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Google Wallet to reportedly now has your money FDIC-insured

Unless you're the sort of person that would read all the user agreements before clicking I Accept (which technically we all should do but oftentimes, it's TLDR), then you probably didn't know that the money you store on mobile payment services like Paypal, Venmo, and Google Wallet are not FDIC-insured. This means that if any of those apps or businesses close down, it would take you a whole, long process before you can recover your money. But Google is reportedly changing their policy, making your money with them more secure.

Google testing Workshop, a Nexus phone customization tool

We didn't see this one coming: Google copying the Moto Maker concept of Motorola. Nothing is official yet but the company is rumoured to be releasing more accessories for the Nexus line. What’s more interesting though is a certain “Workshop” that allows Nexus users to design their own protective case plus add some live wallpapers for a more personalized Nexus experience.

Learn more about places with Field Trip’s Android Wear support

If you haven't yet discovered the joys of having the Field Trip app on your smartphones, now you can start receiving info about all the cool facts and tidbits in your area through your wrists. The Google-powered app has now included support for Android Wear, receiving the same features that you receive on your Android smartphone from the app, but optimized for your wearable device.

Works with Google Cardboard program launched, expect better VR experience

If you’re not willing to buy the Samsung Gear VR or the Oculus Rift but still want to experience virtual reality, Google Cardboard can be your more affordable option. I don’t think Google will discontinue this product soon (like the Google Glass) but it certainly has more room for improvement. That’s why the tech giant’s decision to open source the Cardboard viewer is good. There are a number of virtual reality tools already and the community of developers and manufacturers are working together to make virtual reality with Google Cardboard better.

App Indexing shows apps not yet installed on search results, more installs for devs

Don't you find it annoying that searching for apps on the Play Store can be sometimes frustrating? The app you're looking for won't always come up on top of search results, you'd think Google should have known better. And if you're a developer, it can also be frustrating because you know your app is great but people can't find it. App Indexing is trying to change all that by improving on app indexing so more people can find and discover how cool your app is.

AT&T, Verizon, update Samsung devices to Android Lollipop

And the Lollipops keep on coming. Two more US carriers announced that they are bringing the latest Android update to several Samsung devices. AT&T said that the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will start receiving their updates starting today. Meanwhile, Verizon also announced that they are bringing Android 5.0 to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 after rolling it out to other OEM's devices the past few weeks.

Microsoft, Cyanogen solidify “strategic partnership” for Android devices

It looks like Cyanogen is really hitting Google where it hurts most (well, as much as you can hurt this tech giant) as they announced a "strategic partnership" with Microsoft. This is also part of Microsoft's strategy to go beyond their own platform and expand their reach to other rivals, something they wouldn't have done years ago. But they have had to adjust to an environment they used to dominate, and partnerships like this one with Cyanogen is solidifying their strategy.

Google rolls out new Android for Work app

Google has finally rolled out the Android for Work app on the Google Play Store. The search giant seems to be really serious in bringing reliable solutions to the business and enterprise. Just the other day, Google announced there will be a Chrome Live Event this April 23 focusing on the Chrome for Work. And now, the Android for Work is expected to help empower the workforce with more productivity and business tools to get your job done.

Google Search on desktop can now help you find your missing device

The Case of the Missing Phone. Where did that phone go again? If it's not the remote control or car keys, it's your smartphone getting lost somewhere in your living room or bedroom again. You know it's just there but still can't seem to remember and find it. Mom isn't around to tell you where it is so what are you going to do? Google it. Search Google? Just ask Google to find your Android phone. It can be done just like any regular Google search in a web browser. No need to go to a specific website to locate your phone.