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Things are moving slowly in the monthly Android Distribution

Things seems to have slowed to almost a standstill in the Android world, at least as far as version adoption is concerned. After an initial growth burst for Android 5.0 Lollipop, things seem to be business as usual, with OEMs getting some of their devices up to date on the more recent Android versions. There are, however, some that seem unwilling to give up the ghost and to go silently into the 0.1 percent night of the Android Distribution chart, lingering around as long as they can.

Google working on GMeet, could be a new telemeeting platform for businesses

The dawn of the Internet has brought instant messaging platforms and mobile technology to the business enterprise. Before, traveling from one city to another or from one country to another was required so people could meet with other colleagues and possible business partners. Now, you can just call the other person or set up a meeting over on Skype or Google Hangouts. Believe it or not, some people rely on Facebook Messenger, iMessage, WhatsApp, or Viber to connect with other business partners.

ChowNow adds Google Wallet to payment options in the app

If you're the type of person who'd rather order take-out from restaurants instead of braving it out in overcrowded dining places or even if you're too tired to cook for yourself or your family, the advent of apps to help you have food delivered to your home is probably a blessing. ChowNow is one of those apps that will get your food to you and their new partnership with Google will make life even easier for you.

You can make faster Hangouts voice calls when new update rolls out

If you're not satisfied with just chatting with colleagues or friends over Hangouts and have been dependent on making voice calls through the app and/or desktop, chances are you've noticed that it's not as fast as it should be. Don't worry, it's not just your carrier's fault, but it's the connection speed within some of Google's apps like Gmail and Inbox where you can also make the voice calls. But a new update to the apps and to the desktop will solve that problem and allow you to make faster calls.

Google+ Stories card starts showing up on Google Now

Just the right information at the right time. This is what Google wants you and me to experience with Google Now. The smart personal assistant feature has been seeing a lot of developments lately especially after the launch of Android Lollipop and Material Design. Google has allowed Google Now to send Hangouts messages by voice commandsNew gas stations on route cards, low flight fare tracking, and more Now cards were recently added.

Google discussing plans with Three to bring cheap overseas calls

You'd think that with the advent of the Internet, mobile networks, and instant messaging platforms, people would no longer need to make expensive overseas calls. It may be hard to believe but not everyone has or can afford a mobile phone in other parts of world. Google wants to help by bringing cheaper overseas calls. One of Google's goals is to build a global network that will offer cheap voice calls to communicate overseas with the same cost as local texts, calls, and mobile data.

Antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed by US judge

Google is used to facing lawsuits from different tech giants and rivals left and right. The last one that we know was recently withdrawn by the plaintiffs. Back in May 2014, two smartphone customers in the United States filed a case against the search company in a court in California. Almost a year later, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman dismissed the class action lawsuit in San Jose, California.

Android Security report card and the scanning of devices

Let's face it. As much as we love Android, it hasn't exactly been the most secure mobile platform on the planet. Sure, nothing is exactly and perfectly secure, even the walled garden that is iOS but Android has been notorious for making things a little bit easier for miscreants. Of course, that only means that Google has to work incessantly on security and keep vigil over its territory and, today, it's giving itself a pat on the back for a job well done in 2014.

Google News & Weather update: breaking news, personalized suggestions

There are a lot of personalized news services out there, like Flipboard, Zite, Feedly, etc, so you'll never run out of ways to curate and receive the news that you really care about. But if you are a Google fanboy/girl, and you are dependent on their eco-system, then the Google News & Weather, as minimalist as it is, will have a certain appeal for you. The newest update to the app brings even more improvements into the way they personalize your news and also the way you receive them.