By the numbers: Google boasts Android explosive growth

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Not that this is exactly new to many of you but Android is big and it’s getting bigger by the moment. Google today announced that there are now 1 billion active (within last 30 days) Android users. And, with the upcoming Android One, Android TV, Android Wear, and Android Fit stuff we ...

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Google debuts white Nexus 7, LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, and Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

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The Nexus 7 gets a color refresh while two new Google Play edition devices debut Google on Tuesday introduced three new devices to its roster of stock Android products. Available immediately are a white version of the Nexus 7 , an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, and a Sony Z Ultra Google ...

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Google paying bounties for finding security holes in Android

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Google has expanded its Patch Reward Program and will now reward those who help fix flaws in Android’s code. Google is now offering bounties to those who find security holes in Android’s code. As explained in a blog post on the Google Online Security blog, the Patch Rewards Program ...

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Remotely lock your missing Android smartphone or tablet

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Need to lock your missing Android smartphone or tablet? Maybe you need to wipe it clean and erase that guy lest your sensitive data falls into the wrong hands. Good news, Google now allows for this via its Android Device Manager. As part of the Google Play services, the ADM lets you wipe or ...

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Google acquires sharing app Bump

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Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices.  We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms.  So we couldn’t be ...

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Behold the power of Google Now

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Want to see just how much Google Now has evolved over the last year? Check out this video which shows off some of the amazing searches and commands that you can pull off with your smartphone! Here is a brand new demo with improved Google voice searches in the last 12 months (35 queries ...

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Google+ 4.1.1 update brings Auto Awesome notifications

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A new update rolling out to Google+ for Android, iOS, and desktops adds a fun, key feature to the new release. Available in the 4.1.1.update is the implementation of Auto Awesome notifications. Now you’ll know whenever it is that Google puts together something awesome with your existing ...

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Larry Page confirms 1.5 million Androids activated daily

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Google CEO Larry Page confirmed on Thursday that there are more than 1.5 million Android devices activated every day. It’s not the first time we’ve heard this figure; Eric Schmidt also made the claim earlier this year. With more than 900 million activated devices as of Google I/O ...

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Google Translate gets offline translation

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Google today rolled out a new feature in the Google Translate application for Android devices. What’s new? Oh, nothing… except the fact that you can translate yourself into fifty languages. You can select [Offline Languages] in the app menu to see all the offline language packages ...

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Google to unify messaging and name it Babble, report indicates

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As a huge Google fan, I am quite excited at the news that Google is looking to unify all of their messaging platforms under one name. Google Voice, Talk, Google+ Messenger, Chat for Drive, and Hangouts are all great products on their own, but they really don’t interact with each other ...

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5.2-inch LG ‘Megalodon” rumored as Nexus 5

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How about a nice, juicy-yet-unconfirmed- rumor to get your week started? The team over at AndroidAndMe recently posted what they suggest could be the next Nexus smartphone, the LG-manufactured Nexus 5. Allegedly operating under the code name of ‘Megalodon’, the phone sounds like a ...

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Google files a patent for backside controls on future devices

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The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Google that shows their intentions to bring backside controls to future Android devices. These controls could possibly turn the page of an ebook, flip through photos, and even change music albums in a playlist. ...

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The Android team wishes you a Happy Holiday

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The Android team at Google put together a quick video to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Watch the clip, embedded below, to see how Android can help brighten up your winter day.  Keep an eye out for multiple devices in the short film, including the upcoming Nexus 7 dock.

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Free trial periods come to Google Play subscriptions

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Android developers will find that they have yet another tool at their disposal at it pertains to consumer satisfaction and potential revenue opportunities.  Available now, consumers can now take advantage of trials of in-app subscriptions, should a developer feel so inclined to offer them.

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Google to launch the next Nexus device in 30 days?

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Back in January 2010, Google officially launched the Google Nexus One, the first ever Android device with “Pure” Google experience. After that, we saw the Nexus S and then the mighty Galaxy Nexus debuted Android 4.0 a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich. Galaxy Nexus is now almost one year old, ...

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