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Sega’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing now free on Google Play

Sega has just announced that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now available for free on Google Play. What’s more is both new and veteran racers can look to expect more content added to the intense title next week. Wreck-It Ralph and Metal sonic will join the collection of unlockable characters on April 29th.



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Sony brings Background Defocus feature to Google Play Store

As part of its efforts to move more and more of non-critical functionality to Google’s app market system, Sony has published its Background defocus camera mode on Google Play Store. This will make it easier for the manufacturer to iterate over and push changes to the app as fast as it can.

Background defocus made its debut in the camera app of the newly unveiled Xperia Z2. This particular effect, which emulates a shallow depth of field, seems to be getting quite popular, as more and more manufacturers are advertising it as one of the fun ways to use a mobile camera. The effect is mostly applied after the shot is taken, blurring the background and bringing more focus to a foreground object.

With the app now on Google Play Store, Sony has decoupled the feature from the Xperia Z2′s firmware and has made it available for other Xperia devices as well. The mode still functions the same way and no new features were added. The mode has to be chosen from with the Camera app and adjusted after the photo has been taken. Sony suggests a distance of about 15 – 45 cm for the best effect.

The Background Defocus effect was actually already ported for other Xperia devices before but now it is official and comes from Sony directly. It still works only on Xperia smartphones, of course, and such devices should be running Android 4.2 or higher to be compatible.

Download: Sony Background Defocus on Google Play Store

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Google Hangouts Updates to 2.1! HD Widgets is Getting More Fancy! – App Updates


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Hump day is here, and some popular apps have updated in the past week. We all know Google likes to update their apps on Wednesday, but it didn’t happen this time. YouTube and Google Hangouts updated on random other days, but those updates are oh so delicious. The Google Hangouts update is very pleasing to all of us, but I think the notification tone is kind of annoying some people out there. It’s a slightly higher pitch, which is something they really didn’t need to change. Oh well, make sure you have all the updates on this post.


App Updates
Google Hangouts update
YouTube update
HD Widgets update



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Google Maps now lets you look at old Street View collections

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Ever wonder what the Freedom Tower in New York City looked like while it was being constructed? Now you can take a look at that and more famous locations with Google Maps’ Street View. Google announced today that Street View will give users a look back at “historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.”

All you have to do is open Google Maps and some locations will feature these collections. Others include the construction of a 2014 FIFA World Cup stadium in Brazil and the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan compared to just before.

Source: Google Lat Long

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Google ‘Stars’ being tested with Chrome, allows favoriting URLs and more

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On the web, you generally do not want to bookmark everything you see. Bookmarking is typically reserved for sites that you frequently visit or sites that you need on-hand for a task. However, there is nothing to favorite a link and have it stored in case you want to go back to it for whatever reason. I understand that you can technically “favorite” something as a bookmark, but the function basically ends there. And that is where Google Stars would come in.

On Google+, user Florian Kiersch uncovered what Google is working on with Chrome. Google Stars would maintain a folder full of content favorited. It would essentially function like Pocket. Once items are in a folder, the entire page is searchable. While folders are private from the start, they can be made public to share with others. To take things even further, Google Stars would be applicable with images and videos in addition to pages.

Google has declined to comment on the existence of Google Stars.

Source: +Florian Kiersch
Via: The Next Web

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Google working on ‘Stars’, could debut at I/O 2014

We’re fond of apps that let us save items for offline reading. Pocket, Instapaper, Evernote — they occupy our day. It seems Google may be working on a similar service, allowing us to save bookmarks as private or shared via a public folder. Unoficially named “Stars”, the service could debut soon.

 


Initially found by a Software Developer named Florian Kiersch, messages in the code suggest this is in late stage development. Messages such as “Thank you for dogfooding Google Stars!” suggest Google is already seeding the project to employees. Dogfooding is the process by which Google employees are allowed to test beta products, giving feedback and info along the way.

According to Kiersch, Stars is like a mixture of many read-it-later services like Pocket, with notes like “Smart lists make it easy for you to re-find your stars by automatically grouping similar items by type – images, articles, videos, and more” and “Try starring some items on the web and adding them to this folder!” hinting at its utility.

Additionally, there is mention of a Chrome extension — again, a lot like Pocket or Evernote. It could be a new service, or the progression of Keep. There is an expectation we’d see this at Google I/O this year, and that could be the case. Dogfooding suggests it’s in late development, and the myriad of notes and code suggest Stars is more than a project. In checking out all Florian has shared with us (“Use the star in the address bar to save anything across the web”), it seems as though Google is trying to capture the offline reading ecosystem as well as your time online.

