Samsung to back down on copying Google apps

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New deal between the two should see less look-alike apps and services on Android Earlier this week, Samsung and Google inked a patent deal for cross-licensing which should benefit both companies and help in any would-be lawsuits. As part of the terms, Samsung now agrees with Google to stop ...

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Google debuts standalone Text-to-Speech app for Android

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Google has released a standalone Text-to-Speech app for Android in the Google Play Store. This app will read aloud your books, speak translations, and other things – but in the more natural sounding voice that comes in the other Google experiences. Get rid of that lifeless, robotic voice ...

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Google Hangouts updated with improved layout and subtle enhancements

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Google Hangouts for Android is getting an update today, bringing about a handful of user-requested features. The layout changes only slightly but it looks more intuitive; starting conversations is easier than ever. Details include: You can see who’s reachable right now on Hangouts. Green ...

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Google Play Music app adds genre radio stations

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The official Google Play Music application for Android has received a small, but noteworthy update this week. As the headline tells you, the 5.2.1204L build includes All Access Genre Radio. Indeed, it’s one more reason to love the all-you-can-eat service and really adds a new layer of ...

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Google Apps customers get Google Play Private Channel

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Google Apps users now have access to a private, custom Google Play experience, thanks to the introduction of Google Play Private Channel. Designed to help users distribute internal applications to employees and subordinates, it appears to fit right inside the normal Play Store.You can see from ...

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Google Now update adds settings for movies, sports, emergency alerts

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Those of you with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or a sideloaded version of Google Now will find that there’s a new update awaiting you in the Google Play Store.  With this release, users get a number of new settings to toggle and personalize.  Have a few favorite sports teams that you want to ...

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Google slip accidentally details Play Store gift cards

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Google has let the proverbial cat out of the bag as it pertains to the upcoming announcement of Google Play Store gift cards.  A cached version of the support page has leaked many of the details of the cards, including availability, denominations, and code redemption.  As it appears today, ...

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You can now hack your Galaxy S III to run Google Wallet

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Google Wallet is one of the services Google is offering to people with Android phones, but if you are on Verizon, then you are probably not lucky enough, even if you are using the Galaxy Nexus. Anyway, I once read somewhere that if there’s something that’s hard for a hacker, ...

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Google+ Local goes live with free Zagat integration

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New feature offers full Zagat ratings and recommendations as well as reviews from your friends.

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Google puts dozens of apps and games at 49¢ each for Google Play promo

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A new promotion has started with popular, premium apps going for 49¢ each. Titles include Sprinkle, Asphalt 6, SwiftKey X, and much more!

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Google releases its own Mobile World Congress app – Android MWC

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Google has released its own Mobile World Congress application today, putting the free app in the Android Market for devices running 2.2 or higher.  Strangely unavailable for Honeycomb tablets, Android MWC is a mobile companion to everything Android in Barcelona this week. Features in the app ...

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New Google+ feature lets users turn status updates into Hangout opportunities

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A new feature for Google+ has been announced today which makes it easy to convert a normal status update/conversation into a Hangout with video.  Let’s say you and your buddies are watching a bowl game this winter and each of you has a little bit to say, bragging your team up or talking ...

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Google Offers expands to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

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The service has expanded to 13 cities, with 25 more on the way.

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Official App for Google Docs Finally Hits Android

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Google has released an official Google Docs application for Android devices.  Available for anything running 2.1 or higher, the native app provides simple and effective management of your cloud-based documents.  Options include creating new ...

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Google Maps 5.2 Adds Latitude Pinging, Twitter Integration to Hotpot

The best map on Android keeps getting better with more Latitude and Hotpot enhancements. Version 5.2 hits the Android Market today for 1.6 devices and above.

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