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Samsung and Google sign a 10-year cross-licensing deal

Agreement covers current patents and any filed during the next decade Some pretty heavy hitting news of a patent nature this fine Sunday evening, with the announcement of a cross-licensing deal between Google and Samsung. This agreement between the creators of Android and its biggest OEM covers...
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Google explains reasons behind today's 30-minute service outage

Proverbial 'software bug' sent a spiral of bad configurations to other systems Following one of the longer cross-service outages for Google in recent memory, the search and software giant sent out an apology and explanation for today's occurrences. According to the Official Google Blog, an...
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Guys, Google services are down — everybody chill [Update: We're chill]

No, really. Chill. Go outside, enjoy the Polar Vortex and walk around for a few minutes while the folks in Mountain View get it straightened out. Update: OK, things are slowly returning to normal. Just like we all knew they would. Have a nice weekend, folks. Tweets about "from:androidcentral"
Nexus 5

Nexus 5, two months on ...

After two months of regular use, are we still enamored with Google’s latest Nexus phone? It feels like the Nexus 5 was a long time coming. A couple of days before the IFA conference in early September 2013, I remember being huddled over a MacBook in a hotel bar in Berlin with a handful of other...
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New Nexus 5 colors looking more likely following latest leaks

Red model pictured as fresh information comes to light It's looking more likely this morning that Google and LG could release the Nexus 5 in additional colors, after a flurry of online activity in the past 24 hours. First came videos and pictures claiming to show the new colors in the Google...
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Google developing 'smart contact lens' that can measure glucose levels in tears

'Chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter' We all know of Google Glass, but the next frontier for Google is apparently smart contact lenses. Google took to its official blog today to announce a new Google[x] project focused (pardon that pun) on using electronics embedded in...
Nest

Stock Talk: Google's purchase of Nest is a long-term play, never mind the short-term jokes

This wasn't a $3.2 billion impulse purchase, by any means Now that all the silly jokes about watching ads on your thermostat are over (they weren’t really funny to begin with), let’s have another conversation about Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs. (For another, see Phil's "Let Nest be Nest"...
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You can now 'star' contacts through Gmail

From emails to contacts the star makes it easy to find the most important things For years we have used Google's starring system to keep track of important emails, and now you're able to star your contacts as well. Keeping track of huge contact lists can be a bit of a difficult task — finding...
Niantic Labs

Google's Niantic Labs to bring 'ENDGAME' book series to an AR game

Game is expected to launch on Android and iOS devices in late 2014 The folks over at Niantic Labs, the Google company behind the widely popular Ingress game, have just announced a new partnership with James Frey to make his newest series ENDGAME into a location based augmented reality game....
Nest

Let Nest be Nest ... (And Motorola be Motorola, and Aviate be Aviate)

Companies get bought and sold all the time, with and without our approval (or lack of expertise). It's easy to be a skeptic. Skepticism is safe. It's a warm blanket of knowing that if shit indeed happens (and it will, from time to time), then you were right, it went bad, and you can tell...
Nest

Google to acquire Nest for $3.2 billion

Nest will continue to operate with current leadership Google has announced that they will acquire Nest, makers of the popular smart thermostat and smoke alarm systems. In a post in the Investor Relations blog, Google CEO Larry Page says: Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built...
Open Automotive Alliance

Open Automotive Alliance aims to make 2014 the year of Android in cars

Six founding companies want to see Android devices integrate seamlessly with our vehicles It's clear that cars are one of the next platforms ready for a jump in innovation, and the newly-formed Open Automotive Alliance plans to lead the charge. Announced quietly via a press release and a post on...
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Google reportedly getting behind the wheel with Audi

Reports sug​gest CES will see an Android based collaboration with the German auto maker According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is set to go in-car in a collaborative project with German car manufacturer Audi. And, it looks like next weeks annual CES in Las Vegas could be the...
Android Central

Google Zeitgeist 2013: What we searched for

Each year, Google takes a look back at the hottest searches.  Gotta love that they closed with BatKid. Enjoy. More: Google Zeitgeist
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Android Device Manager app launches on Google Play

Like the web interface, the new app lets you remotely track and lock down your other Android devices Google has launched a new Android app allowing users of the Android Device Manager feature to remotely track, ring, lock down or wipe their other devices. Not to be confused with the Google Play...
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Stock Android 'Gallery' app is no more on the new Google Play edition devices

GPe Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 ditch 'Gallery' in favor of G+ 'Photos' app We suspected it was coming ever since we powered on the Nexus 5 to find both "Gallery" and "Photos" occupying the app drawer. And now the inevitable has come to pass — the stock Android "Gallery" app has been phased...
White Nexus 7

White Nexus 7 now on sale in the UK

Available in Wifi + 32GB version only, priced £239.99 The new white Nexus 7, announced yesterday for the UK, U.S. and Japan, is now available for Brits to buy. The tablet appeared on the UK Google Play Store yesterday along with a "coming soon" notice, but now it's on sale at the regular price...
Google Translate

Google Translate updated with nine new languages

Additions including Somali, Zulu and Punjabi bring total supported languages to 80 Google has updated Translate service with support for nine new languages from Africa, Asia and Oceania, bringing the total number of supported languages up to 80. The new additions include Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba,...
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White Nexus 7 now available in the U.S.

Amid all the Google Play edition news dropping today, Google has also taken the wraps off the Nexus 7 (2013) in white. Google says it'll be available in the UK, U.S. and Japan, and besides the change in color it's the same ASUS-made, current-generation Nexus 7 we've been using since the summer. It...
Google Play Music

Google Play Music updated with SD card cache support

Cached music can now be handled on external storage There's a new update for Google Play Music rolling out from today, and it brings a pretty big feature addition for anyone using Google's music app on a device with an SD card. The new Google Play Music version 5.3 introduces the ability to...

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