Source: Florian Kiersch

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Comparing cameras: Galaxy S5 versus Nexus 5

See if Samsung’s latest can beat out Google’s 6-month old entry

Every time a new phone is released touting drastically improved camera hardware and software, we naturally jump at the opportunity to put it through its paces. We’ve done just that with the Galaxy S5, and it’s clear that the phone can produce some great shots in the right conditions. Sometimes the best way to see how a phone’s camera performs is to put it head-to-head with another familiar device, and we’ve done that twice now with the Galaxy S5 versus the iPhone 5s and the HTC One M8.

Those are the latest leading flagships from Apple and HTC, so what about Google? The Nexus 5 at $349 unlocked has more than a handful of owners out there very impressed with the camera prowess of the latest phone from Google, and I tend to think it’s camera has gotten a bad rap over the half-year since it was launched. It’s time for a good ‘ol fashioned camera comparison, folks, this time between the Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5. Let’s shed some light on this comparison and see which one picks up the highest marks.



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Google ships XE16.11 for Glass after unitsbricked

A quick heads up for those of you whose Google Glass might have gone south with the XE16.1 update: Google’s on it, help is on the way, and we recommend you head on into the private Google Glass forums for more. Some of ours updated just fine, others didn’t. So if you’re down, you know where to go. And for everyone else, look for XE16.11 now. Hey, we’re Explorers, after all.



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Glass XE16.1 Update Soft Bricks Some Devices, Google Halts Update And Begins Work On A Fix [Update: Fix Is Rolling Out Now]

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It was just last week that the Google Glass team started pushing out eagerly awaited update to XE16. It was followed less than 24 hours later by a silent hotfix dubbed XRE15C. Unfortunately, these updates left many Glass owners with complaints about stability and an even shorter battery life than the device was already known for. Yesterday, in a bid to resolve some of these issues, the team began rolling out a new update to XE16.1.

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Glass XE16.1 Update Soft Bricks Some Devices, Google Halts Update And Begins Work On A Fix [Update: Fix Is Rolling Out Now] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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theScore Android App Set to Receive Update Today, Brings Customizable “Feed” Feature

theScore Android App Set to Receive Update Today, Brings Customizable “Feed” Feature

theScore, an Android app which brings all things sports to your fingertips, is set to receive an update today through Google Play. The update brings one major feature, which is a new customizable “Feed.” The Feed will take any teams, sports, or players you have selected, then compile an easily digestible list of news and stats surrounding those selected favorites. 

What users will probably like most is that during game time, Feed updates itself automatically, featuring posts that are taking place in real time.

Feed truly comes into its own during game time – it allows the user to follow multiple games, story lines and player stats in one easily customizable stream, with information updated in real-time and pushed to the top of their Feed as soon as there’s a development. It’s particularly useful for fantasy league tracking, telling you as soon as one of your guy has made a major scoring play.

theScore states that the update should hit Google Play today, and with the NBA and NHL Playoffs in full swing, keep your eyes peeled.

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theScore Android App Set to Receive Update Today, Brings Customizable “Feed” Feature is a post from: Droid Life

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Rumored low cost Nexus smartphone might use the 64-bit MediaTek chip

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A recent rumor indicated that Google was looking to launch a sub $100 Nexus smartphone for emerging markets. And a new rumor from Taiwan further expands on that report stating that Google could strike a partnership with Chinese manufacturer MediaTek to supply the chipset for this handset. It is being said that Google is looking to use a 64-bit chip for this low cost Nexus device and MediaTek has two potential candidates with a quad core CPU and a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and 2.0 GHz respectively, so Google could choose either of these chips.

But as with any rumor, we suggest you take this with a grain of salt until there’s further confirmation. If all goes according to plan, this rumored budget Nexus smartphone should break cover by the second half of the year along with a new Nexus tablet as well as the Nexus 5 successor. We’ll keep a close eye on this particular rumor and update you with any new info available.

