All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Android’

Google Unveils Android M Developer Preview & Tools At Google I/O

At Google I/O on Thursday, Google announced a developer preview of the next version of Android, the M Release as well as related tools. Google says the release focuses on improving the core user experience of Android, including thousands of bug fixes and making big changes to the fundamentals. For one, users are getting more control over permissions. “Apps can …

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Google I/O: Google Unveils Android Pay

At Google I/O on Thursday, Google unveiled Android Pay, its answer to Apple Pay, and it’s separate from the company’s existing payment platform Google Wallet. Google describes it as “the simple and secure way to pay with your Android phone,” and that means both in stores and in apps. Here’s a look at some of the partners: “Things are more …

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Mobile Apps Mean More For Search Visibility

If your business doesn’t have a mobile app yet, it might be time to change that…for SEO purposes. Now it’s an even better idea to have an app available for both Android and iOS users. Google is indexing app content across both platforms, and it’s using the implementation of app indexing as a ranking signal for search results. Do mobile …

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‘Ok Google’ Coming To More Android Apps

Google is giving developers a new way to let Android users interact with their apps with voice commands. The company announced the launch of its first set of partners for custom voice actions, as well as plans to expand it more broadly. Google said in a Google+ post, “This feature will enable people to say things like ‘Ok Google, listen …

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Facebook Is Still Trying to Take Over Your Phone, New ‘Hello’ App Shows You Info on Callers

Back in March, it slipped that Facebook was testing a new phone app that would serve as an Android dialer and caller ID app. Internal testing called it “Phone”. Now that app has materialized as Hello, which Facebook is launching today. “Billions of calls are made everyday on mobile phones and people often have very little information about who’s calling …

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Google Does More With Recently Added Ranking Signal

Google announced on Thursday that it has indexed 30 billion links within apps, and that it will now show Android users apps in search results even if the user hasn’t already installed them. This is the latest move by the search engine to further integrate the app ecosystem into search and improve mobile results. Are you taking advantage of Google’s …

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Should Google Be Slapped With Antitrust Action?

After a five-year long investigation, the European Commissioned announced it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. The commission says this infringes on EU antitrust rules because “it stifles competition and harms consumers”. …

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Gmail Just Got Better On Android

Google announced an update to its Gmail app for Android with some much-needed new features. Late last year, the app got an update that enabled users to add email accounts from other providers like Yahoo or Microsoft Outlook. The new update takes this a step further, and lets you put it all together in one inbox. “These days, many of …

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Apple Will Now Let You Trade in Your Android Phone

Apple is expanding its “Reuse and Recycle” program it began in 2013. Starting now, in many locations, you can trade in non-Apple smartphones and receive credit toward the purchase of an iPhone. Individual Apple retail stores have changed the language about the program to read “get credit when you recycle your eligible iPhone, iPad, or select smartphone from another manufacturer.” …

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Facebook Is Working on a New Phone App

If you’re unsatisfied with the fact that Facebook is not a part of your phone call-making experience, you’re in luck. It appears that the company is working on a new app that inserts the Facebook experience into your actual phone function. It looks like Facebook is working on an Android dialer and caller ID app – but one that uses …

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Android Developers Must Now Get Ratings For Their Apps And Games

Google announced a couple of updates for Google Play, which will affect both developers and users. There’s a new content rating system as well as a new app review process. The content rating system is based on age, and applies to both apps and games. According to the company, it will help developers communicate “familiar and locally relevant” content ratings …

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Check Out YouTube’s Cool New 360-Degree Videos

There’s been talk of 360-degree videos coming to YouTube for a while now, but on Friday, the company began to offer them to the world, and I have to say, it’s pretty awesome. First, let’s just get right to the good stuff. YouTube has this playlist of six videos, which take advantage of the technology. For now, you’ll only really …

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