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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...
Google

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
Android Central

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...
Z Ultra GPe

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,...
Nexus 7 white

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...
Nexus 5 camera

Android 4.4.1 update coming with Nexus 5 camera fixes [update]

Update to bring faster camera with improved autofocus and contrast Update: The official Nexus Google+ page has put out a post confirming that Android 4.4.1 will be rolling out to the Nexus 5 starting today, bringing the aforementioned camera improvements. Original Story: The Nexus 5's camera has...
Andy Rubin

Good read: Andy Rubin now heading up Google's robotic moonshot

Former Android head Andy Rubin has been busy since he stepped down to explore a "new chapter at Google." The New York Times reveals in an article today that Rubin has been heading up a new venture at the tech giant, and it's all about robots. Following the acquisition of seven companies over the...
Nexus 4, Moto G

Moto G versus Nexus 4

How does last year’s Nexus shape up against this year’s entry-level champion? Motorola’s latest entry-level handset, the Moto G, has been turning heads thanks to its relatively low price point and compelling specs and feature set. It’s a step below the Nexus 5 — the device it tied with in the “...
Android Central

Three new Nexus 5 commercials highlight popular camera features

Short and sweet, with each one hitting a single feature Following up on the initial "I Do" commercial that came with the launch of the Nexus 5, Google has just published three more short videos to its YouTube account. The commercials highlight HDR+, Photo Sphere and Auto Awesome, and are each...
GPe handsets

HTC and Samsung release GPe KitKat open-source bits

Google Play edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One Android 4.4 updates shouldn't be far behind Samsung and HTC have just published the Android 4.4 kernel source code and framework support files for their Google Play edition devices. While the code released today, a requirement of the GPL, won't be of any...
Avoca

Carphone Warehouse tablet withdrawn from sale following licensing blunder

Google apps on the £49 'Avoca' tablet were not properly licensed, according to reports Following the arrival of cheap Android tablets from British retailers Argos and Tesco, retail chain Carphone Warehouse made headlines with the launch of its own budget slate, priced at just £49. By all accounts...
Google

Google pays states $17 million to settle Safari cookies flap

Reports Reuters: Google Inc will pay $17 million to settle allegations by 37 states and the District of Colombia that it secretly tracked Web users by placing special digital files on the Web browsers of their smartphones. The deal, announced Monday morning, ends a nearly two-year probe by the...
Google Play Music

Google Play Music for iPhone reviewed

Google's music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google's library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site...
KitKat on HTC One

HTC says it's delivered its GPe KitKat code to Google

Public release timing 'to be determined by Google' You might remember it was 15 days ago when HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said his company would deliver Android 4.4 for the Google Play edition HTC One within 15 days — so naturally GPe device owners have today been wondering what's up...
Nexus 5

Nexus 5 review

/*-->*/ /*-->*/ LG’s second Ne​xus is the best phone you can buy for $350, and an excellent platform on which to experience the new Android 4.4 KitKat — but that experience isn’t entirely free from compromises Just what is a Nexus? The definition of Google’s homegrown gadget lineup has...

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