Source: Economic Daily

Via: Talk Android

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DoubleTwist’s latest Android tweak brings Google Play Music to Apple TV (update)

Google’s mobile-streaming tech has a lot going for it, but listening to music stored in Mountain View’s cloud is still limited to a handful of home devices. AirPlay-compatible gadgets, however, are a probably a bit more common than the Nexus Q, Chromecast and Sonos systems are, and developer doubleTwist’s latest project acts as a bridge between the two ecosystems. The outfit recently released “AirPlay for Android,” which is exactly what it sounds like: the tweak open’s the search giant’s media-streaming to AirPlay devices. The rub is that your device running Google’s mobile OS has to be rooted for the hack to work. First, grab and install the aforementioned APK from the dev’s blog, launch Google Play Music (GPM) and hit the Cast button. From there, you need to grant root access to the app, force-stop it and then relaunch. Viola! AirPlay devices on your wireless network should populate the list of compatible targets.

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 update squashes bugs and drops Google from S Finder

Sprint has issued a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a few tweaks and fixes, but the most notable one is that it makes it so S Finder doesn’t offer up Google search results anymore. The update also intends to fix resonsiveness with the S View Cover, let you take pictures during a voice call, and squash a few alarm and e-mail bugs.



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Google’s New Street View History Feature Can Take You On A Trip Through Time From The Comfort Of A Desktop

GoogleMaps-ThumbWhat’s the point of being one of the world’s most powerful tech companies if you can’t use those resources to travel back in time? Google is tackling this conundrum head on with the ability to roll back the clock in Street View. From the comfort of Google Maps on a desktop, users can select various periods in time to see how locations have changed.

Google is rolling out this feature starting today.

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Google Play Store offering discounts on paid apps as part of its Spring sale

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As part of Google’s new Spring promotion on the Play Store, several paid apps are being offered with massive discounts starting today. Since some apps are not available everywhere, you might not be able to see them all in your location, so keep that in mind. Below are the apps which are selling for a discounted price now.

  • The Room Two ($2.99)
  • Anomaly 2 ($4.99)
  • AaaaaAAaaaaa ($1)
  • Clash Of The Puppets hack n slash ($1)
  • The Dark Knight Rises ($0.99)
  • Sprinkle Islands ($1)
  • TowerMadness 2 ($1)
  • Riptide GP2 ($1.99)
  • 10000000 ($1.10)
  • Ticket to Ride ($1.99)
  • Bag It! ($1)
  • Out There ($1.99)
  • Radiohammer ($2.99)
  • Broken Sword : Director’s Cut ($1.49)
  • NBA 2K14 ($2.99)
  • Shadowrun Returns ($3.99)

Most of these titles are from major developer houses, so it’s good to know that Google has made them slightly lighter on our wallets. There’s no word on how long this promotion will last, but it seems like the pricing will remain constant for a while now as this is a Spring promo. Hit the link below for more information on what games are available for a discounted price in your region.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Cult of Android

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Glitch Temporarily Kills 50GB Google Drive Offer On AT&T’s HTC One M8, Should Return In Mid-May

1309665_tabimg_htconem8_l_230x275One of the selling points of HTC’s Advantage program is free Google Drive space. Of course, that’s not as interesting as the free screen repair or update guarantee, but it’s still part of the package. HTC has just posted a message on its Advantage website that alerts customers to a problem with the Google Drive deal. An error of some sort is preventing M8 owners on AT&T from redeeming that 50GB offer.

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[New App] Sony Publishes Its Own Exclusive Background Defocus Camera App To Google Play

Background-ThumbTaking the background in an image and blurring it is currently the big thing in mobile photography. HTC touted the feature when raving about the M8′s duo camera. Google added a similar lens blur effect in the camera app it recently uploaded to the Play Store. Samsung, too, unsurprisingly packed this feature in alongside the plethora of others it crams into the Galaxy S5. Now Sony has uploaded its pre-existing effort to the Play Store, where it can more easily roll out future updates.

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[New App] Sony Publishes Its Own Exclusive Background Defocus Camera App To Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New Google Maps Street View feature lets you travel back in time

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Street View at its core is already a fun way to pass a good half hour, and now Google’s made it even more interesting. They’ve introduced a new “time travel” feature that’ll let you see what a particular Street View image looked like several years back. The feature obviously won’t cover every single Street View image available, but Google’s offering up some special time lapses.

Whether it’s the construction of the Freedom Tower in NYC, the difference between winter and summer on an iconic Italian road or the construction of Brazil’s stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, you’ll be able to access a time lapse with images dating back to 2007 to see how it’s changed over time.

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There might be some other surprises waiting to be explored, but these are the only ones Google saw fit to mention. You’ll know you can go back in time on photo if it has a clock icon in the upper left corner, so get over there and explore.

