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Google Facing Another Antitrust Probe – in Russia

Google is facing another antitrust investigation, as Russian search company Yandex has asked the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service to take a look at Google’s practices – specifically relating to Android. Yandex is upset by Google’s bundling of its search engine, as well as other apps in with its Android operating system – which comes equipped on 86 percent of smartphones …

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Chromecast Users Get $6 In Google Play Credit

It’s never been a better time to own a Chromecast, Google’s $35 streaming device. Not only does the functionality of the device continue to improve thanks to updates from Google as well as increased support by third-party apps, but Google is actually giving away $6 in Google Play credit to users, apparently for Valentine’s Day. You have to be on …

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Google Now Just Got A Lot More Useful

Google Now may be getting a whole lot more useful as Google just announced that it’s integrating with third-party apps on Android. The company has already partnered with over 30 developers to bring new cards into the fold, giving users helpful updates from the apps they use. “Starting today, the Google app on Android can help you keep up with …

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Android XML File Can Crash Devices

Apparently all Android apps have a file called the AndroidManifest.xml, and this contains information the system has to have before it can run any of the app’s code. So it’s a pretty important file. Unfortunately, if that file is malformed, it can cause big problems for the device that’s running it. Earlier this month, TrendMicro reported on the issue after …

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CES: New Android TV Devices On The Way

Google unveiled Android TV at Google I/O back in June. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, the company announced that its partners are showing off some new devices for it, which will be shipped in the spring. These include models from Sony, Sharp, TP Vision/Philips. “These have all the goodness of Android TV built in so you won’t …

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Amazon Is Giving Away These Android Apps

Last week, Amazon made $220 worth of Android apps available for free through the Amazon Appstore. Now, they’re giving away more apps, which will typically cost you. There are 33 paid apps available for today only, so act fast if any of the following titles sound appealing to you. Monopoly Angry Birds Star Wars Stack the States Fruit Ninja Riptide …

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Report: Car Integration To Be Focus Of Next Android

Google is reportedly working to make its next version of Android (the “M” version) more compatible with cars, so that automakers can build it into their models. Google is not commenting on the matter, but Reuters is reporting on the company’s plans, and frankly it would make a great deal of sense anyway. Android in the car isn’t exactly a …

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Android Introduces New ‘Jack And Jill’ Toolchain

Google announced the launch of a new Android toolchain, cleverly called “Jack and Jill.” Jack stands for Java Android Compiler Kit, and Jill stands for Jack Intermediate Library Linker. See what I mean? Clever, right? These are the two tools that are the core of the toolchain, which is aimed at improving build times and simplifying application development by reducing …

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Google Play Releases Its Best Of 2014 Lists

Earlier this week, we got a look at the top apps, movies, games, songs, etc. on iTunes. Today, its rival Google Play revealed its lists. These are packaged in a nice infographic: “It was a big year for entertainment, from games that fed your sweet tooth to apps that kept you fit,” said Google. “Icy movies warmed your hearts, and …

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Google: Clicks On App Deep Links Jumped By 10x Last Quarter

Google started testing app indexing on Android in October of last year, adding deep links from apps within search results on its operating system. In June, they opened it up to everyone. On Tuesday, Google provided an update on what’s going on with it, encouraging more webmasters to take advantage. What’s going on with it is that clicks on app …

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Google Maps App Adds Real-Time Weather, Quick Facts

Google continues to tweak Google Maps to make it more useful for things beyond simply finding locations and directions. The latest features are the addition of real-time weather and “quick facts” about places you search for. Here’s a look at both: These features are specifically for Android for the time being. Google announced them in a Google+ post here (via …

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Here’s A 17-Minute Discussion About Material Design

If you’re developing Android apps these days, you’re going to want to understand Material Design, which is the cornerstone of the latest version – 5.0 Lollipop. The subject was discussed at Devoxx 2014, and Google is now sharing that on YouTube. The video description is as follows: Nick (@crafty, google.com/+NickButcher) and Chet (@chethaase, google.com/+ChetHaase) discuss the importance of design for …

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