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Android Wear crucial features, updates by end of the year

As we’ve written about before, it seems like smartwatches might be taking centre stage at the IFA 2014 tech expo in Berlin. There will be a lot of eyeballs on Android Wear, as more wearables will be added to the platform to join LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the upcoming Moto 360, especially since rival Apple is also rumoured to be announcing their own wearable device. CNet sat down with Google executives to talk about their future plans for the smartwatch platform.

Beautiful Design Summer Collection 2014 includes 12 apps

Google’s Beautiful Design collection has been a great curated find of the best designed apps among the thousands you can find on the Google Play Store. The Summer Collection 2014 includes 12 old (but newly updated) and new apps that have “exquisite detail” in their user interfaces. Some of the apps have also incorporated Google’s material design, which of course would please the tech company and secured the inclusion on this collection.

HTC Nexus tablet leaked to come with keyboard folio cover

We don't expect to hear much about Nexus products this IFA 2014 week, but that won't stop the rumors and leaks from coming in. This round is dedicated to a long-awaited Nexus tablet, believed to be made by HTC this time. As part of its launch, Google is believed to provide a new kind of accessory never before seen in any official Nexus add-on: a keyboard folio case.

Google updates News and Weather app to look like Google Now

In keeping up with the transformation of its basic apps into their “Material” design language, Google has now updated the look of its News and Weather app. The panel and card-type design now makes the app, which is built-in for some devices, look like Google Now. It also seems to be more competitive now with other news apps like Flipboard, News360 and even Google’s own Google Play Newsstand.

HTC ‘Flounder’ gets WiFi certified, next Nexus tablet?

There have been three tablets in Google’s line of Nexus devices – the latest being ASUS’ Nexus 7. Recently, more and more evidence points to the next tablet on the list, the Nexus 9 (seriously, what’s up with the naming convention Google?), will most likely be a device made by HTC, and this newly WiFi-certified device – code name HTC “Flounder” or “Volantis” – is looking more and more like it.
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