[via Google]

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DoubleTwist’s latest Android tweak brings Google Play Music to Apple TV

Google’s mobile-streaming tech has a lot going for it, but listening to music stored in Mountain View’s cloud is still limited to a handful of home devices. AirPlay-compatible gadgets, however, are a probably a bit more common than the Nexus Q, Chromecast and Sonos systems are, and developer doubleTwist’s latest project acts as a bridge between the two ecosystems. The outfit recently released “AirPlay for Android,” which is exactly what it sounds like: the tweak open’s the search giant’s media-streaming to AirPlay devices. The rub is that your device running Google’s mobile OS has to be rooted for the hack to work. First, grab and install the aforementioned APK from the dev’s blog, launch Google Play Music (GPM) and hit the Cast button. From there, you need to grant root access to the app, force-stop it and then relaunch. Viola! AirPlay devices on your wireless network should populate the list of compatible targets.

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Google hosting Spring Google Play sale on several premium games

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Google is hosting a big sale on some popular games on the Play Store right now, offering top titles at a pretty big discount. Games like Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed, and 10000000 are on sale for a buck, and others like NBA 2k14 have dipped to around 3 dollars.

If you’ve been itching for a new game to play on your commute in the mornings, hit the link below to take advantage of the deals.

source: Google Play

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Google’s new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habits

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Ads for mobile apps are rarely personal; they’re more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly track your runs with fitness software, for instance, you may get ads offering to install a companion diet app.

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Google Play Stores holds Spring Premium Game Sale

Spring is in the air and Google wants you to remember that fact by holding another one of its sales focusing on game content. In this round, quite a number of premium games have slashed their normal prices to a range starting from $1 to just $4.

It is normal for Google to hold such kinds of sales, usually to mark changes in the season. The last one, however, was done just last month to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Google Play Store, the name, not the app marketplace, which has definitely existed long before that. But while that sale was a mishmash of different types of content available from Google, this round focuses squarely on the interactive entertainment kind.

This premium sale collection covers a wide range of genres, ranging from your usual casual mobile games to full-fledged action games. You have the reverse tower defense Anomaly 2 running for only $0.99 along with physical puzzler The Room, which, by the way, is also part of the current Humble Mobile Bundle 5. Adventure game classic Broken Sword: Director’s cut is also part of the deal at the same $0.99. Interestingly, The Dark Knight Rises is in that same price range as well. Higher up the price ladder you get NBA 2K14, bringing the popular sports title for only $2.99. At the top rung with a $3.99 price tag is the Android port of Shadowrun Returns, a turn-based strategy adventure game that interestingly blends the themes of cyberpunk and fantasy.

There’s no telling until when the sale will last, so best grab the titles that tickle your fancy. Of course, the games are restricted by region so some games or even the discounted prices might not be available in all countries.

SOURCE: Google

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Google will pay some of Samsung’s costs from Apple lawsuit in addition to joining defense

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It is safe to assume that Google’s best interest is to assist partners when they head into court, especially against Apple. That is exactly what the company is going to do with Apple going after Samsung. Not only will Google be defending Samsung and taking some blame, but Google is going to cover some of Samsung’s costs in the event Apple wins.

There are four patents that Google is getting in front of Samsung about. Two of them have already been dismissed before the trial started; however, Ina Fried of Re/code notes that “the ’414 and ’959 patents, cover background synchronization and universal search, respectively.” Google is getting in front of two vital Android features. While Google and Samsung have declined to comment on this, Apple presented a deposition in which a Google lawyer clarified that Samsung is going to receive some backup.

This goes back, again, to the fact that Apple has a problem with Google and not just Android manufacturers. The two patents highlighted before stem directly from Android, not Samsung. Also, Re/code points out that Samsung is the more attractive option to attack for Apple since is indirectly making money from Android.

Source: Re/code

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Emails show Google helped Samsung pay for Apple trial

In the latest spat between Samsung and Apple, Google was tapped by their largest OEM to help out. Many believed that would involve testimony from various Googlers, but emails introduced in court today note that Google offered more than that. Via deposition, a Google attorney admitted they helped shoulder the financial burden as well as provide testimony.


The emails in question are form 2012, wherein Google agreed to “defend and indemnify” Samsung against Apple’s latest claims. Google patent attorney James Maccoun said “I see [indemnify] as a general term relating to providing a defense against claims and then can mean other things depending on the outcome of litigation”.

