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Google rolls out free ad-supported version of Google Play Music

Google continues to push into the online streaming music space with its current vendor program-slash-offering Google Play Music. This competes directly with services like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes music store. To leverage itself, it has now created a free to use, free to download, ad-supported version of Google Play Music, much like how people use Spotify for free.

Android One now available in Myanmar under Cherry Mobile

When you think of connectivity in the Asia Pacific region, you don't automatically think of Myanmar. In fact, it was just a few years ago that they started opening up to the world once again after decades of becoming a "hermit". So you could call them a slowly waking and emerging market, in terms of communication. That makes them a prime candidate for Google to release their Android One mobile device, joining 7 other countries that are already carrying the standard, emerging market smartphone.

Google intros News Lab to empower innovation in media, information technology

Whenever you need news or information, the first thing you do is get your smartphone or tablet and open your most favorite app. Perhaps it's Facebook to check your news feed or Twitter for what's trending. Others go directly to news sites or open news apps to know what's the latest. While news and information are easily available, there is the question of accuracy, truthfulness, and quality. The problem today is not access to news but how reliable a source is.

Google Clock now available for non-Nexus devices

Yes, your device has a default clock app. Yes, you don't really need much from it except you need it to tell time and set alarms and the like. Yes, you've never really thought about getting a different app to replace your device's default one. But if you're a big Google fan and you have a non-Nexus device, then now you can also download the Google Clock app.

Huawei working on another Nexus as Google plans to be bigger in China

We will only believe an information if a company has made an official announcement. Even a teaser will make us believe that something new is coming as long as it is from the brand itself. However, any news even from an employee is considered a rumor. And so this idea that Huawei has already confirmed that it's working with Google to release the next Nexus--still a rumor.

Razer’s Forge TV console shows up at the Google Play Store

You would think that it being called the Google Play Store, they would specifically offer only Google products, like say – the Nexus Player. But stranger things have happened, and right now we’re seeing Razer’s very own android TV gaming console being sold at the Play Store, even if it (kinda) competes with Google’s own (ASUS-made) Nexus Player.

Purchase Google digital content in India through pre-paid vouchers

Not everyone is keen on having a credit card, but the more digital we become, it is becoming more and more necessary to have a form of payment other than cash so you will be able to purchase digital content. Google has worked around the no credit card problem by offering prepaid vouchers so you will be able to buy anything from the Google Play ecosystem. The latest country to have the privilege of using this voucher to pay for their Google content is India.

Fairphone 2 is the modular phone you can get at sooner than Ara

What if you wanted to get your hands on a modular phone in a relatively shorter amount of time, rather than wait for Google’s Project Ara? Google did show a working prototype of its own modular smartphone project at Google I/O 2015, but the reality of the product going to market is still a ways off. Not so with the Fairphone 2. Not only is it modular (after a fashion), not only is it committed to non-“conflict” minerals, but you can actually get your hands on it soon.

Topeka for Android gets Material Design update

The Topeka app for Android has just received some Material Design updates. It's a special app that was launched by Android developers to work as an open source of example material design on the web. This time, the app gets another Android version. It's still the same app that demonstrates the same material design guidelines and branding--all of which can be used to create a consistent platform experience.