able to share tweets privately through direct messages.

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6 hours ago

Google launches invite-only Divide Productivity Preview

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After having acquired Divide, a company that helps users manage their work-life balance by creating containers for enterprise and personal content on Android phones, Google is now launching the Divide Productivity Preview on the Play store. The suite is at this time invite-only and integrates well with Android Lollipop thanks to a clean Material Design interface. The Design Productivity Preview could only be used at this time with the Android IT Preview Program, according to Google.

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7 hours ago

Google launches its search app for Android TV with voice support

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Owners of smart televisions with Android TV can now download a version of Google's Search app made especially for the operating system. The app allows users to search for content using their voice, among other features.

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