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Developers take note: how to let Google Now search your app

Admit it. Google Now, specifically the "OK Google" trigger, is quite fun to use and play around with, but it's actual utility isn't as impressive. That's largely because, aside from the web and a few other Google-owned apps and tools, its repository of data doesn't dig deep enough into your phone and its apps. Well, not anymore. Your favorite "OK, Google" can now search inside any app, too! Of course, app developers will need to add the feature, but it's as easy a copy and paste.

Google Play Movies and TV app gets updated

Who doesn’t want to end a tiring day watching your favorite TV show or a movie? I couldn’t think of one because most geeks I know are entertainment buffs too. Android fans should get more excited now that Google just updated the the Google Play Movies and TV app.

Project Ara boots up! DevCon2 set for 14 January 2015

When Phonebloks revealed its vision last year, people swooned at the dream but they stopped at just that: a dream. A pipe dream even. But now, more than 12 months later, with Google also at the helm, that dream is almost a reality. Phonebloks went to Boston to visit NK Labs, the guys designing Google's Project Ara, to see how things are coming along with the prototype . And guess what? It works!

Nexus 6 available for pre-order, immediately out of stock

The awaited Nexus day has arrived! Or has it? The Nexus 6, Google's first phablet and an acknowledgment of the ridiculed device size, has finally gone on pre-order from Google Play Store after a still unexplained delay relative to the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. But alas, even then things are not so peachy. In less than 24 hours, the smartphone, both the 32 GB and the slightly more expensive 64 GB kind, have been marked as out of inventory already.

Google sells Android 5.0 Lollipop as one tough candy

All the sweetness and prettiness won't be enough to console you if your smartphone or tablet gets stolen, which is why Google has toughened up the latest Android 5.0 to meet the needs of the increasingly insecure mobile device world. Google now highlights the key achievements it made in coating Android Lollipop with a sheet of armor, but the question always is whether it's enough. As always, the answer depends on the user, but Google is at least pushing them in the right direction.

Material Design checklist helps developers get ready

Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming and developers better be ready. Actually, many have already updated their apps, even in their current pre-Lollipop incarnations, to that new Material Design look. But to make sure that developers have dotted their i's and crossed their t's, Google has given out a checklist for developers and designers to skim over, in case they don't have the time to pour through the actual design guidelines and previously released documents.

Google Fit lands on Play Store and the web

Google has finally and fully unleashed its own take on the intersection of health and mobile devices. Google Fit, which it announced at I/O 2014 back in June, is finally here and you can access it easily from any Android device via a dedicated app or, alternatively from any Web Browser. And, like with almost anything Android-related, Fit isn't exclusive to Google's sanction apps and devices alone and is open to other pre-existing, and perhaps more popular, fitness platforms already in the market.

Hangouts lets you call 25 countries free for first minute

Whether it's expanding the scope of its service or simply trying to advertise the existence of that option, Google is doing a promo for the voice call feature of Hangouts. Users can get their first minute of a call to any of 25 allowed countries for free. But before you jump the gun on this offering, carefully read the fine print first, as things aren't as rosy as they seem.