Google Play to get 8 new app categories to help users discover apps easily

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Google has announced that Play Store will get 8 new app categories – Art & Design, Auto & Vehicles, Beauty, Dating, Events, Food & Drink, House & Home and Parenting. This will help people more quickly and easily discover apps in the Play Store. Continue reading “Google Play to get 8 new app categories to help users discover apps easily”

Google Phone app will now identify spam callers on Nexus and Android One devices

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Google has updated its Phone app with much needed spam protection. The Phone app which is present on Nexus and Android One devices will now identify and alert users about spam callers. Continue reading “Google Phone app will now identify spam callers on Nexus and Android One devices”

Google Maps for Android is getting WiFi only mode and mass transit delay

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Google has started rolling out (via) new features for its Maps app on Android. The update brings WiFi only option to Maps along with the ability to get notifications when mass transit will be delayed.  Continue reading “Google Maps for Android is getting WiFi only mode and mass transit delay”

Google Play’s new Delta algorithm will reduce Android app update size

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Google has announced that it has rolled a new delta algorithm, bsdiff, to reduce Android app update size up to 50% or more compared to the previous algorithm. “Bsdiff is specifically targeted to produce more efficient deltas of native libraries by taking advantage of the specific ways in which compiled native code changes between versions,” said Google in their developers blog. Continue reading “Google Play’s new Delta algorithm will reduce Android app update size”

Google starts rolling out internet speed test into search results

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Last month, a report suggested that Google is working on an internet speed test tool that will be built right into the search result. Now, it looks like the company has started rolling out (via) the feature for some users.  Continue reading “Google starts rolling out internet speed test into search results”

Google Play Books debuts Bubble Zoom to make it easier to read comics on phone

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Google has rolled out a new feature for Play Books with an aim to make it easier for users to read comics on their phone. Dubbed as Bubble Zoom, the feature uses machine learning to zoom into speech bubbles as you read on your mobile device. Continue reading “Google Play Books debuts Bubble Zoom to make it easier to read comics on phone”

Google releases final Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5

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Google has released developer preview 5 for Android 7.0 Nougat for compatible Nexus devices, ahead of the final release of the update. It released developer preview 4 last month that brought final Android N SDK with final APIs (API level 24). This doesn’t add any new features but it comes with latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in pre-installed apps. Continue reading “Google releases final Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5”

Google is reportedly still working on a standalone AR/VR headset

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Over the weekend, a report stated that Google has dropped plans to make a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset. Now a new report from Engadget says, Google is still working on a headset that will support both AR and VR.  Continue reading “Google is reportedly still working on a standalone AR/VR headset”

Google reportedly drops plans to make standalone VR headset

Google was expected to be announce a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset at the I/O in May but it didn’t happen. At the I/O conference in May Google announced Daydream platform for high-quality VR experience. Rumors about Google’s upcoming standalone virtual reality (VR) headset started earlier this year. Now Recode is reporting that the company has shut down its internal project to make high-end standalone virtual reality headset. Continue reading “Google reportedly drops plans to make standalone VR headset”

Google promotes gender equality with new emojis, debuts 11 professional emojis

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Earlier in May this year, Google had proposed a set of emojis to the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) that represent a wider range of professions for women. Now, the UTC has approved new emojis that aim to break the gender stereotype thereby improving gender equality.

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Nest introduces weatherproof IP65 rated ‘Nest Cam Outdoor’ with magnetic base

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Nest Labs has updated its Nest Cam lineup and introduced a new security camera for outdoors dubbed the Nest Cam Outdoor alongside additional features to the Nest Aware service, and few updates to the Nest app. Continue reading “Nest introduces weatherproof IP65 rated ‘Nest Cam Outdoor’ with magnetic base”

Google Keyboard v5.1 with multiple theme options hits Play Store

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Earlier in May, Google Keyboard was updated to v5.0 with one-handed mode, new gestures, UI tweaks and more. Now, the latest update which bumps Google Keyboard to v5.1 brings multiple themes and the ability to use your own images as a background.

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