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Spotify and Foursquare out pair of Android Wear apps

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Android Wear is about to get a couple of new apps courtesy of Spotify and Foursquare.

Both Spotify and Foursquare announced that they are bringing their respective services to Android Wear smartwatches in upcoming updates.

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Google's got a crazy new launcher in the Android M Developer Preview

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Android M Launcher

We know better than to assume anything is final in the Android M Developer Preview, but this new launcher is a spectacle that warrants a moment's consideration.

We're all still absorbing everything Google announced at I/O today, but it couldn't be more clear that the next version of Android is all about polishing the experience and making Google a part of every nook and cranny of the operating system. We've got a little bit of a wait for Android M to graduate to a full version of Android with its own hardware and everything, but the M Developer Preview images mean we can take a peek at the things Google is working on before that hardware launches.

If you do decide to flash the preview on your Nexus 5, Nexus 6, or Nexus 9, the first thing you'll notice upon opening the app drawer is a wildly different interface. We don't know if this is going to make it into the final version, but so far it's fun to play with.

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New Google Photos app with unlimited storage goes live in Google Play and on the web

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Google's brand new Photos app is now available to download in Google Play and on the web, letting you back up all of your photos with at no cost.

Earlier today Google introduced their revamped photos service, which offers users unlimited storage at no cost. Of course there are some limits, like max of 1080P video and 16MP still images.

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Google Play Services 7.5 gives Android app developers access to Smart Lock for Passwords

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Google Play Services 7.5 is now available for Android app developers, adding features such as Smart Lock for Passwords.

As part of the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, the company launched the SDK for Google Play Services 7.5. It includes new features that Android developers can use in their apps, including Smart Lock for Passwords, which should help with using passwords on multiple devices and platforms.

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The Android M Preview easter egg? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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One of the first things to check out in any new version of Android — even (and especially) a developer preview is the easter egg. And new in Android M is ...

Yeah. That guy.

Gotta love it.

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Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet is now available without an invite for $512

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Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet can be yours, without an invite, for the price of $512.

Google didn't even mention its long-in-development "Project Tango" efforts today during the Google I/O keynote. However, the company is now allowing anyone to purchase its development tablet for the 3D-sensing hardware from the Google Store without an invite for the first time.

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Dashlane password manager works with new Android M fingerprint security

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Dashlane, a popular password manager, has announced support for Android M's new fingerprint security.

Right on time after the announcement of new security APIs in the latest version of Android, the password manager will be one of the first to integrate with the new security platform. Using both the "Fingerprint" and "Confirm credentials" APIs, you will be able to access the Dashlane app, as well as display secure information within other apps, with just your fingerprint.

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You can now download Android M Developer Preview system images

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The Android M Developer Preview has been announced, and now it's time to try it out on a device.

After a little wait while the download links populated, you can now get to the Google Developers site and download an Android M factory image to flash onto a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and even a Nexus Player.

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Google's 'Jump' platform creates immersive 3D content for VR experiences

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Google is launching a new platform for creators to make immersive 3D imagery.

While Google Cardboard seemed a bit like a joke a year ago, it's clear that Google isn't slowing down in its VR efforts. Alongside the announcement of a new version of Cardboard, Google is also announcing a new VR content capture system called Jump.

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1 day ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV review

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV

While there isn't a ton of competition in the Android TV device space, NVIDIA has a clear leader in its Shield Android TV box.

The quick take

The Shield Android TV meets nearly every requirement when it comes to an all-in-one set top box for your entertainment center. You get 4K video support, surround sound pass-through, HDMI-CEC control, an infrared port, and support for all of the local and streaming games NVIDIA has to offer. The box has far more power than you'll need now, keeping you poised for future software and games, and with a variety of ports there are tons of possibilities when it comes to extending your experience. You'll have to spend a little more than most set top boxes for the Shield Android TV, but you're getting something worth the money and more if you choose to.

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV is on sale now in standard and Pro variants

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV

The most interesting Android TV box to date is finally on sale, and now there's a 500GB Pro version!

Google has done a great job building up Android TV to be something for those of us that need a little more than the Chromecast can offer, but it's the folks at NVIDIA that are going to take this platform and make it something everyone wants to have in their living room. It's been quite a while since the GDC unveil of the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, where we learned the Tegra X1 and NVIDIA's slick gaming controller would be coming together to make a set top box, and we left that event wondering why the launch date was all the way out in May.

Now that we see the NVIDIA Shield Android TV on stage at Google I/O, alongside some updates to the Android TV platform, it's all coming together. In fact, this impressive little box is available to purchase right now.

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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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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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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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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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