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Google to provide open API for apps to use Google Now

Google is looking at some changes in the way Google Now – that funky search project from the mothership – interacts with apps. They are looking at opening up an API so that app developers can work Google Now into their code and have Google Now access data from apps and app usage as well.

Alleged Huawei Ascend Mate 7 ‘Mini’ leaked, no fingerprint sensor

China-based outfit Huawei really upped the ante when they released the 6-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 7 phablet device September last year. It showed that Huawei was up for competing with the big boys, showing that they could launch what was visibly a premium device. It has been rumored that the company is planning on a smaller “compact” version of the phablet, and we have some leaked images for you.

Pioneer’s AVH-4100NEX Android Auto unit finally starts shipping

During CES 2015 earlier this year, we told you about some fantastic aftermarket car radio head units that featured the new Android Auto, including Panasonic’s NEX series. The problem was that nice as these units were, it being a relatively new technology meant that the pricing bordered on “crayzeee”. The new AVH-4100NEX is Pioneer’s cheapest Android Auto radio head, and it retails for a whopping USD$700.

Blackberry outs SecuTABLET, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S with high data security

You can call Blackberry what you want, but you cannot say they’re ones to give up on the business. After lagging behind so much in their mobile device business to top industry players like Apple, Samsung, and Sony, they still have a presence in the industry, especially with mobile security products. This is what the SecuTABLET is – basically, it is an Android tablet with focus on data security.

Google may be working on VPN for Android

For some of us, having VPN (virtual private network) capabilities is not a big deal, nor is it a deal-breaker when you purchase your Android device. But for some people who either live in locations where internet connections are heavily restricted, or those who want to browse and work on the internet securely, a VPN connection is of utmost importance. It looks like, at the very least, Google is planning to introduce some sort of VPN capability on Android, though this might not be working as of the moment.

Motorola begins testing Lollipop on original Moto X

It’s understandable that owners of the original Moto X – that is, the one of 2013 fame and not the 2014 flagship – feel a little bit abandoned since there is very little news coming from Motorola if Android Lollipop is ever coming to the older Moto X. Of course, Lollipop has already made it to the 2014 version, but it seems like a bit of good news is at hand – a Lollipop soak test is apparently ongoing for the original Moto X.

YouTube announces support for 360-degree videos

Ever heard of those eccentric new video cameras that take 360-degree videos? Well, it looks like we will be seeing a lot of those soon on YouTube as the Google-owned video hosting site has announced that it will be supporting these specific uploads. If you haven’t seen one, we’ll show you one below, but suffice it to say it is a totally different experience when you are able to see all the way around.

Microsoft not riding on Cyanogen’s next $110 million funding round

Software giants Microsoft were reported to be interested in Cyanogen’s efforts of creating a non-Google Android system, an alternative to the versions available right now that need Google core apps to work properly. In January, it was reported that Microsoft was willing to splurge as much as USD$70 million in the effort. But in the last few days, with Cyanogen passing the hat again to generate at least $110 million in a latest funding round, it seems that Microsoft is not too excited to pony up the cash.
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