In the same emails, Google agreed to help shoulder the financial cost of litigation, as well as any damages that may occur. That could be an effect of the “outcome of litigation” in google’s eyes, but it likely relates to another serious matter between Google and their various partners.

Google believes this financial “obligation” falls under their Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). That’s the document that leaked earlier this year, and provides an outline of what Android OEMs are supposed to do should they want to release an “official” android handset with the Play Store involved. “In general, I seem to recall the strategic agreement [with Samsung] simply incorporated the provisions of the MADA” said Maccoun.

This trial is expected to have a ripple effect throughout Android, should Samsung be found liable for damages. Many of the offending patents involve software, which was culled by Samsung in part from Android proper. Suing Google may not end up lucrative for Apple, but a precedent for financial obligation may set the tone for future litigation.

Source: CNET

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doubleTwist’s Magic Play brings AirPlay support to Google Play Music, but only if you’re rooted

We’ve already seen how doubleTwist makes it easy to listen to your music and watch video over AirPlay devices from your Android phone or tablet. Today the company has decided to release an update that allows rooted users to stream Google Play Music to AirPlay devices as well. They also wrote a blog post to tell us how they are making it work.



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Google may take some burden of Apple lawsuit against Samsung

Previous contractual obligations may see Google getting involved in the current patent lawsuit trial between Samsung and Apple. According to testimony by a Google lawyer today, the contract associated with bringing Google apps to Samsung’s devices has Google pick up some of the defense associated with patent lawsuits that go against Samsung. Although exact terms of the licensing agreement between the companies aren’t known, indications are that at least some of Apple’s complaints against Samsung have enough to do with Google’s software that it has to be involved with the court case.

On Samsung’s side, statements from its representatives indicate that the company isn’t entirely sure whether or not Samsung will have to call in assistance from Google in defense of the case. Throughout the course of this case Samsung has called several Google employees to testify in its defense, including lead Android engineers, according to Recode. Samsung still denies that any of its products infringe on the patents in question in the case.

Source: Recode



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Ponies And Pitchforks Find Their Way Into Hangouts For Android With 2.1 Update

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Back when Hangouts first debuted, it was quickly discovered that Google’s messaging app included several easter eggs, ranging from ponies prancing across the screen, to a weird dinosaur hiding behind a house, to changing your chat’s background color at random. Until yesterday, though, these bonus features weren’t available for those using Hangouts on Android. As of the 2.1 update, users can make use of three easter eggs – one that will stream an infinite line of ponies across your screen, one that will send just one pony across, and one that will send an angry mob across, pitchforks and torches included.

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doubleTwist’s MagicPlay: AirPlay For Android Gets Google Play Music Support In Latest Update, But It Requires A Rooted Device

MagicPlayThe doubleTwist developers have introduced the ability to stream Google Play Music to AirPlay devices using MagicPlay, their own personal means of streaming music from Android to an AppleTV or AirPlay-compatible speakers. The process taps into the same API that Google uses to stream to the Chromecast and that which Sonos uses for Google Play Music to stream to its devices.

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Unfortunately, there’s a catch. According to doubleTwist’s blog post, the Google Play Music app filters out plugins other than those used for the Nexus Q and Sonos.

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HTC Uploads Over 40 Sense Input Keyboard Languages To The Play Store

HTCSenseInput-ThumbA mobile keyboard is only as good as the number of languages it supports. Keyword: supports. The keys we press on our keyboards may seem pretty simple to get right, but sometimes manufacturers don’t ship devices with everything functioning and available out of the box, including entire languages. In those cases, the sooner an update arrives, the better. So HTC is making over 40 Sense Input languages available on Google Play, speeding up and simplifying the way it can push out future updates and language packs.

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You can now buy a Nest smart thermostat on Google Play

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It’s probably not the biggest news of the day, but after Google announced that they’d be acquiring Nest for $3.2 billion back January, the smart thermostats that put Nest on the map are now available for purchase in the Google Play Store. It’s really not surprising, and probably just the tip of the iceberg in Google’s plan for home automation.

We can’t wait to see what becomes of this marriage — which didn’t become officially official until February –  but a new hardware OEM Google now has at their disposal, they’ll either come up with super cool gadgets to help better our lives, or rule over us with their robot army. Only product missing is the Nest Protect, but they still have a few bugs to work out first. You can find the Nest Learning Thermostat for $250. Link provided below.

Buy on Google Play: Nest Learning Thermostat

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